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New England Lacrosse Journal Sept-Oct 2014 Online Edition Released Featuring College Recruiting Commitments And Club Team Guide


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2014 Vail Lacrosse Shootout: “On The Hop Nation/Lacrossewear” Defeats “The Cage Goes All Out” 12-8 To Win Men’s Elite Championship


On The Hop Nation/Lacrossewear 12, The Cage Goes All Out 8  It was almost déjà vu at the Lacrosse Vail Shootout, but this time around On The Hop Nation / Lacrosswear went home with the hardware, edging out defending champion The Cage Goes All Out.  The two teams faced off last year in the men’s elite finals game with The Cage Goes All Out winning in a thrilling double-overtime game.  On Sunday though, after jumping out to an early lead, Lacrosswear was able to hang on, winning, 12-8.  Lacrosswear got on the board first with early goals from attack men Anthony Biscardi and Deemer Class. After a slashing penalty, The Cage Goes All Out took advantage of the man-up situation and Billy Ward found twine. But Lacrossewear midfielder Ryan Tucker got the goal back just 30 seconds later to put his team up, 3-1, after the first quarter.  In the second frame, the two teams traded goals with neither team scoring more than two goals in a row. The Cage Goes All Out found the net twice early, evening the score at 3-3. Then Class found himself with a clear look again after a dish from Steve Romano, and put the ball in to give Lacrossewear the edge again.  Next, The Cage Goes All Out’s Kevin Wylie netted a goal to even the score, but just seven seconds later, Kevin Massa of Lacrossewear won the face off and took the ball down the field for a quick score.  The Cage Goes All Out scored the next two goals, and then Lacrossewear’s Nick Mariano took over.  Mariano evened the score at six goals apiece with just under two minutes to go in the half, and then, got another shot to go with less than two seconds to go in the frame to send Lacrossewear into the half up by one. Mariano wasn’t done though; he kicked off the third quarter with his third goal of the game to complete the hat trick. “I was just put in a good opportunity to finish the ball,” Mariano said. “That’s why I’m on the team, just to finish the ball and look for my open opportunities and just score. I had good shots on goal and luckily they went in.” Lacrosswear’s Ryan Brown fired a goal in off of a Ryan Tucker assist to put his squad up, 9-6, giving it its largest lead of the game up until that point. The Cage Goes All Out snagged one more goal before the frame’s final whistle to set the stage for the fourth quarter with Lacrossewear leading, 9-7.  Defenses dominated the first half of the fourth, but Lacrossewear finally broke out with goals from Romar Dennis, Class and TJ Neubauer. Ward got a goal for The Cage Goes All Out late, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Lacrossewear. “The guys did a great job today,” said Lacrossewear head coach Paul Landaiche. “They really played well. They’ve been very consistent all week in how they’ve played. A lot of times out here it’s matchups, so we really didn't know until we got near the game exactly how it was going to play out, and Nick and Anthony both on attack did really, really well today matching up so we kept them in there.” Landaiche isn’t starting to think about next year’s tournament just yet. “I’m only thinking now how I’m going to get that big trophy through security,” he said.  But tournament organizers are already getting exciting for the 2015 Vail Lacrosse Shootout. The tournament will return to the mountain town in full force June 27-July 5, 2015. Next year’s tournament will feature four more divisions as the Shootout returns to its typical eight-division setup.  The tournament will also feature a new and improved complex at Ford Field in 2015 which while will provide multiple fields in one location and increased convenience for players and fans. “The scenery is magnificent,” said Team Australia head coach Glenn Merit who participated in his first Vail Lacrosse Shootout this year. “The people are terrific. The place is fantastic. I can’t believe I haven’t been here before.”

