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The Start of a New Decade in the Making!

by USA Field Hockey

Content Courtesy of JPH

 

The 10th annual Junior Premier Outdoor League (JPOL) came to a close on Sunday, June 11 with the crowning of the champions in Region 5, 6 and 7, as well as the U-14 Combined and JPOL Elite. The Region 4 and 8 Championships were crowned the previous weekend on June 3 and 4.

 

New this year was the U-16 JPOL Elite. Just like the U-19 JPOL Elite that took flight last year, both of these events were created to showcase some of the top youth clubs in the United States, while playing in a format mirroring that of NCAA and International Hockey Federation. All games are played at one university complex on water-based turf, with time stoppage for every goal, penalty corner, injury, etc. Based on feedback from clubs and coaches, this gave birth to the U-16 Elite.

 

The goal of the JPOL Elite is to create stronger competition across all regions and to make athletes, coaches, officials and spectators more familiar with the NCAA format, thus creating an easier transition to the next level of competition in their young and promising hockey careers.   

 

Over the course of the spring season the benefits of participation can be attested across all regions. Improvements in the quality of performance from the first weekend in April to the various Championships are commendable and reflects the commitment of the athletes, parents, coaches, umpires, technical staff and many others. 

 

This was our club's first year competing in JPOL. We have appreciated the communication and professionalism from the leadership team. The organization on game day, staffing has been outstanding as well. Scheduling wise, we've appreciated having games closely spaced together.” - Next Level, MD

 

At this time, let's recognize and celebrate all the victors and show appreciation to all participants, officials, supporters, volunteers and sponsors.

 

The continued success of this league would not be possible without the support of many who tirelessly give of their time and experience. Much appreciation to the club directors, coaches and their membership who join us each spring to make this league possible. Many thanks to the Umpire Managers, Technical Delegates and their staff of dedicated Technical Officers and Umpires. You all give so much of you time and talent to be part of this event and its continued successes. 

 

Special thanks and appreciation to the parent Judges from each club who stepped up each week to give a helping hand at the Technical Table, making sure that the results, game clock and statistics are correct. We thank you for your service! 

 

To our dedicated JPH Directors - Lurah Hess, Kim Scott, Rachael Bloemker and Nigel Traverso - for the countless hours of dedication behind the scenes that allow JPH to achieve and celebrate this milestone of ten successful years of event planning and organization. Thank you all for continuing to grow the game!

 

A shout out to those college coaches who took the time to attend the numerous competitions in each region and to show their continued support. It is always a pleasure to see you all in attendance showing your support for this event and hope you will continue to attend and recruit at all of our JPH events. We believe that this is a perfect arena for recruiting and in most cases just a short drive away.  

 

Much appreciation to the university and private institutions for granting access and use of your facilities year after year. We hope to continue developing great working and supportive relationships and that you continue to make your facilities affordable and accessible to us.

 

Special recognition to major sponsor Rothman Orthopedics and Harrow Sports USA - Official Individual Awards Sponsor. Thank you for your continued support!

 

To USA Field Hockey and Staff who we worked closely throughout the year, we appreciate the continued support shown in working together for the good of the sport and your membership. We thank you and look forward to continuing to build and strengthen our relationship as a Sanctioned event, that benefits the membership and at the same time helping to Growing the Game by providing opportunities for athletes, coaches, umpires, umpire managers and technical officials.   

 

And now we recognize and congratulate the 2023 Champions and Special Award recipients from each of the participating Regions, Elite and U14 combined, for an outstanding performance.

 

U-14 Combined – POWERHOUSE FH

Region 8 – SAINTS FHC

 

Harrow’s Most Valuable Player

U-14 Combined – LEXY PATTON, POWERHOUSE FH

Region 8 – MADISON TROENDLE, KROSSFIRE FHC

 

Harrow’s Top Goal Scorer

U-14 Combined – LEVY PATTON, PHILLY HC

U-14 Combined – MADELYNN STAHL, ALLEY CATS

Region 8 – ISABELLA STECKLINE, SAINTS FHC

ELITE – MAIN LINE (MAYHEM) FHC

Region 4 – RYE FHC

Region 5 – WC EAGLES

Region 6 – JERSEY INTENSITY FH

Region 7 – METRO HC

Region 8 – FOCUS FHC

 

Harrow’s Most Valuable Players

ELITE –  SHAE WOZNIAK, MAIN LINE (MAYHEM) FHC

Region 5 – TAYLOR BIGBIE, WC EAGLES

Region 6 – BRIELLA ELIAS, JERSEY INTENSITY FH

Region 7 – RILEY REDING (GK), EMPOWER FHC

Region 8 – KATHRYN CLARKE, METRO FHC

 

Harrow’s Top Goal Scorers

ELITE – CAITLIN CONNELL, MAIN LINE (MAYHEM) FHC

Region 5 – MARISSA CAGLIOLA, WC EAGLES

Region 6 – MARIELLE MONTENEGRO, JERSEY INTENSITY FH

Region 7 – JAELEN PEREZ, METRO HC

Region 8 – ELLIS CANNON, FOCUS FHC

Region 8 – ERMA RAILY, FOCUS FHC

ELITE – FREEDOM HKY

Region 4 – CNY

Region 5 – MAIN LINE (MAYHEM) FHC

Region 6 – JERSEY INTENSITY FH

Region 7 – SHORE BYRDS FHC

Region 8 – RICHMOND PANTHERS FHC

 

Harrow’s Most Valuable Players

ELITE – AVERY RUCKMAN, FREEDOM HKY

Region5 – HANNAH MANEY, WC EAGLES

Region6 – HALEY HOFFMAN, NJ STARS

Region 7 – MARGOT HOULE (GK), WASHINGTON WOLVES

Region 8 –SAMANTHA GOIN, METRO FHC

 

Harrow’s Top Goal Scorers

ELITE – PIPER BORZ, FREEDOM HKY

ELITE – SKYLER GILMAN, FREEDOM HKY

ELITE – SARAH MUDD, WARHAWKS FHC

Region 5 – KEELY BOWERS, ALLEY CATS

Region 5 – ADDISAN SHOLLY, ALLEY CATS

Region 5 – BROOKE WEAVER, ALLEY CATS

Region 5 – CIARA MARGETICH, WC EAGLES

Region 5 – CAITLIN CONNELL, MAIN LINE (MAYHEM) FHC

Region 6 – OIVIA FRATICELLI, JERSEY INTENSITY FH

Region 7 – MACI BRADFORD, SHORE BYRDS, FHC

Region 8 – AMANDA MARTIN, METRO FHC

 

In recognition of her dedication and all she does for field hockey in Region 8, especially the Virginia Beach area, a Sportsmanship awarded was donated and presented in honor of Terri Sawyer.

 

The 2023 recipient of the Terri Sawyer, Sportsmanship Award was awarded to Bull City FHC.

 

We are also looking for any field hockey enthusiasts who would like to contribute their talents as a volunteer. Check out our Tech & Umpires section for the many areas where you can give back to the game. Training is provided!

 

For all results, final ranking and other information, please visit our website, JuniorPremierHockey.com.

 

On behalf of Junior Premier Hockey (JPH), its Directors, Rachael Bloemker and Nigel Traverso, we say many thanks to all for your hard work, dedication, commitment, support and cooperation in making this Junior Premier Hockey event a continued success.

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