Ultimate Garners Second Place Trophy at BrownBy Angela Tong
Over the weekend, the MIT women’s ultimate team (sMITe) went to Seekonk, MA for the annual Huck-a-Hunk of Burning Pumpkin tournament hosted by Brown University. Strong play at the tournament landed them the second-place trophy.
On Saturday, in pool play, MIT first faced Swarthmore. After letting Swarthmore score several goals, the sMITe defense finally started to intensify as Mina K. Hsiang ’03 made five blocks and Lori A. Eich ’03 and Yelena Gorlina ’06 together made three point blocks. Christine B. Dobson '03 helped to convert those points by throwing three goals, two of which were caught by Eich. But their effort was not enough; the final score of was 8-6, in favor of Swarthmore.
In the next round, sMITe met Columbia University, and MIT began to look like a team. Shuang You ’05 prevented Columbia from scoring by denying them upfield passes three times. Lily Huang ’06 made some big plays on both offense and defense, catching three goals and making three blocks. Genevieve G. Ricart ’06 also contributed to the eventual MIT win by catching two goals. In the end, MIT came out on top, 10-1.
The Brown Hobbes team was the next victim to fall to sMITe. Kathleen L. Dobson ’03 came out strong; she threw three goals and caught two. She also made several defensive blocks to help MIT win 8-4.
In their last game of the day, Smite played Yale, who had beaten MIT twice earlier in the season. sMITe did not let them have the glory again. The determination of Meryl del Rosario ’05 to shut Yale down could be seen as she smote three big Yale throws. Angela Tong ’05 also made four blocks. Nancy Y. Sun ’04 took advantage of the defense by throwing three goals, two of which were sickening hucks to Christina R. Keenan ’03 and Kathleen Dobson. sMITe defeated Yale 13-7.
MIT, Swarthmore meet again
MIT kept their intensity up on Sunday when the single elimination tournament began. sMITe’s first game was against Dartmouth, who had also beaten MIT earlier in the season. This time, the MIT women turned up their defense, pushed Dartmouth back into their own end zone, and in one quick motion, Daphna Buchsbaum G scored the first MIT Callahan goal in several years. Christine Dobson continued the scoring by throwing two goals and catching four. sMITe won the game 12-4 and advanced to the semi-finals.
The semi-final round was played against Swarthmore. Hsiang decided that Swarthmore shouldn't get the best of MIT again as she threw four goals and caught one. Amy R. Lam ’06, playing her first tournament of the year, was a good mid as she helped to move the disc up the field. Huang’s and Eich’s five defensive blocks contributed to the win as well, and at the end of the game, MIT had squashed Swarthmore 10-4.
MIT faced the Brown Alumnae team in the final round. Composed of players from the best club teams in the country, Brown won 15-4 despite sMITe’s valiant effort. Cathy Chu ’06 put up crazy marks that hindered the experienced Brown players from throwing up the field, but sMITe could not meet the challenge. The Brown Alumnae took the tournament title, while sMITe took home second place.