Men’s Ultimate Team Finishes Third, Will Head to Regionals at Dartmouth
This past weekend, the MIT men’s ultimate frisbee teams played in their sectional tournament at Tufts University. Both the A team and the B team competed against schools from around Boston, with the top five teams advancing to the regional tournament next weekend at Dartmouth. The A team ended the tournament with a 3rd place finished and will advance to regional competition.
The A team fared well on Saturday, going 2-2 in pool play. The day started with an easy game against Harvard’s B team. MIT made quick work of Harvard and took the match 15-7. The Engineers were led by great play from Henry Y. Wong G and Andrew Y. Wong ’01.
The next challenge was top-ranked Tufts. Despite great individual effort by Won S. Chun G, Edmund M. Chou ’02, and Benjie Chen G, the team could not get the job done and fell to Tufts 13-3.
After an easy victory over Northeastern by the count of 13-6, the team had to go up against the tough Brandeis team. Hunter B. Fraser ’01 came out strong by scoring two quick goals and throwing for a few more. The team was able to continue trading points up until a 12-11 lead. With a chance for MIT to win the game, a lucky Brandeis player got a block, and the two Brandeis superstars were able to steal the game 14-12. The loss setup a game to go for MIT with the much-hated BC team early Sunday morning.
On Sunday, the team came out strong. Elisha W. Hopson G was a menace on the field, playing amazing defense and throwing for a few scores. The turning point in the game was a sweet layout D by Win Chevapravatdumrong G on one of the BC handlers. MIT got pumped up and rolled to a 13-6 victory.
The win over BC setup a rematch against the Tufts team. MIT came out strong with hot grabs by Krzysztof J. Fidkowski ’03 and Aaron Moronez, but the Tufts team came back strong and won 13-6.
After the disappointing loss, MIT had a rematch with Brandeis for third place. Not content to let them steal another win, Jay F. Bacow ’02 and Matthew B. Greytak ’04 anchored the team and shut down their offense. Daniel P. Parker G was unstoppable on offense and defense, and the MIT team won easily 13-6 to take 3rd overall.
B team ends tournament in third
The B team went 0-4 on Saturday, playing with only two subs and in heavy, changing winds. After coming out flat against a tough Boston College team and losing 13-1, the B team played tough against Boston University. With hot defense by Jacob W. Faber ’04 and Daniel B. Turek ’03, the team stayed close throughout the game. However, BU pulled head and put down the Engineers 13-6.
MIT’s B team went on to play Harvard’s A team. Despite great play by Ronald C. Li ’03, Chwanhai H. Hsiung ’04, Colin A. Cross ’03, and Roshan B. Baliga ’03, Harvard quickly defeated MIT, 13-1.
For the final Saturday match, MIT’s B team took on Tufts’ B team. Because of mental mistakes MIT dropped the first half 7-1. The Engineers rallied during the second half behind the strong arm of Samuel A. Schweighart G and only lost 13-5.
With two more people and a whole lot more determination on Sunday, the B team came out hungry for a win. The Engineers started late against an undermanned Harvard B team and defeated Harvard 10-9. The Engineers were led by great defensive play from Gary C. Lee ’02 and Andrew M. Goldsweig ’02.
The next game was against Northeastern for eighth place. With strong winds facing the Engineers, solid defense from MIT and great grabs from Michael T. Bolin ’03 led MIT to score the only upwind goal of the first half and to finish the half 7-4. The Engineers came out hard in the second half, and refused to let Northeastern back in the game. MIT’s determination led them to take the three upwind points. MIT won the match over Northeastern by a big score of 13-4 and took 8th place in the tournament.
Next weekend, the MIT A team travels to Dartmouth for Regionals. After their play at sectionals, they earned the 10th seed out of the 16 teams, and a national ranking of 66. If they can defeat Middlebury, Harvard, and Brown, the defending national champions, they will earn a spot at Nationals. Nationals will be held from May 25-27 at Fort Devens, Mass.