Ultimate Goes 3-2 At N.C. TournamentBy Andrew Kirmse
Last weekend, the MIT Ultimate Frisbee team traveled to Wilmington, N.C., for the 5th Annual College Easterns tournament. The team went 3-2 in a field of 24 teams from as far away as Santa Cruz, Calif.
In a welcome contrast from Boston's cold weather, Saturday was clear and warm. A strong gusty wind necessitated a zone defense, in order to force the offense to commit mistakes. In the first game against the University of Virginia, MIT started sluggishly and fell to a 5-1 deficit. After a long battle and several key upwind goals, the game was tied 12 apiece, forcing a win-by-two overtime. UVA had two chances to put the game away, but MIT came back to win 16-14.
The wind calmed for the next game against the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, last year's national collegiate champions. After again falling behind 5-1, MIT pulled out a trick defense that shut down Wilmington completely and brought their lead down to 6-5. Wilmington's superior athleticism and stifling man-to-man defense finally brought them victory, 11-7, after the game was time capped.
With an easy 13-5 victory over the University of Vermont next, MIT found themselves ranked second in their pool going into Sunday's games. While the top seeds earned byes, MIT played last-ranked Williams College in an extremely blustery and sloppy game. With many team members missing, Williams fell 13-3. MIT then lost to North Carolina State 11-5, which ended their tournament play.
Easterns was a good opportunity for MIT to see some of the best Ultimate teams from around the country, as well as some local rivals who also made the trip. The next tournament is April 2 at Rutgers University.