Wheaton’s Alex Chu can’t play until he finds a helmet that will fit over his head. 

By Dan Gartland
February 20, 2019

Get this man a new lid

Lacrosse season is underway for thousands of student-athletes across the country, but one Massachusetts player can’t get on the field because his head is too big. 

Alex Chu, a freshman goalie at Division-III Wheaton College whose head doesn’t even really look that big, can’t find a standard helmet that will fit over his head, and the NCAA won’t approve the custom-made one that he used in high school. 

“Lacrosse is kind of my whole life,” Chu told the Boston Globe. “I can’t remember ever going this long without playing.”

Chu told The Sun Chronicle that his head measures 25 1/2 inches around and that the biggest helmets available on the market are 24 inches. An inch and a half might not sound like much, but Chu can’t even come close to squeezing his head into a commercial bucket. His last hope is a new helmet made by Warrior called the Burn, which isn’t available to the public yet. But Warrior is sending one to Chu in hopes it could solve his problem. As a former lacrosse player with a reasonably big head, I’m hoping it works out for him. 

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That’s Julien Broderson, a senior at Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa. In the middle of a match last week, he stopped to pick up a lost contact lens. Then he went on to pin his opponent and keep his undefeated record intact. He’ll be the No. 1 seed in the 195-pound weight class at this week’s state championships. 

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