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Nike/US Lacrosse 2014 Preseason Western High School Boys’ Lacrosse Top 10 Features #1 St. Ignatius Prep Followed By Torrey Pines, Arapahoe, La Costa Canyon, Bellevue And Cherry Creek
“2014 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival” Concluded Seventh Annual Tournament In Indio, CA With Record 245 Girls’ & Boys’s Club Teams Competing
- 2014 Division – Puget Sound Select Elite
- 2015 Division – BearLax ‘15 Blue
- 2016 Division – Team 180 ‘16 Yellow
- 2017 Division – BearLax ‘17 Blue
- 2018 Division – Team 180 ‘18 Yellow
- 2019-2020 Division – Team 180 ‘19
- Elite Division – Kings Lax Gold
- 3d Lacrosse SoCal 16
- Freshman-Sophomore Division – DoCo Dogs 9/10
- Middle School Division – Oregon Pride 15-Under
- Fifth-Sixth Grade Division – 3d Lacrosse NorCal ‘20
- Youth Division – Brady’s Bunch 11-Under
Princeton Women’s Lacrosse head coach Chris Sailer sent an assistant to scout the Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival during the early years of its existence. Sailer figured a fledgling tournament on the West Coast would not feature the type of talent a perennial powerhouse in the Ivy League was seeking. With each passing year, those assistants reported to Sailer that Sand Storm was blowing up and the caliber of players attending was rapidly improving. So Sailer decided to check out the event herself last year and came away impressed.
“I was amazed by the quality of the tournament as a whole. The location, the facility, the organization – everything was first-class and top-notch,” Sailer said. “It was a great opportunity to see a lot of West Coast kids at a time of the year when no other recruiting events are being held. We wound up getting two players that we would not have seen otherwise. It just really opened my eyes to the caliber of talent that is participating in that tournament.”
Synapse Sports established the Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival in 2008 with 22 girls’ teams playing games on four fields. Last month, the seventh annual Sand Storm attracted 245 teams on both the boys’ and girls’ sides with a whopping 40 fields at the meticulous Empire Polo Club being utilized. “Sand Storm has grown by one thousand percent in just seven years. That is just incredible when you think about it,” said Cathy Samaras, founder and CEO of Synapse Sports.
“Everything about Sand Storm is spectacular. What’s not to love about 85 degree days in January under palm trees with snow showing on the mountains in the distance? We are particularly thrilled to provide a lacrosse tournament in which both girls and boys compete on adjacent fields and then come together to shop, eat and chill out!”
This year’s tournament set a new standard with Under Armour coming aboard as a corporate sponsor and providing a new lacrosse head and signature Sand Storm T-shirt to members of all 12 championship teams. Gatorade, a longtime partner of Synapse Sports, kept all the athletes well hydrated throughout the warm weekend in Palm Springs.
“We really enjoyed our time at Sand Storm. It’s great to be out in the desert where the weather is so phenomenal,” said Frank Chance, manager of the Kings Lax program from Newport Beach, Cal. “The facility is fantastic and the fields are in amazing shape. It’s like playing lacrosse on a putting green. The tournament is extremely well-run with everything happening on time and in an orderly fashion.”
Kings Lax, comprised entirely of players from Corona Del Mar High, uses Sand Storm as a preseason tune-up. Head coach G.W. Mix led the squad to the Elite Division championship with a victory over rival Orange County. “We are not a typical club program that draws talent from a wide area, but our kids have been playing together for a long time and have great chemistry and a commitment to teamwork,” Chance said. “It’s a great accomplishment to win Sand Storm because the level of competition was outstanding. It just keeps getting better and better each year.”
Theresa Sherry has been bringing her BearLax program to Sand Storm since its inception and has also marveled at its evolution. BearLax had all 13 of its teams and some 250 athletes at this year’s tournament and came away with two titles – topping the 2015 and 2017 Girls brackets. Team Tough, its middle school entry, was runner-up while three other entries lost in the semifinals.
“All the brackets had a lot of strong teams so it was really fun to see six of our teams make the playoffs. We won a championship at the very first Sand Storm in 2008 and I can tell you it’s much more difficult to do now,” Sherry said.
“Seven years ago, the best athletes on the West Coast were not playing lacrosse. That has changed dramatically as the sport has grown in popularity and parents have seen the college opportunities. I watched a lot of games during this year’s tournament and saw some amazing athletes out on the field.”
Bottom line, Sand Storm is now attracting a slew of major Division I prospects as well as a bevy of Division II and III candidates, which has swelled the ranks of college recruiters attending the two-day event. Schools from all the major conferences – Atlantic Coast, American, Ivy, Big East, Mountain Pacific – were on hand to scout for talent.
“There are definitely a lot more college coaches coming to Sand Storm. I had conversations with a bunch of coaches throughout the tournament that were interested in our players,” Sherry said. “This is clearly becoming a great opportunity for kids to showcase their skills and attract the attention of the college recruiters.”
Puget Sound Select made its third appearance at Sand Storm and was thrilled to come away with the Girls 2014 Division championship. Bainbridge Island High head coach Tamiko Tommila, who operates the program along with Lakeside High head coach Jamie Osaka, said winning Sand Storm was the greatest accomplishment to date for Puget Sound Select.
“We were ecstatic that our elite team won the title. It was definitely a big step forward for our program,” Tommila said. “We are not a big recruiting club. We treat Sand Storm as a reward to our kids for all the hard work they put in during the fall and winter. We just want to play lacrosse and loved that we were able to get in six games. That really made it worth our while to bring two teams. Winning a championship was icing on the cake.”
