Welcome to round 2 of the 2016 May Madness Bracket Challenge!
We are kicking off round 2 after what was a very exciting Selection Sunday for all NCAA lacrosse divisions. It is not surprising that the teams who have dominated the top 5 in both men’s and women’s have claimed the top seeds in their respective tournaments. Both Maryland men’s and women’s programs captured #1 seeds with hopes to both make it back to the Championship game, the men hoping reclaim the title that was taken from them and for the women they will fight for a 3peat. Follow along and fill out your own men’s and women’s brackets wile catching all of the action on ESPNU starting Thursday, May 13th.
Now onto the 2nd round of our May Madness Bracket Challenge. The first round of voting showed some clear favoritism in some match ups while showcasing some very close races between others. Here is how they all panned out.
In the first round the Nike Lakota went head to head against the new Brine Clutch IV. Although the new Clutch IV came into the game this year with new Vari-Flex technology advancing the Clutch legacy it was still no match to the ever popular Lakota. The Lakota won the 2015 May Madness crown and is looking to repeat and the odds certainly are in its favor after. Sliding into the 2nd round, the Nike Lakota will now face off against the STX Duel which ousted the Epoch Hawk Sequel in round 1. Claiming 54% of the votes, the Duels unique construction has won face offs across the country and continues to do so in our Bracket Challenge. Question is, will the seasoned veteran Lakota be able to take on the new favorite STX Duel?
Head Spec: Universal or HS
Position Recommendation: Attack/Midfield
Featured Technology: Reinforced lower sidewall
Key Details: The Nike Lakota is not a new head to the market, but over the years it has proven to be one of the most popular among top athletes such as the Thompson brothers for its stiff construction and pinched design. The narrow face shape plus the pointed scoop gives you a tremendous ball control and allows for a natural channel when stringing it up.
Head Spec: Universal
Position Recommendation: Midfield – Faceoff
Featured Technology: Throat Plug Technology
Key Details: There are a number of heads on the market that are great for faceoffs but none, until now, have been designed and engineered specially for the faceoff. The STX Duel is a leader in its own right and has been seen on countless NCAA fields already this season. Besides the strategic stiff vs flexible zones on the sidewalls, the revolutionary throat plug is shorter than most heads allowing the FOGO to get their hands closer to the ball for more control over the possession.
In the closest match up of our 2016 May Madness Bracket, the StringKing Mark 1 bested the Under Armour Command by claiming just 51.6% of the votes. As the first ever head produced by a true mesh company, the Mark 1 has proven to be a truly versatile head for all age and experience levels with its stiff and simple design. On the other end of the spectrum, the Maverik Centrik pulled in 77% of the votes to beat out the Warrior Regulator. But, will the new guy to the show now be able to contend with a clear favorite head from the pool?
Head Spec: Universal
Position Recommendation: Attack/Midfield/Defense
Featured Technology: Pocket-driven Design
Key Details: The Mark 1 name is very appropriate as it marks the first ever head produced by a mesh company. StringKing has translated their extensive knowledge on stringing pockets in all types of heads and translated that into the Mark 1 making it a very versatile product that can be strung any way you would like. The supremely stiff sidewall design combined with the aggressive scoop and relatively wider face shape make this head great for any position on the field.
Head Spec: Universal or HS
Position Recommendation: Midfield/Defense
Featured Technology: Cored out 3 Strut Sidewall
Key Details: Maverik is known for building products that fit a specific position and playing style, but the Centrik in a sense breaks that mold. This new head is tough enough for a defenseman while light and narrow enough for the offensive player. The very stiff 3 strut sidewall design is cored out to reduce the overall weight of the head making it a great weapon for both ends of the field.
Now that you have placed your votes, make sure to share the image of your top pick to win the bracket on your Instagram or Twitter account using #MayMadnessGiveaway for a chance to win your favorite head from the pool. Also, stay tuned for the final round of May Madness voting starting May 16th. While you wait, check out the extensive selection of heads at LACROSSE.COM.