Athletes Give Their All on Proving Grounds of 2014 Womens National Championship
Athletes Give Their All on Proving Grounds of 2014 Women's National Championship
LANCASTER, Pa. – June 16, 2014 – Today marked the first day of competition for top athletes from across the country at the 2014 Women’s National Championship in Lancaster, Pa. Competitors gathered at the Home of Hockey for the chance to show off their skills in front of the U.S. Women’s National Team High Performance Staff, including Head Coach Craig Parnham. With the opportunity to represent the red, white and blue for 2014-15 on the line, athletes laid it all out on the field for an exciting opening day.
The six-day tournament is broken down into two pools. Pool A consists of U21, White, Red and Blue, while Pool B includes Patriots, Freedom, Courage and Eagles.
In the first match of the event, the U21 squad took on White. U21 got on the board first five minutes into the match when Moira Putsch (Media, Pa.) netted a goal. The score remained 1-0 until Emma Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) earned two goals within two minutes of each other in the 35th and 37th minutes. White answered back at the 51 minute mark when Allyson Fuller (Endicott City, Md.) finished a penalty corner. U21 proved to be too much for White as they scored another three goals before time was up to close the game 6-1.
Next up, Red faced off against Blue for an action-packed first half of play. Blue got on the board early at the one minute mark thanks to a goal by Katie Weeks (Kenilworth, Ill.). Lauren Moyer (York, Pa.) answered back for Red ten minutes later, only for Blue to retaliate twice within 60 seconds and go up 3-1 in the 14th minute. After another goal by Blue in the 28th minute, Moyer netted her second goal to bring the game within two goals at half-time. Lauren Pfeiffer (Mount Laurel, N.J.) and Weeks scored twice more for Blue in the second half to bring home a 6-2 victory.
Patriots and Freedom took to the pitch next. Natalie Cafone (Fairfield, N.J.) gave Freedom the lead in the eighth minute, followed by back-to-back goals by Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Del.) in minutes 10 and 18, putting Freedom up 3-0. Cafone earned a hat trick, scoring two goals shortly after the half and then, unsatisfied with three, netted a fourth goal in the 68th minute. Two more second half goals by Freedom’s Heather Morris (Pottstown, Pa.) and Meghan Plank (Glen Mills, Pa.) gave them an impressive 8-0 win over the Patriots.
Courage and Eagles rounded out the day’s action in Lancaster, Pa. The Eagles opened up scoring early with a goal by Jordan Page (Ephrata, Pa.) in the second minute. Seven minutes later, Kelsey Harbin (San Marcos, Calif.) put the Eagles up 2-0. Just before half, the Eagles’ Amanda Magadan (Randolph, N.J.) struck once more. The half-time score of 3-0 in favor of the Eagles held through to the final whistle of the second half, with neither team able to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
Stay tuned to usafieldhockey.com for all information about the 2014 Women’s National Championship.