The NTHL had more visitors come to West Point for Matchday 2 this past week. The Penn State University Women’s Team, led by former Phoenix player Alexa Ciulei, made their debut at long last.
The PSU team had no easy task for their first game, facing off against what is possibly the best women’s team in the country at the moment in Boston Team Handball. Despite giving it their all, PSU succumbed to Boston 24-9.
After a 25-5 loss to DC Diplomats, PSU regathered overnight and refocused themselves for Army West Point Gold. In a game that will soon be visible on northeasthandball.com, the two teams tied 11-11, giving PSU their first ever points.
Army West Point Gold Women showed significant improvement over the weekend as well. Gold surprised DC Diplomats Saturday morning, holding onto a lead well into the second half of this clash. However, DCD was able to find a way to put away Gold 21-14.
Army West Point Gold then ended the matchday by playing their varsity team, Army West Point Black. With Santa on the sideline, Gold played extremely well yet again, matching Black goal for goal throughout the evening. Black was able to get the win 21-16, but not without one of the toughest efforts in years from Gold.
On the men’s side, it was the NYC (RPI: 4; SRS: 1) show, as the Gotham Boys defeated Boston 20-15, Army West Point Gold 36-14, and completed the season sweep over last year’s runner up Army West Point Black 26-21. With the season not even halfway over, it appears that NYC is destined to win D1 for the 9th year out of 9.
The battle for the Elite Division shifts then to White Plains, NY after winter break, with Boston Team Handball, Army West Point Black, DC Diplomats, and NYC2 all fighting to finish 2nd and 3rd.
|1||New York City||10||10||0||0||0||252||176||76||20|
|3||Boston Team Handball||10||6||0||4||0||226||193||33||12|
|4||Army West Point Black||10||5||0||5||0||234||224||10||10|
|6||Army West Point Gold||10||2||0||8||0||215||260||-45||4|
|7||Ontario Team Handball||3||1||0||2||0||57||66||-9||2|
|9||New York City 2||10||2||0||6||2||176||231||-55||2|