Ultimate Takes 2nd at RegionalsBy Andrew Kirmse
Over the Halloween weekend the ultimate team traveled to Albany for the New England Regional tournament. The team's 4-1 record earned it second place among the 16 teams participating.
Despite the cold weather, MIT jumped to a quick lead against Columbia University and held on to win 15-11. They then dispatched sectional rival Boston University 15-10.
The season's most hotly contested game came next against the State University of New York at Albany. This was the team that kept MIT from nationals last year in a 17-15 melee. This time, MIT fought back from an almost continual two-point deficit to tie the game at 12 apiece. After trading goals, MIT put the game away 15-13, winning the pool and guaranteeing one of the top four spots in the tournament.
Playing conditions deteriorated on Sunday as a chilly rain began to fall. Inconsistent play cost MIT the first game against Hurl, a club team from New Hampshire, 15-9. Prospects looked dim as ice mixed with the rain before the final game against Williams College.
Williams was ranked first at the tournament, but they crumbled under a strong combination of zone and man-to-man defenses. MIT's offense advanced up the field at will and repeatedly broke the Willams zone. Though Williams pulled to within one point, MIT remained ahead and finished at 15-12.
The ultimate team amassed an 18-4 record this fall, including an impressive 17-1 against college teams. MIT is poised for a strong run at nationals when the season resumes in the spring.