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  • A Closer Look: STX Duel Head

    In this weeks product review, we take a look at the STX Duel Head.


    Two competitors enter a small circle in the middle of the field. They lock eyes, staring each other down with a steely gaze. They get into position. At the mark, they charge towards a small ball in the center. The competitors are locked in a battle for the ball. Their allies stand around them. After a few seconds of might and fight, one emerges with the ball. This possession has changed the tide of the game completely.

    STX Duel Lacrosse Head

    What was just described is none other than a lacrosse face-off. The lacrosse face-off is one of the most important parts of the game. Possession of the ball can lead to a quick goal, shifting the momentum of the game and stealing the fervor of leading team. Continue reading

  • Lax World and STX Host Event to Benefit Charm City Youth Lacrosse


    We warmly invite you to an event benefiting Charm City Youth Lacrosse. Join us at the Lax World in Timonium for fun and a day full of lacrosse to celebrate the season!

    Timonium Charm City Youth Lacrosse Event

    Lax World and STX Host Shopping Day to Benefit Charm City Youth Lacrosse

    Cockeysville, MD - Cockeysville-based Lax World, a local retailer of boys and girls lacrosse equipment, and Baltimore-based STX, a global sporting goods leader, announced they will host a lacrosse shopping day on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lax World in Timonium (2060 B York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093) to benefit Charm City Youth Lacrosse, an organization that provides Baltimore City elementary and middle school underserved girls and boys.

    During the event, Charm City Youth Lacrosse will be accepting donations of gently used lacrosse equipment, excluding helmets and footwear. Participants who donate gently used lacrosse equipment will receive 15 percent off their purchase of STX equipment during the event. “We are extremely excited to be partnering with Lax World for this shopping day,” says Artie Spruill, executive director of Charm City Youth Lacrosse. “Donations of gently used gear go a long way to support our Baltimore City youth and offer more opportunities for children to play this great game of lacrosse.”

    Representatives from Lax World and STX will be available throughout the event to help fit youth lacrosse players in the proper equipment sizes, provide information on the newest STX gear and answer questions about the sport. Participants are invited to demo STX lacrosse equipment, including the STX Duel face-off system for boys and the STX Exult 500 complete stick for girls, among other equipment.

    Frank Barbarino, President of Lax World, says “Charm City Youth Lacrosse is an organization that we are proud to partner with.  What they accomplish is important to our community. Lacrosse must thrive at the grass roots level to inspire the growth of Lacrosse.  Lax World is looking forward to long term partnership with Charm City Youth Lacrosse.  Having our friends at STX join us at this event acknowledges how much the benefit of our city.”

    The Lax World lacrosse event is open to the public and free to attend. A drawing to win STX lacrosse gear will be held. For more information, please visit

    About Charm City Youth Lacrosse

    Founded by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in 2009, the Charm City Youth Lacrosse League is a 501(c) (3) organization that provides lacrosse skills training, league play, and mentoring to underserved Baltimore City youth at no cost.  The League provides recreational enrichment, builds leadership skills, teaches good sportsmanship, offers valuable positive social interaction, and enables participants to forge relationships with leaders from both the Baltimore area business community and civic community. The League also helps participants pursue scholarship opportunities at area high schools. For more information, visit

  • A Closer Look: New Weather Weave Mesh from STX

    Mesh is arguably one of the most important part of your entire lacrosse stick. It helps you shoot faster and catch passes easier. It can win games and secure championships.


    If you don’t have good lacrosse mesh, you’re simply wasting your time.

    STX Dry Mesh

    When you get the new Dry Mesh, Dry Mesh Lite, and Knot Mesh by STX, you won’t have to worry about wasting any more time.
    STX has once again changed the game in the mesh arena with these newest offerings. They’re creating a “mesh revolution” if you will. A lot of players are and sick and tired of using inferior pieces of lacrosse mesh.

    STX has listened…and they’re ready to redeem lacrosse players everywhere from the hordes of underwhelming options on the market. The STX® Dry Mesh, Dry Mesh Lite, and Knot Mesh are the response.

