Salt Lake City Comes from Behind to Win 2022 Senior Nexus Championship

by USA Field Hockey


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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – This past week, 144 elite female high school, collegiate and post-collegiate athletes battled it out at the 2022 Senior Nexus Championship (NXC), presented by Osaka Hockey, at the Virginia Beach Regional Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Taking place Sunday, July 17 through Friday, July 22, this event served as the initial selection opportunity for the Rise, U-21, Development and Senior U.S. Women’s National Teams.

The bronze medal game was a high scoring affair between Los Angeles and London. Nine minutes into the first quarter, after having their penalty corner saved, Los Angeles re-entered the circle through Julianna Tornetta (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) and Hannah Jarvie (Malvern, Pa.) swept it in off the post. They doubled their lead with 2 minutes remaining before halftime, when Hope Rose (Dauphin, Pa.) hit a straight shot off a penalty corner. Thirty seconds into the fourth quarter, London added one back when Sophia Gladieux (Boyertown, Pa.) scored off a penalty corner. That was short lived as off the restart, Los Angeles immediately countered and scored when Maggie Kondrath (Downingtown, Pa.) put it in off the post to make it 3-1. Los Angeles extended the lead in the 49th minute when Kondrath pulled around the goalkeeper and tucked it in. Two minutes later, Gladieux cut the margin again for London firing a backhand into the corner. Los Angeles added one more in the 55th minute off a penalty corner rebound from Celina Riccardo (Downingtown, Pa.), but not before London made it 5-3 when Gladieux tallied in the 56th minute.


The gold medal game was between Paris and Salt Lake City. With 1:30 remaining in the first quarter, Abigail Tamer (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) put away a goal mouth scramble to give Paris a 1-0 lead. Lane Herbert (Celina, Texas) made it 2-0 to Paris in the 34th minute pushing it into the corner after collecting the rebound. In the 53rd minute, Salt Lake City got on the board when they scored off a penalty corner. Two minutes later, Salt Lake City evened the score off a penalty corner through Peyton Hale (Forest Mill, Md.). Two minutes following, they took the lead when a ball got through and Hannah Miller (Malvern, Pa.) deflected it in off the post. Salt Lake City completed the 3-2 comeback to win gold.


Following the competition, some awards were presented. A Young Player award was given an athlete who was under 21 years old, as well as a Goalkeeper of the Tournament and Player of the Tournament. Ryleigh Heck (Berlin, N.J.) from Paris was named the Young Player, Kealsie Robles (Seaford, Va.) from Atlanta was the Goalkeeper of the Tournament and Sophia Gladieux (Boyertown, Pa.) from London was the Player of the Tournament.


USA Field Hockey would like to congratulate all of this year's Senior Nexus Championship athletes and coaches! As well as thank the umpires, technical staff, umpire managers and volunteers who continue to make Senior NXC a success. 


Head Coach: Kelly Marks & Sam Brown

In Alphabetical Order: Paige Bitting, Leah Crouse, Avery Donahue, Mia Duchars, Peyton Hale, Devin Kinzel, Daniela Mendez-Trender, Hannah Miller, Meghan Mitchell, Josephine Palde, Kathryn Peterson, Elise Pettisani, Jane Ramsay, Caroline Ramsey, Kelsey Reviello, Jenny Rizzo, Kylie Walbert, Paityn Wirth


Head Coach: Allan Law
In Alphabetical Order: Maria Armaganian, Shelby Bumgarner, Mia Clar, Lora Clarke, Katelyn Crist, Jans Croon, Ryleigh Heck, Lane Herbert, Alexis Hosler, Courtney Lynch, Lauren Moyer, Melissa Nealon, Lina Neilson, Hala Silverstein, Abigail Tamer, Lauren Wadas, Rachael Whitehead, Elizabeth Yeager


Head Coach: Rachel Dawson & Will Byrne
In Alphabetical Order: Gracyn Banks, Abby Danson, Sierra Giuliano, Hannah Jarvie, Madison Kahn,, Maggie Kondrath, Natalie Konerth, Eva Nemeth, Grace Norair, Celina Riccardo, Ciana Riccardo, Hope Rose, Emma Rothkopf, Mia Schoenbeck, Kelly Smith, Julianna Tornetta, M. Grace Wallis, Aiyi Young


USA Field Hockey would like to thank Hometown Sports Productions for providing live stream coverage during the Senior NXC. Rewatch all games from Field 1 on USA Field Hockey’s YouTube.


For more information including rosters, schedule, results and more, check out the Senior NXC Event Page.


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