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In Second Year Women's Ultimate Earns a Top 25 National Ranking

By James Sarvis
Team Coach

The women's ultimate team placed third at the Northeast College Regional Tournament over the weekend of May 10-11, scoring upsets over top seeded Cornell University, ranked fifth in the nation, and sectional rival Brown University, ranked 16th nationally.

The team narrowly missed qualifying for one of two northeast spots at the College National Championship tournament to be held at the University of California at Davis.

In pool play on Saturday, MIT defeated the University of Rochester, 131 and Amherst College, 134, but lost to seventh ranked Yale, the second seed, 137, to finish second in the pool.

On Sunday, MIT was seeded fifth in an eight-team, double-elimination format. MIT, ranked 19th nationally, roared out to a 41 lead over Brown, the fourth seed, and held on to win the game, 87. The next game was against Cornell, who had not lost a single game to a northeast team this year.

MIT shocked Cornell by taking a quick 30 lead with a strong zone defense and big-play offense. The team's 107 victory earned them a spot in the regional championship game against Yale.

Again, Yale prevailed, 135, earning their third straight trip to nationals. MIT had one more opportunity to go to nationals; the game for second place was against Brown, who had just eliminated the stunned Cornell team.

But after taking a 42 lead, the MIT team, playing with just two subs, succumbed to exhaustion, losing 95.

At the East New England Sectional Tournament the previous weekend, MIT placed second behind Brown University. MIT defeated Tufts University126, McGill University 134, Wellesley College 127, Boston College 133, and Harvard University 130. MIT lost to Brown, 127.

In only its second year, MIT finished the season with a 154 record and a top 25 national ranking.