Ep. 1: Shaft Evolution

For the first ever episode of Crosse Tech we take a look at the evolution of the lacrosse shaft. In this episode we take a journey from the beginning to now when it comes to lacrosse shafts. During this journey we get insight and knowledge from “The Master Stick Maker,” Alfred Jacques, Founder of Maverik Lacrosse – John Gagliardi, and partner at Epoch Lacrosse – Ryan Hurley. You can also subscribe to the Crosse Tech Podcast Channel on iTunes so that you can listen to Crosse Tech from your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Live. Play. Be.



Alf Jacques, of the Onondaga nation and part of the Turtle Clan, is both lacrosse stick carver and lacrosse player. Alf learned the traditional art of lacrosse stick making from his father, the late master lacrosse carver, Lou Jacques, who taught Alf at age twelve to carve and web the lacrosse sticks. Alf himself is a professional box lacrosse player who is the only player to have held every position in field and box lacrosse. Alf carves his sticks from shagbark, shell or smooth hickory wood.


John Gagliardi is a founding member of the lacrosse equipment and apparel company Maverik Lacrosse. Gagliardi graduated Manhasset High School in 1992 where he was an All-American lacrosse player and All-County football player. After high school he attended college at University of Virginia before transferring to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD. He was a member of the Long Island Lizards of Major League Lacrosse before retiring in 2009. 


Ryan Hurley is a three-year letter-winner and a three-year starter at Cornell, Hurley has been a part of three Ivy League championships teams, while helping the Big Red to three straight trips to the NCAA tournament, including a trip to the 2007 Final Four, as well as an appearance in the 2009 national championship game. After college Ryan played in the MLL for the Charlotte Hounds and Chesapeake Bayhawks. Ryan is a partner at Epoch Lacrosse.

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