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NYSW 01 Girls ODP Win Back to Back Regional Championship

Empire United's Olivia Damico, Natsha Panepinto, Anna Hewlett to compete for ODP National Championship in February 2018

NYW Showing at ODP Championship Affirms Elite Status in Region I

The NYW 01G’s ODP team captured their second consecutive Region 1 ODP Championship and they will become the first NYW ODP team to make a return trip to the ODP National Final Four.  They placed third at last year’s Final Four in Phoenix.


Three NYW ODP teams advanced to the Region 1 ODP Final Four after competing in the group stage of the Region 1 ODP Tournament in NJ (boys) and DE (girls) on June 9-11.  The 01G’s, 00G’s and the 02B’s all advanced to the Region 1 Final Four in Kirkwood, DE on June 24/25th

The 02B’s bowed out in the semi-finals after losing a hard fought 2-1 battle in overtime to eventual champion, VA.  The 00G’s made it to the championship game where they were defeated by VA 3-0. While the defeat prevented NYW from claiming their third consecutive U17G’s Region 1 ODP title, their appearance in the championship final marks the fifth consecutive trip to the title game.  Head Coach, Kent Brown and Assistant Coach, Dan Shoniker have led the NYW U17G’s on all five occasions and have claimed three Region 1 championships in the last five years.

After getting a taste of the ODP National Final Four last year (and finishing third), the NYW 01G’s are heading back to the national stage again after claiming their second consecutive Region 1 ODP Championship. The 01G’s defeated PAW in the final 3-0 and cumulatively outscored opponents 17-1 on the way to winning the title.  They will be the first NYW ODP team to be making a return trip to compete in the ODP National Final Four next spring.

Congrats to all the players, parents, coaches and all the NYSWYSA member clubs whose players proudly represent NYW ODP! 

01G's (U16) Coached by Pat Farmer/Megan Ramey:

Defeated EPA in semi-final 2-1

Defeated PAW 3-0 in championship final

Advance to National ODP Final Four in February, 2018