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Women's Ultimate Team Ranks Tenth in Nation

By Olivera Kessler
team member

The women's ultimate frisbee team played in their first tournament of the spring season at Princeton University last weekend, earning a 60 record for the weekend. The trip kept the team undefeated with an overall record of 90 for the spring.

Based on the performance, the Ultimate Players Association ranked MIT as the 10th best women's college team in North America. The team was previously unranked.

MIT won its round of pool play by beating 17th-ranked University of Pennsylvania 113, Drew University 110, 19th-ranked Princeton University 116, and Dartmouth College 113 on the first day, and Syracuse University 111 on the second day.

Unfortunately, a series of injuries left the team with only one substitute on the first day, and no subs the second day. Then in the quarterfinal game on the second day, another injury left the team short-handed, forcing them to finish the quarterfinal game against the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with only six players on the field to UMass' seven. Still, MIT managed to come out ahead with a 129 win.

At that point, the team would have met Princeton again in the semifinals, but they ended up forfeiting the game rather than playing six-on-seven for a full game and risking further injuries.

This was only the first tournament of the spring. A tournament which had been scheduled to take place in Amherst the previous Sunday had been canceled as a result of the snowstorm and subsequent adverse field conditions.

MIT will compete as the top seed in the East New England Sectional Competition in Rehoboth, Mass. on April 26 and 27. The team will then play in the Northeast Regional Competition on May 3 and 4.