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Hot Pot Of Lax: Football Style Eye Shields On The Lacrosse Field

Syracuse lacrosse eye shield
Second player from the left. Tinted eye shield. Fact.

Have you signed up for the LacrosseRoads of America March Madness Challenge yet?  NO?!?!?!?!  Well, what’s your excuse?  I was on vacation until late last night and it was the first thing I did when I got back (maybe that explains some of my picks).  And I didn’t sign up because I love basketball.  It’s because I just love big tournaments and making ridiculous picks, and then seeing how wrong I could be.  After all, basketball was invented by James Naismith as a winter training tool for his lacrosse players.  Yes, you heard that last part right.  Basketball was invented so laxers had something to do in the offseason.

Another interesting trend coming from one sport and going to another is the use of football style eye shields on lacrosse helmets.  We’ve seen Casey Powell, and a number of others, do it for Summer tourneys, club teams, etc but I’ve yet to see it in a college game.  Until now.  Maybe I just missed it because I was on vacation, but when I was watching the Cuse-Gtown game on DVR I noticed at least one of the Cuse players was wearing a tinted eye shield.

Jovan Miller scores his first goal, comes off the field and goes back to the head of the line where he is fist bumped by a teammate.  A teammate in a visor.  No, I thought, this can’t be.  But it was.  Then I went over to Lax.com to see if I could find photographic evidence and BAM!  There it was.  Another kid in a visor.  Neither of these guys see much field time as far as I can tell, but if they’re wearing them, they must be legal.  Right?  Interesting… I had no idea!  I’m curious if it’s a medical thing, or if they are just legal for everyone.  Some investigation must be done!

Syracuse lacrosse eye shield

Second player from the left. Tinted eye shield. Fact.

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Anyway, back to my brackets.  They are bizarre.  Almost no upsets early on (9s over 8s and 10s over 7s are hardly upsets) and then I get pretty whacky.  I’ve got an all NY-State Final.  Cuse vs St. John’s.  Call me crazy… you’ll probably be right!

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St. John's can totally do this, right? Yeah. Erin Sharoni thinks so.

Don’t know who Erin Sharoni is?  Well, she loves St. John’s basketball, covers them for SNY and probably has them winning one more game than I do.  Also, she went to Wesleyan and Wesleyan is awesome.

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– Hessler passes Tufts legend Bryan Griffin as all-time leading scorer.  I used to cover Bryan back in college.  GREAT PLAYER.  Along with last year’s National Championship, it has been quite a career so far for Hessler! | Tufts Daily

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About the author

Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of LacrosseAllStars.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.

16 Comments

  • To wear a tinted visor, a Dr’s note is needed. A tinted visor makes it much more difficult to do a concussion check on someone. So if they don’t have a brain, let them wear a visor.

    Kind of stupid to wear one anyway if you ask me. I much prefered letting my victims (should read opposiing player) see the Tiger-blood Adonis-DNA in my eyes than their own ugly reflection in a poser visor. Want to hide your eyes behind a visor so nobody can see your tears as I beat the crap out of you, that I can understand.

  • Love that ‘Cuse prevails. But St. Johns in the Final Four, let alone the Championship is a stretch. Not because they aren’t good enough to get there, it’s just that they lost D.J. Kennedy to and ACL tear in the Big East Tourney. They are a deep team, but that loss cost them any chance at making a Final Four run. Hate to break it to you as well, Richmond over Vandy…. it may just happen. But regardless LOVE that ‘Cuse is your Champ.

  • Pretty sure the eye shields have been around since the mid 90’s. I remember seeing them around.

  • I have always appreciated the sense of humor some Cuse players have. No one will ever call you out on wearing a visor, and most people do it for fun.

  • Effective for the offensive player, since the goalie can’t see your eyes. Makes it easier to shoot top cheezers and low cheezers all day.

    Personally I dont like the visor thing especially the NCAA, much rather go with the tilt on the cpx or the pro7 little bit more bro for my style (also probably on the cpxr). But have seen CP wear it with the Rattlers and others and think it looks well in some situations.

    I definitely would like to see a fully blacked out visor, I’ve only seen the weird reflective ones. I think the fully blacked out one would be shweeet.

    Also on another note much rather would sport a sweet ponny tail like JT than a visor. Youve seen that thing laying gracefully on that beautiful orange uniform…Amazing

    Big Cat Lafare

  • Clear and colored clear visors should be allowed, especially orange because it helps ones eyes focus on the ball. ive seen an orange visor up close and it is the exact same as the clear in terms of being able to see the eyes through it.

  • “Effective for the offensive player, since the goalie can’t see your eyes. Makes it easier to shoot top cheezers and low cheezers all day.

    No goalie should be watching a shooters eyes anyway. His eyes cant score on you, it is the ball that goalie watches.

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