Synapse Launches Elite East Coast Field
Renowned Coach Beth Bozman Brings
Expertise to JabberHockey
Annapolis, MD (December 14, 2011) - Synapse Sports has long set the standard for the organization of women’s club lacrosse tournaments. Now that renowned organization is bringing its knowledge and resources to the sport of field hockey. Synapse has stepped up to fill a void on the East Coast by announcing the creation of JabberHockey, a championship format tournament for players aged 12 through 19 that is expected to attract a significant number of college coaches. Synapse also announced that it has brought Beth Bozman on board as Director of Field Hockey Operations.
“We are totally committed to making JabberHockey the premier tournament on the East Coast, and all the elements are in place for that to happen,” said Cathy Samaras, founder and CEO of Synapse Sports. “We are completely confident that JabberHockey will quickly grow into the caliber of event that will exceed the expectations of club teams and college coaches alike.”
JabberHockey, sponsored by Gatorade and STX, will be held June 9-10, 2012 at Kirkwood Sports Complex in New Castle, Del. That facility features 12 contiguous Bermuda grass and turf fields and is conveniently located just off I-95 near Wilmington. Champions will be crowned in four divisions – U-19, U-16, U-14 and coed U-12 with all participating teams guaranteed at least four games. Lynn Carrino, one of the top officials at the Division I level, will organize and oversee the umpires.
Assisting the veteran team at Synapse with organizing JabberHockey will be Bozman, who is well-established as one of the all-time greatest head coaches in Division I history. Bozman compiled a phenomenal 188-73-6 record with 10 Ivy League titles and four Final Four appearances in 15 seasons at Princeton University then posted an equally stellar 115-56 record with six straight NCAA Tournament berths and three championship game appearances at Duke. One of only a handful of collegiate field hockey coaches with 300 career victories, Bozman will bring her vast experience to the development of JabberHockey. “There are not a lot of club tournaments on the East Coast that are both highly competitive and designed to showcase recruit-able athletes to college coaches,” Bozman said. “What sets this tournament apart from others around the country is that it will be so close to home for all the top programs in the Mid-Atlantic region.”
The New Jersey Intensity, a powerhouse club program, has already committed to sending multiple teams to JabberHockey. Kathleen Stefanelli, director of the New Jersey Intensity, was an All-American player at Princeton under Bozman. “We were quick to jump onboard with JabberHockey because we knew it would be a professionally-run event put on by a proven, credible organization in Synapse. Factor in the expertise and contacts that Beth Bozman brings, and there is no doubt this tournament is going to be top-notch,” Stefanelli said. “There is a wealth of talent and a ton of strong organizations in the Mid-Atlantic area so I’m sure the competition will be outstanding.” Stefanelli often takes her teams to tournaments on the West Coast and was excited about the opportunity to play in a big-time event just one state away. “It’s definitely a plus that this is so close in terms of the cost factor. There is no doubt that JabberHockey will be much more affordable for our players and their parents.”
Synapse Sports pioneered the creation, organization and development of women’s lacrosse club tournaments, earning national awards from various business publications along the way. All-Star Express and National Draw, two of Synapse’s largest, longest-running and most successful events, are the model on which most club lacrosse tournaments are based. “I am certain the club teams won’t be disappointed when they see the quality of event that Synapse runs,” Bozman said. “I have no doubt we will attract the finest teams on the East Coast and beyond because this tournament is going to be first-class in every respect.”
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