This new piece is a throwback for us “old-schoolers”. Looking back, I can’t believe I endured wearing such a heavy piece of equipment on my head. But its was the standard back then, and so common – the norm! Mine, like 99.7% of lacrosse players back then, was the LHN 33 by the now nonexistent, Bacharach Rasin Lacrosse Company.
I’m all for advances in technology, research and development in many fields but there are times I look back and refer to the past so that current hardships can be endured. So when this piece was done, all I could think back to were those hardships and that it required a certain degree of mental toughness to play the game. Hardly, or no artificial turf, rather muddy, spotty and bumpy grass fields. No off-set heads. No titanium, alloy or composite shaft, rather wood or aluminum. No specialized positions or certain roles which limit, or slow down the game. Have we been spoiled by the advancements of today? Have we lost that “toughness”? Let the debate begin!
But if you notice in the new piece that there are two (2) foam chin pads on the grill? Well, yes, because that was the “thing to do” for swagger and/or intimidation. For me it was intimidation, as a goalie. I still don’t know why I did it but the captains during my early years in high school were doing it! So, yes, there were still “fads” to imitate. Overall, this new piece is to honor those who wore the “bucket helmets”. You know who you are!
Some of our development pics, below:
Our finished piece:
8.5×11 inches. Pen & ink on heavy drawing paper.
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1996. My last game in boarding school (South Kent School, CT). My bucket helmet in action. I thought that, back then, my playing days were over. Wow, was I WRONG!
My LHN 33, today, at my parent’s place in NYC.
Yes, I also played the field!