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Both U.S. National University Teams Fall on Sunday at 2013 Winter World University Games

12/15/2013, 4:30pm MST

U.S. Men's National University Team loses to Italy, 5-1

Alba di Canazei, Italy - Brian McGinty (Bethel Park, Pa./Arizona State University) scored and Team USA outshot Italy, 33-20, but the U.S. Men's National University Team fell to Italy, 5-1, in the final preliminary round game of the 2013 Winter World University Games.

The United States will learn its opponent in the quarterfinal round of the tournament later today.

"It was a tough game tonight," said Scott Balboni, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Men's National University Team. "Italy's goaltender played very well and we would have liked to convert on more of our scoring chances. We will have to wait and see who we play next, but we're excited for the opportunity ahead of us."

The U.S. started strong, outshooting Italy, 10-3, in the opening period, but the Italians struck first with a power-play marker 5:02 into the contest.

Team Italy added to its lead 6:31 into the middle frame when it scored on a five-on-three advantage, and then pushed the score to 3-0 when it tallied another power-play goal just 63 seconds later. A late second-period goal gave Italy a 4-0 lead entering the third period.

McGinty got the Americans on the board with a power-play score of his own at 2:48 of the third with assists from Gehrett Sargis (Midlothian, Ill./Robert Morris University) and Jordan Young (Cave Creek, Ariz./Arizona State University), but Team Italy countered with a goal at 14:20 to seal the victory.

U.S. goaltenders Matt Cooper (Duluth, Minn./Iowa State University) and Wyatt Waselenchuk (Minot, N.D./Minot State University) split time in net and combined for 15 saves. 

U.S. Women's National Team falls to Canada, 9-1

Pergine, Italy - Cassie Catlow (Saundertown, R.I./University of Rhode Island) scored for Team USA but the U.S. Women's National University Team fell to Canada, 9-1, at the 2013 Winter World University Games.

"We knew going in that Canada was great team," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Women's National University Team. "We had a great first period and then Canada played well in the second and third. We will focus on our game tomorrow and work on continuing to improve as a team."

Canada managed to build a 2-0 lead entering the first intermission with goals at 7:57 and 14:17 despite a closely contested opening frame.

Team Canada added four more markers in the second period to carry a 6-0 advantage into the final stanza.

After the Canadians made it 7-0 midway through the third frame, Catlow found the back of the net on a power play at 12:54 with help from Hayley Williams (Crete, Ill./Robert Morris University) and Ramey Weaver (Eagle River, Alaska/Robert Morris University). Canada scored twice more -- once at 13:51 and again at 17:04 -- to close the scoring.

Team USA goaltender Katie Vaughan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn State University) turned away 27 shots in the contest.

The U.S. Women's National University Team will close out its preliminary round schedule tomorrow (Dec. 16) when it faces Spain. Puck-drop is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

TRENDING: Right-Sized Youth Sports

09/01/2015, 9:15am MDT
By USA Hockey

Sept. 1, 2015 | More than 40,000 spectators, plus a national television audience, watched the Little League World Series this past Sunday on a glorious afternoon in Pennsylvania. There were smiles, cheers, entertainment and the noticeable absence of demand for those 12- and 13-year-olds to pitch from 60 feet, six inches or run 90 feet between the bases like their professional baseball heroes.

Right-sized baseball and softball fields, along with age-appropriate rule modifications, have been accepted wisdom in youth baseball for more than 50 years.

Coincidentally, while Little League was paring to its finalists, U.S. Soccer announced a nationwide initiative to improve youth skill development. The centerpiece was a shift to small-sided game formats and field sizes to be phased in across the country by August 2017. As part of the new plan, American soccer at U6, U7 and U8 will be played 4v4 on a pitch approximately one-eighth the size of an adult soccer field. Nine- and 10-year-olds will play 7v7 on a one-quarter-scale pitch. Not until age 13 will players begin competing 11v11 on a regulation adult-sized pitch.

“Our number one goal is to improve our players down the road, and these initiatives will help us do that,” said Tab Ramos, U.S. Soccer’s youth technical director. “In general, we would like for players to be able to process information faster, and when they are in this (new) environment, they are going to learn to do that. Fast forward 10 years, and there are thousands of game situations added to a player’s development.”

With this change, American soccer will join sports like baseball, basketball, hockey and tennis, all of which have embraced the skill-development benefits of age-appropriate playing dimensions and competition formats (see chart below).

Those benefits are at the core of USA Hockey’s American Development Model, which was recently praised by the Sports Business Journal as a “trailblazing program.”

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