Complete Mens Lacrosse Sticks for Each Position
To learn how mens lacrosse sticks differ takes handling them for yourself, as the devils in these details can be felt much easier than they can be articulated. Through reading, you can begin to understand which differences exist between lacrosse sticks and why. Major differences between sticks in men’s lacrosse relate to how they are meant to be used in a game. Basically, different positions require different attributes of their lacrosse sticks.
Attackmen & Middies
Offensive players are called attackers; their main job is scoring points with short shafts. This requires speed and precision to maneuver to the opponent’s crease and make quick cuts between other players, and accuracy and swiftness in shooting.
For this reason, attack players consider flexibility and kick point in addition to weight of their shaft. Flexibility refers to how much the material can physically bend as a player passes or shoots the ball from their stick. Kick point refers to a spot on the length of the shaft where the bend is most accentuated.
Attack players commonly choose shafts made of lighter materials to considerably lessen the overall weight of their complete lacrosse stick. The effect of a “light” head is as likely to make a difference as the color of it. But with shafts, it matters enough to make the sale. Aluminum alloy is one of the lightest materials available, but it’s also the cheapest. Seeing as how we’re talking about one of the most contact-heavy sports in the world, cheap shafts don’t last very long. But with a lower sale price, they’re great for kids just starting their youth lacrosse career.
Nike Vandal, ECD Carbon 3.0, Maverik HyperLite
Epoch Z1, Maverik Optik 3.0, ECD Mirage 2.0
Pro+, The ONE, ECD Replica
For the most part, FOGOs take a page from the attacker’s book – take everything we said about attack shafts, and just copy and paste it for FOGOS. Same goes for overall face shape, but material composite of the head is a bit different. FOGOs learn to execute a lot of force in one quick blast during a faceoff, and sometimes all that force gets driven into the ground. For this reason, they need a flexible material that can warp in the moment and shapeshift back to neutrality.
Nike Vandal, Maverik A1, STX Sc-Ti X+
StringKing Mark 2F, ECD Weapon X, STX Duel III
Pro+, Faceoff Pocket
Defense and LSMs (Long Stick Midfielders)
Defensemen use their lacrosse stick to deliver tough checks and to intercept or block passes and shots on the goalie. In this game, defense players are literally referred to by their lacrosse sticks, AKA the “long poles”. Their lacrosse sticks are literally much longer than those used by other fielders, between 52 and 72 inches.
For playing defense, a heavier, more rigid shaft material with a low kick point helps to compensate for the overall length of their complete lacrosse stick. Some other general recommendations for defense are wider face shapes and high pockets.
ECD Carbon 3.0 60″, STX Sc-Ti X 60″, StringKing Composite 2 PRO 60″
Maverik Tank 2.0, STX Hammer 900, Warrior QX-D
Pro+ (High Pocket), Inner-Lock, Sniper (High Pocket)
Goalies are snowflakes, and they have the most options when it comes to choosing the parts that make up their stick. They have a larger range of stick sizes (40″ – 72″), but their options for heads are much more controlled. Goalie heads are much larger and wider than others, with little variation in face shape. They use deep, wide pockets strung to absorb energy from an incoming shot. If anybody on the field wants a baggy pocket, it’s probably the guy in the net. Softness and break-in time are big concerns for goalies when choosing mesh items.
Warrior Nemesis 3, ECD Impact, STX Eclipse 2
For softer mesh, try ECD’s Impact Goalie Mesh. For harder mesh, go with the base Jimalax Semi-Hard