Daily Archives: October 12, 2010

Lacrosse Equipment: “EASTON LACROSSE Has Arrived” With Launch Of “New Website” And Introduction Of Casey Powell “The Ambassador”, Michael Evans “The Enforcer”, And Brett Queener “The Innovator” As Company Spokesmen Who Will Attend “Fall Lacrosse Classic” In San Francisco For Easton Lacrosse Clinics On Oct. 16 At Kezar Stadium


Michael Evans “The Enforcer”, Casey Powell “The Ambassador”, and Brett Queener “The Innovator” will be the spokesmen and faces of Easton Lacrosse.

Easton Lacrosse is dedicated to performance, protection, innovation and passion – the same principles that drive the other Easton-Bell brands.

We are honored to bring the best of innovation and tradition, along with today’s leading technology, to America’s fastest growing field sport.Easton-Bell Sports acquired Talon Lacrosse in January 2010 to mark its official entry into the lacrosse market, despite the fact that Easton has been designing lacrosse equipment for the last decade and holds innovative patents in the lacrosse space. The marriage of Easton-Bell’s engineering and expertise of invention and Talon’s passion, knowledge and tradition that honors the soul of the game is at the heart of Easton Lacrosse.The authenticity and commitment of Talon’s founders to the sport of lacrosse has no rival. Doug Appleton, Cort Kim and Blake Kim have always been lacrosse players first, but they are also coaches, organizers, inventors, designers and entrepreneurs. Each has spent the last decades growing the sport far from their roots in Baltimore and New York to California and around the world.The professional athletes who represent Easton Lacrosse epitomize the company values of integrity and dedication to the sport at every level, from grassroots to professional play. 

Casey Powell

 A true legend and ambassador of the game. Casey has an impressive list of accomplishments that includes being a two-time member of the US National Team, four National Lacrosse League (NLL) and Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Star selections, along with being a four-time All-American, two-time National Player of the Year and National Champion at Syracuse. Powell recently became the first ever US-born player to win the MVP of the NLL in 2010.

Brett Queener

 MLL goalie and NLL offensive player is one of the most innovative, versatile and talented players in the game today; a charismatic character, he has a big game and a personality to match it.

Michael Evans

 MLL All-Pro and three-time All-American defenseman Michael Evans is considered by many to be the best lock-down defensemen in the game today, known for his punishing and physical style.These three handpicked lacrosse superstars will be involved in developing and testing new products, while participating in camps, clinics and other events for Easton Lacrosse and creating exclusive content for EastonLacrosse.com.

About Easton-Bell Sports

 

Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. is a leading designer, developer and marketer of branded sports equipment and accessories that enhance athletic performance and protection. We have a history of bringing ‘game changing’ innovation and materials to the fastest and toughest of sports – hockey, baseball, football, softball and cycling. We are known for engineering prowess and applying that science to the specific needs of each sport to create world-class sporting goods equipment and industry-leading brands.Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. has four primary brands:

Easton

 

Founded in 1922, Easton offers ice hockey, baseball, softball, cycling components, and now lacrosse. We believe Easton is recognized as one of the most innovative brands in the baseball, softball and ice hockey equipment industry, and we believe we will soon have a similar reputation in the lacrosse industry as well. Consumers choose Easton branded products due to their combination of performance, quality and value. As a result, we have been able to build and maintain relationships with some of the most visible professional athletes in the National Hockey League, including All-Star players Dany Heatley, Marian Gaborik and Henrik Zetterberg, and in Major League Baseball with All-Star players Jason Bay, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp.

Bell

 

Founded in 1954, Bell offers helmets for cycling, motorcycles (street and motocross), auto racing, skateboarding and other action sports. Bell is the #1 brand in the United States by sales in cycling helmets and accessories. Consumers choose Bell-branded cycling helmets due to their design, fit, quality, durability and value. The Bell brand image of toughness, dependability and performance is supported through the use and endorsement of its products by such high-profile athletes as road cycling champions Cadel Evans and George Hincapie, motorcycle race champion Aaron Gobert and motocross champion James Stewart.

Giro

 

Founded in 1986, Giro offers premium helmets for cycling, snow skiing and snowboarding, as well as snow goggles, cycling gloves and cycling shoes. The Giro brand is the #2 brand in the United States by sales in cycling helmets (second only to our own Bell) and the #1 brand in the United States by sales in ski and snowboard helmets. Giro has a reputation for innovation as well as sleek, stylish and speed-oriented designs. The Giro brand image is reinforced through the use and endorsement of Giro products by leading professional athletes, including Tour de France winners Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador and Winter X Games gold medal winners Gretchen Bleiler and Simon Dumont.