On The Hop Nation/Lacrossewear 12, The Cage Goes All Out 8
It was almost déjà vu at the Lacrosse Vail Shootout, but this time around On The Hop Nation / Lacrosswear went home with the hardware, edging out defending champion The Cage Goes All Out.
The two teams faced off last year in the men’s elite finals game with The Cage Goes All Out winning in a thrilling double-overtime game.
On Sunday though, after jumping out to an early lead, Lacrosswear was able to hang on, winning, 12-8.
Lacrosswear got on the board first with early goals from attack men Anthony Biscardi and Deemer Class. After a slashing penalty, The Cage Goes All Out took advantage of the man-up situation and Billy Ward found twine. But Lacrossewear midfielder Ryan Tucker got the goal back just 30 seconds later to put his team up, 3-1, after the first quarter.
In the second frame, the two teams traded goals with neither team scoring more than two goals in a row. The Cage Goes All Out found the net twice early, evening the score at 3-3. Then Class found himself with a clear look again after a dish from Steve Romano, and put the ball in to give Lacrossewear the edge again.
Next, The Cage Goes All Out’s Kevin Wylie netted a goal to even the score, but just seven seconds later, Kevin Massa of Lacrossewear won the face off and took the ball down the field for a quick score.
The Cage Goes All Out scored the next two goals, and then Lacrossewear’s Nick Mariano took over.
Mariano evened the score at six goals apiece with just under two minutes to go in the half, and then, got another shot to go with less than two seconds to go in the frame to send Lacrossewear into the half up by one. Mariano wasn’t done though; he kicked off the third quarter with his third goal of the game to complete the hat trick.
“I was just put in a good opportunity to finish the ball,” Mariano said. “That’s why I’m on the team, just to finish the ball and look for my open opportunities and just score. I had good shots on goal and luckily they went in.”
Lacrosswear’s Ryan Brown fired a goal in off of a Ryan Tucker assist to put his squad up, 9-6, giving it its largest lead of the game up until that point. The Cage Goes All Out snagged one more goal before the frame’s final whistle to set the stage for the fourth quarter with Lacrossewear leading, 9-7.
Defenses dominated the first half of the fourth, but Lacrossewear finally broke out with goals from Romar Dennis, Class and TJ Neubauer. Ward got a goal for The Cage Goes All Out late, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Lacrossewear.
“The guys did a great job today,” said Lacrossewear head coach Paul Landaiche. “They really played well. They’ve been very consistent all week in how they’ve played. A lot of times out here it’s matchups, so we really didn’t know until we got near the game exactly how it was going to play out, and Nick and Anthony both on attack did really, really well today matching up so we kept them in there.”
Landaiche isn’t starting to think about next year’s tournament just yet.
“I’m only thinking now how I’m going to get that big trophy through security,” he said.
But tournament organizers are already getting exciting for the 2015 Vail Lacrosse Shootout. The tournament will return to the mountain town in full force June 27-July 5, 2015. Next year’s tournament will feature four more divisions as the Shootout returns to its typical eight-division setup.
The tournament will also feature a new and improved complex at Ford Field in 2015 which while will provide multiple fields in one location and increased convenience for players and fans.
“The scenery is magnificent,” said Team Australia head coach Glenn Merit who participated in his first Vail Lacrosse Shootout this year. “The people are terrific. The place is fantastic. I can’t believe I haven’t been here before.”

2014 Vail Lacrosse Shootout Elite Men’s Teams Begin Play On July 3 With “The Cage Goes All Out”, “On The Hop Nation/Lacrossewear”, “Brine Elite” And “The Big Green Herd” As Favorites


 

2014 Vail Lacrosse Shootout

The Cage Goes All Out

Key Players: Nick Ossello (Notre Dame), Billy Ward (Syracuse), Tyler German (UVa), Rhody Heller (UVa), Isaac Bock (Penn), Ryan LaPlante (DU), Greg Coholan (UVa), Tanner Ottenbreit (UVa), Peter McCartney (Syracuse), Sean Cannizaro (DU), Zed Williams (UVa)
Team Preview: The 2013 Vail Shootout Champions intend to go All Out again in 2014, with help from Vaught Oil and The Cage Sports (a Colorado born-and-bred lacrosse/hockey store in Grand Junction – http://www.cagesportsco.com). The team’s double-overtime win in the Championship game last year was pretty great lacrosse, and All Out—dressed by The Cage— has once again put together a core group of Colorado natives who each bring a teammate or two from their current college teams (all now honorary Coloradoans!). A rag-tag bunch who have serious fire power when they get serious. All in, All Out!

