Organizers with Synapse Sports and Lax West have announced the seventh annual Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival, being held Jan. 18-19, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Cal., has been expanded to include competition on 40 fields.
A record 250 boys’ and girls’ teams – comprised of middle and high school players – are slated to compete in the 2014 event co-sponsored by Under Armour and Gatorade.
“We knew when we started Sand Storm in 2008 that it had tremendous potential. A warm weather location, state-of-the-art facility, top-notch competition and detailed organization are the ingredients for success,” said Cathy Samaras, found and CEO of Synapse Sports.
“Sand Storm lived up to its potential and exceeded expectations since the beginning. Now it has become a destination event for club teams throughout the country as the premier winter tournament on the West Coast.”
Sand Storm began as a girls’ club tournament geared primarily towards clubs from Western States. It has since expanded its reach and now includes a significant number of teams from the Midwest, East Coast and even Canada. The number of Division I, II and III collegiate coaches scouting talent at Sand Storm has also increased significantly in recent years as the talent pool expanded.
Sand Storm added a boys’ component in 2011 and it has grown exponentially under the guidance of Michael Watson of Lax West. In just four years, the boys’ tournament has grown from 14 to 112 teams. “It’s a testament to the overall quality of the event.
Every team that participated the past two years had a great experience and it has spread by word of mouth that Sand Storm is a top-notch tournament in terms of a spectacular venue, precise management and strong competition,” Watson said. “A weekend in Palm Springs is very appealing to the out-of-town teams. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how quickly this thing has taken off.”
For more information about the 2014 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival visit the event website: http://www.laxtournaments.com
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 25 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 http://www.synapsesports.com or call 410-573-1414.
LAX WEST Founded by US Lacrosse Hall of Fame recipient and 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, as well as coaching clinics and seminars, invitational exhibitions, games and tournaments.
Visit http://www.laxwestlacrosse.com for more information.