Monthly Archives: January 2009

2009 Sand Storm Lacrosse Tournament At Empire Polo Club In Palm Springs Proves A Huge Success Bringing Girls Lacrosse Teams From Across The Country


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“Sand Storm is definitely going to be a staple of our annual schedule. It is a terrific tournament in every respect. It’s very well organized, the venue is fantastic and I thought the competition was extremely strong this year,”

While the bulk of teams hailed from western states such as Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington, there was significant representation from such East Coast states as Florida, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.

 

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Sam Bartron has already penciled the Sand Storm lacrosse tournament onto the 2010 calendar for Team 180. That’s because players, parents and coaches associated with the Denver-based women’s lacrosse program have fallen in love with this innovative event, organized by Synapse Sports through their major brand, womenslacrosse.com.

Sand Storm made a wildly successful debut in 2008 and was bigger and better in 2009 as the field doubled in size and the overall atmosphere became more spectacular. Bartron believes Sand Storm has already established itself as the premier club tournament on the West Coast. “Sand Storm is definitely going to be a staple of our annual schedule. It is a terrific tournament in every respect. It’s very well organized, the venue is fantastic and I thought the competition was extremely strong this year,” Bartron said.

“This was one of the first travel experiences for our middle school team and those girls just had an absolute ball. They had constant smiles on their faces.”

High level competition, a scenic location and glorious weather combined to make the second annual Sand Storm at Palm Springs a rousing success. Set against a backdrop of palm trees and snow-capped mountains, the tournament attracted 40 teams and more than 800 athletes to the lush grounds of the Empire Polo Club for two days of intense competition. “Our girls loved the way the tournament was laid out. It was so nice to have all the games being played on this one gi-normous field,” Bartron said. Barton had good reason to be happy after Team 180 took home both the Junior Varsity and Middle School championships. It was the second straight year the Denver program captured both of those titles.

Goalkeepers Emily Smith (Regis High) and Cassidy Chaney (Cherry Creek) anchored a stifling defense that led the 2012 squad to the JV crown. Analise Stein (Arapaho) provided superb defensive support as Team 180 compiled a 4-1 record and defeated Valley Center Lacrosse in the final. Lizzy Strasza (Kent-Denver) was the team’s top scoring threat on attack while Lulu Dikeou (Kent-Denver) was the key figure in midfield.

“That team has been together a couple years now and is really starting to gel. They are a very close-knit group and that shows on the field,” Bartron said. “I’d say the strength of the team is its riding, draw work and overall ability to control possession.”

Summer Nichols and Delaney Solomon shared the goaltending duties for the 2013 club that came away with the Riser title. Kathryn Blumhardt and Stephanie Guerra played lockdown defense while Haley Kroll provided a slew of points from the attack position. Erin Sungelo and Catherine Ellis were dominant in the midfield. “We have a very strong group of middle school girls that has tremendous potential. They are just going to get better and better,” Bartron said.

Triple Threat, a San Francisco-based program directed by Noemi Hites and Dearborn Davis, repeated as Varsity division champs. Attacker Jessie Esteban (San Ramon) and midfielder Rachel Ozer (Campolido) both of whom were named to the All-Tournament team, led the way as Triple Threat went 7-0 and defeated Team 180, 10-3, in the final. “Sand Storm was much bigger this year and the caliber of talent was impressive. This tournament definitely has a bright future,” Davis said.

Katherine Herzog (San Ramon) and Caroline Federighi (Amador) were almost impenetrable between the pipes as Triple Threat allowed an average of two goals per game. Maddie Saxton (Foothill) and Casey Bowles (San Ramon) were the stalwarts of a suffocating defense. Kate Mitchell (Acalanes) joined Ozer in helping the East Bay contingent win the draws and ground balls in the middle of the field. “We have a bunch of seniors and this was their last tournament together. It was really a fantastic experience and all the girls just had a great time,” Hites said.

While the bulk of teams hailed from western states such as Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington, there was significant representation from such East Coast states as Florida, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. It was a typical Synapse Sports production with all sorts of fun activities and on-field clinics to enhance the experience for participants. Perhaps most important was the fact that 20 college coaches turned out to scout for talent. Among the Division I programs represented were Cal-Berkeley, Cornell, Oregon, Stanford, Navy, Yale and Loyola (MD).

STX directed clinics featuring former Maryland All-American and 2008 Teewaraton Trophy finalist Dana Dobbie. The Canadian National team member and current Loyola College assistant also administered a high school coaching clinic, and along with former Division I coach Stephy Samaras, a recruiting seminar. One of the more innovative highlights of the tournament was the fluid loss testing conducted by Gatorade, providing a unique opportunity to bring their experience from the lab to the field of play. It marked the first time Gatorade tested females for fluid loss, resulting in a tremendous educational opportunity for the athletes, as they experienced first-hand how sweat loss impacts performance, as well as the benefits of using Gatorade during competition.

Cathy Samaras, president and CEO of Synapse Sports, was thrilled with every aspect of the event’s second year and expects that the tournament will continue to grow in the coming years. “Sand Storm has certainly exploded on the West Coast lacrosse scene very quickly. Everything went smoothly again this year and the feedback we received from players, parents and coaches was all very positive,” Samaras said. “We plan to develop Sand Storm into a can’t-miss event for clubs throughout the country.”

