2023 USA Team Handball College Nationals (Day 2 Summary)

North Carolina celebrates matchwinner in their semifinal penalty shootout victory over Air Force

The second day of competition included some predictable blowouts, but also a few nailbiters.

In the Women’s competition Group Play concluded with two close games between evenly matched team as West Point-Black beat Carolina 12-10 to finish top of the table and West Point-Gold edged Ohio St, 11-10 to finish 3rd. In the Semifinals West Point Black dispatched Ohio St, 19-12 and Carolina beat West Point Gold 20-14 to set up rematches for both the Final and 3rd place matches which will take place today at 11 AM (US ET).

Women’s Competition Page: Link

In the Men’s competition, the quarterfinals saw 3 predictable blowouts and 1 close match between Air Force and West Point-Gold that came down to the wire with Air Force edging West Points 2nd team narrowly, 30-29

  • Quarterfinal Results
    • West Point-Black vs CWRU 33-4
    • OSU-Scarlet vs Tar Heels 30-13
    • Air Force vs West Point-Gold 30-29
    • Carolina vs Auburn 26-12

The semifinals saw a rematch of last year’s final between West Point-Black and Ohio St-Scarlet. West Point broke the game open early for a 4 goal lead that they never relinquished as the tourney favorites gradually wore down Ohio St for a 7 goal win. In the other semifinal, Air Force suffered a key lost early in the match when their center back, Ethan Kwun, was red carded. North Carolina seemed to have the edge, but a game Air Force side hung tough and the match proved to be a dead heat, tied at the end of regulation, tied a the end of extra time and only to be decided by a penalty shootout. Carolina’s Hugh Toomey, scored the matchwinner to send Carolina to Sunday’s final. Video

  • Semifinal Results
    • West Point-Black vs OSU-Scarlet 31-24
    • Carolina 25-25 (Carolina won Penalty shootout 5-3)

Today’s gold match between West Point and North Carolina will be later today at 1 PM US ET. West Point-Black has dominated their competition so far and will be heavily favored to win their 15th consecutive national title. A title they’ve won every non COVID year since 2007. North Carolina is the last non West Point to win a championship, having won 3 consecutive from 2004-2006.

Men’s Competition Page: Link

Web Streaming: Link ($5.99 for all matches)