(Editor’s Note: Check out the video at the bottom for the answer!)
In our last Blind Item, we gave you some hints about a new Pro player signing with a equipment manufacturer. Eventually, one of our intrepid comment ninjas even got it right! Well done! But we’re not done there! We have another Blind Item for you and this one is just as good as the first!
So check out the Blind Item below, and impress us with your ability to reason out the facts! Who knows lacrosse better than LAS and our readers? NO ONE! That’s who.
This big time college lacrosse program is announcing their recently signed deal with a new equipment sponsor shortly. The equipment sponsor from last year is no longer making lacrosse equipment so the team had to move on. Clearly this new equipment partner saw the move as a “golden” opportunity!
Can you guess who the team is? How about the sponsor?
UPDATE (7:30AM ET – 9/13/11)
The following video was released on NDLaxTV late last night. Guess you can take your blindfold off now!!!
UPDATE (10:30PM ET – 9/14/11)
A press release announcing the partnership was just issued by Maverik Lacrosse. Check it out below, and look no further than Sweet Sweet Lax for photos of Notre Dame’s new Maverik Maybach lacrosse gloves!
Notre Dame Partners with Maverik Lacrosse
New York — September 14, 2011 — Maverik Lacrosse is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with the University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team. With this agreement, Maverik is now the official equipment supplier of the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame will receive custom designed Maverik gloves, shoulder pads and elbow guards. Additionally, they will have a vast arsenal of Maverik equipment to choose from including the new Spider 1 and Flight heads, as well as the Boost, H2 and Wonderboy shafts. Maverik will also provide the Irish with everything needed for on-field play from chest protectors to Maverik game balls.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Maverik for all our lacrosse equipment needs. Maverik has proven to be smart, innovative and committed to the growth of the game. Most importantly, I believe they are a great fit for us because we share the same values and goals for the sport and for our program. They are committed to helping us provide the best experience for our student-athletes,” said Kevin Corrigan, Notre Dame’s head lacrosse coach.
Notre Dame and Maverik both offer many online educational resources for coaches and players such as NDLAXTV (http://www.youtube.com/ndlaxtv) and the Maverik University video series which can be found on Maverik Film’s YouTube channel.
In recent years, Notre Dame has had tremendous success under the guidance of Coach Corrigan and his staff. Most notably in 2010, the Irish battled their way to an NCAA Division I National Championship Game and fell in the final. In 2011, Notre Dame ascended to the No. 1 ranking for the first time in program history and again returned to the NCAA Championship weekend where their season came to an end in the quarterfinals. All signs point to the Fighting Irish making an even bigger showing in 2012.
“Notre Dame is the most recognized university in the world because of its top academics and athletic department. Coach Corrigan has done an outstanding job building Notre Dame’s program into a title contender,” said John Gagliardi, President and founder of Maverik Lacrosse. “We are proud to be partners with an elite program like the Notre Dame lacrosse family.”
A video highlighting the new relationship between Maverik Lacrosse and the Fighting Irish can be found here.
Stay tuned for more on Notre Dame’s new Maverik Rome Gloves later this week. For more information and regular updates on the Notre Dame program, look no further than the Notre Dame Lacrosse Facebook page and Twitter account.