On the Hop Nation/Lacrossewear

Coaches/Organizers: Paul Landaiche Jr., Clark Mercer
Key Players: Kevin Massa (Bryant ’16); Deemer Class (Duke ’16); Tanner Scales (Virginia ’16); Sergio Perkovic (Notre Dame ’17)
Team Preview: On the Hop Nation / Lacrossewear is in its fourteenth Vail Shootout and has earned a reputation as one of the premier Men’s Elite teams in the nation. Lacrossewear’s team consistently features many of the most highly skilled players in lacrosse, young men who are leaders on the field, in their classrooms and in their communities. The mission is always to maintain a consistent focus on community involvement and philanthropy in addition to academic and athletic endeavors.

Team Lacrossewear decided back in 2005 to expand the scope and the significance of participation in the Shootout by benefiting the American Cancer Society and organizations committed to finding a cure for breast, prostate and pancreatic cancer; they incorporate pink and purple in their uniforms, colors representing cancer awareness, as a visible reminder of their causes. With your support, they can continue their great efforts both on the field and in their local areas, highlighting the impact that we as individuals can have each day on the lives of others. As a team and with their partner organizations, Team On the Hop Nation / Lacrossewear supports health and social services causes and research through contributing to the American Cancer Society and with exposure in events such as the Vail Shootout. Each year is another step closer to a cure!

We are proud to welcome our title sponsor “On the Hop Nation” who is creating an exciting, all-encompassing new movement in the world of sports. They have developed the ultimate online resource for all things sports-related for the student athlete. The team would also like to thank Lacrossewear founder Bo Lamon for his continued partnership and support and for providing the highest quality apparel in the lacrosse industry. They would also like to recognize Tivoli Brewing Company who remains an important Vail partner and a strong supporter of the lacrosse community and this year’s World Games.

Brine Elite

Team Founder: ENS Matt Keller – USNA 2009
Team Managers: Tom Keller (Williams ’80)
Key Players: Attack: Grant Whiteway (UMass ’15), Ryan Danehy (Dartmouth ’06), Mike Maggio (Lasell ’09)
Midfield: Connor Mooney (UMass ’14), Randy Fraser (Springfield ’90), Andrew Sokol (UMass ’15), Nick Maggio (Merrimack ’12)
Defense: Sam Mayes (Pheiffer ’10), Jordan Hendry (Denver ’10)
Goal: Mike Levin (Brown ’04), Chris Hettler (Colgate ’02)
Team Preview: This year’s Brine Elite squad will look to build on its two straight trips to the final four of the Men’s Elite Division. The rarified air of Vail left the team eager to compete for the title once again. Some of the best players to ever play in the BRINE Elite Summer Lacrosse League make up about half of the roster. The other half has a distinct Colorado flavoring. With this melting pot of lacrosse talent, the team really looks forward to the 4th of July and the Vail Shootout.

Thanks go out to our sponsors for their continued support; BRINE and the BRINE Elite Lacrosse League.

Our thoughts and prayers are always with the people serving to protect our country, especially the members of Riverine Squadron 3, USN.

The Big Green Herd

Coaches/Organizers: Ryan O’Connor, Brad Heritage
Key Players: Trey Wilkes (M, Ohio State, 2009); Kyle Menendez (D, Stevenson, 2011); Mike Novosel (G, Dartmouth, 2010); Sean Doyle (A, Bucknell, 2016)
Team Preview: The Big Green Herd is back again in 2014 determined to overcome the disappointment of coming up just short in last year’s semifinal game. Once again, our team is made up of a strong core of current and former players from Dartmouth College and Bucknell University, rounded out by family and friends, who have excelled at all levels of the game. With an experienced and seasoned defense, led by savvy veterans Ryan O’Connor and Michael DeGuzman, and backstopped by net minder Mike Novosel, goals should be hard to come by for the Herd’s opponents.
Offensively, the BGH has very capable playmakers in attackmen Todd Heritage, Sean Doyle, and Mike Olentine, while the presence of Nick Bonacci, Cam Lee, Kyle Shanahan, and Peter Burke from the midfield stripe should put serious pressure on opposing defenses. Our squad prides itself on making plays on and off the field with respect and high integrity.

The Big Green Herd is powered by Motive Pure and styled by Kind Design. Finally, we’d like to thank the Vail Shootout organizers and staff for their tireless efforts in making this tournament such a huge success.

Adrenaline Tropics

Organizers: Jono Zissi & Maria Brooks
No information was available at press time.

