Ultimate Goes 3-2-1 At Amherst TourneyBy Angela Tong
The MIT Women’s Ultimate Team (sMITe) went 3-2-1 at Wilson Memorial Tournament last Saturday. The tournament, held at UMass-Amherst, was a round robin tournament with seven other teams from the New England region.
After a first-round bye, MIT faced Tufts in gusting winds. The conditions did not intimidate Christine B. Dobson ’03 as she confidently threw two goals. Yelena Gorlina ’06 also stepped up and caught two goals. None of the scoring could have been possible without the hard defense played by Darlene E. Ferranti ’06. sMITe took the first game 6-3.
In the second game, sMITe faced Amherst College. They proved to be no match for sMITe’s Daphna Buchsbaum G, who contributed four points by catching two goals and throwing two. Elizabeth S. Kim G also fought through Amherst’s defense to catch a goal. sMITe took the game 9-3.
The third game was a rematch against UMass-Amherst, who had nearly shut them out in the teams’ last meeting. With only a week’s practice to prepare, sMITe nearly turned the tables on UMass, but ultimately lost the dogfight, 9-7. The defense was anchored by Lily Huang ’06, Lucy R. Mendel ’06, and Dobson, who sprinted hard to smack the disc down several times. Christina R. Keenan ’03 converted these turnovers to scores catching for two goals.
MIT faced Cornell for the first time this year in their fourth game of the tournament. sMITe dominated, displaying a seamless offensive effort and tremendous team defense. Kathleen L. Dobson ’03 played as if she saw no defense from the other team and contributed five MIT’s seven points. Angela Tong ’05 also helped, throwing one goal and catching two. sMITe won the game 7-6.
In the fifth game, MIT met Smith College. In this game, Keenan fought hard for two goals and Genevieve G. Ricart ’06 made a spectacular block despite her injured knee. Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough and Smith took the win, 6-4.
The final match, against Amherst Regional High School, was not only a fight with the opposing Frisbee players, but also against the freezing-cold wind and the onset of darkness. Both teams played zone defense for the entire game. Meryl R. del Rosario ’05 was one of the main forces for sMITe, moving the disc up the field by popping and finding the holes in the defensive cup. Mendel followed through on del Rosario’s efforts and threw two goals. In the end, both teams lost to nature and had to quit at 4-4.
This coming weekend, sMITe will head to Seakonk, Mass. to play in the annual Huck-a-Hunk of Burning Pumpkin Tournament hosted by Brown University.