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Gear of the Year: Match Your Stick to Your Style in 2023


Need a new lacrosse stick for next season? One size does not fit all.

With so many options out there, we turned to our friends at Lax.com for a guide of what sticks to buy for 2023 based on what persona you play on the field.

For each role, we’ve included suggested products from the most popular equipment brands.

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SHOOTER (M)

Player Attributes: Shot power, shooting accuracy, catching, footwork, torque

Stick Preferences: Tight face shape, lightweight, mid-high pocket, aggressive offset, quick release

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SHOOTER (W)

Player Attributes: Shot power, shooting accuracy, catching, stickhandling, torque

Stick Preferences: Lightweight, high sweet spot, quick and snappy release, good hold for windup/stepdown/crank, superb control

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Need a new lacrosse stick for next season? One size does not fit all.


X/WING DODGER (M)

Player Attributes: Shot power, shooting accuracy, catching, stickhandling, torque

Stick Preferences: Mid-low pocket, great channel for ball retention, lightweight, smooth release for passing and shooting

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TRANSITION (W)

Player Attributes: Passing accuracy, catching, defense, ground balls, stickhandling

Stick Preferences: Versatility (offense and defense), forgiving pocket, convenient sweet spot, catch to cradle

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LONG-STICK MIDDIE (M)

Player Attributes: Transition, stickhandling, speed/burst, athleticism, defense

Stick Preferences: Lightweight, durable, mid-pocket for quick release, tight face shape, ball control

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LOCKDOWN DEFENDER (W)

Player Attributes: Strength, endurance, communication, footwork, agility/change of direction

Stick Preferences: Strong, stiff head and shaft, smooth catch and release, consistent and solid, reliable

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FACEOFF SPECIALIST (M)

Player Attributes: Leadership, reflexes, strength, footwork, athleticism

Stick Preferences: Great shape retention, flexibility, lightweight but durable to withstand abuse and twisting, nice scoop for ground balls, quick release for passing

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DRAW CONTROL (W)

Player Attributes: Reflexes, strength, field sense/vision, communication, transition

Stick Preferences: Versatility (offense and defense), forgiving pocket, convenient sweet spot, catch to cradle

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GOALIE

Player Attributes: Reflexes, communication, leadership, agility/change of direction, ground balls

Stick Preferences: Strong head, wide catching area, smooth passes, nice throat

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FEEDER (M)

Player Attributes: Field sense/vision, passing accuracy, stickhandling, leadership, agility/change of direction

Stick Preferences: Mid-pocket, smooth and snappy release for crisp passes, strength and stiffness to withstand checks

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CLOSE DEFENSEMAN (M)

Player Attributes: Footwork, discipline, torque, strength, communication

Stick Preferences: Strength over lightweight, wide head for knocking down passes, durable, mid-high pocket for quick release on clears, great scoop shape for GBs

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TWO-WAY MIDDIE (M)

Prototype: Zach Currier

Player Attributes: Ground balls, endurance, defense, transition, athleticism

Stick Preferences: Strength more important than weight, wide top of head for catching, great scoop for ground balls, nice channel for passing and ball control

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BEGINNER (M)

Suggested Stick:

  • Maverik Optik Alloy Complete ($99.99)

$100 and Under: 

  • Maverik Critik Alloy ST Complete ($59.99)

BEGINNER (W)

Suggested Stick: 

$100 and Under: 

  • Nike Lunar LT (New) (Not yet available on Lax.com)