Northeast Clubs Fight for a Slot at the 2014 National Club Championship
The 2014 Region 1-4 U-19 Regional Club Championship concluded this past weekend after 11 teams displayed great action on the field in the two day event. The competition was tough, exciting and top-notch. Boston Field Hockey and North East Elite made it out of the tournament victorious with a ticket to the National Club Championships in July.
Two pools made up the tournament and each team competed for the top two seeds in order to make it into the championship round. Participating clubs consisted of Boston, Cape Anne, Competitive Edge, Element Athletics, HTC, Lasting Legacy, Maine Majestix, North East Elite, Seacoast United, WCUFHA and Wizards.
After very competitive pool play, HTC earned the top spot in their pool with an undefeated record of 4-0. Cape Ann earned the second place position with a record of 3-1. In the second pool, after a tough pool play competition, North East Elite took the top spot with a perfect 5-0 record and Boston came in second, with their only loss to NEE, a record of 4-1.
Both semi-final games were action packed. HTC and Boston both fought hard to get one in the net and ended the game with a 1-1 tie. After talented attack skills and terrific saves by the goalkeeper, Boston won the shoot-out. On a nearby turf, North East Elite and Cape Ann were also fighting until the end. Exciting corner action and outstanding ball skills in the mid-field would prove North East Elite the winner and they would move into the final with a score of 2-1.
After two days of intense competition, both North East Elite and Boston were ready to lay it all on the line for the championship trophy. In the final, Boston scored first to take a 1-0 lead. A determined North East Elite tied up the match with a tremendous corner play. Both teams had their chances to take the lead but the final ended in a tie at the end of regulation and Boston would take home the gold in a shootout.
Congratulations to Boston Field Hockey Club and North East Elite!
Boston Field Hockey
Coaches: Katie Carlson and Nathan Coolidge
Players: Rachel Lanouette, Camryn Dias, Kourtney Kennedy, Jamie Melley, Lexi Davidson, Kaitlin Wood, Ellie McLaughlin, Bailey Fanikos, Lily Posternak, Rachel Campbell, Evagelia Toffoloni, Hannah Cregg, Megan Barrett, Katerina Toffoloni, Nikoletta Toffoloni, Maddie Rocklin, Erin Mcnamara, Allinson Brinkhaus, Emma Caviness, and Olivia Golini.
North East Elite
Coach: Chelsey Feole
Players: Taylor Blood, Alesandra Miller, Sarah Lizotte, Brianne Torre, Emma Tufts, Jensen Palmer, Rachel Bossi, Isabelle Danahy, Nicole Woods, Briana Smith, Courtney Sweeny, Baylee Stone, Madison Dallmeyer, Katharine French, Casey Considine, Molly Richard, Molly Reilly, Dana Bozek, Kelsey Federico, and Maria Krull.