WC Eagles Selections

13 W C EAGLES SELECTED TO ATTEND THE JUNIOR NATIONAL CAMP
and
18 W C EAGLES SELECTED TO PLAY IN THE USA JUNIOR OLYMPICS

Congratulations to the W C Eagles players who have been selected for the USA Junior National Camp and the USA Junior Olympics

USA Junior National Camp
Under 21: Izzie Delario, AnnaBeth Donovan, Moira Putsch, and Sophia Tornetta.
Under 19: Jen Bleakney and Erin Matson.
Under 17: Maddie Bacskai, Mayv Clune, Megan Duvernois, Kelsey Giese, Cassie Sumfest, Kate Walker, and Corinne Zanolli.

USA Junior Olympics: Casey Allen, Maddie Bacskai, Rachel Bliss, Mayv Clune, Mya Christopher, Megan Duvernois, Kelsey Giese, Gianna Glatz, Erin Matson, Hannah Miller, Abby Pitcairn, Madison Orobono, Annika Roberts, Cadera Smith, Cassie Sumfest, Samantha Swart, Kate Walker, and Corinne Zanolli.

Your selections are a direct result of your hard work and dedication and you have set a high standard for your teammates and the younger players in the club to emulate. We are very proud of you.

Your coach,
Jun

Region 5 Under-16 Teams Earn Trip to National Club Championship

The Region 5 Under-16 Regional Club Championship was held at Elden Rettew Stadium in Manheim, Pa. on May 31 and June 1, 2014. After a fantastic two days of hockey, one team walked away victorious and two teams earned qualification to the National Club Championships next month in Lancaster, Pa. Ten teams competed for the championship title: East Coast, High Styx, Horizon, KaPow, Mystx, Nook Hockey, PA Mavericks, PA Power, WC Eagles and Xcalibur.

Pool play ended with #1 ranked WC Eagles and #38 ranked Nook Hockey taking the top two seeds in Pool A. PA Mavericks, ranked #7, and #3 ranked Xcalibur beat out the competition to take the top two seeds in Pool B.

Both semi-final games proved extremely competitive with both ending up in shootouts to break the ties. The first semi-final game featured WC Eagles versus Xcalibur. Xcalibur scored the first goal and forced WC Eagles to come from behind and net two more goals to secure a win. A dedicated Xcalibur team would not be denied and tied the game with minutes left. WC Eagles prevailed winning the shootout.

The second semi-final game saw PA Mavericks and Nook Hockey battle to a 2-2 tie and a shootout decided the second game in a row. PA Mavericks prevailed in the sudden death round over Nook Hockey.

In the final, WC Eagles and PA Mavericks duked it out for the #1 finish. WC Eagles took home the gold with a 3-0 win. Both teams will be moving on to the National Club Championships.

“Region 5 has some of the best field hockey in the country, and we knew that this weekend’s Regional Club Championships at Manheim Central would be no easy task,” said Chelton Hunter, PA Mavericks Head Coach. “After going 4-0 in pool play, our team played well and earned a trip to the finals over a great Nook Hockey team. We played hard in the finals, but couldn’t break down the offensively minded WC Eagles squad. Overall, the weekend was a great event from the beautiful weather to the organization of the tournament.”

Congratulations to both WC Eagles and PA Mavericks!

WC Eagles

Coaches: Jun Kentwell
Players: Gianna Glatz, Julia Kalis, Cassie Sumfest, Abigail Pitcairn, Claire Webb, Mya Christopher, Corinne Zanolli, Emma Velez, Sarah Johnson, Megan Duvernois, Quinn Maguire, Annika Roberts, Kathryn Scheerer, Kiley Gallagher, Julia Kate Walker, Alexis Grippo, Mayv Clune, Erin Matson, Jaime Natale, Madeleine Bacskai, Casey Allen, Meredith Ross, Kelsey Giese, and Rachel Bliss

PA Mavericks

Coaches: Chelton Hunter, Suzann Hobart
Players: Hannah Zemaitis, Sidonie Laplante, Emily Spangler, Emma Strouse, Alexis Gazzio, Amy Daube, Mallory Fortenbaugh, Paityn Wirth, Katie Spanos, Mia Studenroth, Rachel Fromm, Allison Bitting, Halle O’Neill, Alexis Miller, Jessica Dembrowski, Katelyn Mark, and Cheyenne Sprecher

From USA Field Hockey Website – Original article can be found here.

