March 30, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford Women's Lacrosse program is excited to host the 2005 Sling It Western States Lacrosse Tournament for the fourth year in a row. Tournament games begin Saturday April 2nd, and go through Sunday, April 3rd, after Stanford battles Cal Friday April 1st at 7:30pm to kick off a big lacrosse weekend. The tournament is at capacity with a field of 50 teams entered, reflecting the continued growth of the game. Tournament action features local high schools in the California Federated Division, visiting high schools from Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Canada in the other high school division, and collegiate and post-collegiate competition in the open club division.
Close to 1000 players, referees, and fans will visit the Stanford campus for this weekend's tournament. Games will be played on the athletic fields adjacent to El Camino Real, including Maloney Stadium, Maloney practice fields, IM South fields, the Varsity Turf Field, and Stanford Stadium.
Similar in theory to the deBeer East/West Challenge, the Western States Tournament allows Stanford to continue to play a major role in promoting lacrosse in the community. Head coach Michele Uhlfelder, along with her players and assistants Sarah Hughes, Kylee Reade, and Jim Moss, have worked hard to fulfill the program's mission of being the hub of lacrosse on the west coast. By Stanford Lacrosse hosting large events, scheduling big games, and earning a #14 national ranking last year, the game's exposure has sky-rocketed. Uhlfelder says, "Our team will put on our volunteer hats versus our cleats this weekend so that we can continue our dedication to hosting events where we can give players, coaches, refs, and fans a great experience in the game. We have been inspired by so much positive feedback from our camps and other events...it's kind of contagious."
The tournament will feature lacrosse equipment and apparel sales, as well as action photography sales. Sling It! is confirmed as the tournament's title sponsor, featuring owner Mike Sheridan, who has made a huge local investment in the game of lacrosse by opening the first lacrosse-only retail store in the area. Uhlfelder says, "We are really excited to work with a title sponsor like Sling It! because we both share a commitment to helping lacrosse grow locally. When Sling It! opened its doors, it signaled to me a serious growth of the game, supported by market research and economic indicators. Along with the San Jose Stealth and the expanding camp market in this area, Sling It! represents an organization with their finger on the pulse of lacrosse growth."
CIF High School Division Teams: Monte Vista, Bella Vista, Menlo-Atherton, Rancho Bernardo, St. Francis, Lajolla High
Non-CIF High School Division Teams: Bainbridge Island, Cates school , Seattle Prep, Mercer Island, Dunn School, Holy Names, Thatcher, Sunset High, Lakeridge, Conejo Cash, Westview
Division I Club Teams: U. Pacific, Arizona State, U. Portland, UCLA, Arizona U, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, San Diego State, Santa Clara, Oregon, Seattle Club, Chico State, Cal Poly, Washington, and San Francisco Club
Division 2 Club Teams: Arizona, Tricheck, Western Washington, Pamona-Pitzer, Pepperdine, Canada West, UC San Diego, Cal Poly, Whitman, LMU, Portlan, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, Arizona State, Pacific, UC Santa Barbara