    In three new exclusive pieces of lacrosse mesh, STX offers durability, performance, and incredible feel in three affordable pieces.

    The STX Dry Mesh and Dry Mesh Lite are great pieces of lacrosse mesh that will greatly increase the feel and responsiveness of your lacrosse head and your lacrosse stick. Continue reading

  • A Closer Look: Surgeon 500 & Surgeon 10 500

    An in-depth look at the Surgeon 500 and Surgeon 10 500

    The new surgeon heads create the ultimate precision pocket with their uniquely pointed face shape and shallow scoop smile. Pair it with knot mesh for the ultimate tactile tool.


    When you think of a skilled surgeon, what comes to mind? Precision? Accuracy? Mastery?

    All of these words describe STX's new offering in the Surgeon 500 and Surgeon 10 500 lacrosse heads. These heads are designed to slice right through the center of the opposing defense and make precise shots into the net.

    The Surgeon 500 and Surgeon 10 500 gives you the ultimate precision head in the palm of your hand. This head is 10% lighter than the original Surgeon model along with having the highest strength-to-weight ratio in the STX line. The bottom rail is designed for a low pocket placement for a quick release. You won't have to worry about the head snapping to pieces in the brutal weather either - these have STX's All Climate Performance technology (ACP). Continue reading

  • Benefits on The Draw: The STX Exult 500 Head

    Today we are happy to have Christine, one of our product specialist with Women's Lacrosse gear and Team Sales Representatives here to take a look at the STX Exult 500 Head. The new Exult 500 for the 2016 season is completely redesigned since the launch of the previous Exult 500 in 2015, and better than ever.


    STX Exult 500 (2016) Head in Depth Review



    While a successful draw depends on many factors, the performance of your head is a major component due to the direct contact with the ball. Any elite midfielder knows that equipment plays a major role in winning the draw. When looking for a head matching the talents of an elite player, nothing can compare to the performance of the new Exult 500. Created by STX, the Exult 500 provides three major strengths, stiffness of the sidewalls, C-channel technology, and a pinched design. Continue reading

  • Never Duplicated - A Closer Look at the Stallion U 550

    Stallion U 550 Product Review: Unique face shape and STX's iconic dual sidewal strut structure is often imitated but never duplicated.


    Midfielders are super-critical to the life of any team. A good midfield can mean the difference between crushing the other team and losing the game completely. Continue reading

  • Guest Post: 2015 East Coast Dyes Carbon

    We are happy to have East Coast Dyes join us for a guest post; today they are giving us some in-depth information on their 2015 Carbon Shafts. Carbon Shafts, along with many of the East Coast Dyes products, remain some of our top products at



    2015 East Coast Dyes Carbon


    In 2014, East Coast Dyes exploded into the lacrosse handle market with a composite handle called the ECD Carbon and in 2015 the latest line of Carbons have taken the lacrosse world by storm. The 2015 Carbon included the features players know and love, such as a unique and comfortable shape, a textured grip, and Flex5 Technology, along with an improved strength to weight ratio.

    The key to the Carbon’s success is the advanced composite materials and manufacturing processes, which allow the Carbon to flex in a controlled manner when shooting. This controlled flex provides an unmatched snap and feel to every shot and leads to increased shot velocity. On the East Coast Dyes 10 point flex scale; the Carbon is a comfortable Flex5, making the Carbon a great option for those who are used to the feel of traditional alloy handles.

    As an added bonus to the performance attributes, the Carbon is also one of the strongest composite handles in lacrosse. When testing the Carbon and benchmarking it against other handles in the industry, it was quickly noticed that forces, which would typically dent or break some alloy handles, simply bounced off of the Carbon leaving no traceable damage. This type of testing was directly relatable to a handle receiving a check during game play.

    Even with all of these characteristics, the most important aspect of the Carbon is the value. The 30” Carbon is available for $99.99, which is a steal for a handle that performs as good, if not better than many of the higher priced competitors.


