2018 College National Championships Recap

April 25, 2018, 12 p.m. (ET)

As Friday afternoon arrived, the nine men’s teams and four women’s teams arrived in Arvin Gym in West Point, NY, determined and ready to call themselves the next College National Champion. Teams drove for hours on end, flew into Newburgh, NY, and NYC, and found every conceivable way to reach West Point in time for the first games.


By Saturday morning, men’s teams were reseeded in pools D, E, and F, based on their earlier results. Pool D teams (Army WPB, UVA, and USAFA) were guaranteed a semifinal spot, and could use Saturday’s game for positioning and to feel out potential SF and Finals opponents. Pool E teams (Army WPG, OSU Grey, and UNC) were fighting for a semifinal spot, while Pool F teams were working for placement. After a 15-15 draw between Army WPG and Carolina, UNC needed to win big against Ohio State University Grey to have a chance for the semifinals. In a physical altercation, UNC earned the win they needed, but Army WPG earned the semifinals trip.


The women’s semifinals on Sunday were between Army WPB and Army WPG and Penn State University and the University of North Carolina. The former was a battle between teams that had practiced all year, with the Army WPG team hungry to get the upset. In the end, Army WPB defeated Army WPG 16-12. The latter was a physical contest between squads with different playing philosophies. After a very low scoring group stage game, Penn State’s defense would come together and hold UNC to 6 goals, earning a trip to the finals.


The men’s semifinals were full of rivalry games: Army WPB would play Army WPG in a battle that normally occurs four days a week at practice. Upstairs, in a rematch of last year’s semifinal, UVA took on USAFA in an entertaining contest. Army WPB and UVA won their respective contests, setting up a much anticipated rematch for the National Championship.


The women’s final was played between 6-time defending National Champion Army West Point Black and upstart Penn State Team Handball, who surprised the home team with a 13-13 tie in group play. This was Penn State’s first year of competition at any level, as the team only learned the game the previous April… From Army West Point Black!


This match was a clash of styles, as Army WPB looked to push their tempo and work for secondary break shots and breakthroughs, while Penn State’s goal was to slow the game as much as possible and let their defense and goalkeeper stifle Army WPB’s offense.


At least, that was the idea.


Penn State was the team to break early, causing a few turnovers on Army WPB’s backcourt, leading to some rare fast break goals by the Nittany Lions. They soon realized they couldn’t play this pace, as Army WPB's backcourt of Gabby Purnell, Morgan Morris, and Kianna Duncan were far more experienced and skilled at a quick game. Falling back into a 6-0, Penn State was focused on stopping the Army WPB backcourt, giving Army WPB’s RW Lindsay Kiernan opportunities to score early on.


As the second half began, Penn State kept a slight lead on the defending National Champions. Some smart play from Madeline Hindermyer kept Penn State in their pace and gameplan, forcing Army WPB to alter theirs. The home team extended their defense into an advanced 3-2-1, attempting to stifle the backcourt of Penn State. For the most part, this plan worked, as Morgan Morris earned a number of steals for her team.


However, the individual play of Mary Lauren Micou and Maria Carolina Araujo against the player marking was slightly too much, and Penn State eked out their first ever National Championship with a 10-9 victory.


The heartbreak of the women’s final left the pro-West Point crowd determined to see a victory from their men in their final. With UVA as the opponent, every attendee in Arvin Gym knew this would be no easy ask.


Army WPB came out motivated, jumping to quick 4-0 lead on their familiar opponent; these two teams faced each other earlier in the tournament (20-11) and in NTHL play (20-16) in the very same building. UVA focused on their unique style of play and clawed back to a 2-goal game by halftime.


The second half was more of the same, with Army WPB growing their lead to six goals (21-15), and UVA – led by graduating seniors John Kretzschmar and Christian Vila -- slowly working their way back. After a few seven meter penalties earned by Taylor Downey and Ben Kilpatrick, UVA found themselves tied late with the home team.


A huge goal from Army WPB gave them a 26-25 lead with a minute to go. A turnover by UVA and a huge save by Michael Monsen later, and UVA found themselves with 20 seconds on the clock and a chance to send the final to OT. Calling their “Jersey” play, Austin Madrzyk attempted to complete a daring Kempa play to surprise Army WPB goalie Liam Lynch; however, Jeremy Mortensen from Army WPB was there to intercept the Kempa attempt and seal the College National Championship for Army WPB for the 12th consecutive year.


