The fourth annual Friendship Four came to a close on Nov. 28 in Belfast with Union College, the 2014 NCAA Men’s National Champions and ranked 11th overall, claiming the 2018 title with a dramatic 2-1 victory vs Boston University, one of the most storied NCAA teams and five-time National Champions.
Former Vernon Vipers goalie Darian Hanson was tournament MVP as Union College beat Boston University 2-1 in final.
Vernon’s Brett Jewell played for Yale Bulldogs, who finished third.
Parker Foo, a draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, netted the game-winning goal early in the middle period. Earlier on Saturday, Yale University earned a 3rd place finish with a 6-3 defeat of the University of Connecticut.
Hanson backstopped his side to the impressive win and earned the Tournament MVP award, receiving the Marty Walsh Beacon of Hope Trophy.
Union College follows in the footsteps of previous Friendship Four Champions — University of Massachusetts Lowell (2015), University of Vermont (2016) and Clarkson University (2017).
Congratulations Dutchmen….great trip…
— pete palen (@pdotpalen) November 25, 2018
Speaking following the success of the Friendship Four – Shane Johnson, Project Manager: “Our fourth annual Friendship Four was a huge success ending in an exciting final on Saturday. Record numbers watched the 2018 tournament with the four games beamed into millions of homes around the world with over 23,000 fans catching the action live.”