COAST CITIES — The first weekend of January 2014 marked the debut of a newly formatted field hockey style to hit California called Hockey 5. Developed overseas, Hockey 5 is played on a half pitch of artificial turf, bordered by wooden rebound rails, and is played with four field players and a goalie.
The Moorpark Hockey 5 Christmas Classic Tournament was held at the Moorpark
Hockey Center with the Mexican National Under-18 Hockey 5 team featured along with two teams from San Diego’s RUSH Field Hockey Elite Performance Group. RUSH Field Hockey Elite Performance Group is composed of under-19 field hockey players. They are trained by Brian Schledorn, director of RUSH Field Hockey San Diego. The program provides an opportunity to train in a high peer-to-peer level for young field hockey players focused on pursuing field hockey opportunities in college and national and international tournaments.
For the tournament, RUSH fielded an older team of college-bound seniors and a younger team of mostly sophomores and juniors. Both teams competed in the round-robin tournament, playing three games daily, over a three-day period.
The senior RUSH team faced Mexico for the championship title of the tournament. RUSH adjusted their defensive strategy, after having lost to Mexico in regular play, to shut down Mexico’s ability to score in the final round. This gave their offense the patience to find openings in Mexico’s defense and slip past their quick goalie and score five times to beat Mexico in a stunning 5 to 0 shutout.
The senior RUSH team members and their verbal college commitments are: — —— Madison Ashbrook- UC Berkeley
—Torie Berkel-University of Iowa
— Madison Cohen-UC Davis
— Gabrielle DePetro- Cornell University
— Mara Gutierrez-UC Berkeley
— Ashley Watson-Stanford
— Carli Wolf-St. Louis University
— Goalie Grace Trupe-undecided.
The younger RUSH team lost to Mexico after a series of two-minute sudden death overtime periods.
For more about RUSH Field Hockey go to rushfieldhockey.org.