The Shoreline Sharks U14 Black (AA) team won the USA Hockey Tier II New England Region Championship on March 19 in Hallowell, Maine. The team will advance to play in the national tournament, April 6-10 in Troy, Michigan. “The chemistry of the team is like none that I’ve experienced, and it really shows in how they support each other on and off the ice,” commented Coach Ed Rodham. “The girls have really improved as the season progressed; we are currently playing our best hockey of the season. Coach Buccheri and I are proud of their success.”
In the regional tournament, the Sharks had a 4-0-1 record, playing teams from New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. They beat the Casco Bay Mariners 3-1 in the finals. Two weeks earlier, the Sharks won the Connecticut Hockey Conference (CHC) State Championship Tournament, preceded by a strong season with a 37-11-10 record. The team is currently ranked #6 in the country by myhockeyrankings.com.
“The player’s commitment to improving every day and our focus on putting the team first has allowed us to exceed all of our goals. They have worked hard to earn this accomplishment and deserve all the credit. We can’t wait to get to Michigan to experience the next step in our journey,” added Rodham.
The Shoreline Sharks is a non-profit organization offering developmental and competitive hockey programs for girls ages 3-19 that fosters teamwork, skill building and a passion for the game in a fun, challenging environment. With participation in NEGHL, CHC and CGHL leagues, teams at all age brackets and our focus on development, we offer something for everyone. For more information, visit shorelinesharkshockey.com.
Row 1: (#40/goalie) Carina Mancini – Middlefield; Row 2: Meagan Spring (#27) North Haven, Juliana Constantinople (#41) East Haven; Row 3: Cecile Tobin (#10) North Haven, Abby Hart (#13) Fairfield, Katie Porrello (#91) Milford, Lauren Mullally (#14) New Haven, Jenna Guglielmi (#38) Branford, Daniella Buccheri (#66) Cromwell, Lucy Schumann (#39) Stratford; Row 4: Taylor Nowak (#23) West Haven, Melissa Montesi (#8) North Haven, Claire Gavin (#19) Durham, Sophia Rodham (#4) Madison, Cally Dixon (#71) Woodbridge; Row 5: Megan Froehlich (#32) West Haven, Kate Hagness (#7) Guilford; Coach Ed Rodham – Madison; Coach Joe Buccheri – Cromwell