The Best Attack Lacrosse Heads for 2023 (with reviews)
The most important piece of equipment in lacrosse is the lacrosse head. Finding the right head for you and your playstyle might be the most important decision in lacrosse. You want your head to compliment your playstyle and position. To see more options, check out our full selection of lacrosse heads.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- The Top 10 Best Attack Lacrosse Heads
- What to Look for in an Attack Lacrosse Head
- The Best Attack Lacrosse Heads by Style
Top 10 Best Attack Lacrosse Heads
1. STX Surgeon 900 Unstrung Lacrosse Head
The Surgeon 900 is a head built for the prototypical attackman. The tight face design and mid-low bottom rail retains the ball in the stick through contact and checks. Weighing in around 125 grams, it’s an incredibly light head which makes it easier to pass and shoot. The STX Speed Scoop™️ provides one of the easiest ground ball pickups on the market. It’s an absolute dream to string up with grooves on the inside of the head that allow for inside stringing to make a tiger face shape feel even more pinched. STX dialed in the sidewall hole placement and size on all of their 900 heads. The Surgeon 900 is one the the top STX lacrosse heads available and for good reason.
- Tight face shape to retain ball possession
- Channel Lock top string to give you a smooth release off the top
- Durable plastic made to hold up against hard checks
2. Maverik Optik 3.0 Unstrung Lacrosse Head
One of the most popular lacrosse heads during the 2021 PLL season, the Optik 3.0 is the perfect addition to the Optik trilogy (the first edition also makes an appearance later on this list). At first glance this looks pretty similar to the Optik 2.0, but on further inspection you can really see the improvements made by Maverik. They’ve added sidewall holes to bring the total up to 20 creating even more options for tying up the perfect pocket for your playstyle. The offset (how low the ball sits past the center point of the shaft) was increased which allows for even more feel when the ball is in the pocket. The super short throat (think like faceoff head short) pushes your hand even closer to the ball which is a huge advantage when carrying the ball with pressure. And of course, the Optik 3.0 is available in 4 colors to let you stand out on the field: White, Gray, Black, or Hyperlite Blue.
- Short throat to get your hand as close as possible to the ball
- Increased offset for easier ball handling
- Strings up an incredible low to mid-low pocket for quick passing
3. StringKing Mark 2A Unstrung Lacrosse Head
The Stringking Mark 2A has everything you’re looking for in an attack head. It features a slightly increased offset, mid-low pocket design construction, and a slightly pinched head towards the bottom for ball control. It also has a wide area towards the top of the head to make catching the ball in traffic that much easier. The signature 29 sidewall holes open up endless possibilities on how to string up this head. Pair this with StringKing’s incredible Type 4X or 4S Performance Mesh and you have a match made in heaven.
- Wide area for easier catching
- Increased offset
- 29 sidewall holes
4. ECD Mirage 2.0 Unstrung Attack Lacrosse Head
Fan favorite East Coast Dyes follows up their first ever head, the Mirage, with an incredible offensive threat the Mirage 2.0. This newest version has a more beefed up plastic and redesigned rounded scoop. These features create a head that can hold up to physical groundball play on the offensive side of the field. The tight face shape helps maintain ball control and possession through checks. ECD shifted the ideal pocket location slightly higher than most attack heads making the Mirage 2.0 an absolute shooter's dream. ECD is proudly Made in the USA.
- Improved plastic for better durability
- Rounded scoop design
- Silky smooth shooting from a higher pocket
5. Nike Vapor Elite Unstrung Lacrosse Head
The Nike Vapor Elite is built for the high level offensive-minded player. This head heavily draws inspiration from another Nike head that will be later on this list the CEO. It takes the tight throat and elongated bottom rail that allow for improved accuracy and control of the ball. This head creates a channel for the ball to travel along which creates a consistent throw every time. The high performance plastic provides a stiff feeling head without adding unnecessary bulk or weight. This perfectly balances performance and durability. The unique “broad shoulders” at the top of the head create a wider area for catching the ball.
- Stiff but lightweight performance plastic
- Tight channel for consistent throwing
- Easy to catch and finish or shoot from the outside
6. Epoch Integra Z-One Unstrung Lacrosse Head
Epoch is a newer player in the lacrosse gear world and their Integra Z-One is the flagship head of the company. It features a perfectly crafted low pocket bottom rail set up that keeps the ball closer to the player’s hand. This creates a high level of control and feel between a player and the ball. The angular flare towards the top of the head creates a narrow channel for the ball to travel along for ripping shots from the outside or making feeds into tight windows. The Z-One features a bevy of stringing holes that utilize a unique groove to keep the knots tight to the plastic. While you can put almost any pocket in this head, we would suggest a mid-low or low pocket for the best results.
