USA Field Hockey

Mar 07 Match Reports

Dec. 30, 2010, 8:48 p.m. (ET)

Indoor Tour Concludes in Vienna

 

The USA Men’s Indoor Squad finished its tour of Europe with six days in ViennaAustria won the European Championship last year and are one of the favorites for the Indoor World Cup.  The USA was delighted to have the chance to play against them in a match that was televised on Austrian TV. 

The first half was a close fought battle, with the Austrians narrowly ahead 3-2.  A change of tactics from the Austrians and some tired US legs and minds after the previous long day of travel from England resulted in the Austrians dominating the second half and running out 13-3 winners.  (Steve Mann, Mo Runzi and Pat Harris scored).  The Austrian Hockey Association graciously hosted the squad to reception afterwards.  The players were delighted to have Tom and Karen Harris join the team in Vienna and offer their support.

The SV Arminen Tournament, sponsored by RohrMax is now in its 31st year and regularly attracts some of the top indoor clubs and nations from throughout the world.  This year’s RohrMax Cup was a six team round robin for the men, as well as having five women teams. 

The USA started well against hosts SV Arminen, one of the top Austrian clubs and frequent competitors in the European Club Championship.  After being tied 1-1 at half-time, the USA controlled the second half for a 5-1 win.  (Sean Harris, Christoph Winter, Mo Runzi and Pat Harris (2) scored the goals).

England were first up on the Friday.  While the USA created lots of chances, the play in goal of George Pinner was outstanding and helped England to a 5-0 win.  The USA played good defense, but was unable to find a way past an in-form goalie. 

The second game of the day was against Austria.  The USA again played a strong 20 minutes, trailing only 3-1 at the break, but for a second time, the Austrians dominated the second half winning 9-2. Pat and Sean Harris scored for the USA.

Saturday morning brought a game against the Swiss, who missed qualifying for the IWC on goal difference.  The USA took a 2-0 lead into the break thanks to goals from Tim Krauss and Pat Harris, but the Swiss fought back to eke out a narrow 3-2 win.  The second game of the day was against the Austrian U-21, among the favorites for the European U-21 Championships later this month.  While the score was 1-1 at half, the Juniors managed a 5-2 victory.  (Tim Krauss and Pat Harris were the USA scorers).

The last game of the tournament was a rematch with SV Arminen.  The USA held a narrow 2-1 lead at the break, but then finished the tour with a determined performance in the second half to run out 8-4 winners.  Pat Harris (4), Sean Harris (3) Steve Mann scored..

The USA squad finished its two week tour with many improvements made in individual play and team tactics.  Next up is a week in Germany at the start of February for final preparations before the start of the Indoor World Cup in Poznan.

The USA indoor squad on tour comprised Kevin Segeren, Jason Wellings, Christoph Winter, Rob Schilling, Tim Krauss, Moritz Runzi, Pat Harris, Steve Mann, Sean Harris Steve Danielson, Shawn Hindy, Jaja Kentwell, Tom Staddon, Pat Cota and Jesse Larson.  Nigel Traverso is the manager, Brian Brata is the athletic trainer, Marijn Petermeijer is the video analyst/coaching assistant and Peter Jones is the coach.

The USA Indoor squad is grateful to the USFHA, USFHF and the US Men’s Field Hockey Foundation for supporting its Indoor World Cup preparations.

Split Squad Games against England

The England men’s outdoor team had a very successful, but also frustrating year in 2010.  They finished fourth in the Champion’s Trophy, World Cup and Commonwealth Games, twice enduring physically challenging playing conditions in India.

Hockey is considered to be one of Britain’s best bets for a team sport medal when London hosts the Olympic Games in 2012.  The England coach Jason Lee, who has overseen England’s climb up the World rankings, has also brought England back into international indoor hockey.  Starting three years ago in the 3rd level of European Indoor Nations competition, they gained promotion and last year won the 2nd level and an Indoor World Cup spot that went with it.

The USA Men’s Indoor squad was fortunate to be able to share a training camp with England at Moulton College, near Northampton.  This college has superb sporting facilities and accompanying residences and catering that provide a great training location.