    East Coast Dyes Carbon Shafts



  • The New Lax World Starter Packages

    All-in-one Lacrosse Starter Packages

    A lacrosse starter package is the easiest way to get into playing today. Our expert team has created these all-in-one kits include all you need. Basic packages begin with all protective gear, or move up to the deluxe kits that include complete sticks, gear bags and helmets.

    Starter sets from Lax World are the best way for anyone new to lacrosse to purchase all the gear at the same time, and save. We have starter packages in several groups; including pads only, pads with complete sticks, the full set that includes helmet, and our deluxe starter package that also includes the new Lax World Gear Bag. There's no bad decision when it comes to these precisely designed lacrosse packages.

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  • Lax World Announces acquisition of Breakaway Sports

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    Lax World Announces acquisition of Breakaway Sports

    Deal will create one of the country’s largest lacrosse retailers

    Baltimore, MD and Denver, CO (January 26, 2016) -- Lax World, a specialty lacrosse retailer based in Baltimore, has acquired Denver-based lacrosse specialist, Breakaway Sports.  The deal will grow the combined company to 14 locations nationwide, expand its online presence and warehousing, and broaden the reach of its Team Sales division from coast to coast.

    Both companies have been servicing customers and helping to grow the game of lacrosse for a combined 48 years.  The deal will enable the combined company to provide more value to its customers and business partners, while extending its market reach to five key markets with plans to expand into several others.

    Frank Barbarino of Lax World said, “We are thrilled to be combining forces with Breakaway Sports. In addition to expanding our store base and team sales capabilities, we our adding a deep and talented group of professionals who are industry leaders in the lacrosse community.” I’m extremely thrilled that Phil McCarthy will be part of the management team as we continue our growth through more acquisitions and organically. Management members from both companies will work collaboratively to create a phased integration plan to join both entities onto one platform.

    Phil McCarthy, Founder and Owner of Breakaway Sports said, “This decision will transform the way we come to market for our customers and employees. This will maximize our potential and allow us to better compete in all sales channels in this evolving competitive environment. Mergers are mostly about the people, and we feel that we are coming together with a great group that will allow us to fully reach our potential to become the largest lacrosse specialty store in the country.”

    The combined company will have stores in Washington, Colorado, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia.

    About Lax World

    Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Cockeysville, MD, Lax World has three decades of expert leadership. Lax World proudly serves its customers through retail stores, e-commerce, and a team sales division. The company transformed hands in 2013 from lacrosse icon and visionary Jim “Darky” Darcangelo by a new management team to take Lax World to the next level in the sport of Lacrosse.

    About Breakaway Sports

    Founded in 1996, and has stores in Washington, Colorado, New York, and Georgia. They have a strong focus on retail and a national presence in team sales. It has prided itself on supporting the growth of the game in many non-traditional markets.

  • Lacrosse Goals & Nets Buying Guide

    You can’t shoot at a target you can’t hit. That's why we've created this easy beginners guide to lacrosse goals and nets.

    Lacrosse goals for outdoor play will be 6’ tall x 6’ wide x 7’ deep with 1.5” pipes.  The standard gameplay color for lacrosse goals is orange, however for a backyard goal it can be any color.  A typical box lacrosse goal will be 4’ tall x 4’ wide x 4’ deep.

    Most goals will come with a 2.5MM or 3MM net which is laced to the pipes.  While a 2.5MM net does not last an extremely long time, especially if facing strong weather conditions, a 3MM net holds up very well for backyard play, and is recommended for early entry.

    You can also use 4MM, 5MM, or 6MM nets.  4MM is fantastic if you have multiple athletes shooting on the cage or even just a dedicated elite athlete that is consistently testing the net.  5MM and 6MM are commonly used for official game play.

    For practice play, you can also use bounce-back walls. Playing on these walls are like having a person passing the ball to you. This is perfect for learning how to catch or perfecting your shooting and catching skills.

    Whatever your lacrosse goal and net buying needs are, you can guarantee that we’ll have them at Lax World. For more information check out our gear guide for goalies.

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