Before we get to the champions, we'll do a little recap of the other teams that went down to the U14 National Indoor Tournament.
Seacoast United "Carolina" had four NH Residents. Ava Bennett of the Pinkerton School District, and Riley Thurston of the Winnacunnet School District, but we still have to wait another year before we see them in high school. But Samar Buck of the Portsmouth School District and Ainsley Grant of the Exeter School District, we'll get to see them this Fall, presuming they stay attending school in NH. They posted a record of 1-4-0 (W-L-T), they were outscored 5-20, finishing fifth in their pool.
Seacoast United "Navy" had six NH residents. Anna Bergeron, of the Exeter School District, but we have to wait for another year before she moves up. Addison MacNeil and Lindsay Ducharme are also from the Exeter School District but will be moving up this Fall, presuming they stay in NH. Mia Edwards of the Portsmouth School District, Abby Wilber of the Winncunnet School District, and Camille Armaganian of the Concord School District round out the NH residents, and we'll hopefully get to see all of them in the upcoming Fall. Navy had the better weekend of the two Seacoast teams, posting a 3-2-0 (W-L-T) record, outscoring their opponents 26-11, and finishing third in their pool.
North East Elite "Green" had two NH residents. Lauren Henderson of the Exeter School District, and Lark Johnson of the Pinkerton School District, both still have another year before we see them, in high school. They finished with a record of 2-3-0 (W-L-T), they were outscored 8-16, finishing fourth in their pool.
Then there were the champions. North East Elite "Gold" had an incredible weekend. They won their pool, finishing with an undefeated, 4-0-1 (W-L-T) record. They outscored their opponents 26-3 while posting four shutouts. NEE Gold had three NH residents, all of which we'll hopefully see in action next Fall. Brianna Henderson of the Exeter School District, then Kira Geddes of the Derryfield School District, and Mackenzie Suech of the Windham School District. For Geddes and Suech this is a pretty significant win for them in our eyes. These two are probably two of the top three freshmen coming into high school next season, and seeing them win at a national tournament gives us a lot of hope that they are the future stars that are going to come through the state.
Overall the U14s finished with a record of 10-9-1 (W-L-T) and outscored opponents, 65-50. It was a pretty good weekend for the U14s, but with NEEs first place finish, that was the icing on the cake. With that icing, it also answered a question we had last summer, with NEEs great run at U19 Nationals. Can NEE keep that going or was it a one-hit wonder? It seems NEE and their Head Coach Chelsey Feole, have kept that performance going. And not only did the U14s set a bar for their older counterparts, who play on the U16 and U19 teams, to do well over the coming weeks with their National Indoor Tournaments, but it also shows that NH has a very promising future coming up to play over the next couple of seasons.
(Photo Cred: North East Elite)