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Ultimate Defeats Boston College, 17-14 for Beanpot Championship

By Mike Jones
Team Member

A clash of ultimate frisbee titans occurred at Steinbrenner Stadium Sunday as MIT went head-to-head with Boston College in the championship game of the Ultimate Beanpot, Boston's fall college ultimate frisbee conference.

The game was intensely fought with a number of lead changes, but in the end, MIT's tenacious defense and patient offense were too much for BC as MIT won 1714.

BC cruised through the regular season with a perfect 50 record, while MIT's only loss during the regular season was a close game to BC. Thus the MIT squad entered the final looking to avenge its only loss.

Sunday's championship began with BC, known for its intense man-to-man defense, jumping out to a 20 lead. The consistent play of MIT's handlers Ed Hwang '95, James Sarvis G, and Tim Tuttle G allowed MIT to take the lead at 32. The rest of the first half continued to go back and forth with each team taking a small lead only to see the other team regain it.

With BC up by one, MIT tied the game at 88 after the Kappa Sigma connection struck again, as Dan Stine G found Ron Phelan '95 in the endzone with a beautiful 50-yard forehand throw. However, on its next possession BC put together a string of nice passes to take the half 98, and regain some momentum.

In the second half, the constant reminders by MIT's Souheil Inati G to make conservative passes kept MIT's offense on track and allowed MIT to tie the game at 1111. But as they had all afternoon, BC players stopped MIT's momentum with a score of their own to regain the lead 1211.

Andrew Kirmse G led MIT to its next score with a clutch catch of an errant throw. After another score by BC and a turnover by MIT on its next possession, BC marched toward the MIT endzone with the intent of opening up a two point lead.

With a BC receiver wide open in the endzone the pass went up for what looked like a sure score. Out of nowhere, Dave Bailey G went horizontal to make an incredible layout block and deny BC's attempted score.

The MIT squad was pumped up after this block and stormed out to a commanding 1613 lead. After a final BC score, MIT ended the game with another long forehand from Stine to Inati, who beat his man to the corner of the endzone.

This was a huge win for the MIT ultimate team as it ended the fall season with the Ultimate Beanpot Championship in the inaugural year of the league. This victory makes MIT the team to beat in Boston intercollegiate ultimate.