Erin Matson: USA Indoor Nat’l Player at 14

Meet Erin Matson: Youngest USA Field Hockey Women’s Player Ever 

HS Graduation Year:  2018 (grade 8)
School:  Charles F. Patton Middle School / Unionville High School in Kennett Square in the fall
Club:  WC Eagles
Position:  Center Midfield

Tell us a little about your experience playing with the U.S. Indoor Team: I started playing for the U.S. Indoor Team three years ago. I was first selected to the U19 Indoor Squad in 2011 when I was 11 and then I was moved up to the Women’s National Indoor Team in March of 2013 after I turned 13 for the South America tour to Buenos Aires, Argentina. That was a very memorable trip for me not only because it was my first time to Argentina, but also because we really gelled as a team and beat Argentina in an intense match after losing to them by one goal and then tying them in previous matches. I received my first international cap in August of 2013 during the first CanAm Series that USA hosted in Feasterville. Coach Denise Zelenak and Coach Nicky Hitchens made our first cap very special by presenting us with a framed official scorecard from that event. I scored the first goal of that game so it is really cool to have a goal listed on that framed scorecard. I then traveled to Leipzig, Germany in January of this year to play in the Leipzig Cup. We flew through the night on New Year’s Eve but because of the time zone difference, we landed in time to count down and watch the ball drop in New York City streamed on someone’s cell phone so that was pretty memorable. I traveled to Toronto, Canada for the second CanAm Series in March to prepare for Pan Ams and then finally to Montevideo, Uruguay in April to play in the Indoor Pan American Cup where we took home the bronze medal in an exciting shoot out vs. Uruguay. That was my first international medal ever playing for USA so that will always be an extremely memorable trip for me. The experience has been absolutely amazing! I have traveled to so many places and experienced great international competition and so many different cultures thanks to Coach Denise, Coach Nicky and the U.S. Indoor Program.

Last year, at 13, you were the youngest member on the U.S. Team and the youngest player to ever play on a USA FH team. That’s incredible! Share your thoughts on playing with older teammates: I have been playing with older teammates ever since I was 7 when I started playing U12 club hockey. I attended my first National Futures Championship in Virginia Beach when I was 11 and my first National Hockey Festival with W C Eagles when I was 11, so I am definitely used to being the youngest on many different teams. Playing with older teammates is great in many different ways. The older players give me advice and push me to raise my game both mentally and physically. Watching and playing with the older players that I think are good leaders also helps me learn what I need to do to be a good leader and mentor to other players. Older teammates bring a whole different environment and level to the game that makes it more challenging and more enjoyable for me. They are also like big sisters to me and look out for me. I love the way teammates, older or younger, can push you to your limits and make you a better player, but that you can always count on them to also be there for you on and off the field.

