Mar 08 National Champs reclaim titles

May 11, 2009, 11:09 a.m. (ET)

Chicago Inter trailed in much of the first half before pulling ahead of the Lady Condors just before the break.  The two-time champs pulled away in the second half, before the Condors made a late run to make the final 28-25.  Chicago swept individual awards as well on their undefeated run through the tournament, winning the Most Valuable Goalkeeper (Katarina Husova), the Grundfos Most Valuable Player award  and the Select Sport USA Top Scorer (both Jolanta Kunickite) awards.  The Lady Condors were led by Canadian National Team standout Amber Smart, Szabina Kiss and USA National Team veteran Latrice Lewis.

The Houston Firehawks won the Bronze Medal.

On the men's side, the Houston Firehawks took NYC THC to overtime before Gotham's "super club" prevailed for their second consecutive national title.  Houston led by as many as nine goals in the second half before NYC rallied.  NYC tied the game with no time left on the clock in regulation on a dramatic 7-meter throw and won 37-34. Zoran Ostojic was named the Grundfos MVP of the tournament, while Firehawks' Rodrigo Palacio earned Select Sport USA Top Scorer honors. 

New York Athletic Club defeated Los Angeles Team Handball Club in the Bronze Medal match.

Women's final results:
1. Chicago Inter
2. Lady Condors
3. Houston Firehawks
4. New England Freeze
5. Carolina THC
6. Smurfs
7. Army

Men's Final Results:
1. NYC THC
2. Houston Firehawks
3. NYAC
4. Los Angeles THC
5. ATH United
6. Cal Heat
7. Condors
8. Army
9. Chicago Inter Red
10. New England Freeze
11. Florida Hurricanes
12. Knight Air
13. Chicago Inter Blue
14. NYC THC II
15. Carolina THC
16. Seattle Speed
17. LA Team Handball II
18. Polish Folklore
19. Minnesota Team Handball
20. Victorious Secret

Both finals were broadcast live on TeamUSA.org.  Both matches will be re-broadcast here: http://handball.teamusa.org.

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