In a battle of two unbeaten teams, Middlesex downed Old Blue 1 to take the fourth Northeast Qualifier.
Middlesex did not have an easy route to the title as they had close encounters with NYAC 1 and Long Island. Middlesex narrowly defeated NYAC 1 19-12 and overcame a 12 point second half deficit to beat Long Island 19-15, with Jared Collinson getting the last-second game-winner. The come from behind victory may have propelled Middlesex to a berth at Nationals.
Jon Findlen-Kokinda of Middlesex was the MVP of the tournament.
Old Blue 1 cruised through the competition scoring over 25 points per game in their first four games.
In the final, Middlesex jumped out to an early lead over Old Blue 1 and never looked back. With a 26-7 lead at halftime, Middlesex cruised to a 33-19 victory.
The final results are as follows:
1 Middlesex (5-0)
2 Old Blue 1 (4-1)
3 NYAC 1 (3-2)
4 Long Island (2-3)
5 White Plains (1-4)
6 Morris (0-5)
The unofficial Qualifier standings are as follows:
1 Old Blue 100
2 Middlesex 94
3 Long Island 78
Long Island’s heartbreaking loss and lackluster 2-3 finish did not officially eliminate them from a spot at Nationals, but it will require a tournament victory and a last place finish from Middlesex.
As long as Old Blue 1 enters the next qualifier tournament and does not forfeit any matches they have punched a bid to the National Tournament.
Middlesex can still win the Northeast region with a first place finish at home next week. They will also need Old Blue 1 to finish 3rd or lower in order to obtain the top spot.