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Andrew Ratzke

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An MCLA alum and recent Portlandia transplant, Ratzke spends most of his time playing and coaching throughout Oregon. When he isn't on the field he's searching the web for the latest and greatest in lacrosse and lifestyle gear to keep you and your style game up to date.
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String Your Own: Vertical Twist Top String

I started looking at old dropped top strings that I had strung up and then dove into the depths of the interwebs to see what other people had done up. I think that one issue I have had with stringing a dropped top string like an Iroquois Top String is getting the tension right. I came across a Vertical Twist Dropped Top String and decided I would do a tutorial on how I strung mine up.
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Traditional Thursday: Two Leather Pockets

A few weeks back, Connor dropped a Metrik ton of traditional on us. His use of box knots and his variations on some pretty traditional... well traditional pockets, got me thinking about stringing up a new pocket for myself. I just so happened to have a Proton Power laying around so I went about twisting something up.
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Gear Review: Barrier Waxed Mesh

Spring lacrosse is here, and you know what they say about Spring... spring showers bring another waxed mesh company. Kidding aside, I've spent the past few weeks trying out some of Barrier Waxed Mesh and so far I'm liking what I see.
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Gear Review: ECM Black by East Coast Dyes

When Connor asked me if I wanted to test out some of East Coast Dye’s new Black mesh, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a piece. We’ve been looking at nothing but rain in Portland these past few weeks so I was excited to see how this stuff held up.
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Top String Tuesday: Two Triangle Top String

This week I'm sticking to the blue and orange theme that I went with in last week's Braided Top Shooter. I love the triangle top string. I love the way it looks. I love the way it keeps the ball from hitting plastic and I love the fact that you get to use two different colored top strings to customize your pocket a bit. This week I decided to get a little tricky with what I am calling the Two Triangle Top String. The Two Triangle Top String is essentially the same thing as a triangle top string.
Braided top shooter
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Top String Tuesday: Braided Top Shooter

This week I thought I would mix it up a bit and throw together a top shooter tutorial. I got a lot of positive feedback on last week's photo tutorial so I'm sticking to it this week with a photo tutorial for a braided top shooting string.  This shooter was introduced to me by the one and only Jeff Brunelle, and what I love about it is that the braided top shooter plays a lot like a dropped top string.
Andrew Ratzke Allstar top string tutorial
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Top String Tuesday: LaxAllStars Top String

This week I wanted to bring you something special in honor of Veteran's Day and the good ol' US of A. Now, I can't take credit for the creation of this top string. Our very own Michael Allen sent me a photo and suggested it may make a great TST... He was right, obviously, so I wanted to break it down through an easy to follow photo tutorial.