sMITe Breaks Even At Williams CollegeBy Lori Eich
Last weekend, the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team (sMITe) went 3-3 at Williams College’s annual Purple Valley Tournament.
The first game of the tournament was against the Harvard University Quasars. The game began with a point block by Lori A. Eich ’03, who hucked the disc to Taylor F. Schildgen G for the first point of the game. With the aid of three blocks, one point block, and two goals by Yelena Gorlina ’06, sMITe won the game 9-2.
In the second round of play, sMITe took on Middlebury College. Middlebury attempted a zone defense, but it was quickly crushed by sMITe’s solid play. Nancy Y. Sun ’04 led the team with three goals thrown and one caught, and Eulalia S. Massague ’04 shut down Middlebury's offense with five huge blocks. After the game was capped for time, sMITe came out ahead with a score of 8-5.
The team’s next opponent was Amherst College. Winning with a final score of 9-0, sMITe spent most of the game autographing discs in the end zone. The game was dominated by Schildgen, who threw one goal, caught another, and brought down seven blocks. Kathleen L. Dobson ’03 was an end zone powerhouse, with three goals caught and one thrown.
After this easy victory, sMITe faced its toughest matchup of the tournament: UMass-Amherst. sMITe started off with a huge point block by Elizabeth S. Kim G, followed with a huck by Angela Tong ’05 to Massague for the goal. Unfortunately, the speed and solid throws by UMass for the rest of the game forced a sMITe loss, 13-2.
On the second day of play, sMITe faced Yale University’s Ramona. Meryl R. del Rosario ’05 contributed three blocks and one point block, and Shuang You ’05 threw one goal and caught one more. However, Ramona squeezed out a victory, winning 11-8.
The final game pitted sMITe against the Wellesley Whiptails. Despite Wellesley’s excellent use of zone defense in heavy winds, Genevieve G. Ricart ’06, Darlene E. Ferranti ’06, and Gorlina caught two goals each. But even with four strong blocks by Tong, sMITe lost 9-7.
“Although our throws couldn’t stand up to the heavy winds in this game, I think the team improved a lot throughout the tournament,” Sun said.