We are happy to announce that Seacoast United Field Hockey has been named one of the host sites for the 2018 USA Field Hockey Regional Club Championships! This year the Club will host the Region 1-4, Under-19 and Under-14 qualifiers at the Seacoast United Outdoor Complex in Epping, NH. This is the 5th time SUFH has been named a host site, the first taking place in 2013!
The Regional Club Championships tournament serves as a qualifying mechanism for the prestigious 2018 National Club Championship. Throughout April, May and June, more than 100 club teams and 2,000 athletes will compete at various Regional Club Championship sites all around the country. Depending on the region, the top 1-2 teams earn a bid to the National Club Championship. The NCC is the most elite level of play in junior field hockey, as it is the top 16 teams in the country for each age group. One team will claim the highly coveted title of National Club Champions, and receives the gold Harrow Sports field hockey stick. The National Club Championship is an ideal opportunity for clubs to compete against each other in a highly competitive atmosphere and coincides with USA Field Hockey’s mission of growing playing opportunities and the game of field hockey in the United States.
2018 marks the fifth time that Seacoast United has hosted the Regionals (2013- U19 Division, 2015- U19 Division, 2016- U14 Division, 2017- U14 Division & U16 Division), and for the first time ever, in 2016 our U14 Team finished in 1st place in the region, and 10th in the country at Nationals!
After such an exciting experience in 2016, nothing could have prepared Seacoast United Field Hockey for what this past year would hold. Not only did the U14 team come in 1st place at regionals for a second year in a row, but they defied the odds and finished 4th place in the country at the National Club Championship. This finish came after an overtime shootout in the quarterfinals, where goalkeeper Meredith King saved a stroke, and shooters Maddie Mullaney, Ashlyn Toupin and Callie Beauparlant found a way to put the ball in the net! This was the first time that Seacoast United has finished in the top four in the country, making club history!
As we look ahead to the upcoming Spring Season, we are very optimistic about the teams that will be representing Seacoast United in 2018. Coming off of a very successful 2017, where our U14’s finished 4th place in the country at Nationals, our U16’s finished 3rd place at the Regionals and just missed qualifying for nationals by one spot, and our U19’s finished 5th at the Regionals in a very competitive age group, the future is bright. With most of our key players returning, this should be a very exciting year for our club. We hope to see you in Epping on May 5th & 6th for the U19 RCC, and May 19th & 20th for the U14 RCC! Go Seacoast!