Riddell

 

Founded in 1929, Riddell is one of the most recognized brands in football. The Riddell-branded helmet is used by numerous Division I NCAA football teams and has been the Official Helmet of the National Football League since 1989. Under the Riddell brand, we sell football helmets, shoulder pads and related equipment, uniforms and reconditioning services for our football and other team sports products. 

Western College Lacrosse: University Of Colorado Sees Joining Pac-10 “As A Goldmine” For The Buffaloes Athletics Department And Considers ADDING Women’s Lacrosse


 
“…They say they might consider women’s lacrosse first…”
 

  Ticket sales are the No. 1 revenue generator for college sports programs, while gifts and donations are No. 2, notes Boulder-based sports consultant Chuck Neinas, a former College Football Association executive director and Big Eight commissioner. 

 Colorado’s move to the Pac-10 “could well be attractive to people buying more tickets and making more gifts and donations,” Neinas says.

To make more money, though, Colorado will have to spend more. It has long needed facility upgrades, including improvements to the stadium suites that host potential big donors.

The Pac-10’s Scott says he also would like Colorado to add the traditional Pac-10 sports of baseball and softball within five years.  

Bohn and DiStefano hedge on that — “It’s difficult for baseball because of the weather conditions here in Colorado,” DiStefano says, “where March and April are our snowiest months.” They say they might consider women’s lacrosse first. 

“This has been a trend in the past — whenever you try to make more revenue, a lot more costs are added,” says Allen Sack, director for the Institute of Sport Management at the University of New Haven. The advantages of jumping to the Pac-10, though, are expected to extend beyond the bottom line. Sack notes that Miami, when it moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference from the Big East in 2004, underwent “an image change,” especially in terms of academic reputation. Colorado is out from under the cloud of the recruiting scandal, which began with a Boulder County district attorney’s claims that the school used sex and alcohol to lure football recruits. But it was “very much part of the conversations” between the school and Pac-10 before the move was decided, Scott says.

 “We’re very satisfied that the philosophy and the culture that exists at Pac-10 schools is not only shared but embraced by the leadership of the University of Colorado,” Scott says. So Colorado will head west, mining for gold and goodwill as it goes. 

“The last couple years, people have looked at us in a negative light,” says Darian Hagan, quarterback of the national championship team and now running backs coach. “It’s an opportunity for us to re-brand ourselves, to re-commit ourselves and to just wash everything away and start fresh.”

For more:   http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2010-10-11-colorado-pac-10_N.htm?csp=34sports&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomCollegeFootball-TopStories+%28Sports+-+College+Football+-+Top+Stories%29

Lacrosse Recruiting Showcases: Fall Season Lacrosse Recruiting Circuit Features Four “Top Showcases” In November Including Adrenaline High Rollers (San Diego), Diamond Showcase (Maryland), Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip (North Carolina), And Philly Showcase (Pennsylvania)




Fall Lacrosse Recruiting Showcase Guide

The recruiting circuit has expanded from a showcase and a few tournaments to multiple events every weekend from October to the beginning of December. As more players focus on lacrosse throughout the year and try to take advantage of more opportunities to play in front of college coaches these recruiting events have become more important in the recruiting cycle.

For most coaches, the fall is a great time to get follow up evaluations of players that they may have only had limited opportunity to see them play over the summer.

For sophomores, the fall is the first time that top to middle tier D1 coaches are going to get a chance to start adding players to their recruiting lists. Coaches will follow players throughout the upcoming year in hopes of getting a verbal commitment at the end of next summer or the beginning of next fall.

For juniors, D1 coaches are getting a closer look at players to see if you are someone that they are going to invite onto campus for a visit or offer a spot in their recruiting class.  D1 programs from the top to bottom are looking for players. On the D3 level, the fall is when coaches are adding prospects to their recruiting lists and trying to predict the trajectory of a player. (Are they a true D1 prospect? Or do I have a chance on getting him?)

For seniors, the fall is your last shot to be seen by a coach at a school that you are interested in attending. Most early decision admission’s deadlines will have past by the end of November but you still have a chance to garner interest from coaches.

Top Fall Recruiting Showcases

Each lacrosse recruiting showcase review has two sections. The first section, or “summary”, is information taken from the lacrosse recruiting camp’s website. This provides a general overview of the recruiting camp. In the second section, “our take”, The LacrosseRecruits.com experts provide their perspective on which players can benefit most from that specific lacrosse recruiting camp.

