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      The Best Lacrosse Equipment for Intermediate Level Players - Shafts, Heads, and Complete Sticks.

      Here at United Sport and Cycle, we understand that choosing the right equipment for your sport is not always an easy task. That’s why we want to make sure our customers have access to all the proper information to ensure they get their hands on the best equipment for them!

      Today, we are going to talk about the best lacrosse equipment for players in the intermediate phase of their careers – including shafts, heads, and complete sticks. We consulted local lacrosse superstar and National Lacrosse League (NLL) professional, Erik Turner, to test out some of our products and give us his expert opinion. Erik began playing lacrosse for the local club in his hometown of St. Albert. During his minor lacrosse career, Erik won multiple city and provincial championships and was selected to represent Alberta at the Canadian National Championships four times. Erik was selected first overall in the RMLL Junior A draft and, during his junior career, scored 273 points in 70 games played. Throughout his lacrosse career as an athlete and coach, Erik has played with, learned from, and competed against some of the best lacrosse athletes and coaches in the world.  

      First Off - What Equipment do I Need as an Intermediate Lacrosse Player?

      First and foremost, you are going to need to choose whether you will be buying a lacrosse head and a lacrosse shaft/handle to pair, or a complete stick. Regardless of your skill level, it is important to ensure that your equipment is the best possible fit for you so that you are set up for maximum success in the game. In addition to a good lacrosse head and shaft, you are going to need to get equipped with full protective equipment – including a lacrosse helmet, gloves, arm pads, shoulder and rib pads, and potentially goalie pads - all of which are carried here at Edmonton’s very own United Sport and Cycle! At the intermediate level, some players choose to purchase a complete stick – whereas some opt to buy the head and shaft separately. Buying a complete lacrosse stick generally means a more simplified buying process, as well as less maintenance. On the other hand, buying the lacrosse head and shaft separately allows for significantly more ability to customize and tailor the stick to your preferences. Regardless of what set-up you decide to go with, our comprehensive lacrosse equipment buying guide has got you covered.    

      Buying the Right Lacrosse Head

      There are varying degrees of stiffness, width, weight, and angles that can be considered when looking to buy a lacrosse head. These factors have a large impact on the degree of control your lacrosse stick and head possess – which can be a huge difference maker on both ends of the field. Having a high-quality head can mean the difference between making a strong pass or creating a turnover, making this an incredibly important piece of equipment. As players head into the intermediate phase of their lacrosse careers, it is likely that they may begin to choose a position and therefor acquire more specialized equipment. As a general rule, if you play in defense, a stiffer head which features a flat scoop is best. Those playing in attack and midfield, however, should opt for a more controlled head. Keeping these points in mind, we had professional lacrosse player Erik Turner give us his top recommendations for intermediate lacrosse heads, which are featured below.

      Under Armour Command Low Lacrosse Head

      “The UA Command Low offers a great face shape and profile for box lacrosse. Designed for a lower pocket, this is a great head for players who like having a solid ability to control the ball and a quick release on passes or shots. Whether you are just getting started in the game or playing at a high level, this is a great head for all situations on the floor.”

      The beauty of this lacrosse head is that although it is beginner friendly, it has an advanced enough design that it can continue to be used by players as their skills develop. It also offers superior control, which is beneficial to intermediate players looking to refine their ball handling skills. 

      Sr. Evo Fatboy Pro MD2 Lacrosse Head

      The Sr. Evo Fatboy Pro MD2 is built for box! This head offers great face shape and durability for the demands of box lacrosse. Plus, the Warp system ensures you have an elite level pocket that is solid for any play style and will be consistently ready to go for every floor time. Without having to worry about your stick, you can concentrate more on playing the game. There’s a reason many pros trust this head in the National Lacrosse League!”
       
      Low maintenance plus consistent performance. What's not to love?

      String King Intermediate Legend Lacrosse Head

      “The String King Intermediate Legend is a great overall head for a really low cost. For players just getting started in the game, a good stick can make all the difference in their ability to grasp the fundamentals. The Intermediate Legend is a great head for high performance in all aspects of the game. Plus, the wide range of stringing options provided by the 29 sidewall holes gives players the opportunity to customize the stick to their preferences.”

      This head is not only beginner friendly, but cost friendly, making it a very attractive option for lacrosse newcomers. Pair this with its ability to be customized and it is a fantastic choice for any lacrosse player. 

      2D Defense String King Lacrosse Head

      “Defense is a tough job, but this head is up for the task. Stiff enough to handle the demands of checking without losing its shape, the Mark 2D gives defensive minded players a head they can rely on. Plus, the option to customize a pocket to your preferences with the wide variety of stringing holes and options. If you are excited about playing physical and stopping your opponents from scoring, the Mark 2D is a great head for you!” ”

      For those players who have already decided defense is for them - this is the ultimate lacrosse head. Durable, customizable, and reliable - with these features you can't go wrong!

