Army Black men, Carolina women take titles at the 2010 Collegiate National Championships

April 26, 2010, 5:55 a.m. (ET)
The men of Army Black and women of Carolina will return home with gold again after defending their champion statuses Sunday at the finals of the 2010 Collegiate Nationals, held in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The Carolina women were victorious over rival Army Black, 15-12, to secure their title. Army led a goal-for-goal game of catch-up in the first 30 minutes, with the half ending at 6-6. Carolina inched forward during the first 10 minutes of the second half, however, and soon widened its lead to several points, even after temporarily losing its only substitute due to an injury. Athletes from the Carolina men's squad, which defeated Texas A&M 34-14 for third in its division, rooted for their team from the stands.

"They got some better shots off on us," said women's Army coach Keke Langkamp. "But both teams played amazingly incredible and Carolina has something definitely to be proud of."

In the final match, Diva Desai, the tournament's Top Scorer, led Carolina with eight goals. Julia Taylor followed with three goals; Sylvia Exum and Rebecca Crabb scored two each.

Army Black's Alexandria Scott produced three goals. Joy Turner and Amelia Storey each put two goals on the scoreboard; Audrey Moton, the tournament's MVP, Ann Brakefield, Morghan Mcaleney, Trish O'Toole, and Abigail Bandi all scored one.

The Army women received more than one medal Sunday, however; the Gold team maximized its athleticism and speed to prevail in the bronze match against the Tar Heels, 9-7.

Maria Kong of Army Black was named Most Valuable Goalie of the Women's Division.

Experience trumped youth in the men's final when senior team Army Black bested its program's junior squad, Army Gold, 30-25. Army Black maintained a steady lead during the fast-paced match and was ahead 14-9 at halftime; Gold held its own throughout the game, however, such as when the tournament's Most Valuable Goalie Tim Wagner came down the court to score when his team was a man down during a 2-minute penalty.

Jason Borchik led Army Black with nine goals during the final; Adam Moore followed him with eight and Thomas Giordano scored six. Preston Pham threw in three goals, and Marc Beaudoin, Greg Durso, and Greg Ayers each contributed one.

From Army Gold, Mark Conrad topped his squad with six goals and Brendan Reber scored five. Kevin Rice, Craig Champlin, and Jared Mullane put three on the board; Jev Valles and Men's Division MVP Jack Gibson scored twice, and MVG Tim Wagner scored one as well.

The tournament's Top Scorer in the Men's Division is Thomas Sherrill of Carolina.

Video of both the men's and the women's finals will be available soon on http://usateamhandball.org. USA Team Handball will notify teams when the matches are posted.