Feb 22, 2016adminCLUB NEWSComments Off on Phila-Area Teams Soar at USAFH U14 NIT
By Kathleen Harte Simone
Four Phila-area club teams earned Gold at the USA Field Hockey National Indoor Tournament (NIT) held at Spooky Nook Sports, Lancaster, Pa., the home of the USA Women’s National Team. FSC Falcons, WC Eagles I, WC Eagles II, and X-Calibur Braveheart each stood on the podium to receive gold medals at the NIT — the pinnacle of the 2015-2016 indoor season, in which teams must qualify at National Indoor Qualifying (NIQ) tournaments.
From throughout the US, 138 teams, grouped in 23 pools of 6, converged on the Nook for the three-day tournament, February 19-21. Teams played on 8 courts while fans — including myself — enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the courts from second-floor balconies.
Congratulations to the eighteen Phila-area teams that qualified for and competed at the NIT. In addition to the four Gold Medal teams, five area teams secured 2nd place finishes. (Note: There is no cross-over play at the NIT U14.)
Click here to view a photo album of our Phila-area teams at the NIT. See tournament finishes, below.
Pool C: Viper Red (finished 2nd) Souderton Strikers (3rd)
Pool D: Philly HC (2nd with 4-1-1 record)
Pool E: X-Calibur Braveheart (Gold Medal finish; 5-0-0; scored 39 goals, allowed 0 goals; photo left)
Pool F: X-Calibur Pegasus (2nd; 4-0-1; scored the most goals (39) and allowed the least (5) in Pool F.
Pool G: Mayhem Bolts (2nd; 4-1-0)
Pool H: Horizon Blue (5th)
Pool J FSC Falcons Black (Gold Medal finish; 5-0-0; allowed only 2 goals; photo left)
Pool K Mystx Black (4th)
Pool M Mayhem Monsters (3rd)
Pool N Horizon Orange (2nd; 3-1-1) Mystx Blizzard (3rd)
Pool P WC Eagles I (Gold Medal finish; 5-0-0; 87 goals scored (top in tournament); 2 goals allowed; photo left, top)
Pool Q WC Eagles II (Gold Medal finish; 5-0-0; 63 goals scored; 0 goals allowed; photo left, bottom)
Pool S FSC White (3rd; 3-1-1) United (4th)
Pool T Mystx Burn (5th)
Pool U Viper Black
photos: cover: FSC Falcons Black celebrates NIT U14 Gold Medal finish inside inside top to bottom: FSC Falcons Black celebrates; WC Eagles I; X-Calibur Braveheart; FSC Falcons Black; WC Eagles II