Northeast Elite U16s finish 14th at NCCs

Day 1

Northeast Elite, ranked 25th in the country going into the tournament, started their tournament playing Metro HC. Metro scored first eight minutes into the game. Then NEE tied it up three minutes later, Alyssa Valentine scored the goal, assisted by Jane Bonazzoli. Four minutes later Metro would take back the lead and enter halftime leading 2-1. With five minutes to go Pinkerton's Mariana Shea scored the last goal of the game to tie it up at two. Goalie Emma Garvey finished with five saves. NEE finished with four corners and nine shots on goal.

For their second game of the day, NEE played Nook Hockey, and they didn't do much better than their U19 sisters. Nook scored six and a half minutes into the game, then again with ten minutes left in the first half. NEE's Kate Blaisdell scored with three minutes left on the clock to take the game into the half 2-1, and give NEE a lifeline, Marley Mailloux picked up the assist. 60 seconds into the half Nook would score another, and then another three minutes later, to kill off the game. The game ended 4-1, goalie Emma Garvey made eight saves, NEE finished with three corners and nine shots on goal.

Day 2

Going into their last pool play game, against the #2 ranked team in the country, NEE played their best field hockey of the tournament. The game ended in a 0-0 tie, but they had chance after chance to put the game away, but they couldn't capitalize on their opportunities. Madison DiPietro started off the game slow but picked her game in the second half. She had a great chance to score off a corner, as she blasted a shot, but the goalie saved it, then she had another run late in the game beating three defenders, and putting a reverse chip shot just wide. Josie Varney had the best opportunity of the game off a corner. She inserted to DiPietro, DiPietro passed it back to her, Varney out bodied a defender, in a sense throwing the defender to the ground, she did a reverse chip shot, that hit the post, deflected back across the goal, but no one was there for the rebound. Goalie Emma Garvey picked up four saves, NEE out corned IFHCK 12-2, and out shot them 19-5.

In their first game of bracket play, NEE took on H2O. Three minutes into the game Mailloux assisted Shea to take a 1-0 lead. One minute later H2O would tie it up, one minute after that Shea would score again to take the lead, assisted by Lindsey Stagg, then another minute later H2O would tie it up again, and that's how it would go into halftime tied at 2. The game would remain tied until 18:20 left in the game when H2O would take the lead 3-2, and take home the win. Emma Garvey made four saves, NEE earned four corners to H2O's 0, and they shared an equal amount of shots on goal, with seven each.

Day 3

On the final day of the tournament, NEE started off playing the #5 ranked team in the country, TCOYO. NEE started off slow, and it looked like they weren't going to be able to do anything. TCOYO scored with 19 minutes to go in the first half, then another with 5:08 to go, to go up 2-0 going into halftime. Half way through the second half NEE finally got on the board, when Lindsey Stagg found Sanchie Sen, to make it 2-1. Three minutes later the duo of Josie Varney and Stagg finally scored, with Varney assisting Stagg, to tie it at 2. With no time left on the clock, NEE earned a corner, Claire Danahy fed a ball to Kate Blaisdell, who put the ball in the back of the net, but it was called off due to the height of the ball. Coach Feole and Captain Josie Varney came out to argue the call, then both officials along with a supervising official, walked away from them discussing the call amongst themselves. After a couple of minutes, they came to the conclusion that the call was wrong and the goal would count, and NEE would take the win 3-2. Emma Garvey finished with two saves, NEE had nine corners, and 11 shots on goal.

Their last game of the tournament was a rematch against Metro HC. Metro scored with 14:00 left in the first half and that's all they would need, to take home a 1-0 win. NEE had their opportunities to score, but it seems to be the story of their life that they just can't finish their chances. Lindsey Stagg and Lauren Alkire both hit the post during the game, they had a span of 5 or 6 back to back corners, and they earned a corner with no time left on the clock, but they couldn't capitalize. NEE earned 14 corners to Metro's 2 and out shot Metro 19-10. Emma Garvey finished with six saves.

Recap

Northeast Elite U16s were made up of seven New Hampshire athletes, Pinkerton's Marley Mailloux and Mariana Shea, Windham resident Madison DiPietro, Derryfield's Lindsey Stagg, St. Paul's Josie Varney, Winnacunnet's Lauren Alkire, and Windham's Katherine Blaisdell. The other nine athletes were from around New England, Brooklyn Lamb, Claire Danahy, Sanchie Sen, Charlotte Marks, Reanne Burgess, Ella Corbett, Alyssa Valentine, Jane Bonazzoli, and goalie Emma Garvey.

Pinkerton's Shea led the team in goals (3) and points (6). Blaisdell scored twice, and Valentine, Stagg, & Sen each scored once. Mailloux and Stagg both led the team in assists with two, while Bonazzoli, Danahy, & Varney each had one. Blaisdell and Stagg each had four points. Valentine, Mailloux, and Sen finished with two, and Bonazzoli, Danahy, and Varney each had one point. Emma Garvey finished with 29 saves for the tournament.

As a team, NEE finished the tournament 1-3-2 (W-L-T) and finished in 14th place. They were outscored 12-8, but out cornered their opponents 46-33 and out shot them 74-52.

Player of the Tournament was a little harder to decide than the U19s. Mariana Shea put on a good statistical performance, and Varney was her usual self, being a great leader, moving the ball, and of course her attitude, which if you're not in love with watching her play, you'll fall in love with her attitude, always wanting to win and challenging officials. But Player of the Tournament goes to Lindsey Stagg. Stagg racked up one goal, two assists, and four points. She played great defense all tournament long, and played good offense, she just has to get her finishing down some more, and she could have easily had 4 or 5 more goals. She also stepped up in the leadership role with her teammate Josie Varney, talking to her teammates and making sure everyone is playing to win.

Northeast Elite U16 2017 National Club Championships.  Photo cred Northeast Elite.

Northeast Elite U16 2017 National Club Championships. Photo cred Northeast Elite.