14u's Place 1st, 16u's earn 2nd at 2016 Rose Cup
April 17th - Beaverton, OR
April 15-17th NWPC took to the road, heading south to Beaverton, OR to participate in the annual Rose Cup tournament hosted by T-Hills Water Polo (Beaverton, OR). Northwest traveled five teams to the event: 18u boys, 18u girls, 16u boys and two 14u coed teams. Over the weekend all the teams represented themselves well, earning some great results.
18u girls were up first on Friday in a tough match up vs. Empire (East Portland, OR). The girls hung tough for the first half but Empire managed to separate in the 3rd quarter to hand the girls their first loss of the tournament.
Game two on Saturday morning was a different story as the girls rebounded with a solid 10-5 win over Albany (Albany, OR). Saturday night the girls matched up in an inter-squad scrimmage against the boys and coaches, acquitting themselves well in the all NWPC scrimmage. Sunday morning the girls faced off against PSP (Tacoma, WA) and behind a great defensive effort the team earned their second win of the tournament by a score of 8-4. The girls faced off against Willamette Valley (Willamette, OR) for 5th place and once again defense led the way as the girls posted an 8-3 win, ending the tournament with a 3-1 record.
Friday the 18u boys started things off with a solid win over Albany. Saturday the 18's had tough match ups against Eugene City (Eugene, OR) and Empire. The boys managed to win both games after some intense back and forth action, setting up a semi-final game against Washington club PSP on Sunday morning. In the first quarter the boys kept the game close but ran out of gas in the second half, dropping the match to end the tournament with a 3-1 record and a 3rd place finish.
NWPC 16u boys started their tournament games on Saturday, posting wins against T-Hills B and Empire. The two wins earned the 16's a spot in the top three final round robin along with T-Hills A and PSP on Sunday. In the morning games against T-Hills A the 16's came ready to play, posting a great 11-7 win over the host club. Up next was PSP A and after four quarters of nail biting back and forth action the 16's came out on top by one goal, earning a 5-4 win to set up a rematch with T-Hills A in the finals. In the championship game the boys went down early in the first quarter but battled back to tie the game late in the 4th. However the boys came up just short in the last minute of the game, dropping the contest 7-6, ending the tournament with a 2nd place finish.
Last but certainly not least the NWPC 14u coed teams put together a stellar weekend of water polo. With two 14u teams entered in the tournament the B team had the honors of playing first on Friday night against PSP. The 14 B's went down early but battled back in the second half to earn a nail biting 9-8 win in their first game. The 14u A team matched up against Blue Crush on Friday, earning a convincing 15-0 win to start off the 2016 Rose Cup. Saturday saw the 14's continue to roll as they posted a 10-1 win over Bainbridge (Bainbridge Island, WA) ,a 20-1 win over Empire and a 15-0 victory against T-Hills B. 14 B's also had a solid Saturday, going 2-1 with a wins against Chehalem and Eugene City while dropping a close contest to T-Hills A. Sunday morning the 14 B's faced off against Hood River (Hood River, OR) and earned their third win of the tournament by a score of 11-5 to put them in the 3rd place game against Bainbridge Island. The 3rd place match was a great back and forth affair that featured several lead changes. The 14's put together a great team effort but came up just short, 8-9, to end the tournament in 4th place behind a 3-2 record. The 14 A's faced off against Bend (Bend, OR) Sunday morning posting a 13-0 win to place the team in the championship game vs. T-Hills A. In the finals the 14's started off slow but got things going in the second half, pulling away to end the game with 7-4 score, earning first place honors.
Congratulations to all the teams and athletes who participated in the 2016 Rose Cup. Big thank you to all the parents who made this tournament possible. Northwest will be back in action May 6-8 and May 13-15 for JO Qualifiers.
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