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Ultimate Convincingly Crushes Brandeis in Pre-season Match

By Rafael Bejar
Team Member

The MIT Ultimate Frisbee team opened its '94-'95 season last Friday night with a convincing 159 victory over Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. This was a surprisingly easy victory for the team which lost several key players from last year to graduation and knee injuries.

The game was a pre-season game for the two teams. Games in the Boston Ultimate conference, which includes MIT, Brandeis, Harvard University, Tufts University, Boston University, and Boston College, start next week.

MIT jumped out to an early 82 lead on Friday, led by former captains Ed Hwang '95 and James P. Sarvis G. Hwang and Sarvis worked through the Brandeis defense seemingly at will, both having only one turnover in the first half. Co-captain Tim Tuttle G also played a big role in the first half, handling the frisbee with Hwang and Sarvis, and throwing most of the goals.

MIT's pace slowed down a bit in the second half when former MIT Captain and current Brandeis coach Mike "Tross" Lawler '93 started playing for the Brandeis team. Lawler got nine blocks in the second half, including three in the MIT endzone. But he could only manage to pull Brandeis to within 6 points in the end.

Andrew Kirmse's '94 interception of one of Lawler's passes sealed the victory for MIT. Souheil Inati G was also in great early season form, going the entire game without a turnover.

"Our biggest strength this year is that the starters have played together for four years," Tuttle said. "Ed has to be one of the top five players in the Northeast, and when we play well, other teams are going to have a tough time stopping us," he said.

Lawler said, "MIT is looking better than I've ever seen them. This could be the year they make it to Nationals. I wish I could transfer back."

MIT's team hasn't advanced to nationals since 1986, and the feeling around the team is that this could be the year.

"We usually spend the fall teaching our new players how to play the game, but this year we've had the best recruiting fall in maybe three or four years," said Co-captain Mike Jones G, who is out this fall recovering from knee surgery. "So this fall is going to be more seeing how the new players fit into the team than teaching them how to be impact players," he said.

MIT's Ultimate Frisbee team practices during the week and will be playing several games against local Boston teams this fall. Anyone interested in playing is invited to come out and play.