Are you willing to put it all on the line to earn the W, including your own body? Power players are ready and willing to risk it all for that extra possession and another chance at victory. Due to their fearless nature, they require some extra insurance when running into the thick of the action.
A true example of a power player would be the legendary Brodie Merrill. There’s a reason the current Boston Cannons and Toronto Rock player has collected a myriad of defenseman of the year awards, because he is willing to do whatever it takes on the playing field. Merrill’s leave it all on the field style of play has been an example for his fellow teammates to follow and has proven to be very successful. One of the more recent illustrations of his playing style turning into leadership on field would be the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships where he led Team Canada to a gold medal, holding the explosive Team USA to only 5 goals and earning a spot on the All-World team. This is a true testament that if you’re willing to scrap for every ground ball, sprint to the end line for back up and lay down bone breaking hits you will not only put your team in a better position but inspire them to join you in the battle.
If you’re going to be able to keep laying it on the line every game, you’re going to need some equipment that can stand up to the same wear and tear. We’ve reviewed our vast selection of sticks, cleats and protective equipment and picked out some of the toughest gear on the market to match your tough as nails playing style.
Your stick is an extension of your body so it will need to handle the same level of assault on field. When picking out your next head and shaft, you’ll want to look for a high level of stiffness and strength in those products so that they can last day in and day out. The new Warrior Regulator head and Maverik Caliber shaft are great examples of truly tough equipment. The Regulator combines Warriors Sym-Rail design and their new Loc-Throat technology to provide a stiff product that locks into the shaft for a secure fit. The Maverik Caliber blends the lightweight nature of scandium with the strength of titanium into Maveriks signature shape which has been known to provide a high level of stability.
When you’re running into impending contact, you’ll need some cleats that will provide extra support and protection to allow you to throw your full force into the action. Thicker material and higher ankle designs are signs of sturdy cleats meant for the power player. The Under Armour Highlight cleats stand out in this category for its unique tall stature. This high cleat is engineered with UA’s ClutchFit technology that acts as a second skin to conform to your feet for a locked in feel. On the other foot, the Exo-skeletal TPU support structure on the Warrior Adonis 2.0 not only provides futuristic look but more importantly acts as a structural cage around your foot in areas of high stress.
If you’re always the one in the middle of the ground ball war, you’re destined to get hacked and hit by your opponent. That is why it is crucial to find protective equipment that can not only withstand a barrage of blows, but will keep you protected so you can battle it out again and again. Prime examples of equipment that is engineered to deflect harsh contact would be the Under Armour Engage glove and the Brine Triumph III arm guard. The Engage glove features a slightly wider frame for more coverage and “Floating Armour” technology in the thumb area for great flexibility and even better protection. The Brine Triumph III arm guards are not only the larger version of the Triumph III family which will give you more arm coverage but they feature exposed Skylight Cap inserts over Brines Aeroshield foam that is intended to ward off stick checks.
If you fit the power player mold, you’ll want suit up from head to toe with gear that is built to protect. Check out our hand-picked selection of power sticks, cleats and equipment that are all designed to give you that extra advantage while laying it all on the line.