West Point Military Academy Men and Women Capture the Gold at College Nationals
AUBURN, Ala. – The West Point Military Academy Men’s and Women’s Black teams defeated the University of North Carolina Team Handball Club to win gold medals at the 2014 USA Team Handball College National Championships on Sunday.
The College National Championships were held on the campus of Auburn University in the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum and the new Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Eleven collegiate men’s teams competed for the Men’s Collegiate Championship, while West Point Black and North Carolina competed for the Women’s title.
The defending champions, West Point Black withstood a resilient North Carolina club, 23-14, to win their eighth straight Men’s championship trophy.
The Women’s West Point Black team capitalized on a barrage of fast-break goals to overcome the North Carolina Women’s team in the gold medal match, 19-4.
The U.S. Air Force Academy Handball Club, coached by USA Team Handball CEO Mike Cavanaugh, claimed the Men’s bronze medal with a victory over a much-improved Clemson University Team Handball Club, 29-15.
Coree Aten, right back from West Point Black, earned Men’s Most Valuable Player honors of the tournament for leading his team with 27 goals and powering West Point Black to their eighth consecutive title. Aten was recently selected as an alternate for the U.S. Men’s National Team for the 2014 Pan American Championships in Uruguay.
North Carolina goalkeeper, Thiago Lima, earned Men’s Most Valuable Goalkeeper. Lima replaced Carolina’s original goalkeeper just days before the tournament and made exceptional defensive plays to capture MVG honors. One such play came in the semi-final match against Air Force Academy. Lima saved a penalty shot with less than a minute to go and the score tied at 17, which led to a match-winning goal with two seconds left by UNC pivot, Goran Vukicevic.
Andrew Donlin, Air Force Academy right back, earned Men’s Top Scorer honors with 27 total goals scored in the tournament. Donlin was also selected as a Team USA alternate for the upcoming Pan American Championships.
For the Women’s division, backcourt player Ashton Wolf and goalkeeper Melissa Wells of West Point Black, won Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Goalkeeper, respectively. Camille Morgan, backcourt player of North Carolina, earned Women’s Top Scorer honors with 14 total goals.
Women's 2014 College National Champions, West Point Military Academy
Final Standings from the tournament are below:
The Coliseum matches were broadcasted with play-by-play analysis and color commentary by Coaches Aid. All matches played in the Coliseum will be made available for purchase on-demand at CoachesAid.com.