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Feb. 27, 2016 — Return of the Eagles

They played the U-19 National Indoor Tournament over the weekend in Richmond, and, it seems, rumors of the demise of the WC Eagles are greatly exaggerated. The Eagles took home an astounding seven out of 24 pool championships, including titles in the top four pools.

The effort was led by the WC Eagles Diamonds team, which included U.S. U-21 national teamers Erin Matson and Corinne Zanolli, along with age-group national teamer Madison Orobono. The Diamonds’ top competition in Pool A was Princeton FHC, which had the likes of Julianna Tornetta and high-school sophomore Sammy Popper. But when Princeton took on the Diamonds on the first matchday, the Tigers finished nine goals adrift and were obligated to fight for second. Princeton did manage a 6-4 win in a head-to-head matchup with an XCalibur team featuring All-Americans Katie Jean and Rachel Robinson from Pennsylvania state Class AA champion Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.).

In Pool B, WC Eagles Blue, a team featuring Emmaus (Pa.) star Leah Zellner and Tredyffrin Conestoga (Pa.) age-group national teamer Charlotte DeVries, finished level on points with Nook Hockey, which featured Cheyenne Sprecher, Katelyn Mark, and Jessica Dembrowski from three-time PIAA Class AAA finalists Palmyra (Pa.). Eagles Blue, however, won the pool on goal differential.

In Pool C, it was WC Eagles Black which swept its five matches, winning by 26 on goal differential. The team features a lot of youth: Kara Heck is the Voorhees Eastern (N.J.) freshman sensation, and Adele Iacobucci has been a leader for Malvern Villa Maria (Pa.) as  a sophomore.

WC Eagles Gold, a team with Villanova Academy of Notre Dame of Namur (Pa.) luminary Quinn Maguire, went undefeated in Pool D, beating out a Firestyx side boasting Emmaus (Pa.) champions Meredith Sholder and Maddy Dorn.

As well as as WC did in the Red Division (the top eight divisions in the tournament), there were other teams that had to give their best efforts in order to fight the Eagle onslaught. Take Pool E champion XCalibur Justice. This team with players from three states were able to get by a WC Eagles Orange team featuring Pennsauken Bishop Eustace (N.J.) scorer Erin Quinn.

In Pool F, Freedom Hockey Thunder, a team with Severn Archbishop Spalding (Md.) attackers Margot Lawn and Kyler Greenwalt, won its pool over WC Eagles Red. In Pool G, Mackenzie Allessie of Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.) helped power Alley Cats Blue to the championship against a Boston Huskies team featuring Kourtney Kennedy of Watertown (Mass.) and Lily Posternack of York (Maine), the latter of which was recently voted Miss Maine Field Hockey.

In Pool H, the winner was TCOYO Ying, which featured VIrginia Beach Frank W. Cox (Va.) attacking midfielder Leah Crouse and Norfolk (Va.) Academy forward Riley Fulmer. Ying beat out an XCalibur Knights team which featured star freshman forward Sophia Gladieux of Oley (Pa.) Valley.

There were interesting stories in other pools as well for the U-19 championship. Pool O was won by Uprise White, which not only featured a number of players from 18-time Group IV state champion Voorhees Eastern (N.J.), it also included Moorestown (N.J.) sophomore Delaney Lawler, who just happens to be the niece of Eastern coach Danyle Heilig.

In addition, let’s give a call to Windy City Freeze, winners of Pool S. They feature Nell Van Schaack, the senior from Winnetka New Trier (Ill.) who is headed to Georgetown this fall.

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