April 9, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford Women's Lacrosse program is excited to host the 2002 Sports her Way Western States Lacrosse Tournament, Saturday and Sunday April 13th and 14th. This 50- team tournament will highlight local high school action on Saturday, as well as college club and high school clubs from California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Colorado on Saturday and Sunday.
Fifty teams, averaging 20 players per team, adds up to over 1,000 lacrosse players and enthusiasts visiting Stanford's campus this weekend. 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 to the community. Head coach Michele Uhlfelder, along with her players and assistants Liz Kittleman, Quinn Carney, and Amy Harms, have worked hard to fulfill the program's mission of being the hub of lacrosse on the west coast, through hosting events and displaying their increasing skill against top ranked national teams. Uhlfelder says, " although Stanford will not be competing in the Western States Tournament, we think it's really important to be dedicated to hosting events where we can give players, coaches, 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."
In addition to the games, the tournament will feature lacrosse equipment, apparel, and advice from some of the games top local, national, and international retailers. Sports her Way has signed on as the tournament's title sponsor. Uhlfelder says, "we are really excited to work with a title sponsor like Sports her Way, because we both share a commitment to helping lacrosse grow nationwide. They are a natural fit because many of the teams competing already fulfill their equipment needs through Sports her Way. In addition, they are a young company, who in a short time, has become one of the top team sales specialists and retailers in the world. We really value working with people who share our vision, work ethic, and spirit, and who have made huge national impacts. Sue Heether [co-owner] has established herself as a major player in the market, early on, and we like to align with people with those goals."
In conjunction with the tournament, Stanford will play two Mountain Pacific League games. The Card will host Cal Berkeley on Friday night, April 12th at 7pm and Denver at 1pm on Sunday April 14th. Both games will be played in their home facility at Maloney Field. "The weekend will be a three-ring lacrosse circus."
The following is a list of high school and college/post-college club teams who will compete this weekend: Davis Club, Portland, San Francisco Club A/B, Aussie Pub, UC Santa Barbara A/B, Arizona, Seattle Club, Tricheck, Relax, U of Northern Colorado, Pomona Pitzer, Pacific, Colorado St., Arizona St., UCLA, Oregon, Whitman, Washington, UC San Diego, Chico St., UC Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Claremont, Loyola Marymount, Western Washington, Bainbridge Island HS A/B, River City, Seattle Prep, Dunn School, Holy Names, Southern Marin, Palo Alto Tomahawks, Foothill HS, Menlo, St. Ignacius, Davis, Poway, Thatcher, Miramonte, Berkeley, Bishop O'Dowd, Monte Vista, Campolindo, Cate, and Acalanes.