2018 U16 National Indoor Tournament Recap.

Element Mercury had one NH resident, Ainsley Hubbard, of Keene. They went 0-5-0 (W-L-T) and finished last in their pool.

Seacoast United Navy had nine NH residents, the most of any team. Grace Mayhew of Manchester Central, Ciara Ryan & Alida Oak of Exeter, Jeannine Turgeon & Jessica Couture of Dover, Juliette Rafuse of Souhegan, Eliza Taylor & Justine Doyle of Pinkerton, and Marianna D'Amelio of Sanborn. Identical to Element, they finished 0-5-0 (W-L-T), and last in their pool.

Seacoast United Essex Gold, one of the stronger teams to go to the NITs, had, surprisingly, the worst weekend out of any of the teams. Even though they had Winnacunet's rising star Samantha Crochetiere, and two of Massachusetts' elite rising stars in Alana Richardson, and Madeline Mullaney, the team finished 0-5-0 (W-L-T), last in their pool, and were outscored 49-12.

Wizards Gold, had two NH athletes, Bishop Guertin star Sarah Coyle and her teammate Britney Pearson. They finished 1-4-0 (W-L-T), placing fifth in their pool.

Cape Ann USA, also had two NH athletes, Souhegan's rising star Cadence Summers, and Hanover's goalie Ella Edmonds. They finished third in their pool, posting a record of 3-2-0 (W-L-T).

Identical to Cape Ann and Wizards, Boston Bobcats had two NH athletes. Liv Hlebichuk of Bishop Guertin, and Isabel Alarcon of the Exeter school district. They posted a record of 3-2-0 (W-L-T), placing second in their pool.

Northeast Elite Black had three NH athletes, Livi Manchester & star freshman Maddie O'hare of Windham, and Katherine Wimmer of Windham, who unfortunately left to attend private school in Massachusetts. They finished 1-4-0 (W-L-T), placing fifth in their pool.

Northeast Elite Gold consisted of four NH residents. Maddie DiPietro of Windham, who attends Central Catholic, Pinkerton duo Mari Shea & Marley Mailloux, and Windham's freshman superstar Kate Blaisdell. They posted a record of 2-1-2 (W-L-T), finishing third in their pool.

Northeast Elite Green had two NH residents. The state's best goalie from last season, Pinkerton's Khaliyah Ellis, and Windham's highly anticipated youngster Amy Lanouette, who will hopefully stay in the state when she enters high school next fall. They finished with a record of 3-2-0 (W-L-T), placing third in their pool.

Boston Bobcats had the highest placing, being the only team to finish second in their pool, they also posted the best offense scoring 18 goals. Northeast Elite Gold had the best defense on the weekend allowing seven goals, four fewer than anyone else.

Overall the U16s had a disappointing weekend, but it was filled with a team that placed as high as second, then again it had teams who were blown out of the water, so we had a little bit of everything. The teams combined for a record of 13-30-2 (W-L-T) and were outscored 192-96.

As the U16s officially put a wrap on indoor season, Spring approaches along with the outdoor season. With the results, we have seen over the past year and a half; New Hampshire produces arguably the best talent that comes out of the New England region, but even so, there's still a significant gap between our best and the country's best, when it comes to the national club competitions. Hopefully this summer we can close that gap, if we cannot, the hierarchy of our New England clubs, need to take a look at why that is. Because it certainly isn't the players, when we have athletes going to D1 colleges, as well as being selected for the women's national team, but we will just have to wait and see what the summer brings.