Georgia attacker Annie Ruland was an offensive firepower, named to the All-Tournament team after leading XTEAM 2012 to the La Quinta Division championship. Midfielder Drew Jackson, another Georgia resident, displayed superior speed and power in the midfield for XTEAM, which went 6-0 in the tourney and defeated Team 180, 7-2, in the final.
Texas native Fran Sartori anchored a suffocating defense while California standout Regan Anderson played both ends of the field and keyed the transition game. Washington product Tyler Sherper was a true spitfire and motivated the entire team with her pre-game speeches. Canadian goalie Natasha Whitman was impenetrable in all six games and showed the skills she learned from competing against boys back home.
“This team loves each other on and off the field. Because they don’t practice with each other except for a few days before tournaments, they rely on their emotional connection to their teammates,” said XTEAM head coach and former James Madison All-American Jessica (Beard) Thornton. XTEAM is comprised of talented players from all over the country who want to play lacrosse in college, but only play together 6 times a year. “This is exhilarating for the kids,” said club owner Crista Samaras. “They have had a long fall of training and tournaments traveling to every place we go by plane. This was a great way to end an amazing tournament. With smiles on their faces, they are ready to work 10x harder heading into the summer.”
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