- Low-pocket construction
- Easy to use sidewall holes
- Late flair creates a tight channel
7. Maverik Kinetik 2.0 Unstrung Lacrosse Head
The Kinetik 2.0 is a complete and total upgrade from one of the top selling lacrosse heads of all time. The tight face shape creates a super aggressive channel that provides pinpoint accuracy. The mid-high pocket location allows the ball to stay in the pocket for longer and absolutely stings corners. Maverik redesigned the scoop with their new Ground Control design. This rounded out the scoop and created a smoother feeling when picking up the ball. Kinetik 2.0 also features Maverik’s Duratough Materials which create a perfect balance of lightness and stiffness.
- Aggressive channel for accuracy
- Built for a mid-high pocket
- Duratough Materials for better durability
8. TRUE HZRDUS Unstrung Lacrosse Head
The HZRDUS is a keyhole shaped head with easy to use sidewall holes. Its Torsion Rail Tech looks thin from the side but thick from the headon. This creates a lightweight yet stiff design that keeps the head’s shape. The Mid Scoop Angle always gives the head a 20-40 degree angle of attack. This scoops up ground balls much easier when running rather than a traditional scoop design. True uses their ProStiff m;aterial which gives strategic flex points along the head to keep it stiff while also allowing for a natural bend on passes and shots. At just 135 grams, the HZRDUS is a lightweight option perfect for any attackman looking for an easy to use head.
- ProStiff material and design allows for strategic flex
- Keyhole face shape
- Lightweight 135 grams
9. ECD Lacrosse Ion Unstrung Lacrosse Head
ECD’s Ion is an attackman’s dream head. Featuring Diamond Plastic and an extremely aerodynamic shaft, The Ion is the lightest and fastest head in ECD’s lineup. Not only is the Diamond Plastic durable, it's transparent too, so you’ll be clearly telling the defense you’re the best attackman on the team with Ion. The Ion comes in three transparent colorways: clear, frost, and midnight.
- Diamond Plastic
- Mid-Low Pocket
What to Look for in an Attack Lacrosse Head
There are so many good options for attack lacrosse heads, but identifying your playstyle and preferences is a great first step. These simple components: pocket location, play style, and something make up three vital parts of the attack position.
Passing or Facilitating:
- Narrow head for better ball control
- Tight throat for increased accuracy and precision when shooting or passing
- Mid to low pocket for increased ball retention and control
Shooter or Finisher:
- Wider at the top for easier catching
- Longer channel for easier shooting
- Higher pocket location for outside shooting
Best Attack Lacrosse Heads by Style
We’ve put together a list of the best attack lacrosse heads based on playing style. This will break down our number one suggestions for each unique category.
Best Passing Attack Lacrosse Head
Maverik Optik 3.0 Unstrung Lacrosse Head: The Optik has been a top selling head for us since it’s release in spring of 2021. The stronger plastic Maverik added makes for a tougher head than its predecessor. The improved scoop and increased offset are quality of life updates that really make this head stand out from the rest.
Best Shooting Attack Lacrosse Head
ECD Mirage 2.0 Unstrung Lacrosse Head: The Mirage has been marketed as a shooter’s dream and it does not disappoint. The tight face shape drives the ball smoothly and consistently off the top of this head. It absolutely shreds corners and is a blast to use on the field.
Most Versatile Attack Lacrosse Head
StringKing Mark 2A Unstrung Lacrosse Head: The 2A does a little bit of everything and it does it all at a high level. From the wider face shape for easier catching to the easy to string set up. The 2A is simple, versatile, and easy to use which makes it one of the best offensive lacrosse heads.
Best Value Attack Lacrosse Head
Best Lacrosse Head Brands
Whenever you are looking for a lacrosse head, you can’t go wrong with one from Maverik, Warrior, or STX lacrosse heads. They have heads built for every position and level of play. If you’re looking for something a little different, check out our selection of ECD Lacrosse or StringKing heads for a unique take on different lacrosse heads.
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This article was originally published on September 13, 2021, and has been updated with new information.