Region 5 U19 Teams Qualify for National Club Championship
Region 5 U19 Teams qualify for National Club Championship
The stage was set at The Training Center in Spring City, Pa. for a weekend of outstanding field hockey with many of the nation’s top junior players on view. Reigning Under-19 National Club Champions W C Eagles stormed through matches this weekend, outscoring their opponents 38-2 in six matches to win Region 5’s Regional Club Championship (RCC). XCalibur Field Hockey Club secured the number two spot with their quick offensive plays. Both teams have qualified to compete at the National Club Championship (NCC) in July of this year.
Saturday saw W C Eagles secure a semi-final berth with three strong wins in Pool A, while XCalibur and Nook ensured their places in the semis with two wins each. On Sunday morning, High Styx, Key State and Mystx were left to compete for the second place in Pool A. With Key State and Mystx fighting out a 1-1 draw, the last remaining spot in the semi-final place still hung in the balance of the last pool game where Mystx clinched the remaining place with a 2-1 win over High Styx.
The first semi-final saw the top two nationally ranked teams, W C Eagles and Nook, pitted against each other. Albeit skillful pressure from the defense, Nook allowed two goals in each half and W C Eagles secured a 4-0 victory and a place in the Final. Down 3-2 at half time to Mystx, XCalibur mounted a strong second half come-back, scoring four goals to win the nail-biting second semi-final 6-4.
Throughout the championship match, W C Eagles’ forwards focused on executing quick passes through the midfield to set up runs for their teammates and Junior National Team forwards Moira Putsch and Sophia Tornetta. Amelia Iacabucci, W C Eagles athlete, completed a hat-trick to lead her team to victory. XCalibur tallied a goal through a penalty corner mid-way through the second half, however the strong squad was unable to secure any more shots, resulting in a 5-1 score line in favor of W C Eagles.
“I am pleased with the balance and structure the team showed this tournament,” said Jun Kentwell, W C Eagles coach. “The ball movement was good, but we still have work to do. The girls can be proud of how they played.”
Congratulations to both W C Eagles and XCalibur who will move on to play in the USA Field Hockey National Club Championships in July.
W C Eagles
Coaches: Jun Kentwell, Richard Kentwell
Players: Jennifer Bleakney, Teresa Carotenuto, Nicole Catalino, Makenna Colby, Kathleen Dempsey, Nikki Freeman, Whitney Harris, Maggie Harrison, Amelia Iacobucci, Taylor Leonhardt, Isabelle McDonough, Emma McLaughlin, Erika Miller, Christy Palazzese, Moira Putsch, Alexandra Rushton, Millicent Stefanowicz, Cassie Sumfest, Lydia Sydnor, Elizabeth Tamburro, Michelle Thompson, Sophia Tornetta, Claire Webb, Megan Wiest
Coaches: Tammy Esenhard, Brian Hope
Players: Caroline Andretta, Taylor Brennan, Jordan Crispeno, Brittany Dickinson, Elizabeth Dyer, Greta Ell, Marleise Emrhein, Skyler Fretz, Samantha Geroski, Annie Himsworth, Ashley Hoffman, Abby Julius, Carly Kauffman, Kelee Lepage, Kirsten Mansfield, Haeli McCabe, Tara Murphy, Margaux Paolino, Samantha Steele, Layne Taylor, Dana Turner, Casey Umstead, Courtney Weise, Thalia Williamson