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Ultimatee Frisbee Wins Seven Straight Games

By Andrew Kirmse
Team Member

The MIT Ultimate Frisbee team has won seven consecutive games in the last two weeks against teams in the Northeast. The victories included a 40 record at the Southern New England Sectional Tournament to secure a first place finish in the league.

Last Saturday, the Southern New England Sectional Tournament was hosted by Tufts University. The eight-team double elimination tournament featured two very skilled and athletic teams: Tufts University and Boston College, both of whom last year reached the Nationals. The first game for MIT resulted in an easy 159 victory over Worcester Polytechnic Institute. MIT then ran into trouble against Brown. During a thunderstorm, after MIT had secured a 40 lead, Brown made a 92 run and threatened to pull an upset. MIT, however, eliminated mistakes and turned up the defense to score the last five points and squeak by, 1513.

Crunch time began with the next game against Tufts. All season, MIT had been looking to this confrontation as their defining moment. The MIT players started strong on defense, shutting down Tufts' deep threat. The game was always within three points, but MIT took the half 87, and the game, 1512.

Boston College emerged as the winner of the loser's bracket, and thus faced MIT in the finals. BC is an extremely athletic and determined team, but was overmatched by MIT's skill on offense and adaptability on defense, aided by some spectacular diving blocks by Michael Cooper G. MIT took a 50 lead and never looked back, winning the game, 1510.

MIT stunned the field by winning the sectional competition for the first time since 1986. A first place seed at the Northeast Regionals will make the road to Nationals a few steps easier. The Regionals will be held May 89 at the State University of New York in Albany, NY.

The previous weekend, the team traveled to Connecticut for a tournament at Wesleyan University. After two decisive wins over SUNY Purchase and Connecticut College, MIT beat Wesleyan, a solid team who last year qualified for the Collegiate National Championships, by a score of 138. A strong breeze kept either team from scoring any upwind points until MIT surged to a 74 lead at halftime. The MIT defense kept Wesleyan quiet during the second half to secure the win.