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National gear news: Univ. of Hartford sophomore Cacchio creates first smart phone app to check boys’ lax heads

Friday, 16th March 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, High school, Pro, Youth  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 3/16/12

University of Hartford sophomore attackman Andrew Cacchio was relaxing during Christmas vacation when the idea of creating a new app became clear.

The Lacrosse Head Check can instantly check a head for any level

“I was sitting on my couch over Christmas break and I was on my phone wondering what lacrosse apps were out there,” said the Holy Ghost Prep (Pa) graduate. “There really weren’t any. I thought about how I always need to check my head and the only thing is to get a card or the ruler and tape measure.

“Everyone has IPhones now, so I figured why not create a template that can do it on an app?”

That revelation came to fruition late last month when Cacchio announced the release of the Lacrosse Head Check for the IPhone and Droid for $1.99. (see website)

The Lacrosse Head Check is built for referees, players and coaches to quickly check the dimensions of lax heads to see if they are legal for match play. The app measures the heads for NFHS/youth and NCAA play and can be utilized in a matter of seconds.

You just line up the phone with the head and if the lines are inside the the green head it (the head) is too big. If they are outside it’s OK.

Andrew Cacchio

Cacchio said that Yeti, located in Oregon, created the app in less than 2 months. It took just as long for Apple to approve it.

To market it, he has posted on Facebook and tweeted on twitter and has taken the app to youth players in Hartford.

“We have been reaching out to lacrosse friends all over,” Cacchio said. “The lacrosse world is small, so it’s easy to get it to spread by word of mouth pretty quickly.

“I just wanted to try it out and see what whole process was like. This is my first business venture and I just want to make my money back; anything else is great. My major is actually secondary education and English, but I always liked business.”

Cacchio said that despite a 1-4 start, Hartford expects to defend its American East championship. He noted the Hawks’ early-season schedule (Maryland, Denver, UMass) was tough.

“This program is a class act and a top organization and they take pride in everything we do on the field and off the field,” Cacchio said, noting the leadership of Hartford coach Peter Lawrence. “We are trying to put our name on the map after winning the (school’s first) America East title last year.”


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