Lacrosse Goalie Throat Protectors: What are your options?
By Coach Damon on October 17, 2016
I’ve talked a lot about the equipment needed to play goalie on this site.
Everything from helmets, heads, chest protectors, and gloves. In fact this page has all of my lacrosse goalie gear recommendations.
Today I’m going to discuss the lacrosse goalie throat guard, a mandatory piece of equipment for goalies both male and female.
From the men’s NCAA lacrosse rulebook:
SECTION 23 c. The special equipment worn by the goalkeeper shall not exceed that of a field player, plus standard goalkeeper equipment, i.e., shinguards, chest protectors and throat protectors. Throat protectors must be specifically designed for lacrosse.
From the female lacrosse NCAA rulebook:
SECTION 6. The goalkeeper must wear a helmet with face mask, a separate throat protector, padded gloves, a mouthpiece and a chest protector. The protective helmet, designed for lacrosse, must meet the NOCSAE test standard and must have a chin strap securely attached.
The female rulebook doesn’t have the additional clarification that the throat guard must be specifically designed for lacrosse.
There is no right or wrong way to wear your lacrosse goalie throat guard.
At the end of the day there’s really only one thing that matters, is your throat protected from shots?
Let’s check out the options.
Cascade Lacrosse Goalie Throat Guard
The Cascade throat guard is by far the most common throat protector you’ll see guarding lax goalie’s necks.
There are 2 models of this throat guard – the original and the TPC2, the latest release.
Compared to the original, the TPC2 has extended plastic at the bottom for additional throat protection.
The latest model costs $10 more however that additional protection is worth it because getting hit in the throat is devastating and can cause serious injury to a goalie.
The TPC2 comes in both clear and black plastic.
Buy on Amazon for $39.99 at time of this writing.
Installation of Cascade TPC2
There are two methods of installing the TPC2 onto your helmet.
The first and easiest method is to simply attach it to the helmet with shooting string or zip ties.
Remove the TPC2 drill pieces on either side and attach the Cascade throat guard with the string/zip ties to the side and at the bottom.
A benefit of connecting the throat guard with string/zip ties is that it can easily be removed in the event a goalie wants to spend a little time playing in the field.
Be sure that its not too loose or else the impact of the shot could cause the throat guard to snap off. One drawback of this method of attachment is that the throat can tend to bounce around as the goalie runs around.
The second method requires drilling holes. It’s a little more complex but I think more secure.
This throat installation works on all types of Cascade helmets: Cascade S, Cascade R, Cascade CPX-R, Cascade CPV-R, Cascade CS-R, and Cascade CS.
Here are the steps to install the Cascade TPC2 onto a Cascade helmet:
- Drill the center front hole through the middle “c” in “Cascade” or about 3/8” up from bottom of chin piece using a 7/32” drill bit
- Drill the side holes in the helmet with a 7/32” drill bit. Use a ruler to mark the spots first. The location of the side holes will vary depending on which model Cascade helmet you have:
- Using a screwdriver connect the webbing to the chin piece as shown below:
- Connect the sides using a screwdriver. Screw head must be flush to silver spacer. Do not over tighten.
Here are PDF versions of the Cascade TPC2 installation instructions.
During my playing days I used the drilling method which I found more secure. Although the throat piece took it’s fair share of shots, I played with the same Cascade throat guard my entire playing career.
Final installation will look something like this:
Warrior Universal Goalie Throat Guard
Warrior also makes a throat protector that works for lacrosse goalies.
This Warrior throat guard comes in more colors than the Cascade model. You can find it in red, blue, clear, yellow, and green.
The Warrior Goalie Throat Kit is made to fit every helmet on the market today. It attaches to your helmet with string or zip ties.
However, unlike the Cascade throat protector, this item is a little harder to find.
Amazon and TotalHockey have it listed but currently list none available. So good luck tracking down this model.
Ice Hockey Style “Danglers”
Another method of protecting your throat is connecting a “dangler”.
Technically I don’t think these are permitted in men’s lacrosse since the rulebook states that lacrosse goalie throat protectors must be specifically designed for lacrosse and these are for ice hockey.
But the protection level is the same. I’ve seen several goalies play in competition with this style of lacrosse throat guard and never seen a referee say anything.
Since these danglers are not made specific for the helmets you’ll want to connect them with string or zip ties.
You can get dangler style throat protectors on Amazon.
Here’s current MLL goalie Ryan LePlante posing for a sexy photoshoot showing off his dangler.
Anyways, use the dangler at your own risk. If you’ve heard stories of referees outlawing this style of throat protector leave me a comment down below.
Protect your throat. Getting hit there could cause serious damage. Be sure when installed your throat protector covers your throat leaving no exposed area.
There’s a few options for goalies when it comes to throat guard and each depends on your personal preference.
I personally am a fan of Cascade’s TPC2 throat protector. I think it looks sweet, protects well, and lasted my entire playing career.
Until next time! Coach Damon
Title photo credit to Travis Warren.