Last weekend at Spooky Nook, the U-14 division of the National Indoor Tournament took place. An astounding 168 teams assembled to compete for the 28 pool championships on offer.
As you might expect, WC Eagles won four pools, including Pool A and Pool B, the first two pools featuring the best of past champions in the U-14 division. In addition XCalibur, the Shore Byrds, and SPark all won two pool championships.
But let’s point out one thing about the WC Eagles “A” team. It not only won its division, it won with a goal differential of +78. The team scored 80 goals in five pool matches and gave up just two.
It’s an astounding performance worthy of some sort of perspective. There have been some dominating performances in the annals of youth club hockey, but I haven’t seen anything like this, especially in the 94-foot war of indoor field hockey.
I think, however, the identities of some of the winners in the Red Division might signify a challenge to WC’s dominance of indoor hockey the last half-decade. The winner of Pool C was the Central Penn Field Hockey Club, coached by four-time NCAA champion Belinda Heltzel. The Pool D winner was Uprise, a club founded by 18-time NJSIAA champion Danyle Heilig.
All of this should make for an interesting 2018 tournament.