January 3rd brought a late morning training session for the squad, with a quick turnaround of lunch and back to the indoor court for two games.  Each country split its squad and close games resulted.  In the first match, the USA was down 3-2 with two minutes to go, when they pulled the goalie for an extra field player to gamble for a result.  Sometimes a kicking back works out well.  Sometimes it doesn’t.  This time fortune did not shine on the USA and England ran in three goals into the empty net for a 6-2 final.

The second game was played at a high tempo with neither side able to rest control for any long period of time.  The last two minutes again saw the USA trailing by a single goal.  This time pulling the goalie came very close to paying off, as the USA created two good chances but could not score.  The game ended at 4-3.  These results were satisfying and frustrating at the same time.  It was good to be so close to the level of England, but still a little disappointing not to come away with a result in one of these games.  However, there will be another match with England in Vienna and a key clash with them in Poznan at the Indoor World Cup. 

The squad is continue to show definite signs of improvement and is working hard at its systems of play. 

After the excitement of the games against England, the players had to focus on packing and weighing their bags to be ready for their 3:15 am coach departure for a Ryanair flight to Bratislava in Slovakia, followed by a coach ride to Vienna, Austria, a subway ride and a ten minute walk to their hotel.  That’s a long sentence, but nowhere as long as the team’s travel day.

A couple of good meals and a good night’s sleep should help the guys recover for their morning training session on the fifth and their evening game against Austria, the current European Champions.

The USA indoor squad on tour is Kevin Segeren, Jason Wellings, Christoph Winter, Rob Schilling, Tim Krauss, Moritz Runzi, Pat Harris, Steve Mann, Sean Harris Steve Danielson, Shawn Hindy, Jaja Kentwell, Tom Staddon, Pat Cota and Jesse Larson.  Nigel Traverso is the manager, Brian Brata is the athletic trainer, Marijn Petermeijer is the video analyst/coaching assistant and Peter Jones is the coach.

The USA Indoor squad is grateful to the USFHA, USFHF and the US Men’s Field Hockey Foundation for supporting its Indoor World Cup preparations.

Are We There Yet?

January 1 was a day of rest and recovery after four hard days of indoor hockey in Dundee.  January 2 began with loading the bus at 8am for the drive to Moulton College near Northampton in the middle of England.  Thanks to heavy motorway traffic and an isolated location for our destination that took all of Rob Schilling’s navigating abilities to find, we arrived many hours later than expected. At one point during the long ride, the bus was attacked on all sides by “angry birds”.  However, once we arrived, the team changed quickly and was out on the court for a good 90 minute practice.  Unfortunately, right at the end, Jesse Larson sustained a cut.  Brian Bratta, our excellent trainer from Michigan State University and the local health services took good care of Jesse and he was quickly patched up.   

January 3 will have a two hour training session followed in the afternoon by two games against England.

The USA indoor team on tour is Kevin Segeren, Jason Wellings, Christoph Winter, Rob Schilling, Tim Krauss, Moritz Runzi, Pat Harris, Steve Mann, Sean Harris Steve Danielson, Shawn Hindy, Jaja Kentwell, Tom Staddon, Pat Cota and Jesse Larson.  Nigel Traverso is the manager, Brian Brata is the athletic trainer, Marijn Petermeijer is the video analyst/coaching assistant and Peter Jones is the coach.

The USA Indoor team is grateful to the USFHA, USFHF and the US Men’s Field Hockey Foundation for supporting its Indoor World Cup preparations.

A Long Day of Training and Games

The USA Men’s Indoor Team had a long and busy day at the Dundee International Sports Center (DISC).  Rising at 6:30am, the team followed breakfast with an early morning video session to review the prior day’s play.   Then it was off to DISC to refine some of the team’s different defenses a few attacking plays.   The day continued with hard fought games against  Menzieshill, Scottish Champions for the past seven years, (6-6 tie) and the Scottish under 21.  (5-3 win).  Minutes were shared evenly among all the players for development.  At the end of the day, the USA played 30 minutes of structured situations-- man up, man down, kicking back for, kicking back against to have "match" practice for these situations which can frequently occur in indoor games.  It was one tired bunch of players who warmed down then headed back to their hotel for a very late lunch to be followed in the evening by a team curry as part of the New Year’s celebrations.  The players will have a rest day on January 1st, then travel down to Northampton for two games against England, before travelling to Austria
 

Menzieshill provided the core of the Scottish indoor team in the last European indoor championship.  They are very structured, defend aggressively  and play a fast paced passing game.  They have provided excellent opposition for this stage of the tour.