Field hockey accomplishments: INDIVIDUAL — 2014: USA Women’s National Indoor Team, Big Apple Tournament (Women’s Indoor Division MVP), CanAm Series (Game MVP), Leipzig Cup (Germany); WC Eagles U18 New Zealand Tour Team Selection;#NoOffDays 30 Second Pulls Contest Winner; 2013-14: USA Women’s National Indoor Team Selection, CanAm Series; 2013: USA Women’s National Indoor Team, South America Tour, USA U17 Junior National Team Selection, USA Field Hockey Futures Elite Championship Selection, National Club Championships – High Scorer U14 (16 goals), U16 (8 goals), UVA Mini-Camp 1v1 and Aerial Ball Contest Champion; 2012-14: USA Field Hockey Futures Elite; 2012-13: USA Field Hockey Junior National Camp; 2012: USA Field Hockey Club Athlete of the Month (April); 2011-13: AAU Junior Olympics; 2011-12: USA Junior National Indoor Team Selection; 2011: University of Maryland Camp – All Star Team; 2009-14: USA Field Hockey Futures Program; 2009-10: University of Delaware Camp – U12 1v1 Champion (2009, 2010); TEAM — 2014: USA Women’s National Indoor Team – Indoor Pan American Cup Bronze Medal; 2013: UNC Camp – Camp Champs; 2012-14: NIT – 2014 U16 Pool A Champions, 2013 U16 Pool A Champions, 2012 U14 Pool K Champions; 2012-14: Disney Field Hockey Showcase – 2014 1st Place in U16 Division Top Flight (Donald), 2013 1st Place in U16 Division Top Flight (Goofy), 2012 1st Place in U16 Division Top Flight (Mickey); 2012-13: National Club Championships – 2013 U16 & U14 Champions, 2012 U14 Champions; 2012: Chinese National Youth Championships – W C Eagles U15 Silver Medal, Undefeated Middle School Season (10-0); 2011-13: National Hockey Festival – 2013 U16 Pool S Champions, 2012 U16 Pool T Champions, 2011 U16 Pool W Champions; 2011-12: USA Field Hockey National Futures Championship – 2012 U14 Bronze Medal (Calgary), 2011 U14 Gold Medal (Atlanta); 2011: Longstreth U12 Cup Champions

Best field hockey moment: It was really hard for me to pick one best field hockey moment so I am going to pick two - one with the USA Indoor Team and one with WC Eagles. My best field hockey moment with the USA Indoor Team was winning the bronze medal at the Pan American Cup in Uruguay a few weeks ago. I was the last player to go in the shootout after Susan Ciufo (she’s awesome!) scored for us and the score was tied. I was able to put mine in for the win and it was a very exciting moment for our team to come together in that final game to beat the very talented host country. My best field hockey moment with WC Eagles was probably winning the 2013 U16 National Club Championship in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Our team was extremely close and I just remember having so much fun winning the gold medal and enjoying the whole experience on and off the field. I still play with many of those same teammates, and every time we step on the field together, everyone just knows where to go and everything just clicks and feels right. I look forward to playing in the coming years with them and hopefully even longer after that!

Field hockey goals: I always have a lot of field hockey goals, both team and individual. Some of my short term goals are that I want to help my U16 WC Eagles team qualify for the 2014 NCC tournament and then win gold again. I would also like to be selected to Futures Elite Championships, Junior National Camp and the outdoor U17 Junior National Team again because all three have so many great players, great training with high intensity and great coaching. I also can’t wait to play field hockey for Unionville High School in the fall and I hope to make the Varsity team. Go Indians! My longer term goals include playing field hockey in college and winning National Championship(s), making the U.S. Women’s National Team and playing in the Olympics someday. A big goal of mine is to bring home a gold medal for my country.

Who has helped you along in your field hockey journey? The list of people who have helped me along my field hockey journey is astonishingly long considering the fact that I am only 14 years old, but there are a few people I would definitely like to highlight. First, I have to thank my mom, my dad, my grandfather and my brother for everything that they do for me. They make so many sacrifices so I can get to all of my practices and events and they make it possible for me to travel to so many great places in the U.S. and internationally. The amount of support I receive from my family is unbelievable! I also put a lot of miles on their cars, but they love field hockey too so they are okay with it! There have also been so many special coaches that have helped me and supported me since I started playing beginning with my Futures coaches, my FEC, JNC and national team coaches, so many college coaches at different camps and clinics. If you are reading this, you know who you are so thank you for helping me! I do want to mention Terri Lotter who is someone special that first noticed my skill and passion for the game when I was only five years old and helped me build confidence at a very young age. Coach Denise Zelenak and Coach Nicky Hitchens, my U.S. Indoor Coaches, are also two people that have helped me so much with my field hockey journey. They have extended so many great international opportunities to me and also have so much confidence in me especially in pressure situations. I am very grateful for all of their support over these past three years. Of course, I would like to mention my W C Eagles coaches, Jun and Richard Kentwell. They have taught me an immeasurable amount of skill and respect and ways to handle difficult situations. I can tell Jun anything on my mind, and it is very easy to just talk to her freely during field hockey or while just sitting around. Jun is like a second mother to me. Richard may look tough, but once you get to know him, he is a real sweetheart. :) Yes, they both push you to your limits and yes, they expect a lot from you, but without their expectations and style of coaching, I would not be where I am today.  Finally, I would like to thank all of the teachers at my school for their support and help when I miss school for field hockey events and all of my friends and my teammates for their support. I would also like to thank all the people who have supported my teams and me through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. People who love the game as much as I do have shown their support, and I thank you for everything you have done for me so far! Keep it up!

