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“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.

High School Lacrosse: Carondelet Girls Lacrosse Midfielder Kerianne Hunt Awarded “2013 Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Player Of The Year”


West Player of the Year

Kerianne Hunt, Carondelet (Calif.)

Carondelet Girls Lacrosse Midfielder Kerianne Hunt

Carondelet Girls Lacrosse Midfielder Kerianne Hunt

Hunt was one of the main catalysts for the Cougars, who won the North Coast Section Division I girls lacrosse championship with a 9-7 overtime victory over Amador Valley (Calif.).

She finished the season with 50 goals and 46 assists. She also had 50 ground balls and won 85 draws.

She was one of seven senior leaders on the team who entered the season committed to Division I lacrosse programs (she is headed to Brown) and was part one of the most talented squad in the history of the program. The Cougars finished the season 17-3, with two of its losses coming at the hands of out-of-state teams Radnor (Pa.) and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.).

In addition, Hunt was named the Player of the Year in the East Bay Athletic League and was US Lacrosse High School All-American for the third consecutive season.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/girls/2012-13/news/061813_nike_us_lacrosse_west_region_girls_season_rewind

High School Lacrosse: McDonogh Girls Lacrosse (MD) Finishes Season As “2013 Nike/US Lacrosse #1 Ranked Team In Nation” With 22-0 Record


Unbeaten McDonogh (Md.), which concluded its 2013 season by winning its fifth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship and by extending its winning streak to 91 games, earned all 10 first-place votes to finish No. 1 in the final Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls' Lacrosse National Top 25 poll, released Tuesday by US Lacrosse.The Eagles finished 22-0 to beat out No. 2 St. Anthony's (N.Y.), which suffered just one loss during its Catholic High School Athletic Association title-winning season. St. Stephen's and St. Agnes (Va.) went 27-1 en route to capturing two league championships and finishing at No. 3. Independent Schools League runner-up Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) and New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner Moorestown round out the top five.Voters in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 polls include Lacrosse Magazine writers, who determine the regional report rankings, and US Lacrosse area representives in the field. This is the final girls' poll of the 2013 season.

Unbeaten McDonogh (Md.), which concluded its 2013 season by winning its fifth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship and by extending its winning streak to 91 games, earned all 10 first-place votes to finish No. 1 in the final Nike/US Lacrosse High School Girls’ Lacrosse National Top 25 poll, released Tuesday by US Lacrosse.
The Eagles finished 22-0 to beat out No. 2 St. Anthony’s (N.Y.), which suffered just one loss during its Catholic High School Athletic Association title-winning season. St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes (Va.) went 27-1 en route to capturing two league championships and finishing at No. 3. Independent Schools League runner-up Georgetown Visitation (D.C.) and New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner Moorestown round out the top five.
Voters in the Nike/US Lacrosse Top 25 polls include Lacrosse Magazine writers, who determine the regional report rankings, and US Lacrosse area representives in the field. This is the final girls’ poll of the 2013 season.

McDonogh School Girls Lacrosse

Youth Lacrosse: “Responsible Sports” Features Girls Lacrosse Coach Teaching “The ELM Tree Of Mastery: Effort, Learning And Mistakes”

Responsible Sports – ELM Leaders MasteryDisc.mov Join the Movement responsiblesports.com/​ The ELM Tree of Mastery helps players perform their best by having them focus on the things they can control – Effort, Learning, and bouncing back from Mistakes. Watch a youth lacrosse coach talk to the leaders on her team about modeling the ELM approach.

Youth Lacrosse: “Sum It Up For Girls” In New Jersey Was Founded In 2007 To Teach Lacrosse To Young Girls Through Positive Coaching (Video)

Laura Gump co-founded Sum It Up For Girls in 2007 to share her passion for lacrosse with young girls. She wanted to start a lacrosse program that focused explicitly on teaching the lessons from team sports that extend beyond the playing field, whether it’s the confidence that comes with developing your skill in a sport, the strength that comes from feeling comfortable with yourself and your body, or the bonds that are formed by being part of a team. Sum It Up for Girls endeavors to pack all of this good stuff into the span of a clinic series or camp week. Laura believes that most of these lessons flow naturally from the amazing power of positive coaching.

Laura has coached girls from kindergarten through high school for over 10 years for programs such as: the Park School in Maryland; the Summit Girls Lacrosse Club; Girls on the Run; T3 Lacrosse and Kent Place School. Laura grew up in Summit and still lives in town with her husband, Bill, two sons and a daughter. In addition to field hockey, she played for the first girls’ lacrosse team at Summit High School in 1981, later going on to play both sports at the University of Rochester; and then focused on lacrosse where she played for the West London Lacrosse Club, when she lived abroad with her husband and children from 1993 to 1998. Laura currently coaches middle school lacrosse at Kent Place School in Summit, NJ.

Northern California High School Girls Lacrosse Profile: Monte Vista Girls Lacrosse (23-0) Sr. Midfielder Lauren Goerz Is Selected As East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) MVP After Leading Mustangs To #1 Ranking In California

The Monte Vista High girls lacrosse team needed a lift. The Mustangs’ chance to win a second consecutive North Coast Section championship hung in the balance, and along with it the opportunity to finish the season undefeated and as the top-ranked team in the state. 

