Lacrosse Playground, every once in awhile, features a different lacrosse athlete as part of our “Grip ‘N Rip” series, where we’ll find out what the best use to fine tune their game. Today we feature Salisbury captain and long stick middie, Evan Hockel.
Hockel scored one goal as a long-stick midfielder last season against Marymount (Va.) University on April 12, in a 24-5 win. Hockel appeared in all 22 games, starting three and finished sixth on the team with 38 ground balls.
Where does your pocket sit/what type of pocket do you prefer?
Who is your stick doctor? Do you string it yourself or have a go-to-teammate/friend?
My teammate, Tony Mendes, is my stick doctor.
What kind of mesh do you use (Hard, soft, monster, traditional/leathers, marc , etc.)? Why?
Hard is what I have always used.
Anything unique you do to your head or shaft (pocket up-keep, tape jobs, alterations, etc.)?
Keep it nice and tight (NO frays).
How long do you keep a stick before you get a new one?
Until it breaks…
What’s most important to you in a stick/what makes a good stick?
I like to be comfortable with my stick. The more experience with it the better
What tunes are playing in the lockerroom right now?
Right now we like Young Jeezy, Lil’ Boosie and Skrillex among others.
Do you guys still do the Seminole chant when you come out of the lockerroom?
Yes sir, through the tunnel under the highway!
What’s the best part about playing lacrosse at Salisbury?
What are you doing when you aren’t playing lacrosse?
School work, and hanging with friends…