Now, some fun Q&As to get to know you better! Favorite song to get you pumped up: As of right now, my favorite song is “Revolution (Vocal Mix)” by R3hab, NERVO & Ummet Ozcan, but by the time this article is posted it will probably be a different song. My parents think it is crazy when I say that a song is old after just two weeks, but I am always looking for the next best new release.

What are your pre-game rituals, if any? On the drive to whatever field hockey event I am going to, I always drink a full bottle of water to make sure I am hydrated and I listen to my music to get pumped up to play. Then, when I am about 15 minutes away, I start to get my shin guards, socks and shoes on so I am ready to play when I arrive.

What are you most looking forward to this summer? I’m most looking forward to my trip to New Zealand with WC Eagles! We are going for 16 days and we have matches scheduled in seven different cities, but we will have some time for sightseeing too. I think it is going to be great competition and one of the best places I have ever visited! I am really looking forward to spending time with some of my best friends and favorite coaches and playing great hockey in a beautiful country like New Zealand!

If you could change your position, what position would you want to play and why?(question posed by Emily Braunewell) I guess I would have to say I would be a forward. Since I am already an attacking midfielder, playing forward would allow me to be even closer to the net to score!

What is your question to pose to the next philafieldhockey.com featured athlete? Who is your favorite field hockey player and why?

See original article here: http://philafieldhockey.com/time-out-with-erin-matson-usa-indoor-natl-player-at-14/

Spring Tournaments Info

Hello Players & Parents,

The following was sent out by email on April 11th, but it has come to my attention that some people did not receive it. Please see below regarding this year’s Spring Tournaments.

In regard to the Spring tournaments, we have decided to confirm rosters weekly instead of all at once as originally planned. If you have sent in a tournament availability form, you will be notified if you are playing the Monday before the tournament and asked to confirm your participation in that coming Saturday’s tournament.

We are choosing players based on their given availability and maximum number of tournaments. We are trying to accommodate everyone’s preferences as best we can! Please note we do not have tournaments in every age group each week. I will post the tournaments on the WC Eagles calendar (found here: http://www.wceagleshockey.com/wc-eagles-calendar) but please note, the times and age groups are subject to change upon the number of other teams that register.

Each week, players will be notified by email of tournament schedules, times changes, and rosters once the teams are confirmed. Also payment will be collected on a weekly basis. You can deposit $50 cash or check payment in the fishbowl on the front desk for each Saturday tournament you attend.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Meghan
Administrative/Player Coordinator
meghan@wcfieldhockey.com
610-495-9578

WC Eagles Win Three Gold and a Silver at Disney

WC Eagles gave an outstanding performance at the Disney Showcase Tournament last weekend with the Under 19 repeating as Champions for the third consecutive year and the Under 16 team repeating as Champions for the fourth consecutive year, while the 2nd Under 16 Team repeated as Champions of their division.

Overall our four teams played 32 games, winning 31 with only the WC Eagles Blue and White U19 teams meeting in the Final of the Under 19 preventing a clean sweep with WC Eagles U19 Blue, led by Moira Putsch winning her 5th Disney Gold Medal and Michelle Thompson and Becca Zamojcin collecting their 4th Disney Golds, coming out on top.

