MIT Wins Inaugural UNIHOC ContestBy Henrik Martin
On Nov. 21, the first ever intercollegiate UNIHOC tournament took place at MIT. After 10 teams competed for five hours, MIT emerged as the overall champion.
MIT fielded a total of four teams, reflecting the size of the most extensive UNIHOC program in the nation. The team included an "M" team, an "I" team, a "T" team, and Nu Delta, the current intramural champions. Boston and Northeastern universities, and Suffolk and Franklin Pierce colleges also fielded teams.
The teams were split into two divisions of five teams, and each team played a round-robin with the other teams in its division. From each division, the top two teams qualified for the play-offs.
The play-offs started with a semifinal round, where the Huskies from Northeastern defeated the spirited all-women's team from Franklin Pierce; the MIT I team dismissed the fighting MIT M team.
The final then stood between the two undefeated teams of the day: the dominating Huskies (who had scored an unbelievable 11 goals per game in the qualifying round), and the defensively strong MIT I team, which consisted of Jeff Cole G, Henrik Martin G, Mats Stading, Matt Trevithick G, and Marc Wefers G.
The final was played at an outrageous pace between two very even teams. After full time, the score was even at 2-2, the lowest scoring game of the day. In order to decide who was to go home with the first prize trophy (a UNIHOC ball spray painted in gold), sudden death was invoked. The game was elevated to a frenzy with plenty of scoring chances both ways. Finally, Stading managed to find the Huskies net with a wicked wrist shot, propelling MIT to its first intercollegiate UNIHOC title.
MIT will probably be hosting a similar but expanded event next year. Teams from Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Connecticut have already expressed interest in participating.