USA Eagle Crowned 2014 Womens National Championship Champion

June 21, 2014, 3:56 p.m. (ET)

USA Eagle Crowned 2014 Women’s National Championship Champion

Lancaster, Pa. – June 21, 2014 – The 2014 Women’s National Championship came to a close today with athletes laying it all on the field for their final opportunity to showcase their skills in front of the U.S. Women’s National Squad High Performance staff.  USA Eagle took home the championship with a 2-1 shoot out win over Freedom.

White and Courage played for the 7th/8th placement match. White got on the board first in the 10th minute when Casey DiNardo (Virginia Beach, Va.) connected with the backboard. Courage’s Shari Jones (Chesterfield, N.J.) answered back seven minutes later, only for DiNardo to notch another tally for White. Erin McCoy (Lititz, Pa.) added another goal at the 30 minute mark for White to go up 3-1. Just before the break, Caroline Troncellitti (Norristown, Pa.) put Courage on the board again to make it 3-2 in favor of White heading into halftime. Courage kicked off the second half with a strong offensive push and evened the score thanks to a goal by Carly Celkos (Berlin, N.J.) in the 36th minute. Five minutes later, McCoy earned her second goal of the match to put White up 4-3. That score would stand through to the end of the match, giving White the 7th place finish.

Red faced off against the Patriots to battle it out for the 5/6 game. Audra Heilman (Easton, Pa.) struck first for red in the 11th minute by putting away a penalty corner. At the 24 minute mark, Taylor Rhea (Virginia Beach, Va.) evened the score for the Patriots, but Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) put Red up again just two minutes later. Before the half, Peanut Johnson (Dayton, Ohio) tied up the match again to head into the break 2-2. The second half saw a lot of back and forth play, but Red finally broke through the Patriots defense in the 57th minute with Lauren Moyer (York, Pa.) netting the game-winning goal. Red walked way with the 3-2 victory and 5th place.

U21 and Blue took to the pitch for an exciting 3rd/4th place match. A total of five penalty strokes were called throughout the match. In the 17th minute, the first stroke was called in front of Blue’s cage and Anna Dessoye stepped up to give U21 the 1-0 lead. Izzy Delario (Rehobeth beach, Del.) added another tally for U21 in the 26th minute. Just before half, a second stroke was called in favor of Blue and Lauren Pfieffer (Mt. Laurel, Pa.) got Blue on the board in the 33rd minute.  After the half, Moira Putsch (Media. Pa.) put white up 3-1. In the 54th and 58th minutes, Blue was awarded two more strokes, which Pfieffer netted with precision to tie the score 3-3. U21 went ahead in the 63rd minute when Dessoye finished a penalty corner. Blue was awarded a final stroke, which Pfieffer stepped for yet again and walked away four for four on strokes for the day. The final whistle signaled a draw, sending the teams into shoot outs. With both keepers making valiant efforts, attackers had to use ingenuity to find the back of the cage. U21 outscored Blue 3-1 in shootouts to finish in 3rd place.

Eagle and Freedom battled it out for bragging rights in the championship match. The teams were evenly matched with a lot of back and forth play through the midfield for most of the first half. Freedom got on the board first when they were awarded a penalty corner in the 33rd minute. Natalie Cafone (Fairfield, N.J.) connected with the back of the cage to put Freedom up 1-0 going into halftime.  The tightly contested match continued through the second half with both teams making strong offensive runs but unable to break through strong defensive lines. Amanda Magadan (Randolph, N.J.) tied the score for Eagle in the 49th minute. The score of 1-1 remained through to the final whistle, sending the teams into the second shootout of the day. Evenly matched offensive attacks and goal keeper skills resulted in Eagle securing the victory, outscoring Freedom 2-1.

Congratulations to all athletes, coaches and umpires for their hard work and dedication throughout the tournament and to Eagle for being named 2014 Women’s National Championship Champions!