Inter Women Win 2011 Nationals

Men and Women Bring Home Hardware From 2011 Nationals

May 19, 2011
Inter Women Win 2011 Nationals

Inter Women Win 2011 Nationals

The Chicago Inter women won their third national championship in four years, solidifying their place as one of the most dominant team handball clubs in the country. While the early matches often saw Inter easily outmatching the competition, the women’s Final was possibly the most exciting of the weekend as Inter battled an extremely talented team from New York City. Facing the NYC club for the first time this season, Inter got a taste of what is must be like to play Inter as it found itself playing another team with balanced scoring, strong defense and a solid goalie.

NYC THC had the lead at the end of the first half as Inter did a great job limiting star player and Tournament MVP Annika Schmid, but struggled to score against an equally-determined NYC defense. The Inter ladies came out of the break re-energized and quickly evened up the game. The rest of the half would see the lead see-saw back and forth between the two equally-matched clubs. Jolanta Kunickaite came up with several big goals and wing, Gabriela Stillwel twice gave Chicago the lead in the last four minutes, including the winning score in the final minute of play. Inter had a one goal lead with 9 seconds to play and pressure defense prevented NYC from taking the potentially game-tying shot and sealed their 20:19 victory. Inter goalkeeper Jacque Messel was named Most Valuable Goalie of the tournament for her solid performance over the weekend and especially for her clutch momentum-killing saves during the championship game. The victory was a brilliant team win for the Inter Ladies and a great way to cap off a strong year.

Inter Men take silver 2011

Inter Men take silver in Salt Lake

The Inter Men also brought home medals of their own, taking silver in the Men’s Elite division. After a thrilling 1 goal semi-final win over the Cadets of West Point, the Inter Men were hamstrung in the title match by earlier injuries to their centerback and goalie, and fell 33:13 to New York City. The Men fought hard despite their missing players, but were outmatched by a stellar NYC team which featured the tournament’s leading scorer, MVP, and MVG.

Congratulations to both teams for an amazing weekend!