Epoch Releases Their New Hawk Head

Epoch lacrosse hawk head

Epoch Lacrosse has released five generations of lacrosse shafts and today they release their first ever lacrosse head in The Hawk. Epoch developed this head in conjunction with Flip Naumburg of Vail, CSU, Rock-it-Pocket, and curved/offset head technology fame. Be on the lookout for an AMAZING documentary on Flip as well. It is MUST WATCH lacrosse video to be sure!

The head is something truly different, and I have been fortunate enough to play with a couple of recent prototypes. I have also been able to string up 3 or 4 of the heads over the last month or two, so I’ve gained a unique insight in to what makes this product unique.


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In the Hawk PR kit, James Miceli, founder of Epoch Lacrosse, has this to say about the new head:

We didn’t design The Hawk for everybody and we didn’t want to create a utilitarian head that fits all styles of play. The Hawk is an advanced head, designed for players who desire a high pocket. It is designed for the modern style of play.

As you can see in the photos, The Hawk is definitely not for everyone. If you love a low pocket or a mid pocket bag, this might not be the head for you. But if you love a good high pocket, you might just find The Hawk to be extremely appealing. It truly does function differently than any head I’ve ever played with. And Epoch believes that many modern players will love it. Ryan Hurley had this to say about Epoch’s market research:

The game has evolved from being played with a vertical one-handed style to the modern two-handed style in which players hold their sticks more on a horizontal plane. This new style has changed the way in which players prefer their stick to be strung. Our retail partners have educated us that over 75% of players who ask for their stick to be professionally strung ask for a mid-high pocket. The Hawk caters directly to this need.

In many high pockets, whip can become a problem. The hold is almost always excellent, but players are often forced to bring the head too far back, or they have to stop their motion early, when throwing a pass, just so that the ball won’t go into the ground. I find that a typical high pocket does not allow me to follow through all the way, and have seen many other players plagued by the same problems.


The Hawk however has a different approach to an “offset/laid back” approach, and this unique set up changes how the stick throws in a major way. The scoop does not come back up, as it does in truly offset heads, and is at an angle to the rest of the head and the shaft. The ball sits up there with ease when cradling. But when you throw the ball, it comes out with a quicker release, and travels a relatively short distance, allowing you to pop quick passes and shots without a full and time-consuming wind up. By following through fully more, I was able to generate the same shot speed, but my release was definitely quicker.

The head is extremely light, and I expected it to be more flimsy because of how thin it is. But leave it to Epoch to find new materials to use in their heads, and you actually have a relatively stiff head that can take some abuse and not lose its shape. Here is an interesting blurb from the Epoch PR Kit on the new materials:

The Hawk is constructed using state-of-the-art materials and utilizes an industry first proprietary composite injected polymer, providing not only optimal strength and durability but also maximum energy transfer for improved velocity. Epoch has led the way in the adoption of advanced materials, such as carbon fiber, with their Dragonfly line-up of shafts. With The Hawk, they have introduced composite material into lacrosse heads.

Epoch’s exclusive dual layer architecture ensures The Hawk remains light and strong (durable) by removing material and weight from non-essential parts and increasing the strength throughout the essential structure. The trusted trestle sidewall is a proven design providing increased lateral, torsional and vertical compression resistance, in addition to overall stiffness.

But maybe you want a more flexible head because you take face offs… or you’re a D guy who wants something stiffer? Well Epoch has you covered there as well. This composite material will allow Epoch to create the same head, but with different stiffness ratings, similar to how some of their shafts flex more or less than others. James Miceli fills us in on that concept a bit more:

All too often we see players forced into playing with a specific head based on their position. Many defensemen who desire a stiffer head buy a head marketed specifically to defensemen, but that added stiffness usually comes with a wider profile and is less suited for making the switch from defense to offense. By using their proprietary composite polymer, Epoch can increase or decrease the stiffness of The Hawk by altering the materials used in manufacturing. This will allow defensemen to have the same profile and shape head as an offensive player but with the added stiffness they desire. Epoch plans to launch a iQ5 (mid-flex), iQ1 (Stiff) and a iQ10 (Soft) version of The Hawk.

The Hawk will retail for $100, and can be purchased now through a pre-order with certain e-tailors. Go to Epoch’s Website to find a retailer where you can pre-order The Hawk.



