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Cascade Lacrosse has reached an agreement with the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) on a solution for the recently decertified Cascade R Helmet

The solution will involve a simple modification to Cascade R helmets currently in the marketplace. NOCSAE has accepted the solution. Cascade’s data confirms the helmet, as modified by this solution, meets NOCSAE certification standards. For NOCSAE certification purposes, the modified helmet is treated as a new model, identified as the Cascade R-M, although it will continue to be marketed by Cascade under the Cascade R name. Moving forward all newly manufactured Cascade R-M helmets will be certified as meeting the NOCSAE standards. A tamper-resistant sticker will be placed on all modified helmets as well as on newly manufactured Cascade R-M helmets to differentiate them from non-certified Cascade R models. Model R helmets that have not been ofifcially modified by Cascade do not meet NOCSAE standards and certification will remain void.

Cascade will make the modification to existing helmets at its Liverpool, N.Y. facility beginning December 16, 2014. The modification will be free of charge for consumers and retailers, including shipping.

“We are extremely pleased that Cascade and NOCSAE have reached an agreement to modify existing Cascade R helmets and put helmets back in play for our loyal customers,” said Tim Ellsworth, Global Business Director, Cascade Lacrosse. “We have been working closely with NOCSAE and will work diligently to ensure that all Cascade R helmets returned are modified as quickly as possible. We thank everyone for their patience and support.”

To fully reinstate the NOCSAE license, which was suspended in conjunction with the R model decertification, Cascade is cooperating with a review by NOCSAE of certification data for all of its models, and is having a third-party audit of Cascade’s quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) processes.

Cascade is currently finalizing its own internal audit and expects the third-party QA/QC audit to be completed by December 18, 2014. NOCSAE will partially reinstate Cascade’s license agreement for the production of new Cascade R-M helmets upon demonstratiion of satisfactory audit results fr its QA/QC processes. The license agreement will be fully restored for other Cascade models upon demonstrating that such models certified by Cascade are supported by necessary data.

Cascade is also currently reviewing test results for all of its lacrosse helmets to ensure they meet both Cascade and NOCSAE standards.

The Hawk Is Here!

The Epoch Hawk has introduced composite material into their heads. Utilizing state of the art materials and proprietary methods the Hawk provides optimal strength and durability and maximum energy transfer. Made in the USA and coming with a 1-year warranty, The Epoch Hawk is sure to turn heads this year! Pick up yours today at The Lax Shop.

Zack Hits 118 MPH!

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Staff Pick of the Month – March

String King Mesh

StringKing Lacrosse was founded on the principle of eliminating the flaws of mesh the founders used as NCAA lacrosse players. With years of testing they have released what they consider to be the finest, most consistent mesh in the industry. It combines the benefits of wax, hard and soft mesh to create performance demanded by the modern player.

Their mesh is a non-nylon, polymer blend which they say has eliminated the need to coat it with chemicals or wax which leads to a low break-in time and no shrinkage over time.

As of today they make two types of mesh, the 1x semi-hard, and the 1s semi-soft.

Ask for StringKing Mesh in your stick now!

2014 USA Men’s National Team

Ned Crotty – Attack

Marcus Holman – Attack

Brendan Mundorf – Attack

Rob Pannell – Attack

Kevin Leveille – Attack

Garret Thul – Attack

Steele Stanwick – Attack

Paul Rabil – midfield

Drew Snider – Midfield

Jojo Marasco – Midfield

Max Seibald – Midfield

Matt Meckrides – Midfield

David Lawson – Midfield

Kevin Buchanan – Midfield

Chris Eck – faceoff

Kyle Harrison – ssdm

Matt Abbott – SSDM

Dan Burns – SSDM

Jeff Reynolds – SSDM

Kyle Hartzell – lsm

Michael Evans – Defense

Tucker Durkin – Defense

Brian Karalunas – Defense

Jesse Bernhardt – Defense

Joe Fletcher – Defense

Mitch Belisle – Defense

Lee Zink – Defense

Drew Adams – Goalie

Jesse Schwartzman – Goalie

John Galloway – Goalie