At 8AM on Monday, February 17, the final round of Championship Pool play began in the U-14 Division. The fresh Championship trophy sat waiting for its first engraving. The first U-14 JPIL Champion would be crowned today!
Going into the day, Philly Hockey Club was in first place over High Styx FH, only based on goal differential. CNY, Mystx United and SPark were less than one win behind in the standings. By 9:30AM, the first three games were tied and the competition was fierce.
Throughout the morning, players, parents and fans frequented the results board, counting wins and losses, calculating goal differentials. Philly tied CNY and SPark, SPark tied High Styx FH, High Styx FH squeezed by CNY 3-2. Eventually, the tides began to change and High Styx FH, with their speedy transition play and penalty corner conversions, continued with the wins. By the completion of their last game at 1PM, no one could catch them!
The fight began for second place. SPark had two convincing wins and in the end, earned them second place as they beat out Philly Hockey Club on goal differential.
Congratulations to High Styx FH as the first ever U-14 JPIL Champion and SPark as the runners-up.
Congratulations to all Clubs for what they achieved over the course of the season. We watched players and clubs grow and improve over the past several weeks.
Thank you for your continued support and we hope you enjoyed your experience with us. A special thanks to our Umpires and Umpire Manager, Fran Corl, for without them there will be no competition.
This Saturday, February 22, is the conclusion of the U-16 and U-19 competition that will be held at the 422 Sportsplex, Pottstown, Pa. The top four ranked Clubs in each division will be battling it out to claim the prestigious honor of being crown the 2014 JPIL Champion.
Can High Styx and Xcalibur defend their Championship in the U-16 and U-19 Divisions? That question will be answered in a few days. But rest assure FC United, Jersey Intensity and Mystx United all plan on preventing that from happening.
So we look forward to seeing you all cheering on the kids and your favorite Club, as they compete not just for the Championship Trophy, but for the honor of being invited back in 2015.
Good Luck to all and Good Luck to the U-14 Clubs as they get ready to participate at NIT this weekend!