Rocky Mountain Oysters
Coach/Organizer: Logan Bobzien
Key Players: Ben Brown (G, Whittier); Ryan Parietti (A, Penn); Bryce Parietti (A, Denver); Jack Bobzien (A, Denver); Brian Kormondy (M, Delaware); Chace Calkin (M, Denver); Taylor Young (M, Denver); Drew Babb (D, Denver); Mitch Boh (D, Air Force); Ryan Cunningham (D, Loyola)
Team Preview: The RM Oysters are excited once more to be a part of the Vail Tournament. With a mixture of talent from within and without Colorado they are looking to make it the most memorable yet. Ben Brown returns as the anchor in net with a deep, athletic, experienced defense in front of him from DU, Loyola, Air Force, and CSU. The midfielders and attack match the play of the defense and then some. Ryan Parietti, Taylor Young, Chace Calkin, and Brian Kormondy have been playing together since elementary school. Their chemistry on field automatically spreads to the rest of the team. With a smoke machine and mirrors in tow, a fun sponge or two, OX, belly flops, and brooms, no matter what this team will bring the energy and compete over the four days.

Most importantly – we could not be more excited to welcome the competitors from across the World in preparation for the World Games. We hope their experience in Vail is as memorable as ours and keeps them coming back for years to come.

Millennium Chiefs

Key Players: Brendan Caputo (M- Brown), John Baker (D- Colgate), Bailey Tills (M- Brown), Peter Conley (A- Georgetown), Jordan Friedman (LSM- Colgate)
Team Preview: The Millennium Chiefs are back and are a dangerous squad based out of Colorado, and are constructed of D1 and D3 players. The slick attack and devastating midfield will be what carries the Chiefs team. Many of the players are on the same team in college or they have played together since a very young age – the chemistry is going to be scary. Millennium is confident that they are going to make some noise and turn heads this year at the Shootout.

Millennium would like to thank our sponsors Flavors and D H Friedman Properties for their support!

The LOFers

Coach and Organizer: By Committee
Key Players: Pat Berry (Goalie, Saint Leo University), Pat Young (Midfield, UMBC), Matt Obermeyer (Attack, Saint Leo University), Justin Dunn (Defense, Goucher), Tyler Baruch (Midfield, University of Colorado)
Team Preview: Representing the Lacrosse Outreach Foundation (LOF), the LOFers again return to Vail, CO for another run at the title. Will this be the year?

Special thanks to Ted and Nancy Baruch and the rest of the Lacrosse Outreach Foundation, we appreciate all of their support, and appreciate what they have done and continue to do for the lacrosse community in CO.

Jammin’ Salmon

Coach: Justin Porter
Key Players: Alex Love (A – Hobart College), Torin Varn (A – Hofstra), Mike Malave (M – Hofstra), Bobby DeWees (GettysBurg), Brett Neal (D – NYIT), Andrew Newbold (D – Sacred Heart), & Andrew Gvodzen (G – Hofstra)
Team Preview: The Jammin’ Salmon are back, and ready for 2014! This years “school” is a mix of collegiate standouts and the return of some ol’friends to add experience, as the “Fish” look to swim back into title contention!

A high powered attack will provide scoring upfront, with All-American Alex Love, accompanied by Torin Varn & Dalston Day! A tough midfield of 2-Way players will angle their way in-between the lines, with new addition Mike Malave! Defensively, big fins; Andrew Newbold and Brett Neal will anchor the fish down bottom!

Special Thanks to our sponsor Allied Solutions (FL) – thanks TK! Also, thanks to BackCountry Brewery (CO) for their donations/support & last but not least; BreakAway Sports Lacrosse (Jeff Serge) http://www.breakawaylacrosse.com.

Steve French

Coaches: Brian Leistikow & Steve Louro
Key Players: Corey Johnson (Middie, Western New England), Connor Saller (Middie, UNC), Aaron Harris (Defenseman, Western New England), Matt Kramer (Defenseman, DU)
Team Preview: Steve French is back for a 4th year. After three years under the team name Southern Combat Americans, the team is hoping with a new name there will be an added element of success. Made up of guys from Western New England, Hampden Sydney, and other Division 1, 2, 3 and MCLA clubs, Steve French is ready to be better than their teams of the past. A special thanks to our sponsor PGP Benefits.

