Daily Archives: October 18, 2011

California Girls Lacrosse Tournaments: “Sand Storm 2012” On Jan 14-15 Will Feature 80-Plus ClubTeams From 21 States In Four Divisions; 30 NCAA Div I-III Recruiters To Attend

Sand Storm 2012, presented by Synapse Sports and Lax West, will be held Jan. 14-15 at the fabulous Empire Polo Club, nestled in the Palm Springs desert valley below the picturesque San Jacinto Mountains, and featuring 20 impeccably maintained fields. Competition on the girls’ side will be held in the Elite, Varsity, JV and Riser divisions while the boys’ side will feature action in Elite, High School, Under-15, Under-13 and Under-11. Sponsored by STX and Gatorade, Sand Storm annually attracts a large throng of women’s lacrosse recruiters from the Division I, II and III levels. More than 30 women’s programs have already committed to attend in 2012 including Marquette, San Diego State and USC who have a recently added Varsity programs, as well as Brown, UC Berkeley, Columbia, Denver, Harvard, Navy, Oregon, Stanford and Yale to name a few. Crista Samaras, director of the national lacrosse club XTEAM, will be bringing 10 teams filled with players from 21 different states to Sand Storm 2012. Samaras liked the tournament so much she decided to use Sand Storm as the key winter training and recruiting weekend for XTEAM, complete with staff meetings and membership celebration events. “Sand Storm has been an epic event since its inception five years ago. The venue is unprecedented in a place where the weather is reliable,” Samaras said. “The coalition of non-traditional teams attending is strong and the growing support of college coaches interested in the budding talent makes it a no-brainer. Palm Springs does a great job of being the perfect place and Synapse delivers the best experience for players, coaches and fans.”