The spring-like weather this past weekend in Epping was perfect, the fields were pristine, and the stage was set for one of the most exciting field hockey tournaments to date. And that’s exactly what came with the 3rd annual New England College Classic.
“In its 3rd year, the New England College Classic was a bigger success than we could have anticipated,” said Director of Field Hockey, Sarah Michaud.
This year’s event saw the introduction of some new ideas to help enhance the overall tournament feel of the competition. Crossover play was given an overhaul thanks to a new overtime sudden victory rule where teams went straight to shootouts, and medal winners for all pools were crowned.
The All-Star game, comprised of 30 selected standouts from Friday night’s events. were coached by some of the top coaches throughout New England. Taking charge of Team Black was former USA National Indoor Team player, and UNH standout Casey Chaput. Team Gold was headed up by former Ivy league coach and UNH field hockey alumni, Samantha Fahey.
Field players weren’t the only ones to be given a platform to showcase their talents as there was a specific goalkeeper showcase for colleges to come and check out potential prospects as well. In total, 30 goalkeepers showed up, and put on an amazing show for an hour.
This year's NECC was packed full from start to finish with amazing competition, top teams, and college coaches excited to watch some of the best talent in the region. Over 50 teams called Epping, NH home for the weekend, with 850+ athletes, and more than 75 college coaches in attendance either on site or live stream through Next Level Video.
“After seeing the enjoyment on everyone’s faces, it was clear the NECC has made a profound name for itself in the showcase world of New England field hockey,” said Michaud. To learn more about the Seacoast United Field Hockey program, please email Sarah Michaud at firstname.lastname@example.org.