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


Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival 2014

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.

Lacrosse Tournaments: “2014 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival” On January 18-19 Features Six Girls And Boys Divisions At Empire Polo Club In Indio, CA


2014 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival

Team 180 captured the Girls’ 2015, 2016 and 2018-20 titles, a tremendous feat.

Team 180 captured the Girls’ 2015, 2016 and 2018-20 titles in 2013.

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Club Lacrosse Teams: “Team 180” Girls Lacrosse (Denver, CO) Continues To Build Top Western Program As It Captures Three Championships At 2013 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival On Jan 19-20


Team 180 captured the Girls’ 2015, 2016 and 2018-20 titles, a tremendous feat.

Team 180 captured the Girls’ 2015, 2016 and 2018-20 titles, a tremendous feat.

There will always be a special connection between the Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival and Team 180. That’s because both the Synapse Sports event and Sand-Storm lacrosse festivalDenver-based club program have enjoyed a similar trajectory. “We’ve been going to Sand Storm since its inception, and as the tournament has grown, so has our organization,” said Sam Bartron, who founded Team 180 in 2004. “The first year, we only had one team and there were about two dozen teams total. This year, we brought five teams and now there are well over 100 girls teams alone.” Team 180 enjoyed tremendous success at the sixth annual Sand Storm, placing four of the teams it brought in the finals and coming away with three championships.

Sam Bartron Team 180 Director

Team 180 Girls Lacrosse Director Sam Bartron started the team in 2004. Now in its ninth year, she has worked with hundreds of girls, traveled her teams all over the USA, and established the top lacrosse recruiting program in Colorado. In 2011, Sam was recognized by “Sportswomen of Colorado” for her contributions to lacrosse.

“I’m so very, very proud of what our girls accomplished. It was so amazing to look around on championship day and see all those yellow jerseys. We had 130 kids out there in yellow like little bees buzzing around,” Bartron said.

Bartron said the key to the overall improvement of the Team 180 organization has been commitment. Coaches front-loaded each team’s training to prepare for Sand Storm, which was held Jan. 19-20 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Cal. It also helps that Bartron and staff are now working with players at a much younger age, instilling the skills and team playing style necessary to succeed at a high level. “We want to be the best club in the west, and that takes hard work. We have asked our kids to go above and beyond. Our players and parents have embraced this philosophy and are willing to do whatever it takes,” she said.

Lacrosse Tournaments: 2013 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival Featured Over 114 Girls Teams And 86 Boys Teams Competing In Six Divisions


Sand Storm 2013, which drew a record 200 total teams - 114 teams in six divisions on the girls’ side and 86 teams in six brackets on the boys’ side -, was a rousing success on every level. Players and their families enjoyed the vacation resort atmosphere of Palm Springs and playing on the lush fields of the Empire Polo Club.  Co-sponsors STX and Gatorade contributed to the event’s success through their continued support.

Sand Storm 2013, which drew a record 200 total teams – 114 teams in six divisions on the girls’ side and 86 teams in six brackets on the boys’ side -, was a rousing success on every level. Players and their families enjoyed the vacation resort atmosphere of Palm Springs and playing on the lush fields of the Empire Polo Club. Co-sponsors STX and Gatorade contributed to the event’s success through their continued support.

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Ted Spencer, president and director of Blue Chip Lacrosse, spent 13 years head coach of the Fairfield men’s lacrosse program. Spencer brought his Blue Chip NorCal East Bay squad, which included sons Ben and Devin, to Sand Storm and came away with the Boys’ High School championship. “I have attended the Sand Storm tournament for the past two years. As a former Division I coach, owner of a very large showcase event, and having attended various events with Team Talon and Blue Chip NorCal East Bay, I can confidently say that Sandstorm is the best Tournament I have been to,” Spencer said. “It is well run, the food and concessions are well organized and the venue is the very best. Palm desert is a superior destination in the winter months. Thank you for a great experience.”

3d Lacrosse, a nationwide organization founded by former Denver University head coach Jamie Munro, captured two championships. 3d Select California 2017, coached by John Clarke and Bill Cummings, took home the Boys’ Seventh-Eighth Grade title. 3d Select California 2019 secured the Fifth-Sixth Grade crown.  “All of our 3d Select NorCal teams are showing vast improvement and meshing together the more they play ad adopt 3d’s methodology.  We have a collective group of young men who are intelligent, willing to listen, and play for each other,” 3d director John Keysor said. “3d lacrosse would like to thank Sandstorm for hosting such a great event. All of our teams had a great time competing in such beautiful surroundings.”