3d Lacrosse, an up-and-coming program operated by former University of Denver head coach Jamie Munro, showed up at Sand Storm in full force and came away with two titles. SoCal 16 captured the Boys High School Division while NorCal 20 took the Boys Sixth Grade crown. Zack Burke, southern California director for 3d Lacrosse coached the 2016 squad, which was comprised of sophomores from Poway, Torrey Pines, Costa Canyon and Cathedral Catholic high schools.
“Our players and parents all loved the tournament. It was run really well and the complex is beautiful,” Burke said. “It was just a great weekend all around and we’ll definitely be coming back to Sand Storm from now on.”
For more information about the 2014 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival visit the event website: 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 www.synapsesports.com or call 410-573-1414.
St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Glen Miles Talks About The Critical Role That Booster Clubs, Athletic Directors And Parents Have In Hiring And Retaining High School Lacrosse Coaches
In part five of his interview with LaxBuzz, Glen Miles, head coach of the Nike/US Lacrosse West Region #4 Ranked St. Margaret’s Episcopal Boys Lacrosse program, discusses the important issues High School Athletic Directors and Booster Clubs must consider in hiring a Varsity Lacrosse Coach and staff in order to create a successful lacrosse program.
LaxBuzz: What should high school Athletic Directors and Booster Clubs look for in hiring a new Varsity Lacrosse coach and their top assistants to create a culture and foundation leading to a successful program? How do you define success at the high school level?
“Lacrosse parents and boosters are working very hard to help their kid’s lacrosse programs exist at the High School level. Unfortunately, I have heard too many stories from young coaches that have difficulty handling the parents who are not happy with them for one reason or another.”
“I feel like we beg these young coaches to come and coach our boys and then, the moment the young coach makes a mistake or has a challenge, the “parents” exert unrealistic expectations on a very young man and simply just make it too hard and not fun for him. At this rate and with this trend, we could have a problem.”
“I think parents are leading the charge for lacrosse more than the athletic directors and that is why this is an issue. Athletic directors are very capable of handling and training young coaches—they just need to want to. This is an additional sport for an athletic director who was already overworked.”
“We need to commit to these young coaches and teach them how to lead and how to communicate with all members—players, parents, and teachers. Many young coaches are merely coaching the way they were coached and sometimes that is good and sometimes that is bad. If its bad, it needs to be changed.”
“In the Coach For America model, success is measured 20 years after the players graduate. Is he a man of integrity? Is he a good brother, husband and father? If he is, then we succeeded. As I mentioned earlier, winning is a by product of that success.”
High School Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Brother Rice Boys Lacrosse “2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association State Championship” Win Over Forest Hills Eastern-Northern On June 8
Birmingham Brother Rice overcame an early deficit and battled back to defeat Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern-Northern, 14-10, to earn its 11th straight lacrosse state championship Saturday in East Grand Rapids.
Brother Rice has now won the Division 1 lacrosse crown every year since the Michigan High School Athletic Association sanctioned the sport in 2005, and won twice in a row before then.
Forest Hills got into an offensive rhythm early and jumped to a 3-0 lead, but Brother Rice junior Jason Alessi scored two goals in less than two-minutes. Alessi finished the game with six goals and six assists.
Brother Rice continued to pour on the offensive attack, exploding for seven goals in the second and outscored Forrest Hills 3-2 in the third before trading goals in the fourth period.
Brother Rice hasn’t lost to an in-state opponent since 2002.
Top Western Boys Lacrosse Clubs: Northern California-Based Alcatraz Outlaws Have Placed 37 Players On NCAA Div I Teams Since 2009
“…the club — whose roster typically is a mix of players from Marin, the South Bay, the East Bay and San Francisco — has been a success both in terms of its play and its ability to find college programs interested in its players. The team has held its own in tournaments since that opener, and to date, 56 current or former players are part of or have committed to college squads. Of that group, 37 players found Division I programs at which to play…”
The Outlaws have produced enough nuggets that the program has expanded its operations. This summer, the Outlaws have two teams, with one featuring rising seniors (Class of 2014 players who are juniors this year) and the other including rising juniors (Class of 2015).
When the ALCATRAZ Outlaws were formed in 2009, the goal for coaches Dave Grose, Greg Angilly and Braden Edwards was to give top-level Northern California high school lacrosse players a chance to show top-level college coaches that they can play.
The Outlaws, who train at the Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, have relatively little time with which to make their mark. The team, which is hand-picked by the coaches after they scout players who show an interest in playing, works together for only three weeks beginning in early June. The Outlaws then head East to play in the King of the Hill and then the Gait Cup at Gettysburg (Pa.) College. By July, the players go their separate ways.
But that time together and the exposure to high caliber players and college coaches is invaluable, players say.
St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Glen Miles Talks About The Limitations Of Lacrosse Specialization, And The Importance Of Multiple Sports’ Skill Sets, Great Coaching And Mentors
In part three of his interview with LaxBuzz, Glen Miles, head coach of the Nike/US Lacrosse West Region #4 Ranked St. Margaret’s Episcopal Boys Lacrosse program, discusses how important it is for high school lacrosse players to attempt to play multiple sports and benefit from developing multiple skill sets and experience quality coaching.
LaxBuzz: Should high school lacrosse players play on multiple club teams, amounting to essentially a year-round dedication to lacrosse? Should these players be encouraged to play other sports and/or taking periodic breaks from playing lacrosse?