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Travel plan send frisbee team packing despite early wins

By Ali Azar

The frisbee club traveled to New York this weekend to compete in the Purchase Cup Tournament at the State University of New York at Purchase. Although MIT planned to attend only the first day of the tourney, they went undefeated in pool play on Saturday and qualified for the playoff rounds slated for Sunday. Unfortunately for the team, their travel plans were set, and they were unable to compete in the playoffs.

MIT stumbled past SUNY-Albany, 10-9, in its first match. The 40@# temperature and gusting wind set the stage for sloppy offensive and loose defensive play from both teams. Each team scored only one goal in the upwind direction. The choice by captain Mark Griffith G to start the game defending the upwind goal proved to be a crucial decision, providing the one point differential in MIT's favor.

MIT changed uniforms from white to black to challenge the other opponent in its three-team pool, Keene State. MIT easily marched to a 8-1 halftime lead and a 14-2 second-half lead before spending nearly 20 minutes scoring the final point. Over 10 turnovers were committed by both teams during that span. The 15-2 victory earned MIT a 2-0 record in pool play and first place in the pool.

In a game to determine seeding for the tournament playoff, MIT chalked up its third victory of the day, defeating Dartmouth, 15-11. In another wind dominated match, Dartmouth selected to start downwind, but MIT quickly stole the advantage by scoring the first goal upwind. They closed the half, leading 8-5, with their second upwind goal.

A third upwind goal by MIT in the second-half widened the gap to 13-7, but Dartmouth marched one into the wind themselves to close the gap. They could not complete the comeback, however, and MIT closed the door at


MIT's undefeated effort earned it a high seed in the playoff, but the team could not stay for Sunday's elimination rounds. Next weekend the team will play with area teams at one of two local tournaments. They will begin their quest for the national championship the following weekend in the Ultimate Players' Association sectional tournament at Keene State.

(Ali Azar G is a member of the frisbee club.)