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Men's Ultimate Concludes Season With Strong Showing in Tourney

By Mike T. Lee
Team Member

The men's club ultimate team capped off the fall tournament season last weekend with an impressive second place finish at the Syracuse Ultimate Tournament. Though the team was initially seeded poorly, solid play from all team members took MIT to the finals of the ten-team tournament.

On Saturday, the MIT team battled through pool play against Syracuse University B, the State University of New York at Albany, Penn State University, and the Cornell Krusties, a Cornell alumni team.

The first game of the day pitted MIT against Syracuse B, which ended in a 130 romp. This game was the first shutout by an MIT Ultimate team in two years. With similar efficiency, MIT beat Albany 134, highlighted by a foot block by Jeremy Lueck '99 on the MIT goal line which set up the game winning goal.

After a tough loss against the tournament champions, the Cornell Krusties, MIT again triumphed in the last game of the day against Penn State. Aaron Julin '98 skied three defenders simultaneously on a hanging forehand from Leon Hsu G for a score to help MIT crush PSU 136.

MIT ended the day 31 and headed into the second day with a second place finish in pool play.

On Sunday, MIT faced a tough Cornell Buds team in the quarter finals. After finishing the half on top 75, MIT's defense kicked into high gear and shut out Cornell in the second half to take the game 155 on a push pass to Keith Randall G in the endzone.

This milestone game served as the first time in recent history that MIT has defeated a Cornell Ultimate team.

The semifinal game for MIT against the hometown favorites, Syracuse (Scooby Doom), proved to be the most exciting game of the tournament with multiple lay-outs from both teams. Level-headed zone offense led by Ajit Sarnak '98 and Thad Matuszeski '99 kept the score close. At halftime, the score was 86.

After the half, MIT went on a 62 run led by some intense offense by newcomer Todd Haugsjaa and lay-out defenses by Rich White G and Alex Lian '98.

The finals placed MIT in a position to fight the Cornell Krusties again, and after a hard fought battle in the rain, the Cornell alumni proved their greater experience with a triumph over MIT 135.

MIT finished with a 52 record, and went undefeated against college teams. Some bright new players showed their potential in the tournament, with freshmen Dan Roth '01 and Hunter Fraiser '01 both contributing widely to the MIT success in their first games on the MIT team.

The fall season continues for MIT next weekend as the team travels to the Division II Sectionals in Maine. A successful weekend could put MIT into Fall Regionals for the first time since fall of 1994. Other fall tournaments include the Beanpot tournament which will occur throughout the different colleges in the Boston area over the next few weeks.