Photo Gallery: USL Headquarters All-Access Pass
A sneak peek at the character and state-of-the-art elements of the new US Lacrosse national headquarters, which will be unveiled during Grand Opening weekend Sept. 10-11.
The pillars honoring the contemporary powerhouses of the sport are all there, framing the new US Lacrosse headquarters. But one of these 20 brick columns commemorates a championship lacrosse program that played its final game nearly four decades ago. Bowling Green, a Midwestern university far from the traditional lacrosse hotbeds of the east, fielded a varsity lacrosse team from 1965-79, and the Falcons won more than 75 percent of their games. The program produced 14 All-Americans, nine consecutive winning seasons, and was ranked in the top 25 in five different seasons. So despite the fact Bowling Green’s brief run ended long ago, the Falcons’ legacy is very much alive due to the unique bond the players have maintained. “This was an exceptional group in so many ways,” said former Bowling Green lacrosse player Leif Elsmo, while lamenting the loss of an outstanding college lacrosse program. “But the connection between the players and coaches has certainly stood the test of time. It’s nice to see this team recognized at the national lacrosse center.” More than 125 former BG players, coaches and their families were on hand in Sparks in June to relive the accomplishments of the program, share stories of their days competing in the Midwest Lacrosse Association — which included a championship and an undefeated season in 1970 — and celebrate their indelible mark in the lore of the sport. — Matt Markey (Brian Schneider and John Strohsacker)
Not all synthetic turf surfaces are created equal. Greenfields, the official turf provider to US Lacrosse, used its innovating weaving technique to maximize playability, safety, aesthetics and durability of Tierney Field. TenCate-produced fibers are nearly identical in texture to natural grass and possess many of the same properties. The turf is 100-percent recyclable and, with a focus on player safety, contains an underlying shock pad and an infill composed of sand and rubber to help absorb impact.
The Pearl by Guardian has been named the official ball of US Lacrosse. Traditional lacrosse balls are made from vulcanized rubber filled with oils and plasticizers to soften it. Over time, these oils and plasticizers separate from the rubber and leach to the surface, creating the slickness as well as hardening of the overall ball. These balls are commonly called “greasers.” The Pearl is made with a more advanced elastomeric material and innovative manufacturing process that helps the ball keep a more consistent surface texture. It meets the new NOCSAE standard and has “up to a 40-percent reduction in the transfer of energy, making it a safer ball,” said Bruce Griffin, director of the Center for Sports Science at US Lacrosse. (Brian Schneider)