COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The RUSH under-19 team rises five spots to No. 8 in the USA Field Hockey national club rankings, as released earlier this week. With 320 points, RUSH is the highest-ranking club not just in California, but west of the Mississippi.
Rankings are based on performances from 2013 to present at five different USA Field Hockey sanctioned events. Those events, which vary in the number of points possible, include: Festival (100), Disney Showcase (120), Regional Club Championships (40-65), the National Club Championships (200), and the newly added Club Challenge (40).
The rise in rankings comes after RUSH captured the 2015 Regional Club Championship in Missouri earlier this year. The tournament win garnered RUSH 40 points and an automatic bid to the National Club Championship in which they were unable to attend.
However, the rankings are not quite as black and white as they seem.
RUSH’s total in points are without four point-based tournaments in which RUSH did not participate. No other team in the top 10 is missing as many:
2014 Regional Club Championship and National Club Championship
2015 National Club Championship and Club Challenge (new this year)
To put it into perspective, RUSH is just 12 points shy of jumping one spot, to No. 7, in the rankings. The National Club Championship awards teams a minimum 50 points just for participating. At that amount, RUSH could have been as high as No. 5—and that is just one tournament.
As RUSH continues to grow, especially in recent years, it the organization’s priority to make an effort to attend all USA sanctioned recruiting and point-based tournaments.
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FENTON, Mo. --The RUSH under-19 field hockey team swept the 2015 Regional Club Championship tournament securing their automatic bid to nationals in July. This win marks a tremendous milestone for not just the club, but west coast field hockey who has never laid claim to the crown before.
Taking their game to Missouri June 6-7 , the San Diego based RUSH under-19 team defeated the No. 8 Aim field hockey club (4-0) in the finals to complete a six game sweep. The win also notched their fifth shutout of the tournament. As the top two finishers, RUSH and Aim bested eight other teams to automatically qualify for the National Club Championship held next month in Pennsylvania.
The regional win could add 45 points* to RUSH's national club ranking total in which they are currently ranked No. 13.
Unfortunately, RUSH will be unable to attend the National Club Championship due to logistical reasons, but are nonetheless excited about how they showcased.
Playing six games in two days, RUSH tallied 14 goals out-shooting their opponents in every half of every game. On the defense, RUSH allowed just one goal that came from a penalty stroke opportunity.
In the final showdown and their fourth game of the day, RUSH's Megan Rodgers notched the first goal of the game and added the last. Gabi Jimenez and Kathryn Peterson each tacked on a goal to ensure the win.
Earlier in the day, RUSH defeated Windy City (3-1) in a semifinal shootout after RUSH dominated a majority of the game in regulation. RUSH's Nina Randolph, Jimenez and Rodgers each tallied a goal to complement RUSH goalkeeper Chelsea Bigelow, who came up with three saves.
In their first two games that day RUSH blanked each opponent with just one goal. RUSH defeated Pinnacle (1-0) with a Jimenez to Rodgers goal and walked away with the win against Milwaukee (1-0) with less than 20 seconds left in the game. Jimenez dribbled into the attacking 25 delivering a hit across the circle to Peyton Mowery
. With a cross-cage deflection, the tipped ball found Rodgers, who knocked in the game winner.
On day one of the tournament, RUSH defeated Stealth (4-0) with three first half goals. Sisters Meghan and Katie Schneider each scored a goal with helper goals from Jimenez and Rodgers for their first win. Bigelow would make her tournament high of three saves on the game. RUSH would go on to defeat FH Life (1-0) later that day with a late second half goal by Rodgers thanks to a Jimenez ball drilled from the top of the circle.
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