Kyle Harrison, one of the greatest players in men’s lacrosse history, led the DH Lions to the Boys’ Elite Division championship. Harrison, the NCAA Division I Player of the Year as a senior at Johns Hopkins, founded the northern California organization along with Chuck Dotson. Harrison is head coach at JSerra Catholic in San Juan Capistrano and this DH team is comprised entirely of his high school players. It was an extremely young group consisting primarily of sophomores and freshmen.  “Most of these players have been together since middle school so they have great chemistry and cohesion,” said Dotson, whose son Chaz was a starting defenseman for DH. “Kyle has done a tremendous job of coaching and developing these kids.”

DH compiled a 6-0 record and defeated Lax West Mission Red in the final. It was the organization’s first trip to Sand Storm and Dotson came away impressed with the execution of the event by Michael Watson, owner of Lax West and director of the boys’ tournament.  “Michael and the Synapse team did a fantastic job. Even if my boys would not have won, I would feel the same way,” Dotson said. “Our players loved it and their parents loved it. The facility itself is simply amazing.”

Bear Lax Blue, coached by Rick Jeffery, garnered the Girls’ 2013 Division on the girls’ side. That squad features players headed to such Division I schools as Hofstra, Stanford, Marquette, San Diego State, Fresno State, St. Mary’s, UC Davis, Ohio State and Brown.  Rick Jeffery is a major reason why this group has enjoyed so much success. That 2013 team is made up of girls that have now been playing together for at least six years, and Rick has guided them every step of the way,” said Theresa Sherry, founder and director of Bear Lax. “Sand Storm is a tournament this team has gone to since it began, and has come close to winning a number of times. They lost in sudden death overtime last year, so it was great for them to be able to win it this year.”

X Team Black, which only had 12 players, came away with the Girls’ 2014 title. Liz Connelly (California) and Jess Thornton (Tennessee) coached the club, which featured several four-year members of the X Team program. Team 180 pushed X Team to the limit, but midfielder Riley Eggeman (California) and goalie Rachel Jordan (Oregon) both made big defensive plays down the stretch to preserve a one-goal victory.  X Team, founded and operated by Crista Samaras, holds its annual end-of-year gala at the La Quinta Resort and Spa while attending Sand Storm.  More than hundred players representing 20 states and the 2013-2017 age groups attended the gala and were inspired by guest speaker Ryan Boyle, a former Princeton All-American and veteran professional standout. “It’s neat to see the growth of lacrosse in the west through this event that has helped foster it,” Samaras said. “The talent level at Sand Storm has really evolved, which makes winning even more special.”

Denver Summit has supported Sand Storm for the past three years and brought nine teams to this year’s event. Denver Summit 2017, coached by Denver University assistant coach Lauren Benner, captured the Girls’ championship of that age bracket.  “We absolutely love taking our teams out to Palm Springs to play. There is always great west coast talent that we compete against and it doesn’t hurt that the location is ideal for getting away from our Colorado winters,” Benner said. “The Samaras family does a great job organizing the tournament in such a way that it keeps an intimate feel alongside its competitive atmosphere. In all, it was an awesome weekend full of tough competition, fun and most importantly growth. We are already looking forward to Sandstorm next January.”

Attackman Roy Ward scored the winning goal as Tri Valley edged NorCal to take the Boy’s Ninth-Tenth Grade title. Based in the Conejo Valley outside Los Angeles and founded by former Syracuse standout Sean Lindsay, Tri Valley brought six teams to Sand Storm and thoroughly enjoyed the weekend.  “It was an amazing event – great venue, great location, great competition,” Lindsay said. “Our parents and kids loved Sand Storm and it was a great way to end the winter season.”

Brady’s Bunch brought home a crown from Sand Storm for the second straight year, winning the Boys’ Third-Fourth Grade division this time around. Ned Harvey coached the team, which went undefeated in the tourney. “We had a great time and the kids loved it. We had a very talented team with lots of experienced players so we seemed a little better prepared than some of the other teams, but that was okay and allowed us to work on some team skills,” Harvey said.

For more information about the 2013 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 20 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. 

LAX WEST

Founded by 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 and events, as well as coaching clinics and seminars, invitational exhibitions, games and tournaments. Visit www.laxwestlacrosse.com for more information.

 

Lacrosse Tournaments: 2013 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival On Jan 19-20 In Indio, CA Features 200 Girls And Boys Lacrosse Teams From U.S. And Canada


Sandstorm Lacrosse 2013

Organizers with Synapse Sports and Lax West have announced the sixth annual Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival, being held Jan. 19-20 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Cal., has reached full capacity for the second consecutive year. A record 200 boys’ and girls’ teams are slated to compete in the 2013 event, which is co-sponsored by Gatorade and STX.

