Women’s Ultimate Wins at YaleBy Lori A. Eich
The Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team (sMITe) took first place at the Yale Cup last weekend, giving them the number five national ranking. Overall, sMITe outscored its opponents 83-35.
After a first round bye on Saturday, sMITe began pool play by crushing Haverford 13-2. Mina K. Hsiang ’03 showed her versatility by throwing four goals and catching four more. The winning goal began with a point block by Kathleen L. Dobson ’03, who picked up the disc and swung it to Nancy Y. Sun ’04. Sun hucked downfield to Michelle H. Wu G cutting into the end zone, her second of eleven goals caught in the tournament.
In the next game, sMITe took down Yale 13-6. This game showed the talent of the entire team; rather than a single person dominating the game, the 13 sMITe goals were thrown by seven different team members. Likewise, the goals were caught by eight different team members. Nine of the eleven sMITe players made at least one defensive block.
“We don’t have to center our offense around any single person because everyone on the team adds a lot to the game,” Sun said.
MIT cruises to quarterfinals
The third and fourth games were very quick, with sMITe annihilating UPenn 13-2 and Williams 13-3. Christine B. Dobson ’03 threw five goals and caught three in the Williams game. Highlights of the UPenn game included a sky block by Meryl R. del Rosario ’05, followed by a wicked huck from Cordelia E. Crockett G to Eulalia S. Massague ’04 in the end zone.
In Sunday’s quarterfinals, sMITe smoked Cornell 15-5. Cornell tried out their long game, but quickly lost interest after Kathleen M. Rubritz ’04 pulled down three sky blocks on defense. Also helping with the victory were Christine Dobson and Kathleen Dobson, who threw six goals and caught five goals, respectively.
MIT met its hottest contender, Brown, in the semifinals. The game was close, with both teams trading points throughout the game. Assisted by Kathleen Dobson’s five defensive sky blocks, sMITe emerged victorious with a final score of 11-9. Coach James Sarvis G said, “Brown could consistently capitalize on our mistakes, but sMITe really stepped up to the challenge and played a hard, clean game.”
Bucknell falls 15-8 in title game
In the championship game, sMITe faced Bucknell’s four-person, six-foot-tall cup. Bucknell’s defense was an obstacle for every other team in the tournament, but it was quickly broken by sMITe’s killer zone offense. Likewise, Bucknell’s huck-and-pray offense was taken down by a simple change to a backhand force by sMITe. MIT’s offense was assisted by Lori A. Eich ’03 and Angela Tong ’05, who each pulled down four points. After taking the half at 8-7, MIT continued to dominate for a 15-8 win.