EPPING, NH – Seacoast United Field Hockey was proud to host the Region 1-4, Under-14, USA Field Hockey Regional Club Championships this past weekend in Epping, NH. This was the 3rd time SUFH was named a host site for the RCC’s, the first taking place in 2013.
The Under-14 Regional Club Championships serve as a qualifying mechanism for the prestigious 2016 National Club Championships, spanning over nine days in Lancaster, PA. The NCC tournament is the most elite level of play in junior field hockey and only the top sixteen teams around the country will earn a ticket to the National Club Championship. The National Club Championship is an ideal opportunity for clubs to compete against each other in a highly competitive atmosphere while growing playing opportunities and the game of field hockey in the United States.
This past weekend there were 16 teams that participated in the Region 1-4, U14 RCC tournament in Epping, NH. Seacoast United’s U14 team is not only the most talented group of athletes Seacoast United have ever had at this age group, but 3 out of the 15 athletes on this team were selected for to the 2016 USA Field Hockey National Futures Championship this year (Goalkeeper Shannon Conte and midfielders Alana Richardson and Maddie Mullaney).
After seven 50-minute games on their home turf, Lexi Rivet’s beautiful penalty stroke in pool play won an overtime shootout and advanced Seacoast United to the championship game. The girls overcame the odds and finished the weekend not only as tournament champions, but also #1 in the region. This is the first time an Under-14 team from Seacoast United Field Hockey has qualified for nationals.
“This past weekend was unforgettable’” exclaimed Seacoast United Field Hockey Director Sarah Richards. “This is the first time one of our teams has qualified for nationals since I took over as director in 2014, and I could not be happier for this amazing group of athletes. This is the type of opportunity that we work toward all year, and it is so rewarding when the hard work pays off.”
Seacoast United’s U14 team proved that hard work, passion and dedication are the keys to success and the Club is very excited to send them to the National Club Championship (NCC) from July 7th – 9th in Spooky Nook Pennsylvania.