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Montreal Wins U-16 National Futures Championship

by USA Field Hockey

LANCASTER, Pa. - June 24, 2016 - The U-16 Division completed play at the 2016 National Futures Championship at the Home of Hockey at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County, Pa. this afternoon. The Citi National Futures Championship (NFC), presented by Harrow Sports, is the premier championship event for USA Field Hockey's Futures and Olympic Development Program. Held annually in late June since 1990, the NFC brings together the top female field hockey players selected from over 5,000 athletes across nine regions for a high-level multi-day tournament-style competition.

USA Field Hockey’s High Performance staff evaluates and selects top talent from the NFC to represent the United States in its other elite programs, including the Stars and Stripes Elite Game and Tournament, AAU Junior Olympics, Junior National Camp and Junior National Teams. These elite Junior High Performance Programs feed into USA Field Hockey’s U.S. Women’s National Team that train and compete domestically and internationally throughout the year.

For the past four days, more than 200 U-16 athletes from around the country showed off their skills in front of selectors, coaches and fans as they competed for a spot in USA Field Hockey’s elite Junior High Performance Camps and Programs. As the tournament kicked off, the stakes were set high. Though some delay was caused by inclement weather on the second day, the days were competitive and highly entertaining. Congratulations to all the athletes for their hard work and dedication over the last few days.

USA Field Hockey would like to extend its congratulations to the following regional teams on their tournament victories:


FIRST PLACE: Montreal (Region 5)

Head Coach: Marybeth Freeman
Not in Order: Sophia Mackrella, Leah Zellner, Mackenzie Kile, Kelsey Reznick, Mackenzie Allessie, Lindsay Dickinson, Margo Carlin, Madeleine Zimmer, Charlotte De Vries, Hannah Miller, Jaiden Wittell, Nell Webber, Riley Donnelly, Taylor Mason, Emma Deberdine, Paityn Wirth, Sydney Gillingham, Sarah Jane Quigley, Katharine Olmstead, Caroline Kelly
 

SECOND PLACE: Rome (Region 5)

Head Coach: Jeremy Cook
 Not in Order: Aubrey Mytych, Madison Orobono, Madison Woods, Taylor Orsi, Theodora Dillman, Mary Harkins, Adele Iacobucci, Kaitlyn Anderson, Sammy Popper, Meghan Reese, Makayla Adams, M. Grace Wallis, Lauren Curran, Anarose McDonough, Madeline McDonough, Kara McClure, Emily Owens, Megan Hoffman, Gabrielle Barraco, Peyton Fischer
 


THIRD PLACE & BARBARA LONGSTRETH AWARD: Calgary (Northeast Region)


Head Coach: Philip Edwards
 Not in Order: Skyler Caron, Josie Varney, Grace Sambrook, Autumn Littlefield, Finn Caron, Tori Palumbo, Sarah Bagley, Madelyn Leitner, Alyssa Valentine, Sydney Poulin, Kerri Boliver, Jane Bonazzoli, Andrea Reynolds, Eliana Manriquez, Keira Semerijian, Elizabeth York, Serena Pollard, Amber Rose, Jonna Kennedy, Rose Cuozzo

In addition, congratulations to Calgary for also winning the Barbara Longstreth Award for Sportsmanship. This award was created to promote good sportsmanship and given to the team that best exemplifies the qualifies of fair play, graciousness in victory and defeat, and respect for opponents and officials. This award is selected by the USA Field Hockey National Futures Championship Umpire and Coaching Staff.

A member of the U.S. Women's National Team from 1956 to 1964, Longstreth began her field hockey career at Beaver College (now Arcadia University) in the 1950's where she excelled in both field hockey and lacrosse. As a national team member, she competed in the epic 3-3 draw with England in front of 56,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium during the teams 1962 tour to Great Britain and Denmark. In 1963, she was a members of the USA's International Federation of Women's Hockey Association Conference team for an event that would become the precursor to today's FIH World Cup.

Longstreth continued her devotion to the game as a coach and eventually founded Longstreth Sporting Goods in 1977. Beginning the enterprise by selling field hockey sticks from the trunk of her car at tournaments, she established her company in Parkers Ford, Pa. where it has become the country's leader in speciality sports products for women. She announced her retirement from the company in 2007. #NFC2016


Created to promote good sportsmanship and dedicated to field hockey pioneer Barbara Longsreth, the award will be presented to teams in each of the three USA Field Hockey National Futures Championship age groups that best exemplify the qualities of fair play, graciousness in victory and defeat and respect for opponents and officials.
“Barbara Longstreth’s name is synonymous with integrity, honesty, and fair play in sport,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director of USA Field Hockey. “We are so lucky to have her involved in hockey for nearly six decades. Her name brands us with the highest level of competitive excellence as exists in sport today.”

A team in each of the U14, U16 and U19 divisions at the National Futures Championship will earn a certificate in recognition of the honor, selected by USA Field Hockey selectors. Today, Lake Placid was recognized as the U14 team that best exemplified those traits.  

A member of the USA National Team from 1956 to 1964, Longstreth began her field hockey career at Beaver College (now Arcadia University) in the 1950’s where she excelled in both field hockey and lacrosse. As a member of the USA National Team, she competed in the epic 3-3 draw with England in front of 56,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium during the teams 1962 tour of Great Britain and Denmark. In 1963, she was a member of the USA’s International Federation of Women’s Hockey Association Conference team for an event that would become the precursor to today’s women’s World Cup.

Longstreth continued her devotion to the game as a coach and eventually founded Longsreth Sporting Goods in 1977. Beginning the enterprise by selling field hockey sticks from the trunk of her car at tournaments, Longstreth established her company in Parkers Ford, Pa. where it has become the country’s leader in specialty sports products for women. She announced her retirement from the company in 2007.

Created to promote good sportsmanship and dedicated to field hockey pioneer Barbara Longsreth, the award will be presented to teams in each of the three USA Field Hockey National Futures Championship age groups that best exemplify the qualities of fair play, graciousness in victory and defeat and respect for opponents and officials.
“Barbara Longstreth’s name is synonymous with integrity, honesty, and fair play in sport,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director of USA Field Hockey. “We are so lucky to have her involved in hockey for nearly six decades. Her name brands us with the highest level of competitive excellence as exists in sport today.”

A team in each of the U14, U16 and U19 divisions at the National Futures Championship will earn a certificate in recognition of the honor, selected by USA Field Hockey selectors. Today, Lake Placid was recognized as the U14 team that best exemplified those traits.  

A member of the USA National Team from 1956 to 1964, Longstreth began her field hockey career at Beaver College (now Arcadia University) in the 1950’s where she excelled in both field hockey and lacrosse. As a member of the USA National Team, she competed in the epic 3-3 draw with England in front of 56,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium during the teams 1962 tour of Great Britain and Denmark. In 1963, she was a member of the USA’s International Federation of Women’s Hockey Association Conference team for an event that would become the precursor to today’s women’s World Cup.

Longstreth continued her devotion to the game as a coach and eventually founded Longsreth Sporting Goods in 1977. Beginning the enterprise by selling field hockey sticks from the trunk of her car at tournaments, Longstreth established her company in Parkers Ford, Pa. where it has become the country’s leader in specialty sports products for women. She announced her retirement from the company in 2007.

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