Motive Pure

Coaches/Organizers: Dylan Davie
Key Players: Blake Knobloch (Jacksonville), Nic Bevaqua (Stevenson), Parker Jackson (USAF), Jack Stebbins (Colgate), Jake Gonzalez (Drexel), Drew Stormo (Dennison), Grey Ritger (Colorado College), Jason Cleary (Washington and Lee).
Team Preview: Team Motive Pure is heading up to Vail with a crew of studs ready to represent the rehydration formula we love. We have a tried and true attack, a stacked midfield and a tight-knit D, which we hope will lead us through some spirited battles. Remember, stay hydrated… Absorb and Conquer.

Warrior X

Coaches and Organizers: Tom Conrad, Craig Haynes
Team Preview: These are Colorado Boys. Warrior X is made up primarily of Arapahoe High School Alumni (Centennial Colorado) who played on the 2009, 2012 and 2013 Colorado State 5A Championship Lacrosse teams. The team is complemented with additional players from other premier Colorado programs of those eras including Cherry Creek, Mountain Vista and Fort Collins Unified. Many of the players have played with or against each other since grade school and continue to play with or against each other for CU, CSU and Northern Colorado. Others are playing for Division II and Division III programs and have brought along some friends most notably from D-III power house Rochester Institute of Technology.

Uniforms designed and produced by Breakaway Sports to honor the Warrior spirit in all Lacrosse Players.

Team Gutman

Organizers: Jeff Begin and Skyler Hopkins
Key Players: Nate Gaudio (G – Middlebury College ’14), Ned Dilisio (D – Middlebury College ’13), Nick Stevens (M – Middlebury College, ’11)
Team Preview: Team Gutman returns to Vail to follow up their heralded 2013 performance of 3-1 overall for a strong 17th place finish and unofficial “Champions of Edwards” title. Between the pipes, they have Nate Gaudio, fresh off a 1st Team All-NESCAC performance in his final year at Middlebury, to anchor the defense. He is joined by former defensive standout Ned Dilisio, and his younger brother Gary Dilisio, whose off-season training regimen has set a new gold standard for all former panthers. Though he was unable to make it this year, Chris Teves will serve as the spiritual leader of the Gutman squad in absentia – his persistence in the face of adversity and “do whatever it takes” attitude will be sorely missed. Fortunately Nick Stevens (Middlebury ’11) has come out of retirement to carry on his legacy in the Midfield. Proudly sporting uniforms featuring the unmistakable grin of their beloved Peter Kohn – the team’s namesake and former Head Coach / Hydration Specialist / Motivational Speaker / Chewing Gum Aficionado / Lead Singer / Railroad Expert – Gutman is proud to continue its tradition at the Vail Shootout and is looking forward to another year of choir practice on the village shuttle. Cheer Boys Cheer!

Prestige Lacrosse Club

Coach and Organizer: Greg Sprenzel
Key Players: Peter DeFinis (Drexel ’02), Ryan Knautz (Adrian ’11), Ben Sataloff (Washington College ’13), Ben Weisz (Colorado ’11)
Team Preview: Nachos, lemon heads and my Dad’s boat…Prestige is back! Our goalies Mitchell Fenton and Michael Grinnell will be our backstop to our defense with James Miller leading the crew. Running midfield and taking our draws this year will be Ben Sataloff and Tyler Padzik. Our attack will be stronger than ever and yes, Ryan Knautz will be healthy this year. Pull up your anchor ’cause we’re leaving dry land.

Rock-it Pocket Pirates

Coaches and Organizers: Kyle Gies, Flip Naumburg
Team Preview: The Rock-it Pocket Pirate Team coordinator Kyle Gies (CSU LSM 2013) explains, “This team is made up of past CSU lacrosse players that wanted to bring together one team for the mid-Summer, 4th of July Vail Lacrosse Shootout.”

This self-proclaimed gang of ship raiders will be led on offense by Cooper Kehoe (CSU First Team MCLA AA 2011), and the lacrosse smart, attack active Austin Fisher (CSU MCLA First team AA 2013). The Pirate offensive movement should get a power boost from Wilkins Desmuke, a prolific high school scorer from Colorado currently playing DI lacrosse in Baltimore as a Blue Jay at Johns Hopkins. The defense will deploy the “All hands on deck” CSU Team Defensive approach, led by the fair-haired Tyler Zabor (CSU 2013), one of the best ever to carry a ’green and gold pole’. First Team 2014 MCLA All-American Defenseman Tim Miaskiewicz (CSU 2014) will provide a solid presence inside and out in the collective effort to keep the ball out of and away from our goal. First Team 2014 MCLA All American Goalie Jack Regan (CSU 2014) and Koltin Fatzinger (CSU 2014) will be anchoring the defense, standing tall at the front of our net.

