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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.

  • 2016 LaxCon Update

    Lax World regrets to announce that due to the incoming winter weather we will be unable to attend the LaxCon 2016 event, Jan 22-23. We hope you will understand the circumstances under which we have taken this decision and we apologize for the inconvenience. Your safety is of utmost importance and concern for us.

    If you scheduled a meeting with our Team during the LaxCon event we would be happy to reschedule, our representatives will be reaching out to you. Please look for an email from us soon.

  • Lacrosse Mesh Basics

    Having reliable mesh is by far one of the most important aspects of playing lacrosse. Without good mesh on your stick, you can’t shoot, pass and throw at a high level.

    Mesh comes in several different variations, but we are concerned with one type in particular: Performance. Continue reading

  • Lacrosse Ball Guide

    You can’t have a game if you don’t have a ball.

    In different the different types of lacrosse games, you will find these color balls:

    White - Used in the men’s game
    Yellow - Used in the women’ game
    Orange - Used in the indoor game

    All balls, no matter what level of play, must meet the standards set forth by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) if they are to be used in an official game. These standards include: Continue reading

  • Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Women's Div. 1 Preseason Top 20

    Maryland, led by senior midfielder Taylor Cummings, is looking to win its third Women's Div. 1 Lacrosse championship in a row. Rounding out the Top 5 are North Carolina, Syracuse, Stony Brook, and Northwestern.

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    Cummings, the first collegiate Lacrosse player to win the Tewaaraton three times, led Maryland in points (100), assists (37), draw controls (143), ground balls (41) and caused turnovers (36).

     

  • Division 1 USILA Men's Lacrosse Coaches Poll

    The initial 2016 USILA Division 1 Men's Lacrosse poll has been released, with the 2015 Division 1 Champion University of Denver Pioneers ranked #1. Denver received 14 first place votes, followed by Notre Dame (6), Duke (1) and Maryland. Other polls, including Nike/LAX Magazine, have Notre Dame at the top spot.

    Denver looks to defend its first ever National Title on February 13 at Air Force.

    Schools also receiving votes include Marquette, Colgate, Princeton, Penn State, Army, Penn, Fairfield, High Point, Hofstra, Bucknell, Boston U, Richmond, UMass, Marist, and Air Force.

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  • Lacrosse Stringing Supplies Buying Guide

    If you ask a lacrosse player about their stick, they’ll be proud to tell you all about the specs. Most importantly of all, they’ll be gushing over type of stringing that was used to make the pocket on the head. The stringing in a lacrosse head is a work of art in and of itself. Continue reading

  • Equipment Fitting Guide (to help both the boys’ and girls’ youth player)

     

    EQUIPMENT FITTING GUIDE 

    US Lacrosse recently published an Equipment Fitting Guide to help provide first-time buyers, parents and players with suggested guidelines in purchasing equipment. Designed to help both the boys’ and girls’ youth player, the guide explains how lacrosse equipment should feel when properly worn.

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  • Paul Rabil's Keys to Success

    Unless you've been locked up in Alcatraz, there's a very high chance that you know who Paul Rabil is.

    If you somehow don't, here's a quick primer:

    • Played lacrosse at the esteemed Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
    • Starter on Team USA, various MLL teams, and JHU
    • Is known as being one of (if not) the best offensive player(s) in the history of lacrosse

    Of course, there's a variety of other things that you can say about Rabil such as his ability to absolutely devastate defenses or his affinity for seemingly impossible trick shots. But these are only a small part of the larger picture that has gained Paul Rabil such massive acclaim.

    Lax World has managed to break down several pieces of Paul Rabil's success so you can emulate and adopt parts of his story into your own.

    Whether you're a younger lacrosse player, an adult one, or simply just a fan, we can guarantee that you'll find tremendous insight in this article.

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