Best Defense and LSM Lacrosse Heads for 2021

Jan 12, 2021

The best defense lacrosse heads of 2021 all share designs which have an optimized face shape and scoop for better catching and groundballs. As well and a sidewall design that really tailors well to a high pocket zone for easier ground balls and hold on the ball while handling with long poles. New technology in molding the plastic has allowed for bigger and stiffer sidewalls without a lot of added extra weight. There is no great distinction between youth and collegiate play in the defensive lacrosse head category. If your player can control a long pole, these designs will only help their ball handling and clearing skills.

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BEST LACROSSE HEADS FOR CLOSE DEFENSE


BEST LACROSSE HEADS FOR LONG STICK MIDDIE (LSM)


    BEST LACROSSE HEADS FOR CLOSE DEFENSE

    Defensemen playing down low are really looking for a nice wide head, to help knock down passes and make catching much easier. They also want a very stiff and strong head to hold up to all their poke checks. All of these heads are the latest in technology to help survive the battle close to the crease, help strip the ball and clear the ball downfield.


  • STX X20 DEFENSE LACROSSE HEAD

  • STX X20 lacrosse head was built for toughness and maximum stiffness. This head delivers smashing pokes and slap checks. The STX X20 shines in all aspects, form the ability to customize the pocket, scooping abiity, and its rugged durability. Our defensive Pro's are raving about this lacrosse head, calling it the ultimate defnesive head on the market. One of the best we hve to offer, you will see this lacrosse head on top of every D-pole shaft on the elite college level.

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    STX
    <p>STX X20 - Men's Lacrosse Head - Made Specifically For Defense</p> <iframe width="100%" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d8kkrt5e3Sg" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="100%" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PSKNdVrONfc" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    148966
    $89.99
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    STX
    <p>STX X20 - Men's Lacrosse Head - Made Specifically For Defense</p> <iframe width="100%" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d8kkrt5e3Sg" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="100%" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PSKNdVrONfc" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    148967
    $89.99

  • Maverik Tank 2.0 DEFENSE LACROSSE HEAD

  • Maveirk Tank 2.0 is the latest defensive head to leave the factory of Maverik Lacrosse and is the stiffest head they have ever made. You will see elite level close D guys using this lacrosse head to go against their worthy opponents. This head was updated with a Ground Control scoop, so defenseman will own the GB battle every time they go into a scrum. Newly introduced X-Rail Technology, the TANK 2.0 has 6-struts to redefine the standards of stiffness in poke checks and slaps. Fundamentally sound defenseman will be making plays all over the defensive side of the ball.

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    Maverik
    <p>Maverik Tank 2.0</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d8kkrt5e3Sg" width="100%"></iframe></p>
    148318
    $89.99
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    Maverik
    <p>Maverik Tank 2.0</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d8kkrt5e3Sg" width="100%"></iframe></p>
    148317
    $89.99
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    Maverik
    <p>Maverik Tank 2.0</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d8kkrt5e3Sg" width="100%"></iframe></p>
    148316
    $89.99

  • Warrior EVO QX-D DEFENSE LACROSSE HEAD

  • Warrior Evo QX-D was built for the close stick defenseman who likes to have a little more meat on their bones, but sill has the ability to strike quick. This head provides increased durability for the defensive-minded player. You will see Tucker Durkin on the field using this defensive lacrosse head.

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    Warrior
    The Warrior Evo QX is now build specifically for offensive and defensive players. Used by some of the best players in the PLL, you can't go wrong with this head!
    145935
    $99.99

  • STX Hammer Omega DEFENSE LACROSSE HEAD

  • STX Hammer Omega adds new technology to the classic STX Hammer 500 head and makes this version stiffer and lighter than before. The STX Hammer Omega lacrosse head has the widest sidewalls available which really make those slap checks sting and is also one of the stiffest heads on the market. Aggressive poke checks and the ability for the highest pocket of the group really make this an all around elite players head for defensemen that are confident in their abilities and skills at the highest level.

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    STX
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    120819
    $119.99
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    STX
    <iframe width="100%" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/d8kkrt5e3Sg" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IO79opnsQWY" width="100%"></iframe></p> <div class="item image-zoom"><a href="https://www.lax.com/complete-lacrosse-guide-sizing.html#filter=.heads"><img alt="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" src="https://www.lax.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-lax-products/default/dw80bbcd58/cc%20images/Untitled-4_0000_Complete-Lacrosse-Guide-And-Sizing-Charts.png" title="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" /></a></div>
    120820
    $119.99

  • ECD Rebel D Defense Lacrosse Head

  • The ECD Rebel Defense lacrosse head is designed for defensive players that like to push the transition. They want a stiff and aggressive head that will put some offense in your defense. They pinched the scoop a bit on this head which has the effect of elongating the channel and the string hole setup begs for a true mid pocket.