Awards


Men’s Most Valuable Player - Logan Ormsby (USAFA)

Men’s Most Valuable Goalkeeper - Jordan Wenske (Texas A&M)

Men’s Top Scorer - Logan Ormsby (USAFA) - 48 goals


Women’s Most Valuable Player - Ansley Davenport (Army WPG)

Women’s Most Valuable Goalkeeper - Fredrikke Johansen (Penn State)

Women’s Top Scorer - Ansley Davenport (Army WPG) - 36 goals


Men’s All Americans


1st Team


Nicholas Ange (Texas A&M)

Timothy Ford (UVA)

Austin Madryzk (UVA)

Spencer Klehn (Army WPB)


2nd Team


Ty Turner (Penn State)

Christopher Magan (Penn State)

Yasin Al-Fahham (Penn State)

Max Purzak (Penn State)

Gregory Guidry (Texas A&M)

Truman Brody-Boyd (UVA)

Steven Hume (UVA)

Christian Vila (UVA)

Eugene Thagard (Army WPG)

William Ratliff (Army WPB)

William Beiswenger (Army WPB)


Women’s All Americans


1st Team


Maddy Hindermyer (Penn State)

Rachel McGrath (Carolina)

Natalie Nepa (Army WPB)


2nd Team


Maria Carolina Araujo (Penn State)

Mary Lauren Micou (Penn State)

Leah Suydom (Penn State)

Maddie Keane (Penn State)

Paulina Powierza (Carolina)

Ellie Cahill (Carolina)

Devon Biller (Carolina)

Olivia Beattie (Army WPB)

Christina Bouvier (Army WPB)

Alanna Severt (Army WPG)


Final Standings


Men’s (W-T-L)

Women’s (W-T-L)

1. Army West Point Black (6-0)

1. Penn State University (4-1-0)

2. University of Virginia (4-2)

2. Army West Point Black (3-1-1)

3. Army West Point Gold (3-1-2)

3. University of North Carolina (2-3)

4. US Air Force Academy (2-4)

4. Army West Point Gold (0-5)

5. University of North Carolina (3-1-1)


6. Ohio State University - Grey (2-4)


7. Texas A&M University (2-1-3)


8. Penn State University (2-1-3)


9. Ohio State University - Scarlet (0-5)


 

Results

Friday, April 20th


Team 1

Team 2



Team 1

Team 2

Time

2nd Floor (2x20+5)


Time

4th Floor (2x20+5)

1600

USAFA - 23

Texas A&M - 14


1600

Army WPB - 19

OSU Grey - 10

1700

Army WPB - 24

PSU - 13


1700

UVA - 20

OSU Scarlet - 5

1800

USAFA - 21

UNC -14


1800

Penn State - Women - 14

Army WP Gold - Women - 12

1900

OSU Grey - 12

PSU - 7


1900

UVA - 23

Army WPG - 19

2000

Army WP Black - Women - 18

UNC - Women - 7


2000

Army WPG - 30

OSU Scarlet - 12


Saturday, April 21st

Time

2nd Floor (2x20+5)


Time

4th Floor (2x20+5)

0830

Penn State - Women 7

UNC - Women 5


0830

UNC 13

Texas A&M 12

0930

UVA 11

Army WPB 20


0930

OSU Scarlet 11

PSU 13

1030

UNC - Women - 16

Army WP Gold - Women - 11


1030

Army WPG 22

OSU Grey 16

1130

UVA 21

USAFA 18


1130

Army WP Black - Women - 13

Penn State - Women - 13

1230

Army WPG 15

UNC 15


1230

OSU Scarlet 7

Texas A&M 19

1330

Army WP Gold - Women 13

Army WP Black - Women 25


1330

USAFA 20

Army WPB 25

1430

Texas A&M 13

PSU 13


1430

UNC 21

OSU Grey 20

1530




1530

Women's Semifinal 2 (2x20+10)




PSU-W 12

UNC - W 6

1645

6/7 Classification (2x25+10)


1645

Women's Semifinal 1 (2x20+10)

OSU-G 26

A&M 18


WPB-W 16

WPG-W 12




Sunday, April 22nd

Time

2nd Floor


Time

4th Floor

0800

8/9 Classification (2x25+10)


0800

Men's 5th Place (2x25+10)

PSU 19

OSU-S 14


UNC 24

OSU-G 23

0915

Men's Semifinal 1 (2x25+10)


0915

Men's Semifinal 2 (2x25+10)

Army WPB 28

Army WPG 21


UVA 23

USAFA 20

1030

Men's 7th Place (2x25+10)


1030

Women's 3rd Place (2x25 + OT)

Texas A&M 24

PSU 12


UNC-W 18

Army WPB-G 17

1145

Men's 3rd Place (2x30+10)


1145

Women's Final 2x25

ARMY WPG 39

USAFA 24


PSU-W 10

Army WPB-W 9

1310




1310

Men's Final (2x30 + 10)




WPB 26

UVA 25