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U.S. Women's National University Team Defeats Spain, 8-0

12/16/2013, 4:45pm MST
By USAHockey.com

PERGINE, Italy - Ramey Weaver (Eagle River, Alaska/Robert Morris University) had two goals and two assists, and goaltender Chelsea Corell (Plainsboro, N.J./University of Massachusetts) turned aside all 14 shots she faced to help the U.S. Women's National University Team defeat Spain, 8-0, in the final preliminary round game of the 2013 Winter World University Games here today.

"We played a very solid team game tonight against our friends from Spain," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Women's National University Team. "We're pleased to advance to the semifinals and look forward to playing Russia on Wednesday."

Team USA started well in the opening frame and built a 2-0 lead before the first intermission.Cassie Catlow (Saundertown, R.I./University of Rhode Island) opened the scoring 14:47 into the contest when she connected with Caleigh LaBossiere (Acton, Mass./University of Massachusetts) and Weaver for an even-strength tally. The United States doubled its lead at 17:19 when Catlow set up Hayley Williams (Crete, Ill./Robert Morris University) for a power-play goal. Weaver also recorded an assist on the play.

Katie Augustine (West Chester, Ohio/Miami University) found the back of the net just 3:08 into the second period to increase Team USA's lead to 3-0. Weaver then collected her third point of the game when she scored on a power play at 13:49, giving the U.S. a four-goal advantage entering the third period.

Weaver scored again 3:50 into the final stanza with help from Catlow, and then Staci Burlingame(St. Clair Shores, Mich./Michigan State University) and Molly Sparks (Eagan, Minn./University of Minnesota) recorded goals in a 22-second span to boost the U.S. advantage to 7-0. Monica Korzon(Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan) found the back of the net at 19:16 to close the scoring.

The United States put a team-record 63 shots on net in the game.

The U.S. Women's National University Team will play Russia Wednesday (Dec. 18) in the semifinals of the 2013 Winter World University Games. Puck-drop is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.

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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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08/25/2015, 1:15pm MDT
By Michael Caples

Tag(s): World University Games