Northeast Elite U14s finish 8th at NCCs

Day 1

Northeast Elite's U14s started off their pool play against Milwaukee Field Hockey Club. NEE came out strong as Isabella Delnegro put in a goal nine minutes into the game, assisted by Emma Reilly. Seven minutes later NEE would take a 2-0 lead, as Delnegro would score again, this time assisted by Emma Peck. With nine minutes to go Milwaukee would get back in it with a goal, then they would score one more, with just over a minute to go in the half. It seemed like that's how it would go into halftime, but Delnegro made a great run down the sideline to the baseline and returned the favor to Reilly who scored with three seconds to go, and that's how it would go into the half and how the game would end, 3-2. Goalie Katherine Wimmer made ten saves; NEE finished with two corners and nine shots on goal.

NEE's second game of the day was against HTC. HTC opened the scoring with 12:07 left in the first half. Much like their older sister divisions NEE just couldn't score, they dominated play and had chance after chance, but couldn't capitalize until there were five minutes left in the game when Ashley Hart found Emma Reilly to tie the game. The game would finish at 1-1, but it is the story of NEE's life, they just can't score. NEE out cornered HTC 10-4, out shot them 15-3, and missed a penalty stroke. Goalie Ellie Todd made one save on the afternoon.

Day 2

For their last game of pool play, NEE took on Spirit of USA. Spirit started off early as they scored four minutes into the match. Five minutes later Isabella Delnegro would pick up her third goal of the tournament, to tie it at 1. With 13:37 left in the half Spirit would score another to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. Four minutes into the second half Spirit earned a stroke and buried it in the bottom left corner to take a 3-1 lead. With time winding down NEE needed to score at least once to clinch a top 8 finish. With 90 seconds to go Ashley Hart found Emma Reilly to close the gap to one goal. The game would end 3-2, but with the last minute goal, NEE clinched a top 8 finish. Goalie Ellie Todd finished with six saves. NEE finished with three corners and ten shots on goal.

To start bracket play, NEE was set to play the #1 ranked team in the country, WC Eagles. NEE was able to hold them all the way until 6:24 left in the first half when WC scored. WC would score one more before the half to take a 2-0 lead into the half. Coming out of the half NEE seemed to be in high spirits, with Captain Amy Lanouette and Ashley Hart continuously talking, and showing great leadership. But the #1 ranked team was too strong for NEE and would go on to score four goals in the second half to take a 6-0 victory. On a positive note, WC averaged 12 goals per game coming into the match, and NEE gave them their best competition of the tournament. NEE wasn't able to earn any corners or get any shots off, but Katherine Wimmer made 24 saves to keep WC, somewhat, at bay.

Day 3

For their second game of bracket play, NEE took on the #3 ranked team in the country, Saints Field Hockey Club. The game stayed tied until 1:11 left in the first half when Saints scored the go ahead goal, to go into halftime, 1-0. 11 minutes into the second half Saints scored again to take a 2-0 lead, and that's all they would need. NEE controlled the game for the most part, but they couldn't get anything into the circle to get chances. Katherine Wimmer picked up 11 saves. NEE earned six corners and had seven shots on goal.

NEE finished off their tournament against the #8 ranked team in the country, Stealth Field Hockey. NEE started off early as Ashley Hart scored off her rebound  four minutes into the game.  With 7:00 minutes to go in the half, Stealth would tie it up. Then with no time left in the half Stealth earned a corner and put it away to take a 2-1 lead into the half. Seven minutes into the second half Stealth would score again and finish the game off with a 3-1 win. Goalie Ellie Todd made six saves. NEE finished with eight shots on goal and five corners.

Recap

NEE's U14s were made up of 18 players from around New England, and three from New Hampshire. Amy Lanouette, Katherine Wimmer, and Madison O'Hare, all of the Windham School District were the three players from NH. The other 15 were Isabella Delnegro, Emma Reilly, Alexis Browell, Olivia Garvey, Holly Levasseur, Ashley Hart, Samantha Maynard, Lucy Adams, Emma Peck, Hanna Medwar, Rees Lord, Celia Nocivelli, Katy Skagerlind, Riley O'Connor, and Ellie Todd.

NEE took home 8th place and finished with an overall record of 1-4-1 (W-L-T). NEE was out scored 7-17, out cornered 26-33, and out shot 49-78. Emma Reilly and Isabella Delnegro each shared a team high in goals (3) and points (7). Ashley Hart scored once and led the team in assists with two. Reilly, Delnegro, and Emma Peck each had one assist. Hart had four points; Peck had 1. Goalie Ellie Todd made 13 saves, while Katherine Wimmer made 45.

NEE's U14s was the hardest to choose a Player of the Tournament. Goalie Katherine Wimmer kept NEE in games, Ashley Hart and Lucy Adams are solid midfielders and look to be promising as they get older. Amy Lanouette is a good defender, but the thing that stands out the most about her is her leadership and attitude, which is very comparable to her older NEE teammate Josie Varney. But our pick for Player of the Tournament is Isabella Delnegro; she picked up three goals, one assist, and seven points. She's quick, has good ball control, a solid dribbler, and she's an above average scorer for her age group. She's not as loud as Lanouette or Varney, but she has leadership qualities and loves to win. As long as she continues to improve, she'll become a very lethal attacker, especially on counter attacks.

Northeast Elite U14. 2017 National Club Championships.  Photo cred Northeast Elite.

Northeast Elite U14. 2017 National Club Championships. Photo cred Northeast Elite.