WRITTEN BY: Maddy Morrissey
It’s finally May and once again we find ourselves reaching the quintessential mark of summer: Memorial Day. With Memorial Day comes the the Women’s 2015 NCAA Final Four in Philadelphia. This year’s selection show shocked many; Gracing a faltering yet veteran Duke team with the three-seed, an uphill battle for a talented Penn State team, a gift for the West Coast USC Trojans and countless other questionable “bracketology” miracles. This weekend’s contests feature: #1 ranked Maryland Terrapins, #2 UNC Tar Heels, #3 Duke Blue Devils, and #4 Syracuse Orange. Maryland is the favorite going into the weekend, but the remaining three teams have also shown that they are more than capable of surprising the lacrosse world. With that said, we are going to take a look at the cold hard facts about the gear that has contributed to these teams’ success.
Enter the LACROSSE.COM Final Four Heads Bracket Contest.
Our contest will work just like the NCAA May Madness bracket. We’ll open up head-to-head match-up polls, pit one head against another and let you vote on your favorite. After you vote, go down to the comments section and select which complete stick that you think will be crowned champion. From the pool of entrants that predict the correct winner, we will select one entry as our May Madness Champion. That lucky voter will receive the winning stick!
The Nike Lunar features 10 degree tilt technology creates increased shot torque and power, perfect for players who get in tight situations near the crease. Elastomer overmold reduces ball spin for excellent ball feel and sweet spot control, giving high performance attackers, like the Duke Blue Devil’s offense, the added confidence to expertly navigate through multiple defenders. The pointed scoop promotes laser point accuracy on shots and passes, in addition to the extreme scoop angle for the added whip in your shot. Minimum sidewall height allows for the deepest legal pocket.
Brine Dynasty Elite
This stick is infused with Core-Tech for a lightweight head for exceptional ball feel, giving players ability for more accurate and powerful shots. TruOffset technology increases ball control and shot power, while a super V-Scoop pocket makes for accurate passing. Deemed the head that attackers love and goalies fear, it’s users pass more accurately and have a quicker ball release. It is also a great head for taking the draw, which North Carolina takes advantage of in their game plan for the draw. In this sport, possession is key, which makes the draw one of the most important aspects of the women’s game.
Under Armour Honor
This head comes with glide scoop technology for enhanced ground ball pickups. It is a traditional profile stick for dependable control ideal for defense or defensive midfielder. This head offers consistency in ground balls and long passes in the clear, which are two important themes in Maryland’s game plan this season. Their dependable defense stops top NCAA attackers in their tracks and causes multiple turnovers a game. Just like Maryland’s defense, this stick is not flashy, but gets the job done.
The Spire head features a max-drop V-scoop for maximum ball control, while also allowing for a quick release on passes and shots. The narrow throat serves as an added control mechanism for the quick hands of elite attackers. For Syracuse’s top performing offense this stick enables the Cuse attackers to get more power behind their shot while expending less effort.
The bracket challenge is set and so are the Championship Weekend match-ups. Stay tuned for the final round of voting and be sure to get your vote in and comment below on which stick you think will be crowned Champion for a chance to win it!
Click here for official May Madness Bracket Challenge Women’s Edition rules.