Adrenaline High Rollers

November 20/21st – San Diego, CA

http://www.adrenalinelacrosse.com/event.php?eventid=708

Summary:

In its 6th year, Adrenaline High Rollers features the top players from Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Texas, Nevada, Northern & Southern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Sasketchewan and Calgary, all of whom converge at one location to compete in front of 40+ recruiters from top NCAA & MCLA programs.  Recruiters in attendance are from all levels of collegiate lacrosse to match the skill levels of multitude of potential recruits.  Contrary to other recruitment venues, this will ensure that not only the top 5 players in any event get the appropriate exposure but all attending players top to bottom.  Also unique from other recruiting venues, High Rollers players don’t pay excessively high amounts of money to only play a few games.  Players teams are coached by top High School coaches from across the West.  NCAA coaches also hold valuable expert level collegiate clinics that push and test the skills of the best players in the West.  As with all Adrenaline Primetime Recruiting Events, this is considered a can’t miss for any aspiring collegiate lacrosse player in the West.  Players will check in Friday night for advanced clinic sessions and be drafted for 12 teams that will compete over the weekend in intense games to catch the eye of the recruiters on hand.  High Rollers participants qualify to be nominated for the Adrenaline Showcase which is the most selective event in the West, and will take place in July of 2011.

Our Take:

Adrenaline puts on this fall showcase with the best talent in the West.

They do a phenomenal job of getting coaches from the East Coast to come out to this event in droves. (It is really hard to get a coach to leave the Northeast for Sunny San Diego in November!) The quality of the competition continues to get better with more players getting recruiting by D1 and D3 programs.

This is the event that you want to go to if you are from the West during the Fall. I just checked their Twitter feed and they have had OSU, UNC, Middlebury, commit in the last week.

Players are either invited by email through their play at previous Adrenaline events or can have their coach recommend them. 

Diamond Showcase

November 20/21st – St. Pauls School, MD

http://www.tikitournaments.com/Diamond-Lacrosse-Showcase.aspx 

Summary:

The Diamond Lacrosse Showcase for male lacrosse players will be held at St. Paul’s School in Baltimore, MD on November 20-21, 2010.  It will feature 120 of the top male high school players in the country from the Classes of 2012 (juniors) and 2013 (sophomores).

Players will be showcased to the top college lacrosse coaches in the nation.  Admittance is by invitation only.  Players may be nominated by their high school or club coach.  All applicants will be reviewed by the Diamond Showcase selection committee.  A limited number of players at each position will be invited to participate in this event.

Coaches from many top colleges will be in attendance.  A list of coaches that attended last year’s event can be found below.

Our Take:

Players are invited to this event based of performance at other tournaments/camps/in season. Players can also be recommended by their high school coach on the events website.

The event draws D1 programs from all over the country. Due to it’s proximity to the Baltimore area, there is a strong representation of ACC and other top D1 programs. The event has a good mix of D3 coaches in attendance as well, ranging from F&M, Dickinson, W&L, etc. 

With the amount of events on the weekend of Diamond, the location is a key ingredient to having coaches attend the Diamond Showcase.

Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip 2012 Showcase

November 20/21st – Queen’s University, NC

Summary:

There is no event website

Our Take:

This is the first year of Jake Reed’s 2012 Fall Showcase. The event is an expansion of his highly successful summer camps. The summer camp has been regarded as “the summer event” for D1 recruiting. This Fall Showcase is focused on letting players who have not committed to get a chance to prove themselves in front of D1 coaches.

Players are invited to this event by mailed invitations. There are no coach recommendations available for this event.

Philly Showcase

November 20/21st – Episcopal School, PA

http://showcaselacrosse.com/

Summary:

The Philly Lacrosse Showcase provides a highly competitive environment for elite high school players aspiring to play college lacrosse. Each registrant is placed on a team, is guaranteed participation in three games over the course of the morning, and has a chance to be selected to play in one of three Gait Lacrosse Fab Forty All-Star games in the afternoon. Additionally, every team will be coached by a top high school coach who, over the course of the morning, will focus on teaching advanced concepts and techniques to every player.

Our Take:

This event is run by Coach Mike Murphy from UPenn. The Philly Showcase boasts a long list of college coaches in attendance in their inaugural year in 2009. There were coaches from Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Princeton, Hofstra, Denver, Duke and then locally from Villanova, Penn, Drexel and LaSalle.  This is more of a regional event with the majority of the 300+ players coming from PA. 

Players can be recommended online.

San Diego High School Lacrosse: La Costa Canyon Boys Lacrosse Names Jesse Foss As Head Coach


Jesse Foss, an assistant coach on Dallas Hartley’s staff the last seven seasons at La Costa Canyon, has been named the school’s head boys lacrosse coach.

Hartley is now the head men’s lacrosse coach at Chapman University in Orange. In his eight seasons at La Costa Canyon, Hartley’s teams were 141-29 and won seven league championships.

Foss was the head girls lacrosse coach at Carlsbad for two seasons.