The Under 19 Blue and White teams both swept through the top division of the U19 tournament with U19 Blue scoring 57 goals while conceding only 3 and U19 White scoring 29 goals and conceding only 2 on their way to meet in the Final. Kelly Goggins worked tirelessly in midfield to lead her U19 White team to the final and Sophie Graeff was solid in defense. In goal, Erica Miller made some tremendous saves against Jersey Intensity in the cross-over rounds and Katie Wyman played with agility and poise in the semi-final shootout against the strong Focus Club from Virginia to pull the team through. Michelle Thompson had an outstanding tournament for the U19 Blue, strong and consistent in midfield and defense, and Nikki Freeman and Millie Stefanowicz controlled the midfield.

Our WC Eagles U16 Blue adapted well to the conditions playing fast open hockey, dominating their pool and cross-over games scoring 47 goals while conceding just one. In the semi-final they beat IFHCK from Kentucky to take them into the Final against the always strong Spirit USA from New Jersey. An early goal put Spirit USA in front, but with Erin Matson taking control of the midfield, it was not long before Megan Duverois found Erin open in the circle with a pinpoint pass to tie the game and almost immediately Matson fired home a beautiful reverse stick shot to give her team the lead and WC Eagles pressed on to a comfortable 8-2 victory.

Jenna Davison played consistently well in defense, Elizabeth Farrell and Samantha Swart controlled the midfield, and Mayv Clune created scoring opportunities as part of a strong overall performance by the WC Eagles U16 White Team. Their solid defense conceded only one goal in their pool and cross-over games while scoring 30 goals. In a close and exciting semi-final W C Eagles came back from a goal down against Hershey Alley Cats to lead 2-1 for most of the game but gave up a late goal which took the game into a shootout where Rachel Bliss stood firm and confident to deny the Ally Cats at every attempt and send her team into the Final against Jersey Elite. Applying constant pressure WC Eagles White scored 4 goals in the first half and ran out 5-1 winners to bring home the third WC Eagles Gold Medal.

Congratulations to all the WC Eagles players on an outstanding Disney Showcase Tournament

WC Eagles Lottery Fundraiser

Hello Everyone & thank you for participating in this year’s fundraiser! Each day we will post the winners here as well as notify them by email. Monday-Thursday winners will be announced the day after the drawing and Friday, Saturday, & Sunday winners will be announced on Monday. Remember: If your number is drawn during the week you win $50, during the weekend $100! Please check back to see if you’ve won!

If you wish to check the daily number with us, you can access the information at the following link: http://www.palottery.state.pa.us/Games/Past-Winning-Numbers.aspx?id=2&year=2014#pwn_results

*No winner means the winning ticket was not returned.

Wednesday, January 1st – #184 Carrie Williamson, sold by Rory Williamson
Thursday, January 2nd – #803 Joy Palazzese, sold by Christy Palazzese
Friday, January 3rd - #895 No winner
Saturday, January 4th - #212 No winner
Sunday, January 5th - #873 The Siana Family, sold by Abigail Siana
Monday, January 6th - #360 No winner
Tuesday, January 7th - #667 No winner
Wednesday, January 8th - #065 Jack Bateman, sold by Caroline & Hannah Bateman
Thursday, January 9th - #994 D’Anjolell Memorial Home, sold by Christina D’Anjolell
Friday, January 10th - #215 No winner
Saturday, January 11th - #411 Mary Fran Flood, sold by Julia Flood
Sunday, January 12th - #029 No winner
Monday, January 13th - #426 Gwen Plevyak
Tuesday, January 14th - #519 Aaron Greberman, sold by Emily Greberman
Wednesday, January 15th - #705 No winner
Thursday, January 16th - #598 Franck Euksuzian, sold by Colette Euksuzian
Friday, January 17th – #705 No winner
Saturday, January 18th - #152 Trish O’Brien, sold by Caroline O’Brien
Sunday, January 19th - #371 Stacey Chong, sold by Bridget Naylor
Monday, January 20th - #567 Colsen Lubben, sold by Megan Vermeil
Tuesday, January 21st - #986 No winner
Wednesday, January 22nd - #668 No winner
Thursday, January 23rd - #333 The Leonzi Family, sold by Jenna Leonzi
Friday, January 24th - #036 No winner
Saturday, January 25th - #702 Kim Osborne, sold by Cami Osborne
Sunday, January 26th - #001 No winner
Monday, January 27th - #371 Mary Ellen Naylor, sold by Bridget Naylor
Tuesday, January 28th - #081 Tatum Johnson, sold by Taylor Johnson
Wednesday, January 29th - #051 Keith Powers, sold by Anna Powers
Thursday, January 30th - #967 No winner
Friday, January 31st - #255 No winner

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR SUPPORTING OUR CLUB IN PARTICIPATING IN THIS FUNDRAISER!!

