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Ultimate Reaches Semifinal Round at Princeton

By Andrew Kirmse
Team Member

Last weekend the ultimate team traveled to Princeton for the twoday Ivies Plus tournament. MIT went 42 overall, reaching the semifinals of the 16 team field before being eliminated.

The closest game on Saturday came against Carnegie Mellon University. Both teams alternated flashes of offensive brilliance with throwaways and poor decisions. The game was close the whole way, with most goals scoring on the downwind end of the field. Down 1412 in a game to 15, MIT scored a crucial upwind goal, then started to roll.

After reaching a 1414 tie, the game was capped at 16. MIT slammed the door on CMU's tired squad and finished with a 1615 win.

The day's last game came against SUNY-Binghamton in a cold rain. MIT's zone defense kept the game close early, but then the weather improved and Binghamton started to pull away, taking the half 85. Binghamton continued its undefeated streak against MIT with a 158 win.

With wins over weak teams from Rutgers University (154) and Tufts University (151), MIT claimed the sixth seed in Sunday's 10team single elimination. This put the Engineers up against Williams College, who split a pair of games with MIT two weeks ago at East Carolina University.

MIT's offense scored nearly at will in this game, stretching the field with deep throws as well as marching patiently up the field. The defense was also a factor, clogging up the front of the field and forcing Williams to put up risky throws. Williams stayed within a few points, but MIT came away with a 1310 win.

The win advanced MIT to the semifinals against Yale University, seeded first in the tournament and ranked fourth nationally. Down 52, underdog MIT looked certain to become Yale's next Northeast regional victim. But MIT started to mix up its defenses and scored three straight goals. Neither team was willing to give in; the score climbed to 1010 and Yale was getting visibly worried. Unfortunately, a few key offensive mistakes cost MIT the next three points and the game.

MIT's record now stands at 65, and the team has proved itself a force to reckon with in the Northeast region. The next tournament is April 22 at Yale.