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    East Coast Dyes
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    95951
    $89.99

    BEST LACROSSE HEADS FOR LONG STICK MIDDIES (LSM)

    Long Stick Middies are guys that can play both sides of the field with their long pole. They can help create a defensive play but are not afraid to carry the ball to the other side of the field and take a shot. To help with this, these players are usually looking for a tighter face shape than close defenders but still need the nice scoop shape and tougher, more durable head design. With new improvements to technology, these types of heads are really taking off as defensive players can have a more offensive styled head without sacrificing strength.

  • Maverik Havok LSM LACROSSE HEAD

  • Maverik Havok - For years LSMs and defensemen who wanted improved ball control and a tight face shape have been forced to use offensive heads. While you had much better ball control, you had to sacrifice some of the defensive capabilities of the head. Most were too flexible and could not withstand the rigors of playing defense. The Maverik Havok helps solves that problem! Using their X-Rail Technology, Maverik was able to create a lightweight and stiff head, that is perfect for every play-making longpole.

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    Maverik
    The Maverik Havok lacrosse head is for aggressive minded defensemen, long-stick middies and faceoff wings looking to put a little offense in their play. If you are a disruptive type player, the Havok will allow you to shoot faster, pass crisper and play harder than any other head on the market. The Havok has an aggressive scoop allowing for great ball control. The Havok provides you with control, accuracy and blinding shot speeds. Stiff enough to do some damage and light enough to prove a formidable weapon in the hands of those who wield a mean pole. The Maverik Havok lacrosse head offers ground control technology that has a perfectly engineered scoop angle that is designed to dominate the ground ball battle. The Maverik Havok is one of the best LSM lacrosse heads on the market and is one of a kind. This head is focused for long stick middies and defensemen who like to push the ball in transition, or start a fast break. MLL Chesapeake Bayhawk player, CJ Costabile uses the Maverik Havok and absolutely loves it.CUSTOMIZE YOUR POCKET
    107830
    $89.99
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    Maverik
    The Maverik Havok lacrosse head is for aggressive minded defensemen, long-stick middies and faceoff wings looking to put a little offense in their play. If you are a disruptive type player, the Havok will allow you to shoot faster, pass crisper and play harder than any other head on the market. The Havok has an aggressive scoop allowing for great ball control. The Havok provides you with control, accuracy and blinding shot speeds. Stiff enough to do some damage and light enough to prove a formidable weapon in the hands of those who wield a mean pole. The Maverik Havok lacrosse head offers ground control technology that has a perfectly engineered scoop angle that is designed to dominate the ground ball battle. The Maverik Havok is one of the best LSM lacrosse heads on the market and is one of a kind. This head is focused for long stick middies and defensemen who like to push the ball in transition, or start a fast break. MLL Chesapeake Bayhawk player, CJ Costabile uses the Maverik Havok and absolutely loves it.CUSTOMIZE YOUR POCKET
    107831
    $89.99
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    Maverik
    The Maverik Havok lacrosse head is for aggressive minded defensemen, long-stick middies and faceoff wings looking to put a little offense in their play. If you are a disruptive type player, the Havok will allow you to shoot faster, pass crisper and play harder than any other head on the market. The Havok has an aggressive scoop allowing for great ball control. The Havok provides you with control, accuracy and blinding shot speeds. Stiff enough to do some damage and light enough to prove a formidable weapon in the hands of those who wield a mean pole. The Maverik Havok lacrosse head offers ground control technology that has a perfectly engineered scoop angle that is designed to dominate the ground ball battle. The Maverik Havok is one of the best LSM lacrosse heads on the market and is one of a kind. This head is focused for long stick middies and defensemen who like to push the ball in transition, or start a fast break. MLL Chesapeake Bayhawk player, CJ Costabile uses the Maverik Havok and absolutely loves it.CUSTOMIZE YOUR POCKET
    107833
    $89.99

  • ECD DNA LSM LACROSSE HEAD

  • ECD DNA - This elite head is arguably the stiffest head on the market. ECD built the new DNA head with its FlexForm material to help eliminate warping. If you play a lot during the summer and the hot months, this is the perfect head for you. This head is heavier than traditional heads, but it is worth the added weight for the increased stability and consistency. The ECD DNA is designed for offensive midfielders first, but this is the right head for any aggressive player who wants a head that will give them great control of the ball allowing to help push transition.

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    East Coast Dyes
    The ECD DNA lacrosse head is made for every type of player. The new FlexForm material basically elminates warping. This head was designed for powerful middies, LSM's and defensemen. Our Pro's don't mind the little bit of extra weight that this head carries because it feels so sturdy for passing, shooting and ground balls. The Pro's at ECD say that they haven't really noticed the added weight once they started playing. With the increased weight, tight face, shape retention, and the growing trend of d-guys using more offensive minded heads, this head is going to be popular with every position. We predict this will be the go to head for LSM's and defense, even though it is designed for a more offensive player. This lacrosse head is an absolute beast!
    118857
    $89.99
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    East Coast Dyes
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    139214
    $129.99

  • STX STALLION OMEGA LSM LACROSSE HEAD

  • STX Stallion Omega lacrosse headis new for the 2020 season, the Stallion Omega is the newest head on the list. Built with STX's new Omega polymer giving this head the highest strength to weight ratio of any head in STX history! The Speed Scoop technology in other STX head was a huge selling point, so STX improved the technology to make it even easier to pick up ground balls! The STX Stallion Omega is one of the most technologically advanced heads on this markets.