The Chicago Wind club lacrosse organization was looking for a winter tournament to attend as a kickoff to its 2013 season.  Head coach Bill Santulli did some research and discovered the Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival came highly recommended.   “We did our homework and found nothing but positive reviews about Sand Storm,” Santulli said.  “It’s a great location and we heard the competition is outstanding.  It also comes at the perfect time of the year.  It’s a major plus for our kids to be able to play an outdoor tournament in January.”

“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.”

Santulli said the timing of the tournament, conveniently held during the three-day Martin Luther King Holiday, is ideal for the Chicago Storm, whose players will have just completed exams.  Santulli also noted the attraction of the Palm Springs resort destination.  “It’s an awesome venue. There are a bunch of activities for our families and players to enjoy,” he said.

Sand Storm began as a girls’ club tournament and such organizations as Team 180 (Sam Bartron), Bear Lax (Theresa Sherry), Denver Summit (Liza Kelly), Triple Threat (Dearborn Davis) and X Team (Crista Samaras) have loyally attended every year.  Now organizers are receiving entries from clubs in the Midwest, on the East Coast and even Canada.  Burnaby Mountain Select, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is sending its High School Elite Team to compete at Sand Storm.  Consisting mostly of players from the 2014 and 2015 graduating classes, this squad is seeking to gain as much field lacrosse experience as possible.   “Our girls grow up primarily playing box lacrosse so they need to learn the field game,” Burnaby head coach Chris Fox said.  “Sand Storm will be our first tournament as a team and presents a great opportunity for these players to test their skills.  The talent level is always very high and this tournament guarantees that we’ll get a lot of games in two days.”

Fox was very familiar with Sand Storm from having recruited at the event while an assistant coach at Division III Whittier College.  The number of Division I, II and III collegiate coaches scouting talent at Sand Storm has increased significantly in recent years.  That is another reason why Santulli selected the event for the Chicago Wind, whose 2013 squad boasts several promising prospects.  “Obviously, the fact so many college coaches will be in attendance is a real bonus.  We have numerous players that want to compete at the next level and they are very happy about the exposure they’re going to get at this tournament,” he said.

Sand Storm added a boys’ component in 2011 and it has grown exponentially under the guidance of Michael Watson of Lax West.  In just three years, the boys’ tournament has grown from 14 to 86 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.”

Watson has altered the format on the boys’ side to go with a purely grade-based system and said the response from participating clubs has been extremely positive.  Sand Storm 2013 will feature six divisions from the Third-Fourth Grade group up to High School Elite.  Watson is also excited the boys will be playing in the Forum and Rose Garden portions of the Empire Polo Club, which he believes “adds a lot of character and atmosphere.”

All-West (Matt Ogelsby, northern California), Brady’s Bunch (Mike “Papi” Wein, Arizona) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Glen Miles, southern California) are among the organizations that have attended Sand Storm since it added the boys component.  3d Lacrosse is a notable newcomer in 2013, a national organization that will bring four teams to the tourney.  “We like to play in tournaments that are grade pure so Sand Storm fits right in with that philosophy,” said Pete Worstell, Director of Western Operations for 3d Lacrosse.  “We heard good things about Sand Storm, liked what Michael Watson was doing with the event and felt it was a perfect fit for our organization.  We go where we get a great experience and the integrity of the tournament is rock-solid, and by all accounts Sand Storm delivers on those points.”

For more information about the 2013 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 20 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. 

LAX WEST

Founded by 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 and events, as well as coaching clinics and seminars, invitational exhibitions, games and tournaments. Visit www.laxwestlacrosse.com for more information.

 

Lacrosse Tournaments: “2013 Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival” On Jan 19-20 In Indio, CA Features Top Club Teams From Over Ten States


In it’s sixth year, SAND STORM has exploded into THE place to compete as players prepare for their spring seasons.

Power packed with teams from the both coasts and non-traditional areas  including Arizona, Colorado,  Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, Texas,  Utah and Washington, SAND STORM  will once again provide the ultimate  destination lacrosse experience for both girls and boys!   

Just like the places from which the teams travel, SAND STORM is a spectrum  of opportunities for top notch competition and for enjoying life. It’s a win-win!
Nestled in the desert valley below the San Jacinto Mountains, SAND STORM’S Palm Springs locale boasts unprecedented skyline views, a multitude of  spa/golfing activities, spectacular January weather and the opportunity  to play on the unbelievable fields of the Empire Polo Club. 

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.”