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Ultimate Team Wins New England Division II Title

By Leon Hsu
Team Member

Last weekend, the men's ultimate team traveled to Portland, Maine to compete in the Eastern New England Division II sectional tournament. With a strong core of returning players and a very talented pool of new recruits, MIT made a strong impression at its first tournament of the season.

MIT began pool play by taking on local rivals Boston University and Tufts University. Solid man to man defense and a coordinated offense led to a decisive 133 victory against BU. Highlights included an exciting foot block by Josh Lapan '02 and a behind the back catch in the end-zone by Matt Secor G. A close game against Tufts was broken open by a key defensive lay out block by Chris Wilmer '02. Taking the momentum, the Engineers won handily 136 and advanced to the quarterfinals.

In a quarterfinal matchup against the Maine club team Swell, MIT switched to a zone defense to try to take advantage of strong winds. The aggressive defensive play by Jay Bacow '02, Thad Matuszeski '99 and Wilmer in the cup position forced Swell to turnover the disc several time. Led by the tight zone defense, MIT scored the final 9 points for a final score of 134.

The semifinal game was against the Rhode Island Chowdaheads club team. After trading points early on, MIT scored quickly to take a decisive 104 lead. Highlights included long scoring throws from Win Chevapravatdumrong '00 and Jeremy Lueck '99. The Chowdaheads then put together a run of points, bringing themselves back into the game at 1210 before MIT finally closed out, winning 1310.

As the sun began to set, MIT quickly prepared for the final game of the day, against the Maine Junk of Pork club team. The Engineers played aggressive man to man defense, shutting down Junk's down-field cuts and forcing their handlers to make risky passes, eventually turning it over. On offense, patience persisted over Junk's zone defense. Waiting for holes to open up, handlers Chevapravatdumrong, Bart Hendriks G, Leon Hsu G and Alex Lian G, kept the disc in play and Matuszeski, Lueck and Hunter Fraser '01 capitalized aggressively on lapses in the zone, allowing MIT to slowly but surely push the disc down field. Pete Mayer '99, Andy Wong '01 and Edmund Chou '02 played solidly to seal the victory.

The game, capped due to darkness, ended on a long cross-field hammer throw from Hsu to Fraser, just outside the end zone. Fraser quickly passed the disc to Bacow for the score. With a final score of 113, MIT captured the Eastern New England Division II sectional title.

MIT begins play in the Boston Beanpot league today with a home game against Boston College.