USA Field Hockey
WC Eagles Retain U14 National Club Championship Title
In a display of powerful performance, WC Eagles (Spring City, Pa.) overcame Northeast Elite 9-0 to win the 2013 U-14 National Club Championship. Each U-14, U-16 and U-19 division winner at the event receives a gold stick from premier tournament sponsor, Harrow Sports as 2013 National Champions.
The Eagles coached by Jun Kentwell racked up 50 goals while keeping a clean sheet over the five games of the tournament.
Kentwell accredited their successful results to focusing on the fundamentals. "Our U-14s trained really hard, focused on passing and receiving, keeping their heads up, emphasizing ball speed. Our training sessions are high intensity. We only train two hours each week so it is important that the players work hard, pay attention to detail, play under pressure of time and space, and use the skills they are learning in game situations. We emphasize teamwork and the players must accept responsibility and accountability as well as commitment to each other."
NorthEast Elite (Windham, NH) coached by Chelsey Feole, repeated their silver medal performance of 2012. Feole commented, "We again far exceeded our expectations coming into this tournament. I am not sure too many people outside of our club knew too much about us coming into the National Club Championship. I am so proud of the performance of our athletes who fought to the last minute in every game, in the Quarter Final that grit won the game with us with two goals coming in the last minute to secure a huge turnaround 3-2 victory."
In the bronze medal game, Xcalibur (Elverson, Pa.) triumphed 2-1 over The Edge (Morristown, NJ). The top goal scorers in the tournament were Erin Matson (WC Eagles) with 16 goals, Jaime Natate with eight goals (WC Eagles), and Julianna Tornetta (WC Eagles) and Skyler Caron (Northeast Elite) with six each.
Sixteen of the best clubs from across the U.S. competed in four pools of four, over three days of play in the National Club Championship presented by Harrow Sports, at USA Field Hockey’s National Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. The 2014 tournament will be played at the new Home of Hockey, in Lancaster, Pa.