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Kayla Wilonski fires up the Dragons: Yale Series Tourney Schedule announced!

Updated: 4 days ago



New Haven -- In the midst of her swan song as a JVF Field Hockey legend, JVF Dragons Captain Kayla Wilonski (Wallingford) lead a valiant effort by the host team, providing emotional leadership, professional tactics, and plenty of big time plays as her team turned in their best performance of the tournament.


The team in blue pulled this off missing 5 key players, and 4 starters.


After a compelling 1-0 war with the formidable HTC, the Dragons broke loose in the second game, racing to a 4-2 victory over the incredibly talented Competitive Edge ball club.


Head Coach Alexandra Caruso provided a steady hand during a daunting slate of competition for the home team.


The JVF Dragons at Johnson Field on May 12th, 2024 (Credit JVF)


Midfielders Ava Raffone and Bella Raffone, Center Forward Cameryn Bernier (Suffield), Midfielder Jillian Lydon (Amity) Offensive Central Midfielder Giada Broccolli (Hamden), and the relentless Defender Gina Madonick (Amity) all joined in on the fun. The Dragons also benefited from a surprise key performance off the bench, Daytona Kamienski (North Branford made huge defensive plays down the stretch for her ballclub.


Kayla Wilonski's deft passing, absolute control of the midfield, and relentless agggression has earned her the Community Foundation For Greater New Haven Player of the Week!



At 1-3 in the Yale Series Tournament, the Dragons losses have all been by just 1 goal, giving the team momentum, and confidence headed into their biggest tournament ever.


Notables


  • Rachel Turer of the Taft School has proven to be one of the most brilliant athletes not only not in this tournament, but the country. The Boston University commit is a 5 tool Field Hockey player, and competitive as anyone in the sport. Through skill, leadership, an advanced intelligence on the field. The junior has seperated herself from the pack, led HTC to a 1st place finish in the group stage, and has officially entered the MVP conversation. She also happens to be a great kid, and a supportive teammate. This dynamo of an athlete is headed for big things at the next level

  • The Yale Series Tournament Committee will be announcing the All Tournament Team, and the Tournament MVP, Sunday May 19th at the Tournament!


  • The MVP Nominees for the 2024 Yale Series Championship, are (Drumroll)

1. Nia Voss (Hotchkiss)

2. Caroline White (Darien High School)

3. Rachel Turer (Taft School)

4. Kelley Monahan (Laurelton Hall)

5. Kayla Wilonski (Sacred Heart Academy)

6. Championship Game MVP


Amy Krompinger and AIM Athletes at Johnson Field May 12th, 2024 (Credit JVF)


The 2024 Yale Series Tournament Schedule


The Yale Series Championship Comitteee has revealed the fixtures ahead of this weekend's highly anticipated championship tournament!


The tournament will follow a single elimination format following the exemption play in round.


Tournament Rules and notes


  1. All games that end in a tie will go to a 5 minute sudden death overtime, and then an 8 second shootout

  2. The exemption/playin round will kick off the tournament, thw winner will advance to the tournament quarterfinals.

  3. All games will be 40 minutes long with a 5 minute halftime

  4. Only players previously registered for the Yale Series Championship can participate, no new players will be permitted

  5. The Tournament will follow USAFH Tournament rules

  6. Any red cards will result in an immediate and automatic one game suspension for the offending player or coach

  7. Clubs are only permitted to have 19 players the day of the tournament

  8. The Yale Series Championship Sportsmanship Policy will be in affect at all times

  9. The Tournament Commitee will not be charging tournament goers any fees for entrance to this championship, but everyone will have the option to make an in kind donation to the James Vick Foundation Mission upon arrival



Tournament Schedule


Game 1 11:00am: Suffolk County United vs Jersey Intensity

Game 2 11:45am:  AIM vs JVF Panthers 

Game 3 12:30pm:  Game 1 vs Game 2

Game 4: 1:15pm:  Game 1 Winner vs Game 2 Winner 

Game 5: 2:05pm: HTC vs NYHC

Game 6: 3:00pm: JVF Dragons vs Cheer 

Game 7: 3:50pm: CT Elite vs Competitive Edge

Game 8: 4:35pm: Game 4 Winner vs Game 5 Winner

Game 9: 5:25pm Game 6 Winner vs Game 7 Winner 

Game 10: 6:15pm: Game 8 Winner vs Game 9 Winner (Championship Game)


Championship Ceremony: 7pm


The James Vick Foundation wants to thank Liberty Bank, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, all of our benefactors, families, the clubs, the club dirctors, the athletes, the fans, and the community for creating this spectacular championship for youth in our communities.


Lets get it! Good luck to the teams!




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