Seacoast United Field Hockey just returned from a very successful showing at the USA Field Hockey Festival in Indio California where we had 3 teams participate, 2 at the U16 level and 1 at the U19 level. Our U19 team won its pool, the 2 U16 teams both finished 4th in their pools.
|U16 White Festival Team||U16 Blue Festival Team||U19 White Festval Team|
|Coach: Diana Walker||Coach: Mike Wellington||Coach: Ross Gorham|
|Pool Y: 4th Place||Pool X: 4th Place||Pool H: 1st Place|
|GK||Carlie Tarbell||GK||Laura Fanning||GK||Kati Orban|
|2||Stephanie Felt||5||Kelsey Leblanc||2||Katie Bell|
|4||Kaitlyn Boudah||6||Cailin Flannery||3||Gretchen Fowler|
|5||Cora Healey||7||Allie Barry||5||Rachelle Messuri|
|6||Allie McManus||10||Cari Posternak||6||Tayla Satwich|
|7||Hannah Wellington||12||Lindsey Nerbonne||7||Nichole Black|
|9||Shauna Rankin-Byrne||13||Colleen Fowler||8||Jessica Smith|
|10||Mallory Kosow||22||Kristen Sodini||10||Ali Papatsoris|
|12||Molly Feit||23||Rebecca Meagher||11||Brittany Norfleet|
|13||Jordyn Hamilton||26||Meghan Ravis||14||Emily Cannon|
|14||Nicole Pacheco||27||Juliet Dalton||15||Lauren Carroll|
|16||Jaime Trout||31||Adrienne O’Donnell||16||Erin Delaney|
|17||Kristen Felt||32||Julie Saltamartini|
|24||Molly Heaney||33||Hanah Najar|
After seven practices this summer and three more in November, the final pieces of the U16 Seacoast United Blue team came together at the USA Field Hockey Festival in Indio, CA over Thanksgiving weekend. Athletes from all over the United States travelled to the Empire Polo Grounds to take on some of the best club teams in the country. Playing in a very tough Y pool, Seacoast Blue held their own.
For some of the players it was their first opportunity to play under the new self start rule. As the tournament progressed the team pulled together as a unit. The National Festival was a great success for the U16 Seacoast United Blue team. Their level of play was raised with each passing game. The opportunity to compete against some of the best players in the country in front of hundreds of college coaches was a great opportunity. The entire experience made for lasting memories.
The U19 group developed a high sophistication of hockey over the course of the weekend. The girls forced each of their opponents to play at a higher level, and each athlete made a contribution to the team’s success at the festival.