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    STX
    <iframe width="100%" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ayohqRLJ2wg" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="100%" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IO79opnsQWY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe><div class="item image-zoom"><a href="https://www.lax.com/complete-lacrosse-guide-sizing.html#filter=.heads"> <img alt="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" src="https://www.lax.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-lax-products/default/dw80bbcd58/cc%20images/Untitled-4_0000_Complete-Lacrosse-Guide-And-Sizing-Charts.png" title="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" width="100%" /></a></div>
    120818
    $119.99
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    STX
    <iframe width="100%" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ayohqRLJ2wg" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> <iframe width="100%" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IO79opnsQWY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe><div class="item image-zoom"><a href="https://www.lax.com/complete-lacrosse-guide-sizing.html#filter=.heads"> <img alt="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" src="https://www.lax.com/on/demandware.static/-/Sites-lax-products/default/dw80bbcd58/cc%20images/Untitled-4_0000_Complete-Lacrosse-Guide-And-Sizing-Charts.png" title="Need Help? Complete Lacrosse Guide And Sizing Chart" width="100%" /></a></div>
    120817
    $119.99

  • NIKE ALPHA ELITE LSM LACROSSE HEAD

  • The Nike Alpha Elite lacrosse head has been designed for LSM and defensive players that like to scoop and pass. This lacrosse head offers exclusive hyper tough polymer for increased stiffness and toughness. Our pros were impressed with how this head can take a beating. There is a deep offset for maximum ball protection. Designed for a high pocket, this lacrosse head easily scoops up ground balls. Have the Nike Alpha Elite strung up by our Pro's with a custom pocket for maximum ground ball scoopability. The V-Sole Scoop is perfect for all the different approach angles LSM and defensivemen make on ground balls. This is an elite lacrosse head, made by Nike, that will be used by high school and collegiate LSM and defensemen this season.

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    Nike
    The Nike Alpha Elite lacrosse head has been designed for LSM and defensive players that like to scoop and pass. This lacrosse head offers exclusive hyper tough polymer for increased stiffness and toughness. Our Pro's were impressed with how this head can take a beating. There is a a deep offset for maximum ball protection. Designed for a high pocket, this lacrosse head easily scoops up ground balls. Have the Nike Alpha Elite strung up by our Pro's with a custom pocket for maximum ground ball scoopability. The V-Sole Scoop is perfect for all the differnt approach angles LSM and defensivemen make on ground balls. This is an elite lacrosse head, made by Nike, that will be used by high school and collegiate LSM and defensemen this season.
    108350
    $89.99
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    Nike
    The Nike Alpha Elite lacrosse head has been designed for LSM and defensive players that like to scoop and pass. This lacrosse head offers exclusive hyper tough polymer for increased stiffness and toughness. Our Pro's were impressed with how this head can take a beating. There is a a deep offset for maximum ball protection. Designed for a high pocket, this lacrosse head easily scoops up ground balls. Have the Nike Alpha Elite strung up by our Pro's with a custom pocket for maximum ground ball scoopability. The V-Sole Scoop is perfect for all the differnt approach angles LSM and defensivemen make on ground balls. This is an elite lacrosse head, made by Nike, that will be used by high school and collegiate LSM and defensemen this season.
    108351
    $89.99
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    Nike
    The Nike Alpha Elite lacrosse head has been designed for LSM and defensive players that like to scoop and pass. This lacrosse head offers exclusive hyper tough polymer for increased stiffness and toughness. Our Pro's were impressed with how this head can take a beating. There is a a deep offset for maximum ball protection. Designed for a high pocket, this lacrosse head easily scoops up ground balls. Have the Nike Alpha Elite strung up by our Pro's with a custom pocket for maximum ground ball scoopability. The V-Sole Scoop is perfect for all the differnt approach angles LSM and defensivemen make on ground balls. This is an elite lacrosse head, made by Nike, that will be used by high school and collegiate LSM and defensemen this season.
    108352
    $89.99


The best defensive lacrosse heads of 2019 is a shortlist of specialty designs that all focus on ground balls, ease of clearing passes and stiffness above and beyond normal tolerances. The biggest key here is getting someone that really knows what they are doing with each of these heads to string them with the appropriate pocket setups. The sidewall hole setups on each of these heads are very different and you have to know where to start and finish certain knots to get peak performance.   Our Lax.com custom stringers are trusted by the very best of high school and collegiate players. 

If you have any questions about which lacrosse head is right for you or your player, give one of our collegiate Pro’s a call at 855-255-5294.
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The Lax.com Pro Staff
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