The Pirates hope to hi-jack a few face offs with former CSU and MCLA standout Dan Warfield (CSU 2013) groveling for balls at the midline X. Matthew Jui (CSU 2012) heads up a list of ’transition’ middies, complimented by the likes of Alex Devlin.

The Pirates want to thank Coach Flip Naumburg, Mike Naumburg, and Rock-it Pocket for helping to make this 2014 Vail Family happen.

The Sharks

Coaches and Organizers: Glenn Meredith, Peter Brown, Murray Keen, Rod Ansell, Phil Ackland
Key Players: John Tokarua, Call Robinson, Keith Nyberg, Callum Mortimer, Ross Hamilton, Brad Sheldon, Andrew Ham, Warren Brown, Tom Vickery, David Gal, Luke Keesing, Stephen Mortimer, Ben Newman, Nigel Morton, Will Pickett, Tom Freeman, Anson Carter, Sam Bullock, Marty Hyde, James Lawerson, Chris Plumb, Matt Fuss, Nathan Stiglich, Alex Brown, Thomas Graham and Matt Diver.
Team Preview: The Sharks are taking a bite out of Vail for the first time and look forward to getting amongst it in the thin air of the beautiful Rockies, a solid mixture of youth of experienced players from all over the place brings a unique style of lax and skill to one of the World’s best tournaments.

GO SHARKS….

New Zealand National Team

Coaches and Organizers: Robert Macaluso, Jim Kaspar, Roger Snow, Jeremy Rualo, Gavin Higgins
Key Players: Andrew Clayton (A- Chapman University), Nick Ravenhall (F/O Oslo Legends), Toby Delamore (M – New England College), Eddie Roberts (M – Oregon State), Jeremy Kinkaid (M- Eastern Cheifz), Alex Pritzlaff (D – Hampden Sydney)
Team Preview: New Zealand is making its first appearance in the Vail Shootout and will be looking to find its form in preparation for the Denver World Games. The team will look to find its groove on offense with a lot of new faces to the team. Team veteran Face/Off Specialist and vocal leader, Nick Ravenhall will look to control the X for his country in what will be his last national team campaign. Leading a group of young guns looking to make their mark are Jeremy Kinkaid (M) and John Clayton (A). Team NZ will look to its veteran defensive unit for leadership anchored by brothers John and Alex Pritzlaff.

Team New Zealand would like to thank all of their fans and supporters with special thanks to Nike Lacrosse, STX and Lids Team Sports for their generous support.

Israel National Team

Coaches and Organizers: Bill Beroza (HC), Jeff Goldberg (AC), Mark Greenberg (AC), Eric Wolf (AC), Pete Ginnegar (AC), Howard Borkan (GM), Jon Barocas (Dir Ops)
Key Players: Matthew Cherry (F – Dickinson, #3), Casey Cittadino (M – Charlotte Hounds #5), Jacob Silberlicht (M – Hobart #7), Lee Coppersmith (M – Florida Launch, #23), Ari Sussman (F – Dartmouth, #33), Noach Miller (F – Vermont, #41)
Team Preview: From one of the lowest points on earth—near the Dead Sea—to one of the highest here in Vail, the Israel men’s national team is getting acclimated to the altitude and making their final preparations for the World Championships. The blue-and-white must trim their roster from 35 down to their final 23-man FIL-regulation squad, with competitions at several key positions. Team Israel boasts some serious firepower on attack (they actually call them “forwards” in the Middle East) with former pro Ari Sussman and company, as well as a smattering of current and former MLL stalwarts at every position. While half the squad is Israel-based, two players in particular – native Israeli prospects Benor Buniel and Yotram Drori—will be gaining immense experience, and you can expect Team Israel to get them, and others from the Jewish State plenty of action.

The Israel Lacrosse Association would like to express a big “Todah Rabah” (thank you!) to EL AL Airlines, STX, Taglit-Birthright, JCC Denver, Rock-it Pocket, Abu-Hassan Restaurant, and countless other dedicated organizations and individuals for their support.

