Ultimate Takes 4th at Coffee CupBy Angela Tong
The MIT Women’s Ultimate Team (sMITe) took fourth place last weekend at Yale’s Coffee Cup. Taking mostly rookies to their first tournament of the year, sMITe dominated in pool play and only lost to teams of veteran college players.
Wombats, Quasars fall to sMITe
The first pool play game was against the Wombats from Skidmore. After starting the game late, Genevieve G. Ricart ’06 took charge immediately with a goal thrown and two goals caught. The defensive effort was led by Yelena Gorlina ’06, who had three blocks. In the end, sMITe outscored the Wombats 5-3.
In the next game against the Harvard Quasars, the wind picked up. As a result, there were many turnovers and the points were long. sMITe’s endurance paid off, though, as Shuang You ’06 both threw and caught a goal as well as made a block. Dominating the defense and shutting down Harvard’s offensive game, Christina R. Keenan ’03, Meryl R. Del Rosario ’05, and Lily Huang ’06 together totaled eight blocks. To win the game and the pool, Lori A. Eich ’03 threw the perfect huck into the end zone.
Later games more difficult
sMITe played the Wellesley Whiptails in the quarterfinals. Although the Whiptails played some good offense, Sarah Kamal G and Lucy R. Mendel ’06 helped to thwart Wellesley’s attack by making seven huge blocks. The sMITe offense, in turn, was led by Samantha E. Bennett ’06, who threw two goals and caught two, and Mendel, who also displayed offensive ability by throwing three goals. The team’s overall excellent play contributed to the 8-4 victory over the Whiptails.
sMITe met Dartmouth in the semifinals. This was the hardest game yet. Dartmouth was more organized overall had the throws and cuts to go with it. sMITe put up a good fight, though, as Eich threw two goals and Darlene E. Ferranti ’06 caught one. There was evidence that sMITe started to really gel in the semifinal match as they shredded the zone defense that Dartmouth tried to play. Despite a solid sMITe effort, Dartmouth ended up on top 9-4.
In the consolation game, sMITe faced Yale A, composed of all the Yale players who went to nationals last year. The new sMITe team tried their best as Angela Tong ’05 made four blocks, but Yale was too strong and too experienced and shut sMITe out 13-0 to take third place, leaving sMITe to take fourth.