Even though our U16s couldn't pull out a win over the weekend, they came very close and did have a better outing than our U19s.
Seacoast United had two teams attend, Navy and Carolina.
Navy had seven NH players on the roster. Grace Michael, Carolyn Thompson, and Mieria Serna Pujol of Winnacunnet. Felicity Wheldon and Maria Armaganian of Concord. Jeannine Turgeon of Dover, and Eliza Taylor of Pinkerton. Navy went 2-3-0 (W-L-T), finishing fourth in their pool, and they were outscored 12-14.
Carolina had three NH residents. Ciara Ryan, and Alida Oak, both from the Exeter District, although Ryan attends school in Massachusetts, and Maeve McInnis, of ConVal. They went 1-3-1 (W-L-T) on the weekend, finishing fifth in their pool, and being outscored 8-19.
North East Elite had four teams in attendance, Black, White, Silver, and Gold. Black only had one NH resident, Katherine Wimmer of Windham, but she goes to school in Massachusetts. Black finished 0-5-0 (W-L-T), sixth in their pool, and were outscored, 6-26.
White also had only one NH resident, Brianna Henderson, of the Exeter School District. White went 1-4-0 (W-L-T), finishing fifth in their pool, and they were outscored 7-11.
Silver had two NH residents. Caitlin Finneran, who attends school in Massachusetts, and Liv Hlebichuk of Bishop Guertin. Silver went 2-3-0 (W--L-T), placing fourth, and was outscored 7-11.
NEE Gold had two NH residents, Maddie O'hare and Amy Lanouette of Windham. Even though NEE won their very last game of the tournament, 5-2, which determined the winner of their pool, they were unfortunately forfeited for reasons we are not aware of, forcing them to take a 0-3 defeat. Even with that unfortunate incident, Gold had the best weekend, by far, out of any of the U16 teams. They finished second in their pool, going 4-1-0 (W-L-T). Not only did Gold have the best record on the weekend, but they had the best offense, putting away 16 goals (not including the five they scored in the forfeit), four more than anyone else. They had the best defense allowing seven goals (that includes the three goals they were forced to allow in the forfeit), which was four less than anyone else, and they were the only team to have a positive goal difference. It is a little disappointing that they couldn't come home with a gold medal as the U14s did, but they had a good weekend, and along with their U14 counterparts, they did NH proud going to the NITs and playing well.
With both the performances by our U14s and U16s over the past few weeks, it seems NH field hockey has a promising future.
North East Elite Gold, finishes second, as they lose their pool in the very last game of their tournament.