Daily Archives: January 28, 2011

“2011 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival”: The “La Quinta Division” High School Girls Lacrosse Champion Was “XTEAM 2012” With Top Players From California, Canada, Georgia And Texas


 

LA QUINTA DIVISION WINNER: X-TEAM 2012

 

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.”

CONTACTS:                                                               

Cory Samaras, cory@synapsesports.com, 443-822-8606

Michael Watson, mwatson@laxwestlacrosse.com, 858-220-0546

SYNAPSE SPORTS

Synapse Sports is the premier provider of lacrosse playing opportunities and recruiting events in the U.S.  Founder and CEO Cathy Samaras has been a trailblazer in the sport of lacrosse, working tirelessly for over 20 years to promote the growth and development of the game – from grassroots to global.  To learn more about the exciting events organized by the company visit www.synapsesports.com or call 410-573-1414. 

LAX WEST LACROSSE

Founded by former UVA 4-time All American Michael Watson, Lax West is committed to helping its participants reach their full potential as competitive lacrosse players and coaches through a variety of platforms including instructional and competitive camps, clinics and events, as well as coaching clinics and seminars, invitational exhibitions, games and tournaments. Visit www.laxwestlacrosse.com for more information.  

Southern California Club Lacrosse Tournaments: The “2011 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival” On Jan 15-16 Featured 65 Girls Lacrosse Teams In Four Divisions And 14 Boys Lacrosse Teams With Nearly 40 NCAA Div I-III College Recruiters Present


The 2011 tournament, sponsored by Gatorade and STX, featured a record 65 teams in four girls divisions. Competition was held Jan. 15-16 amidst a spectacular backdrop of palm trees and snow-capped mountains at the fabulous Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA.  Nearly 40 Division I, II and III college programs were represented at Sand Storm, including Cornell, Denver, Harvard, Loyola, Navy, Oregon, Princeton and Stanford, whose coaches were on hand to scout the myriad of talent.

“There definitely seemed to be more of a recruiting presence this year. I think the major schools are starting to realize there are some very good players at this tournament,” said Joe Brown, whose Pacific Falcons captured the Coachella Middle School Division championship. “Our girls were also extremely impressed with STX promo player, Dana Dobbie (former Maryland All American; Loyola University coach), who was very accessible through team clinics, providing a great presence as far as mentoring the younger players,” Brown added.

Since its debut in 2008, Sand Storm has continued to raise the bar and deliver a tremendous experience for all participants. Of course, winning enhances the experience and Team 180 finally broke through with two division championships after several runner-up finishes at Sand Storm.  “We really wanted this tournament. We’ve finished second too many times so this is the one we were really going after,” Bartron said. “It’s very satisfying for our program to come away with a couple titles this year because the competition has certainly gotten better.”

Team 180 showed up at the fourth annual Sand Storm Festival in full force. The Denver-based program brought four teams and almost 100 players while another 80 parents also made the trip to scenic Palm Springs.  “Sand Storm has become the favorite tournament for our girls and their families,” Team 180 director Sam Bartron said. “Obviously, the location and the weather are huge draws, but it’s also the upbeat feel of the overall event. It’s just so well-organized and downright fun.”

This year’s Sand Storm Festival broke new ground as tournament operator Synapse Sports partnered with Lax West to add a boys’ component to the event.  The boys made a successful debut with 14 teams from throughout California competing in a well-run tournament.   “It was a fantastic start and I feel very good about the future,” said Michael Watson, founder and director of Lax West. “All the feedback I heard was very positive and we already have teams committed from Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Colorado next year in addition to more teams form California.  Everyone was very impressed with the venue and the Palm Springs destination location. I see no problem with growing this event exponentially over the next couple years.”

Watson, a former 4x All-American at the University of Virginia and professional player with the Los Angeles Riptide, conducted clinics along with STX representatives Anthony Kelly (Ohio State, Rochester Rattlers) and Josh Rachman, former Bayhawks defender and U.S. Military Special Forces.  “This event combines a convenient location, spectacular venue, and the highest quality playing surface a player will ever compete on, at any level.  As the event and level of competition continue to gain momentum, Sand Storm could easily become the number one winter lacrosse destination,” said G.W. Mix, coach of boys Varsity Champs Anchors & Crowns Lacrosse Club.

