Notebook: STX re-signs with LXM Pro; Baum, Desko to debut

Baltimore-based sporting goods maker STX announced today it has renewed and expanded its agreement with Adrenaline and the LXM Pro Tour as a premium sponsor.

As a part of the new multi-year sponsorship, STX will provide custom lacrosse equipment, including gloves, heads and handles, for Adrenaline events, leagues and club programs. Programs will include LXM Pro, Adrenaline High Rollers, Sonoma Showcase, Sonoma Shootout and West Coast Starz.

Team STX will make its season debut in the LXM Pro event Saturday in Orange County, Calif. Former Colgate attackman and 2012 Tewaaraton Award winner Peter Baum and former standout Syracuse attackman Tim Desko will make their debuts for Team STX, which also features Kyle Harrison (Friends, Johns Hopkins), Sam Bradman (Salisbury), Max Ritz (Maryland) and Matt Russell (Navy).

SKLZ to launch first lacrosse combine

SKLZ, a company that specializes in athletic skill and performance training products and instruction, announced that it will begin rolling out several sport-specific player evaluation combines, starting with lacrosse on Friday in Orange County, Calif., in conjunction with the LXM Pro event.

SKLZ, in conjunction with Athletes' Performance, will test and evaluate 50 of the best high school lacrosse players on the West Coast.

The testing process will use the most advanced SKLZ and Zybek timing equipment available, including the same timing gates used during the 2013 NFL combine and a Reactive Agility Test. All data generated during the event will be compared to over a decade's worth of elite athlete composites compiled by Athletes' Performance, including testing results for Team STX's Harrison; Harrison was an integral part in designing and developing the lacrosse-specific tests.
"With the massive growth in the sport, working with SKLZ and Athletes' Performance to create the first lacrosse-specific combine is extremely exciting," Harrison said. "I'm most excited about new test methods like the Reactive Agility Test because it relates so directly to our sport and the decisions that have to be made on every play. This evaluation platform is amazing. We've never had anything like it before."

Athletes will be evaluated across five testing protocols: vertical jump, 40-yard dash, Reactive Agility Test, shot speed, 20-yard shuttle and Running-based Anaerobic Sprint Test (RAST).

Shorewomen's Blankenship accepts job at D-II Queens


Julika Blankenship is stepping down as the women's lacrosse coach at Washington College after five seasons to accept the same position at Division II Queens University of Charlotte.

In five years as the Shorewomen's coach, Blankenship had a win-loss record of 49-32. She was named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 and led the Shorewomen to conference tournament appearances in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The team won 10 or more games each of those three seasons, marking the the first time in team history the Shorewomen have posted double-digit wins in three consecutive years.

In 2012, the Shorewomen played in the Centennial Conference championship game for the first time ever. Last season, Washington was nationally ranked for the first time since 2002, reaching as high as 18th in the IWLCA Division III Top 20. Washington's 13 wins in 2013 were one shy of the school record of 14 (2000, 2003).

Prior to serving as head coach, Blankenship spent three seasons as an assistant coach on the Shorewomen's staff. She also spent four seasons (2009-2012) as the women's soccer head coach at Washington College.

"I am extremely grateful for the support that I have been given by Washington College in my time as both assistant and head coach," Blankenship said. "WC is a very special place that has enabled me to learn and grow. I wish every program at Washington the best and look forward to watching them continue to develop and improve."

Queens University is coming off a 10-10 season in 2013, including a 5-2 mark in Conference Carolinas. It was the Royals' first season with a .500 or better winning percentage in five years.

A national search for Blankenship's successor will begin immediately.

Furman to retire number in honor of late recruit Taviano


Furman announced that it will retire its No. 10 jersey for four years in honor of Kip Taviano, a senior at Haverford School in Havertown, Pa., who was killed May 28 in a car accident. Taviano, a 6-foot-6 attackman, had committed to play for the Paladins, who are headed by former Navy coach Richie Meade and will begin Division I play next season.

Taviano, 17, was driving in Concord Township, a Philadelphia suburb, when he lost control of his Toyota Camry and hit a Land Rover, according to multiple reports.

Shoremen's Shirk to hold camp next month

Registration is open for a camp for boys ages 7-18 held at Washington College by Shoremen coach Jeff Shirk from July 11-14. Participants can stay overnight or attend during the day only. The cost is $475 for overnight, $325 for day.

Each camper will receive one-on-one individual instruction during camp from one of the camp counselors.

Shirk Lacrosse will donate $20 per camper to each camper's local youth lacrosse program.

To register, go here.