      The Best Lacrosse Heads for Beginners

      Warrior Senior Evo Fatboy Warp Pro MD2 Lacrosse Head

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      StringKing Intermediate Legend Lacrosse Head

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      $59.99
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      StringKing Intermediate Legend Lacrosse Head

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      Buying the Right Lacrosse Shaft

      When choosing a lacrosse shaft, the main considerations should be the weight and durability. The durability of a shaft relates directly to the materials the shaft is made out of and the thickness of the shaft wall. Basically, the durability is related to the thickness of the shaft, so the thicker and heavier the shaft the material, the more durability the shaft will have. In terms of lacrosse positions, attackmen and midfielders usually opt for a lightweight and dent resistant shaft to maximize agility and accuracy when shooting. Defensemen on the other hand should look most at the weight and durability of their lacrosse shaft, in order to endure the physicality of the position and deal out more aggressive stick checks. Below are a few of the top-rated lacrosse shafts that we carry in our store, as per Erik Turners expert opinion.

      Under Armour Senior Meso Attack Shaft

      “Lightweight and durable! This UA composite lacrosse shaft is extremely light and won’t bend or dent like some metal shafts. A great shaft option for all experience levels who prefer to play with a lighter stick. It has a classic profile, which gives you a solid feel for the stick even with your gloves on. Plus, a subtle textured grip that helps you with control in all conditions. As an added bonus, this shaft just looks really cool!” 

      This lightweight lacrosse shift will keep you moving quickly and dishing out accurate shots! A great stick for offensive minded players. 

      Under Armour Grip Lacrosse Shaft 

      “The UA Grip shaft is one of the best available shafts for box lacrosse. The combination of materials makes for an extremely durable shaft that isn’t overly heavy. Plus, built in grip combined with a shaft profile built for maximal feel sets you up for great control of the stick during play. If you are looking for a shaft that is going to last you awhile and perform at a high level, the UA Grip is a reliable option trusted by some of the best players in the world.”

      Get this shaft if you are looking to keep your equipment versatile. The UA Grip offers performance at both ends of the floor, as well as can be used at all levels of play. 

      Warrior Senior Burn Pro Attack Lacrosse Shaft  

      Although a new addition to the store that has not been reviewed by Erik Turner – the Burn Pro Attack lacrosse shaft is the lightest shaft that Warrior has ever produced, and features the best strength-to-weight ratio to date which drastically improves shot speed and velocity. Overall, the Warrior Burn Warp Pro Carbon Attack Lacrosse Shaft is designed for the elite attackman or midfielder looking for optimal shot speed with the lightest strong and trusted Warrior shaft on the market.”

      Incredibly light weight and accurate - this stick is perfect for players who are beginning to specialize as an attackman or midfielder.

      Looking to keep it simple? Try our complete Lacrosse sticks instead!

      Oftentimes, advanced and professional lacrosse players will purchase the stick and the head separately and potentially even purchase multiple heads that they’ll swap out as they see fit. Players in the intermediate and beginner stages of their careers however should feel no need to do this and should instead concentrate on finding a head/shaft combo or a complete stick that will best suit their needs and enable them to focus all of their energy on playing the game. Our complete lacrosse sticks offer this up effortlessly, which means less time stressing about equipment and more time honing in your skills with any of these reliable brands.  

      String King Senior Complete 2 Lacrosse Stick

      “Professionally strung head paired with a high-quality shaft make it easy for you to get in the game and have success. StringKing complete lacrosse sticks offer players of all levels and experience a stick that will perform at a high level across the variety of situations and skills required in lacrosse. As a newer player, a StringKing complete is a great way to get started in the game knowing you have the right stick to be successful.”

      No fuss, reliable, and versatile! All StringKing completes offer players performance and peace of mind - making them an excellent choice for intermediate players. 

      Senior Fatboy Burn Warp Next MD1 Complete Lacrosse Stick

      “A complete stick built for box lacrosse! The Burn Warp Complete Stick offers a solid mid pocket which sets players up for high level ball control, passing, and shooting. Paired with a shaft that is designed for the developing box lacrosse player, this is a great complete stick for beginner to intermediate level players. If you get excited about scoring goals, this is probably the stick for you!”

      Perfect for the lacrosse athlete who has a passion for scoring. This stick is still completely suited for both ends of the floor however, making it ideal for players at any position to develop their game.

      Senior Fatboy Burn Warp Next MD1 Complete Lacrosse Stick

      “A complete stick built for box lacrosse! The Burn Warp Complete Stick offers a solid mid pocket which sets players up for high level ball control, passing, and shooting. Paired with a shaft that is designed for the developing box lacrosse player, this is a great complete stick for beginner to intermediate level players. If you get excited about scoring goals, this is probably the stick for you!”

      Perfect for the lacrosse athlete who has a passion for scoring. This stick is still completely suited for both ends of the floor however, making it ideal for players at any position to develop their game.

      Shop the Best Lacrosse Complete Sticks for Beginners

      StringKing Senior Complete 2 Lacrosse Stick

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      Warrior Senior Fatboy Burn Warp Next MD1 Lacrosse Stick

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      Now you're ready to go out and buy the perfect lacrosse setup for you! 

      Still have questions? No worries! One of the best ways to figure out the right lacrosse stick, shaft, or head for you is to come into our Edmonton store and speak to one of our lacrosse experts! Our staff are incredibly knowledgeable and always willing to figure out which equipment will best for your playing style. Or, if you already know what you are looking for or are not close to a store, you should check out our extensive online collection that can be shipped to anywhere in Canada or the U.S, here at our website.
       

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