2010 Falcon Cup

Our Black squad traveled out West to the 23rd Falcon Cup tourney hosted by the US Air Force Academy Team Handball Club. Played on the campus of the AFA, it was a great weekend of team handball. Thanks to Mike Cavanaugh, CDTs Carsen Chun, Ben Fox, and all those who helped put on a great event. After some adventure at the Newark Airport Friday morning which included switching from American to Continental, we made it to Dallas on time and then on to Colorado Springs. We got a great deal from the Embassy Suites Hotel, which was an excellent value and great location for our base of operations. After a quick check into the hotel, we headed to the Academy for our first round match vs AF's White squad (their junior team). We worked a heavy sub rotation to keep everyone fresh and allow the guys to get accustomed to the altitude (7,258 feet), but we still easily handled them 43-16. After getting a good night's rest, we came out hot and opened up a multi-goal lead vs Los Angeles, which we held the remainder of the game. They made a run at the end, but our defense held and we won 28-26. That set up an afternoon showdown against Air Force's senior team, Air Force White. Again, we came out strong and took control early, never looking back, winning 35-30 in a match that wasn't quite as close as the score showed. Marc Beaudoin and Rickey Royal took turns shutting down AF's play maker, eventual tourney MVP Carsen Chun, who never go much going in our match due to the smothering defense from our guys. The win gave us the rest of the afternoon off while the field battled it out the rest of the day for the right to play us in the finals on Sunday. Denver surprised the field by recovering from their opening round loss to beat LA and AF to reach the finals. After an all-you-can-eat pizza bar dinner at Old Chicago's Pizza grill Sat night, we were rested and recharged and focused to win the tourney. Sunday morning the matches were full 30-min halves. Denver started with the ball and tried to shorten the match with the first two possessions lasted more than 3 minutes. That was an unacceptably slow pace, so we started pressing and never let up - by halftime, Denver was down four points and worn out. 40 minutes later, we won 29-22 to take the title. TJ Giordano and Rickey Royal were named to the all-tourney team. Either won probably would have been voted tourney MVP had they played on different teams. The return trip went smoothly, getting back at 0230 on Monday morning. Our team played great as a unit and are in great position with the national championship season approaching in April.

2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team  Handball
Rickey Royal finishes a break vs LA
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
TJ Giordano shoots against LA
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Marc Beaudoin shoots from the wing vs LA
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Rickey Royal bangs inside against the LA defense
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
LA's defense can't keep up with Rickey
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Rickey scores vs LA
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Tim Flynn scored from the left wing vs LA
2010 Falcon Cup  - West Point Men's Team Handball
Tim getting out on the break vs LA
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
TJ Giordano knifes through the LA defense
2010  Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
Rickey, Marc, and TJ working for the open shot against LA
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team  Handball
Rickey & Marc getting a break
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
West Point Black and Los Angeles THC
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Rickey Royal vs Carsen Chun of Air Force
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Jason Borchik and Marc Beaudoin work the ball vs AF
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
Preston Pham getting around the AF defense
2010  Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
Rickey & Jason working a play
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Preston heading up the court
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Jason follows through with a big shot
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Marc Beaudoin scores vs AF
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Rickey beats the AF defense down the court
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
Rickey taking off
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's  Team Handball
Marc shoots vs AF
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Jason getting out in front of AF's defense
2010  Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
Adam Moore shoots vs AF
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Gio gets through the AF defense
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Preston Pham beats Carsen Chun to the left wing for a shot
[Untitled]West Point and Air Force shake2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Adam, Mike, & Jason at Balanced Rock
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
The rock looked like it needed to be held up
2010  Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
Mike, Jason, Adam, & MAJ Hodges at the Garden of the Gods
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team  Handball
West Point waves to the crowd
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
West Point and Denver shake
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Former exchange Army Handballer "JRyan" Nichol
2010 Falcon  Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
TJ Giordano about to unload on Denver
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Adam Moore moves the ball vs Denver
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Rickey out in front of Denver early
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Air Rickey vs Denver's goalie
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
West Point setting up its signature pressure defense
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
Jason Borchik beats the Denver defense up the court
2010  Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
Jason finishes off the break
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Adam Moore floating
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's  Team Handball
Rickey getting there before everyone else
2010  Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
Rickey on his takeoff roll
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Rickey in flight
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Greg Ayers swings the ball around
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Dex Wise quarterbacking the defense
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Tim Flynn works a wing shot vs Denver
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Pat Saxby about to score from the left wing vs Denver
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
Rickey on another break
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's  Team Handball
Rick tries the quick shot this time
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Marc Beaudoin shows good form from the right wing
2010  Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
Dex catches a breather
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Tim Wagner says "What's up?"
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
This is where MAJ Hodges tells the team to "score more points than Denver"
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team  Handball
Blacks' D stayed tough through the end of the match vs Denver
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
Gio being Gio
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's  Team Handball
The team with the final score
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Coach and the team. Man, Reber is tall!
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Greg Durso and the guys
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's  Team Handball
Jason accepts the championship trophy
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
TJ receives his all-tourney glass
2010 Falcon Cup - West  Point Men's Team Handball
Rickey receives his all-tourney glass
2010 Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team  Handball

2010  Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball

2010  Falcon Cup - West Point Men's Team Handball
View from the Colorado Springs airport terminal shortly before we took off to return home.


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