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Women’s Ultimate Takes First Place at Regional Tournament

By Kathy Dobson

TEAM MEMBER

The Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team (sMITe) took first place May 4 at the New England regional tournament held in Amherst, Massachusetts, scoring 37 unanswered points and remaining undefeated by New England teams. The win brings their spring record to 15-5 with a 15-game winning streak.

Scoreless against sMITe

sMITe began the tournament Saturday with a match-up against Brown B. In the first few points of the game, captain Mina K. Hsiang ’03 sustained a knee injury. Her team members, however, stepped it up, and several points were played with five or six freshmen on the field. Lori A. Eich ’03 and Darlene E. Ferranti ’06 combined for four goals. sMITe won the game, 15-0.

In the second game of the tournament, sMITe played Boston University. Although BU had scored seven points against the engineers at the sectional tournament the weekend before, sMITe did not give up a point this time. Lily Huang ’06 caught three goals and had four defensive blocks.

sMITe wins over Williams, Brown

On the second day of the tournament, sMITe matched-up against fourth-seeded Williams. sMITe quickly scored the first two points, Williams, however, soon found their groove and both teams fought for every point. After sMITe took the half at 8-2, Williams scored three unanswered points in a row. Led by Meryl R. del Rosario’s ’05 intense defense, sMITe took back control and won the game 15-7. Kathleen M. Rubritz ’04 scored three goals and Yelena Gorlina ’06 had two goals.

The finals of the tournament saw sMITe face regional rival Brown. Although sMITe had beaten Brown 15-3 in early April, the teams seemed to be evenly matched trading points until the score was 4-4. April R. Lehman G and Angela Tong ’05 then took control as they both dominated the game on offense and defense. sMITe took the half 8-5.

In the second half, sMITe stepped up their defense, thoroughly frustrating Brown and shutting down their offense. Julia Cline G and Lehman both had lay-out defensive blocks. sMITe only allowed one point in the second half taking the game 15-6.

sMITe’s regional victory qualifies them for the College National Championships to be held in Austin, Texas on May 23-25. Last year, sMITe finished third in the nation and hopes to improve on that this year.