Ultimate 5-1 in College EasternsBy Andrew Kirmse
The ultimate team traveled to Wilmington, N.C. last weekend for the fourth annual College Easterns Tournament. Overcoming injuries, the team startled the opposition with a 5-1 overall record and a berth in the semifinals.
Despite the threat of rain, Saturday was sunny and nearly windless, making man-to-man defense the rule. MIT finished the day 4-0 in pool play, beating Dartmouth College, Brown University, and the U.S. Naval Academy by at least seven points each. The University of Georgia mounted a six point rally in the second half of its game, but MIT stayed tough to win, 14-11. MIT emerged as a powerful force in the Northeast by becoming the only team in the region to win its pool.
The next day in the quarterfinals against University of Pennsylvania, MIT's height advantage paid off. The hulking arm of Mike Lawler '93 found Mike Cooper G and Mike Jones G in the end zone for some stellar skying scores. MIT won the game 14-7 and advanced to faced the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the semi-finals. Wilmington, a perennial contender for nationals, took advantage of MIT's mistakes and won 14-4.
MIT's performance at the tournament places the Engineers 19th nationally among college teams. The team's next tournament is April 10 at Princeton University.