 

UC Santa Barbara Women’s Lacrosse Defeats San Diego State 18-5 And Arizona State 20-4 At Surfside Cup In San Diego


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“Everyone dressed played tonight…and that’s a big thing for me,” commented Ramsey. “I want everyone to get in every game and they’re all working hard enough in practice to show they deserve it.”

“I trust them enough to put them all in and the more playing time they get the more I trust them. It’s a great circle.”

UCSB starts the season 1-0 while San Diego State drops to 0-1. Sunday action continues in the Surfside Cup as University of Denver takes on the Canadian National Team. So far it’s been the Northwestern University show at this Cup. The four-time NCAA defending champion Wildcats have a 24-6 win over Denver and a 21-5 win over Canada to their credit. Denver plays Canada at 11am and UCSB plays Arizona State at 1pm in the stadium at Rancho Bernardo High School.

Other UCSB action at the Surfside Cup included three short period scrimmages for the UCSB ‘B’ Team. In the opener the Gauchos dropped a 9-5 decision to UCLA ‘B’ but rebounded with a 5-4 win over Nevada-Reno and an 11-2 win over UC San Diego ‘B’ to wrap up the day. The UCSB ‘B’ Team opens their season at home on Saturday, January 31st, when they host Occidental College in a 2pm match on the Rob Field Turf at UCSB.

 

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UCSB played the final game of the Surfside Cup in San Diego taking on Arizona State in a Western Women’s Lacrosse League inter-region game. The 4th ranked Gauchos started fast taking a 14-3 lead into halftime while also getting everyone suited up into the game. Nineteen UCSB players saw action in the first 20 minutes of the game and then exchanged for each other regularly every 10 minutes or so through the 60 minutes of stopped clock play.

Junior Samantha Lutz (San Diego, CA) led all goal scorers again for the second game in a row with 4 goals. Sophomore Alyssa Nelson (Denver, CO) led the team in points with 3 goals and 2 assists. UCSB improved on sharing the wealth from the night before when 9 Gauchos contributed to the offense in an 18-5 win over San Diego State. Eleven players got in on the action on the attack against the Sun Devils.

“That sets the bar pretty high for sharing the ball on offense,” said head coach Paul Ramsey about eleven players getting at least a goal or an assist.

“The new players stepped up and played big roles,” said sophomore Brittany Barry (Basking Ridge, NJ). “We’re very proud of them.”

The UCSB defense continued the team concept as well limiting Arizona State to 10 shots on goal with lots of help on the ball and slides to the Sun Devils’ second options. UCSB outshot Arizona State 36-10.

OC Starz 8th Defeats OC Starz 7th 8-5 At Campus El Segundo On Sunday In “Starz Cup” Final


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Campus El Segundo Near Los Angeles International Airport Proving To Be Top Lacrosse Facility


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“Surfside Cup” Lacrosse Tournament Sees Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Defeat Team Canada 21-5


Northwestern continued its red-hot start to the 2009 season, blowing past Team Canada 21-5 in an exhibition game of the WomensLax.com Surfside Cup at Rancho Bernando High School.

 

northwesternvscanada1Coming off a dominating 24-6 victory in the season opener against Denver Friday night, NU picked up right where they left off, netting the first 13 goals of the contest past Canada goalkeeper Kalley Greer, and held a commanding 14-2 halftime advantage. The Wildcats continued to have balanced scoring as 10 different `Cats tallied first half goals, led by two from Nielsen, Dowd and freshman Shannon Smith (West Babylon, N.Y./West Babylon).

The two teams reverted to international rules in the second half, which allowed eight players in the attacking zone rather than seven, but the results were the same as NU outdueled Canada 7-3 in the half to cruise to the 21-5 win. Nielsen led all players with nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) while Bowen added four (3 goals, 1 assist) for the Wildcats.

Northwestern’s defense again came up big, as it held Canada to just four shots in the first half and 10 for the game, while also forcing 27 turnovers. Goalkeeper Morgan Lathrop (Briarcliff, N.Y./The Hackley School) allowed just four goals in 40 minutes of work while making a pair of big saves and causing two Canadian turnovers.

The Wildcat offensive charge continued to be one of the tops in the nation, firing 32 shots and landing 27 on net. Team Canada did hold a 16-12 advantage in draw controls, thanks in large part to six from former Maryland stand-out Dana Dobbie, who lead the Canadians with a pair of goals and an assist. Brooke McKenzie also added a goal and an assist in the loss.

NU now returns home to chilly Evanston to prepare for the rest of its challenging 2009 schedule. The Wildcats take some time off before traveling to Pittsburgh, Pa., to face Duquesne on Feb. 17, followed up with a showdown against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., on Feb. 20.

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Lacrosse Recruiting Update: Consider Division III Schools For Ideal Balance Of Academics, Social Life And Lacrosse; Interview Of Middlebury College Men’s Lacrosse Captain Dave Campbell In ESPN.COM


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“First, make sure this is the right school for you. If you feel that it is, we can then talk about lacrosse.”