US Lacrosse Releases “2013 Lacrosse Participation Survey”; Record Total Of 746,000 Players Competed On Organized Teams, A 34% Increase Since 2008


2013 Participation Survey

A record total of 746,859 players competed on organized lacrosse teams in 2013, as reported in the annual US Lacrosse Participation Report released today. The growth rate from last year (722,205) was 3.4 percent and youth participation topped 400,000 for the first time ever. The 403,770 youth participants represent over half of the total playing population and youth participation grew 3.6 percent over 2012. Roughly two-thirds of the youth participants are boys (265,428) and more players came from New York (55,298) than any other state. Lacrosse continues to be the fastest-growing sport at the high school level, and a total of 290,046 players competed in 2013. According to data from the NFHS, from 2008 to 2013, a total of 621 schools added boys’ teams and 588 schools added girls’ teams. Those figures represent a 34 percent increase in the number of boys’ programs and a 36 percent increase in the number of girls’ programs, easily outdistancing other sports in terms of percentage growth. The second-fastest growing sports are water polo (13 percent for boys) and ice hockey (14 percent for girls). Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing NCAA sport, and more than 35,000 players competed on varsity, club or junior college teams in 2013. A staggering 60 new varsity programs were added in 2013, including eight new NCAA Division I programs. US Lacrosse has produced the Participation Report annually since 2001, and over that time span the number of players has grown 194 percent, from 253,901 to 746,859. This survey counts only play on organized teams, and does not count leisure-time play of the sport. The primary source of data for this report is provided by the 67 US Lacrosse regional chapters. Each chapter reports detailed participation at the youth level, and significant data is also obtained from US Lacrosse membership records, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Federation of State High School Associations and LaxPower.com.

2013 US Lacrosse Participation Survey

“2014 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival” Concluded Seventh Annual Tournament In Indio, CA With Record 245 Girls’ & Boys’s Club Teams Competing


2014 Sand Storm Lacrosse Tournament SAND STORM LACROSSE FESTIVAL 2014 CHAMPIONS

Girls Tournament

  • 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

 Boys Tournament

  • 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.

3d Lacrosse Launches Major California Expansion In 2014 With New Offices, Club Teams, Leagues, Events And Staff To Develop Western Players


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Westward expansion has long been part of the American ethos, even before scores of optimistic fortune seekers set their compasses towards the setting sun at the height of the Gold Rush in 1847. 3d Lacrosse, the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse training, club and events Company began its own version of California Gold® in 2008, developing the two-day event as the West’s premier college recruiting showcase. And with renowned lacrosse advocate Pete Worstell at the helm, 3d Lacrosse has operated “Be the Best” camps during the same period.

To date, 3d Lacrosse has served more than 5,500 players in northern and southern California. Today, the Company announces a major expansion in the state to better serve players in California and the Western region with: 

  • New Offices and Staff: 3d Lacrosse has opened new offices in San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco and, very shortly, Los Angeles. Each is staffed with top- rated coaches dedicated to developing Western players;   
  • New Events: The Oceanside Hustle, a twice-yearly tournament (June and December) modeled after the Western powerhouse Denver Shootout, and The Cable Car Classic, a tournament for boys and girls in grades 4 – 8, scheduled for June. 
  • New Camps: The Adventure Series, which will combine top lacrosse instruction with surfing and other outdoor fun will take place in August, while “Be the Best” camps will expand statewide; and
  • New Club Teams and Leagues: Increased development of up to 30 nationally- competitive club teams, plus the inaugural season for a Temecula-based Box League.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our first-class operations, instruction, leagues and events in California,” said 3d Lacrosse CEO Jamie Munro. “To date, California and Western players have embraced our instructional methodology and welcomed our organized staff and top-rated coaches.

Our mission in California continues to reflect that of the entire organization: to foster developing talent with winning skills that will differentiate these players from their competitors and to train further the best players in the world.”

Greg Waldbaum, President and COO noted that, “We have been growing steadily in California for several years and we are now forwarding the increased interest we’ve seen in 3d Lacrosse into investments in people and programming.”