Monte Vista Girls Lacrosse Sr. Middiev Lauren Goerz scored 55 goals and 24 assists in 2010 and was selected as the East Bay Athletic League's MVP. She will attend Cal Berkeley in the fall.

And as she had done all year, senior Lauren Goerz provided that lift.

The Mustangs went 23-0, and just as they did in the NCS title game, won quite a few games in come-from-behind fashion, which was different from the 2009 team that won the school’s first EBAL and NCS titles.

For more:  http://www.insidebayarea.com/sports/ci_15398206

College Lacrosse Recruiting: “Successful Independent Search In The College Recruiting Process” (Victory Collegiate Consulting)

Independent navigation in college recruiting can be a daunting effort. Whether it’s investigating NCAA rules and recruiting time-lines or developing and implementing tactics to “get on the radar” of the college coaches on your “A” list of schools, an organized and informed approach to the college quest will give prospects and families the best chance at success.

Gather Information

Gathering information is critical to the successful organization of any worthy project. Building a college recruiting information base can begin as early as the ninth grade as a family hobby and increasingly grow into a highly organized, disciplined project by the end of the junior year.

Begin by gathering information on the potential colleges of choice, including team and coach profiles, statistics, ranking, and academic options. Continue to update and maintain individual e-files on these favorite college programs.

Set Goals and Develop Your Plan

A knowledgeable consumer will have a clear edge in the pursuit of the attainment of important goals. I believe that the same holds true in the college search and I encourage families to make every effort and commitment to organize pertinent information regarding this process and to execute well-designed plans.

Develop timelines that will target general events in the beginning of the college search (making unofficial visits, maintaining your data base, and attending tournaments) and continue to move forward with more specific events (compiling a video and player profile, communicating with coaches, and making official visits, etc.) as your search progresses. This will increase the chances of “hitting targets” throughout the process.

Run the Offense (Execute)

OK. Your plans are complete, well constructed and clearly spelled out in a language everyone understands. Your calendar is updated and you have listed everything from the next round of SAT’s to the fall homecoming dance! Now it’s time to take the plunge.

You can have the best organized and most highly detailed approach to the college quest, but it won’t amount to a hill of beans if you lack confidence, the desire, and the ability to “execute the plan.” If your strategy is to wait by the phone for the coach to call, in most cases, it’s going to be a long wait. Top prospects will get their fair share of attention, but the majority of athletes will increase their chances in getting on the radar screen of the college coaches by taking a proactive stance and initiating communication with college coaches.

College coaches are strictly bound by a myriad of NCAA contact and evaluation rules that limit them in initiating contact with prospective student-athletes and their families. What few families realize is that although college coaches may have their “hands tied” to some degree, prospects may initiate contact with the college coaches, early on and with very few exceptions


The dictionary definition of persistence is: Continuing in spite of opposition; Enduring, lasting or recurrent. In a nutshell, I feel strongly that a persistent effort in every aspect of the college search for athletes will, in the end, give them and their families the greatest chance at success.

The one common thread that helps weave my college quest plans for the families I work with is the necessity to embrace persistence as a critical tool in the recruiting arsenal from start to finish. Some believe a persistent approach in college recruiting will be viewed by college coaches as a “pushy” attempt to get on the radar. It could come across this way if your approach is not well planned and carefully executed.

The rule of thumb here is simple: Coaches want to hear from prospects and considering the tight latitude they have in communicating with prospects, coaches’ welcome and encourage kids to drop them an e-mail or pick up the phone and call. That said, it is equally important for prospects to have a realistic view of their potential athletic contribution to a particular program.

Work as a Team

The team approach during the college athletics recruiting process is suggested to maximize efficiency and minimize individual pressure and stress as families navigate a potentially daunting effort. Forming a trustworthy group of individuals who play specific roles during the recruiting cycle will increase your chances of reaching pre-determined goals.

When working your recruiting plan within a team (prospect, parents, club/high school coach, and college advisor) dynamic, the responsibility in effectively executing your recruiting plan is equally distributed to the area experts. All assignments should be clearly spelled out, and communication between team members should be often and consistent. This will help streamline the complete operation of the project and assist the family in avoiding any confusion that could contribute to unclear thinking, misdirection and potentially poor choices.



You have the drive and the desire to take your athletic talent to the next level. You are confident and dedicated to participating as part of a college team and making your athletic pursuit an important compliment to your overall college experience. You are half way there. Remember, your college search is a personal quest, where maintaining “momentum” will make the difference between a fair and great college recruiting experience. Leave nothing to chance and make the commitment to treat the college search as you would treat your goal to experience a championship season.

Tom Kovic is a former Division I college coach and President of Victory Collegiate Consulting, where he provides individual advisement for families on college recruiting. Tom is the author of “Reaching for Excellence” An educational guide for college athletics recruiting and 120 Q and A’s about College Athletics Recruiting. For further information visit: http://www.victoryrecruiting.com.