“As hard as it may be, imagine suffering a career ending injury your freshman fall. Would you still want to be at the college that you’ve selected?”

DIII lacrosse, especially the NESCAC league, emphasizes the opportunity for athletes to have a certain balance between academics, social life and athletics. One major contribution to this is the absence of an official fall ball schedule.

 

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As a high school lacrosse player with hopes of playing in college, one can be hyper-focused on the role of lacrosse and forget about other important aspects of choosing the right school. One of the best pieces of advice that I received from a mentor as I went through the college selection process was: “As hard as it may be, imagine suffering a career ending injury your freshman fall. Would you still want to be at the college that you’ve selected?” I stayed true to this advice, and as a result, found a place that fits me well with respect to academics, student culture, environment and community. Add to that a great lacrosse program and you’re going to have an unbelievable college experience.

There came a point in the process where I had to make a decision between playing Division I lacrosse and playing Division III lacrosse.

In no particular order, here are some of the reasons why I chose DIII, specifically Middlebury:

The Fall: DIII lacrosse, especially the NESCAC league, emphasizes the opportunity for athletes to have a certain balance between academics, social life and athletics. One major contribution to this is the absence of an official fall ball schedule. Rather, we rely on optional captains’ practices, lifting and cross training to prepare for the season. This makes the fall more low key than other programs and more self-directed. It also allows time for athletes to play other sports, focus on school work, or relax socially. By the time Feb. 15 rolls around (our official first practice in the NESCAC), the team is chomping at the bit and cannot wait to for the start of the season.

Multi-Sport Athletes: The optional fall ball at Middlebury also allows for athletes to compete in different sports across various seasons. We have several football/lacrosse, hockey/lacrosse, and soccer/lacrosse players at Middlebury. I even had a teammate, John Sales, who played on three varsity teams for four years: soccer, hockey and lacrosse. For an athlete with a passion for multiple sports and the desire to continue to play them throughout college, DIII could be a good choice.

Study Abroad: Both of my older brothers studied abroad in college and really enjoyed their experiences. Before I even applied to schools, I knew that I wanted to study abroad for a semester. At Middlebury we have about 75 percent of the juniors on our team study abroad each fall. It is a great opportunity to live in a foreign place, experience a new culture and broaden your horizons. I give a lot of credit to my coaches and my program that this is a supported and encouraged decision. I know one thing that is for certain: I will never regret or forget the six months that I spent in Sydney, Australia! If study abroad is something that you are considering, be sure to ask a future coach about it when visiting a school.

Level of Ability / Level of Competition:Find a school that matches your abilities and potential abilities. Aim high and give yourself room to grow and develop as a player; with continued work and effort you will improve throughout college. At the same time, be realistic about what you want to get out of your college lacrosse experience. On some teams, you can start from day one of your freshman year, others you will have to wait your turn and slowly work your way into the lineup, and in other programs you may never see consistent time. Have an honest discussion with a potential coach about your prospects as a member of a given team and consider your desired role.

When looking at Middlebury, then-coach Erin Quinn said to me, “First, make sure this is the right school for you. If you feel that it is, we can then talk about lacrosse.” Search for the school and the program that are the best fit for you in every area of your life and you are bound to have an unbelievable college experience. Good luck!

#1 Ranked Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Defeats #19 University Of Denver 24-6 At The “Surfside Lacrosse Cup” In San Diego Friday Night


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The No. 19 University of Denver women’s lacrosse team opened the 2009 season with a 24-6 loss to four-time defending national champions and No. 1 Northwestern in the Surfside Lacrosse Cup in San Diego on Friday night.

 

Two-time NCAA Championship MVP Hilary Bowen scored five goals for the Wildcats (1-0), while reigning Tewaaraton Trophy winner Hannah Nielsen and Danielle Spencer both had three goals and two assists.

 

The game served as the highlight of the inaugural WomensLax.com Surfside Cup Classic, and the fans who came to see some of the best women’s lacrosse talent weren’t disappointed. northwesternvsdenverjan23iNU opened up the game by notching the first five goals, beginning with Spencer notching the first goal of the 2009 season less than a minute half into the contest. Denver would respond to cut the gap to 5-1, but that is as close as the Pioneers would get as the Wildcats would tally the next nine goals, with four of them coming off the stick of Bowen, to take a commanding 14-1 lead in the first half. Each team would register one additional goal with Nielsen registering her second of the night with less than a second remaining in the half to take a 15-2 advantage into the break.The second half was more of the same, as the `Cats would tally the first seven goals to push the advantage to 20 at 22-2 and cruised to the 24-6 victory as 13 different players found the back of the net for Northwestern.

 

Following some time to relax in the southern California sun, Northwestern closes out the Surfside Cup with an exhibition game against the Canadian national team at Rancho Bernando High School beginning at 9:30 p.m. Central time (7:30 Pacific).

 

The Pioneers will face the Canadian national team on Sunday at noon. Denver will open its home schedule at Barton Stadium against No. 3 Duke on Feb. 13 at 5 p.m.