Playing in today’s games were Kevin Segeren, Jason Wellings, Christoph Winter, Rob Schilling, Tim Krauss, Mo Runzi, Pat Harris, Steve Mann, Sean Harris Steve Danielson, Shawn Hindy, Jaja Kentwell, Tom Staddon and Jesse Larson.  (Pat Cota was rested due to sickness, but should be ready for the next games).   Nigel Traverso is the manager, Brian Brata is the athletic trainer, Marijn Petermeijer is the video analyst/coaching assistant and Peter Jones is the coach.

The USA Indoor team is grateful to Grove Menzieshill, Billy McPherson and Harry Byers, Scottish Hockey, Dundee City Council and its Lord Provost for arranging their time in Dundee and to the USFHA, USFHF and the US Men’s Field Hockey Foundation for supporting its Indoor World Cup preparations.

USA Men's Indoor Team Starts European Tour With A Win

The tremendous storm that hit the East Coast just after Christmas disrupted flights for many members of the squad, but everyone made it to Dundee Scotland by the 29th, just one day later than planned. Grove Menzieshill, Scotland’s premier indoor club, had arranged a men’s and women’s invitational tournament to help Scottish club and national sides prepare for upcoming European competition. The USA Men's Indoor Team were delighted to be included on the men’s side to start their two week selection and preparation tour for the Indoor World Cup.  The USA split its squad in two to get plenty of court time for all the players.  The other two teams were Grove Menzieshill, Scottish Indoor champions for the past seven years and strong competitors in the European Club Championship and the Scottish under 21 team.  The hotly-contested round robin games included a thrilling 6-6 tie between the two USA teams, which was enough to see one of the teams through to the final against Grove Menzieshill. 

The final started with both sides looking to pass the ball at speed among their back three as they probed for openings.  Menzieshill opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a well executed corner layoff.  The USA responded with a corner of its own from Pat Harris at the nine minute mark.  A flowing passing move from Pat Cota to Rob Schilling on the left board was first timed to Mo Runzi at the top of the D and a nice pass from Mo set up Pat for a second goal two minutes later.  Continuing their run of fine play, the USA set Pat up for his hat-trick two minutes later when Mo beat his man on the right board and found Pat in the D.  Menzieshill responded with a corner goal a minute later, then netted the equalizer seconds before half time. 

The second half started with field goals for each team in the first two minutes, with Pat’s fourth goal being matched quickly.  Despite some great work by each team to create chances, both Goalies ruled the match for the next 18 minutes. Overtime could not produce a winner, so the final went to strokes. The abbreviated three stroke format started well for the USA when Jason Wellings anticipated well and saved the first stroke low to his right.  Pat Harris buried his, as did Mo following a Menzieshill score.  A miss from the hosts left the USA victorious in an indoor tournament for the first time since the 2008 Pan Am Indoor in Argentina.

Playing on the victorious team in the final were Kevin Segeren, Jason Wellings, Pat Cota, Christoph Winter, Rob Schilling, Tim Krauss, Mo Runzi, Pat Harris, Steve Mann, Sean Harris.

Also on the USA squad on tour are Steve Danielson, Shawn Hindy, Jaja Kentwell, Tom Staddon and Jesse Larson.  Nigel Traverso is the manager, Brian Brata is the athletic trainer, Marijn Petermeijer is the video analyst/coaching assistant and Peter Jones is the coach.

The USA Indoor team continues its tour tomorrow with morning training followed by further matches and structured sessions against Grove Menzieshill and Scotland U-21, before travelling down to face England.  Ashley Jackson was in the crowd, supporting his girlfriend who was playing in the tournament and perhaps running an eye over the USA team.

The USA Indoor team is grateful to Grove Menzieshill, Billy McPherson and Harry Byers, Dundee City Council and its Lord Provost for arranging the tournament and to the USFHA, USFHF and the US Men’s Field Hockey Foundation for supporting its Indoor World Cup preparations.

  

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