The 4th annual Junior Premier Indoor League (JPIL), a USA Field Hockey Sanctioned program, wrapped up their series with two Phila-Area teams capturing the Gold in the U14, U16 and U19 Divisions. Two X-Calibur FHC teams were crowned champions in both the U14 and U19 Divisions. FSC captured the U16 title.
The Championships, held over two weekend at Marple Sports Area in Broomall, concluded the JPIL program which was comprised of forty teams, from 22 clubs, from 7 regions, who played in 276 games over the course of 6 weeks beginning in late December 2014.
In the U-14 Division, X-Calibur FHC went undefeated in nine games; the Knights topped High Styx FH in the Championship game, 7 – 2.
In the U-16 Divison, 2014 defending champions X-Calibur FHC advanced to the finals but was knocked off by FSC in a 5-0 Falcons victory. FSC players, Riely Donnelly and Bryn Boylan were honored with the Dita USA U-16 Most Goals and MVP Awards respectively (photo).
In the U-19 Division, it was the semi-final game that garnered huge fanfare: X-Calibur FHC topped Gales FHC in three rounds of shoot-out competition after a highly competitive 4-4 stalemate in regulation play. X-Calibur went on to beat FC United, 3-1, in the Championship final.
Several players at the Champions displayed exceptional play and helped to elevate their teams’ performances. They were honored with gift certificates courtesy of the JPIL Award Sponsor, Dita USA and include:
U-14 Most Valuable Player: Katelyn Crist, Xcalibur FHC
U-14 Most League Goals: Jordan Van Dermark, Total Dutch
U-16 Most Valuable Player: Bryn Boylan, FSC
U-16 Most League Goals: Riley Donnelly, FSC
U-19 Most Valuable Player: Olivia Harris, FC United
U-19 Most League Goals: Erin Shanahan, The Gaels FHC
College coaches were in attendance at the JPIL Championship as well as the Head Coach of the USA National Junior Indoor Team, Rennie Milne.
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