  1. I love the idea of being specific to one type of pocket, especially a high pocket, one of the least common pockets. You always see people asking what type of position you can use a head for, but I love being pocket specific. I can’t wait to see what else they come out with.

  2. I need to get my hands on one of those. I love high pockets! This is definitely a head that will pave the way for new gear designs in the future.

    I love the idea of being specific to one type of pocket, especially a high pocket, one of the least common pockets. You always see people asking what type of position you can use a head for, but I love being pocket specific. I can’t wait to see what else they come out with.

    Thank you guys. Please let us know what you think after you get a change to play with it. We can offer some stringing tips to. Happy Holidays. – Team Epoch

  3. The article credit’s Flip Naumburg with offset head technology, but Flip help create the curved head, not the offset head. Based on patent law, Flip and Dave Morrow (Warrior) created the “scooped lacrosse head”, which per United States Patent 5,568,925 is “a lacrosse head having an open frame with sidewalls that curve continuously from the base to the lip of the frame so as to define a curved scoop-like frame geometry when viewed in side elevation.” Bill Brine (Brine and Cascade) and James Dill created the offset head per United States Patent 5,651,549, which focuses on the “specified relationship between the plane defined by the uppermost surface of the stick element, taken at its forward end, relative to the location of the center of gravity of the head.”

  4. @ekeown The Cobra was the first head to drop the ball below what was considered flat. You are correct in the patent terminology sense though. So… good point. But the Cobra was first, right? I tend to give some credit there for offset in general. Multiple people can invent the same thing, just in slightly different ways.

    the term offset even describes women’s sticks that recurve back to flat. Technically, it’s not used right (so I updated it, thank you!) but don’t we describe all laid back, offset, curved, etc heads now as offset? Not trying to say you’re wrong… curious to hear your response!

  5. @Connor Wilson I agree, and I should have put that in my comment and I don’t know why I didn’t. Without the Cobra (it was first) and possibly the Diablo which came after the Cobra, but I believe before Brine’s Edge, we probably would not have had the Brine style offset, or at least not so quickly. I don’t doubt for a second that Brine was inspired by what Flip and Dave had created. They may or may not have thought “how can we make it better”, but they definitely thought “how can we have a similar concept and not infringe on the patent” (which would have been pending at the time). Flip is definitely an innovator that started a trend that changed lacrosse heads forever, regardless of semantics or patents.

    In describing lacrosse heads, offset by definition is “an abrupt change in the dimension or profile of an object”, which to me would not represent a curved head specifically because of the word “abrupt”. That said I can understand people using the term generically to describe any head isn’t straight (Onset? The term will catch on, I promise!). I guess I base my usage of offset on the same nuances that made the heads not infringe on patents as well as the marketing terms used by the manufacture to describe them. I’ll stick to men’s lacrosse, and heads of the late 90s to mid 00s as that would be my prime for equipment knowledge, and the only time three “different” but similarly purposed concepts competed with each other.

    The original warrior heads like the Cobra and the Diablo were curved heads, later they switched to the traditional straight (fine, onset) heads, and finally they just started patent licensing to have offset heads. Brine’s heads are offset and they have a range of offset, their first offset heads, like the Edge and the Warp, started right at the top of the throat and that style is full offset, later you had heads like the original Cyber and the Motive where it was still offset but further down the head. Regardless of full or partial offset, you still had a sudden change in the profile of the sidewall that remained consistent after the change. As for STX, well their first non-onset (see, I told you it would catch on!) head, the Raptor was curved, and infringed on Flip’s patent, but their next, the Octane, introduced their forward cant design. It looks like a more gradual offset, similar to something like the Cyber, but after the change, the path of the sidewall profile is very slightly angled upward, getting around the Brine patent. When they were sued due to how closely the concept was to Brine’s offset, STX simply increased the incline on the forward cant by 1 degree or so; this was the difference between the Proton and the Proton Plus.

    In the grand scheme of things, the concept of curved heads didn’t last very long in Men’s lacrosse, but they definitely were key to starting a significant change in the design of head.

  6. It will be interesting to see if this is the start of a move towards more heads becoming very specific to a certain type of pocket. We do see that certain heads are used by certain kinds of players in the game today i.e attackmen heads, middie heads, defensive heads. But maybe we’ll start seeing these heads being designed around the pockets themselves as well as by position. I love that Epoch is pushing the envelope and looking for ways to innovate the gear we use. Definite contenders in the gear market.