Women’s Ultimate Club Earns First at Williams Tournament
MIT Defeats Twelve Other Teams, Bests Williams in Final MatchBy Kathy Dobson
The MIT women’s club ultimate team captured their second straight Purple Valley Tournament Championship crown at Williams College last weekend. MIT went undefeated the entire weekend, besting 12 other regional college teams, including defending regional champion Brown University and host Williams College.
MIT started the tournament with pool play on Saturday. The day began with a young but competent team from Yale University. MIT appeared sluggish in the first half, swapping points with Yale for the first few minutes.
However, after 4 half-time sprints, MIT perked up taking the game 11-6. Shalini Agarwal G proved to be the defensive key for MIT with 2 blocks and close man-to-man coverage.
Jessica A. Howe G also contributed, making an essential defensive sky block early in the second half.
The second game had MIT playing an inexperienced but very stylish Smith team. Using their zone defense for much of the second half, MIT ended the game with only one goal scored against against them, 13-1.
Leading the zone defense, Polly Allen G, Meryl R. del Rosario ’05, and Christine B. Dobson ’03 played well together in the cup.
MIT played their final game of the day against local rival Harvard University. Playing with only one substitute, MIT managed to keep Harvard out of the endzone. MIT beat Harvard 9-0.
Finishing first in their pool, MIT started the second day facing Brown, who had gone 2-1 the day before. Brown proved to be the most challenging game of the tournament.
Lori A. Eich ’03 and Angela Tong ’05, both of whom had been absent on Saturday, showed their stuff early as Eich threw for 3 goals and Tong caught 5 goals while making 2 blocks. Christine Dobson caught six goals, threw one, and had one block. MIT came away with the win, 13-9.
Advancing on to the semifinals, MIT once again faced Yale. MIT’s defense proved to be too much for Yale as MIT had 11.5 blocks for the 12 points played in the game.
Cordelia E. Crockett G had a stellar performance with three blocks, one goal thrown and one goal caught. Del Rosario also turned on the defense with two blocks for the game. MIT took the game 9-3.
The final pitted MIT against host Williams College, who had defeated Cornell in the other semifinal. Despite being the first seed in the tournament, Williams proved to be no match for the feisty Engineers.
Kathleen L. Dobson ’03 threw five goals, caught three and had 3.5 blocks. Nancy Y. Sun ’04 had two blocks, two point-blocks, three goals thrown and one goal caught.
Shuang You ’05 also contributed with intense man-to-man defense. MIT captured the game, and the title, with a 13-3 win over Williams.
The Women’s Ultimate team will look bring home another tournament title next weekend. They will travel to Brown University for their Huck-a-Hunk of Burnin’ Pumpkin tournament November 3 and 4.