Western Success: Major Victory Increasing interest and participation has also netted significant results. “3d Lacrosse is the first club west of the Mississippi to have won the US Boys ESPN U15 Lacrosse National Championship with a team comprised entirely of players from California and Colorado,” added Munro. “We’ve proven that Western players are a force to be reckoned with and our new plans have been developed to broaden these winning ways.”

New Events: The Oceanside Hustle & Cable Car Classic Adding to current company events such as California Gold (July 8 – 9 in Danville), 3d Lacrosse is launching a new twice-yearly tournament, The Oceanside Hustle (June and December). Modeled after the nationally-recognized Denver Shootout, western teams can anticipate top-level clinics and multi-game tournament play across an exciting lacrosse- packed weekend. Founded in 2008, the Denver Shootout now hosts 4,000 players (U9 through High School Elite) and 60+ college coaches.

The Oceanside Hustle will take place at the new, highly-coveted SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside, a 97-acre outdoor recreational facility that includes 22 multi-use athletic fields.

Also new is the Cable Car Classic, a tournament for boys and girls teams from 4th through 8th grades, (June 21 – 22). It will be the first-ever lacrosse event to take place at the beautiful Pleasanton Sports Park which boasts 12 multi-purpose grass fields.

New Camps: Adventure Series New for action-fueled lacrosse players who also love the ocean and water sports, 3d Lacrosse is introducing an Adventure Series Camp (August 1 – 5) at the Academy by the Sea (the Army and Navy Academy) in Carlsbad, Calif. for players of all abilities. While not on the lacrosse field for morning drills or late afternoon scrimmages, campers will learn to surf from professional instructors prepared to introduce the sport to beginners and to boost the skills of the experienced rider.

In addition to surfing, players will learn team building and leadership skills directly from military staff committed to teamwork on and off the field. Evenings will include beach barbeques, movie and game nights, trips into town and plenty of time to laugh and make new friends with players from across North America.

In northern California, 3d Lacrosse will continue to build on the success of the Company’s “Be the Best” camps. Directed by Pete Worstell, Be the Best has offered solid instructional training for players of all abilities since 2001.  This year’s camps will take place June 7 – 8 in San Jose, featuring John Grant, Jr., and June 17 – 18 in San Rafael featuring Paul Rabil.

New Leagues: Winter Box 3d Lacrosse owns and operates box lacrosse leagues throughout the nation, including its newest venture, a novel partnership between 3d and the NLL’s Colorado Mammoth in Denver. 3d Lacrosse launched its inaugural box league season this winter in Temecula and will continue to grow throughout 2014 – 2015.

New Club Teams With 3d Lacrosse select club teams now operating, training and competing in the San Diego, Orange County, and San Francisco Bay area, the Company anticipates fielding 25 – 30 nationally competitive California teams in 2014. From the summer 2013 3d Lacrosse California club roster, five Class of 2016 players have already committed to Division I schools.

People 3d Lacrosse has grown to nearly a dozen highly-skilled full- and part-time staffers in California (plus several dozen contract coaches). Much of 3d Lacrosse’s team has played professionally and in top NCAA programs, including:

  • Zack Burke, Director, San Diego (Philadelphia Wings, UMBC).
  • Brian Kelly, Director of Western Training (Anaheim Storm, San Francisco Dragons, Los Angeles Riptide, Whittier College); and
  • Kevin Cooper, Manager, San Diego (Chesapeake Bayhawks, UMBC).

“3d Lacrosse will continue to innovate, grow, and expand in California and the West,” said Waldbaum, “By the end of 2016, we expect to have additional operational hubs in Los Angeles, the Pacific Northwest, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.”

About 3d Lacrosse  Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, 3d Lacrosse has become the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse training, events, and select club lacrosse operations in the country. Founded by Jamie Munro, a former Division I coach, professional player, ESPNU analyst, and Inside Lacrosse contributor, 3d Lacrosse has operations, offices, teams and events throughout the nation and has trained more than 20,000 players since 2009. 3d Lacrosse is best recognized for its Box/Field Hybrid Development System, an instructional methodology which combines the best tight-stick handling and small-space skills from the successful Canadian Box game with the cutting edge tactics and strategies now employed at contemporary NCAA Division I programs. # # #

Lacrosse Tournaments: “2014 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival” To Feature A Record 250 Boys And Girls Club Teams On January 18-19 In Indio, CA


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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.