For more:   http://www.nctimes.com/sports/high-school/nct/article_1c11a744-0ae5-5757-b9d1-4a4df12c2031.html

Wheelchair Lacrosse Profile: Fox Sports Network (FSN) To Air “Exceleration” With Focus On Wheelchair Lacrosse (Video)


Here’s a little bit of footage from the day with the FSN crew as they were getting some footage for their new show “Exceleration”.

Injuries In Women’s Lacrosse: Washington College Women’s Lacrosse Player Is Completing Comeback From “Compartment Syndrome” Surgeries And Plays In Pain


Playing with pain.  All athletes at some point in their careers play with pain.  Sometimes some rest and medicine is all they need to overcome the pain, but in other cases surgery is needed.  For Washington College junior women’s lacrosse player Brooke Paulshock, the latter was needed to overcome the pain. 

Paulshock had surgery on both legs during different times during the summer of 2010 to take care of a condition known as compartment syndrome. 

Washington College Assistant Athletic Trainer Candy Baker explained the type of compartment syndrome that Paulshock suffered from and it was Exertioanal.  That is one of the two major types of this syndrome, the other being acute.  Acute is caused by a direct blow to the body.  The injury primarily occurs in the shin/lower leg area.

“Common among athletes is exertional compartment syndrome which occurs when there is an increase in tissue pressure that obstructs the neurovascular network in the leg,” says Baker.  “The condition typically causes exercise-induced pain, swelling and, in severe cases, disability in the leg. It is most common among athletes who participate in sports with repetitive movements such as running, biking and swimming. Treatment for the condition includes rest, ice and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. However, in severe cases where symptoms persist, a fasciotomy, which is a surgical procedure that cuts muscle fascia to allow the muscle to expand, may be performed to relive the built-up tissue pressure in the leg.”

Head women’s lacrosse coach Julika Blankenship says Brooke has been an inspiration for her teammates.

“Brooke has shown to her teammates that she can push through the pain and will do whatever it takes to play,” says Blankenship.  “Brooke has helped her teammates to see that you need to take advantage of every opportunity that you get to play because that can be taken away from you at any time.”

For Paulshock, compartment syndrome was not the beginning of her injury problems here at Washington College; a stress fracture in her right tibia curtailed her first season.

“I started getting in shape during winter break, such as running (and weight training)” said the junior. “My calves hurt when I ran, but I just thought my legs were just sore from not running for a while. I dealt with the pain during preseason (the month of February). I went to (head athletic trainer) Thad (Moore) and he said it was just shin splints. 

The lower leg problems continued during the 2009 season. Paulshock described the pain in her lower legs as “like somebody was giving me an Indian burn in the inside of my leg.  I would get bruises on the boneline of my right leg on my tibia. I dealt with this until I could not anymore. I finished my last timed mile and stopped due to a stress fracture.”

Paulshock stopped playing when an x-ray confirmed that her right tibia was centimeters away from snapping in half.

She missed the final seven games in 2009 due to the stress fracture after starting the first nine contests.  The injury also cost her fall ball season for her sophomore season.

After she was cleared to play and started training for the 2010 season, the pain returned.

“During fall break (2009), I felt that something was not right in my legs and it had to be more than just shin splints. I went to four doctors and got tested for stress fractures, had vascular testing and finally it came down to doing the compartment testing. It took about a year for the doctors to understand what was wrong with me and what causes my stress fractures.”

Paulshock said that the test for the syndrome, which she had done in November 2009, took about an hour.  They put 24 needles in both legs to test the compartment pressures in each leg before running and after running.  She found out about three to four months later that she did have compartment syndrome. After her test, the doctor determined that surgery was needed for both legs, but they would not operate on both legs at the same time so she needed two separate surgeries.  The first surgery was in May 2010 for her right leg and the second one was in August 2010 for her left one.

She said the first surgery (in May) took two hours and they cut five compartments open.  The second surgery (occurred on August 12) took one hour and 45 minutes. “They went in through both sides of my legs, about two inches long, and cut the sheath that protects my muscle (about 12 inches).  They made four slices on my left leg and five on my right. The sheath would not expand with my calf so once the doctor (Dr. Wilkens) slices the sheath, my calf muscle popped and finally could relax after all the pressure was built up.”

When it comes to rehabilitation Paulshock says, there is not one specific type.  “There is no exact rehab but simply to wait. It is hard because you feel fine to run but the inside slices of your leg might not be healed and if you overwork yourself after surgery, then the surgery can be worthless and not pull through. After surgery they told me once you can walk without pain, do so because my calf muscle needs to build back its strength. I am allowed to bike and do the elliptical three weeks after surgery.  I am allowed to run two months after surgery.  The worst thing is you have to sit and wait to heal.”

Paulshock said that recovery time is usually three to four months, but varies by individual.  She can start jogging on October 12.

For more:  http://washingtoncollegesports.com/sports/wlax/2010-11/releases/20101011s11pgj