CONTACTS:                                                               

Cory Samaras, cory@synapsesports.com, 443-822-8606

Michael Watson, mwatson@laxwestlacrosse.com, 858-220-0546

 SYNAPSE SPORTS

Synapse Sports is the premier provider of lacrosse playing opportunities and recruiting events in the U.S.  Founder and CEO Cathy Samaras has been a trailblazer in the sport of lacrosse, working tirelessly for over 20 years to promote the growth and development of the game – from grassroots to global.  To learn more about the exciting events organized by the company visit www.synapsesports.com or call 410-573-1414. 

LAX WEST LACROSSE

Founded by former UVA 4-time All American Michael Watson, Lax West is committed to helping its participants reach their full potential as competitive lacrosse players and coaches through a variety of platforms including instructional and competitive camps, clinics and events, as well as coaching clinics and seminars, invitational exhibitions, games and tournaments. Visit www.laxwestlacrosse.com for more information.

NCAA Div I Women’s Lacrosse: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Is Ranked Preseason #1 In 2011 American Lacrosse Conference Poll


Northwestern has been tabbed as the unanimous favorite to repeat as American Lacrosse Conference champions, sitting atop the preseason ALC poll. The Wildcats, who have won the last six ALC crowns, enter the season having won 36 consecutive conference games, dating back to the 2005 season.

Northwestern the unanimous choice for the top slot, followed by Vanderbilt, which faced the Wildcats in last season’s ALC championship game. Penn State is third in the poll, followed by Florida, Johns Hopkins and Ohio State. Both the Nittany Lions and Buckeyes have new head coaches heading into the 2011 season.

The 2011 American Lacrosse Conference preseason team was also announced, with the Wildcats well represented. Senior Colleen Magarity, juniors Alex Frank and Shannon Smith and sophomore Taylor Thornton were the four Wildcats selected to the team — the most selections of any school. All four were tabbed All-ALC in 2010, with Shannon being a first-team honoree.

Northwestern begins the 2011 season at Notre Dame on Feb. 19 in a rematch of last season’s NCAA first round matchup. The Wildcats’ first ALC tilt is against the Commodores in Nashville on Feb. 27, as Northwestern will also take on Florida (Apr. 14) and Johns Hopkins (Apr. 16) on the road. Penn State (Apr. 8) and Ohio State (Apr. 22) both make the trip to Evanston in 2011. Season tickets for the 2011 Northwestern lacrosse season will be on sale soon.

2011 American Lacrosse Conference Preseason Poll
1. Northwestern
2. Vanderbilt
3. Penn State
4. Florida
5. Johns Hopkins
6. Ohio State

2011 American Lacrosse Conference Preseason Team
Ashley Bruns – Florida
Ally Carey – Vanderbilt
Annie Carruthers – Ohio State
Alex Frank – Northwestern
Alyssa Kildare – Johns Hopkins
Colleen Magarity – Northwestern
Alayna Markwordt – Ohio State
Candace Rossi – Johns Hopkins
Shannon Smith – Northwestern
Jen Steadman – Penn State
Taylor Thornton – Northwestern

For more: http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/012811aaa.html

Lacrosse Equipment: Easton Lacrosse Introduced 2011 “Launch Head” And “Stealth Scandium Alloy” Sticks At US Lacrosse National Convention (Video)


Doug Appleton from Easton Lacrosse displays brand new 2011 product line. Scandium shafts with textured rubber grip. The Launch is the first adjustable head in lacrosse that you can easily adjust with a screw driver to make your own specific pocket.

Women’s Lacrosse: US Lacrosse Releases 2011 “Womens Rules Interpretation” Videos


MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Wisconsin Men’s Lacrosse Prepares For 2011 Season Opener Against Missouri On March 5 (Video)


Date Opponent Result
3/05 vs. Missouri 2:30 pm
3/06 at Lindenwood 2:00 pm
3/12 MINNESOTA 7:00 pm
3/25 IOWA 7:00 pm
3/26 ILLINOIS STATE 2:30 pm
3/27 MINNESOTA ST. MANKATO 11:00 am
4/02 at Purdue 3:00 pm
4/09 INDIANA 3:00 pm
4/16 MIAMI U. 3:00 pm
4/22 at Marquette 7:30 pm
4/24 ST. CLOUD STATE 12:00 pm
4/30 ILLINOIS 1:00 pm

 

Coach: Jaron Klopstein

Major League Lacrosse: The 2011 MLL Championship Weekend Will Be Held At Annapolis, Maryland On Aug. 27-28 (Video)