WC Eagles Players Announce College Commitments

Four W C Eagles juniors who were members of our 2013 National Club Champion teams have recently committed to play Division 1 NCAA college field hockey and study at four prestigious universities.

  • Lydia Sydnor has committed to play for the University of Michigan in the Big 10
  • Christie Palazzese is following W C Eagles alumni Megan Deakins and Paula Heimbach to play at Duke University in the ACC
  • Under 17 National Team player Sophia Tornetta will join Annabeth Donovan and Kelsey Byrne at Princeton University
  • Nikki Freeman will also be competing in the ACC at the University of Virginia alongside W C Alum Kelsey LeBlanc, Caleigh Foust, Emily Faught, Katie and Megan Kelly, and current W C Eagles senior Becca Zamojcin.

Sophia and Nikki played an integral part in winning both our Under 16 and Under 19 National Club Championship titles while Lydia and Christie were both members of our W C Eagles U16 National Club Championship winning team this past summer,

Senior goalkeeper Ashley Gubernick has also made her college commitment. Ashley will be playing at Franklin and Marshall.

Congratulations to these five players. We know they will all continue to train very hard to prepare for the freshman preseason!

WC Eagles U16 & U19 Are #1 in National Rankings

2013RankingsU19USA Field Hockey has released their National Club Rankings and our WC Eagles U16 and U19 teams are #1! Congratulations to our players and coaches, the hard work has paid off! For the full story go to http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Field-Hockey/Features/2013/August/08/WC-Eagles-ranked-No-1-in-club-rankings

It’s a Sweep! WC Eagles Win U14, U16 and U19 National Club Championships

WC Eagles teams dominated the 2013 National Club Championships, bringing home the hardware in the U14, U16 and U19 divisions. Read the articles on the USA Field Hockey Website at the following links:

WC Eagles Sweep the 2013 National Club Championship

WC Eagles Win U16 National Club Championship Title

WC Eagles Retain U14 National Club Championship Title

WC EAGLES – 11 NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SELECTIONS

11 WC Eagles players are included in the 2013/14 USA National Junior Teams announced by USA Field Hockey following the National Junior Camp which was held at Old Dominion University from the 26th – 28th June.

Highlighting the selections are goalkeeper Sam Carlino and midfield/striker Katie Gerzabek who have been selected to play for the USA Under 21 Team at the Junior World Cup in Germany later this month.

Congratulations to the following players on their Junior national Team Selection

USA UNDER 21 TEAM

Sam Carlino (GK)
Katie Gerzabek
Moira Putsch

USA UNDER 19 TEAM

Annabeth Donovan
Moira Putsch
Jessica Unger

USA UNDER 17 TEAM

Jennifer Bleakney
Erin Matson
Cassie Sumfest
Julianna Tornetta
Sophia Tornetta

We are extremely proud of each of these players and know they will represent themselves and the club well at the International level.

WC EAGLES PLAYERS SELECTED FOR JUNIOR OLYMPICS

14 W C Eagles are included in the teams which USA Field Hockey has selected for the Junior Olympics (Under16) which will be held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor the first week in August

The W C Eagles players selected to play in the Junior Olympics are Casey Allen, Maddie Bacskai, Jennifer Bleakney, Mayv Clune, Megan DuVernois, Kelsey Giese, Erin Matson, Corinne Persichetti, Cassie Sumfest, Samantha Swart, Julianna Tornetta, Sophia Tornetta, Megan Weist, and Corinne Zanolli.

We are extremely proud of each of these players and know they will represent themselves and the club well at the Junior Olympics.