sMITe Frisbee Takes 2nd Place at FinalsBy Lori Eich
sMITe, the Women’s Ultimate team, placed second at the College National Championships in Austin, TX, from May 23-25, ending their season in a close match against Stanford in the finals.
sMITe dominates pool play
The weekend began on May 23 with pool play against Arizona, Wisconsin, and Penn State. Seeded fifth in the tournament overall, sMITe’s first game was against 16th-seeded Arizona. MIT quickly took the match 15-2. This game showed outstanding performances by Elizabeth S. Kim G, who had two blocks and caught one goal, and Darlene Ferranti ’06 with three blocks.
The next game on Friday pitted sMITe against Wisconsin. In the first half, sMITe came out strong with intense defensive playing by Shuang You ’05, shutting down her offender’s every attempt to get open and forcing several turnovers by Wisconsin. sMITe took the game 15-7, with the help of Kathleen Rubritz ’04, who threw one goal and caught two more.
In the final game of pool play, sMITe faced Penn State. Meryl R. del Rosario ’05 kicked off the game with a huge layout block, which was picked up by Christine B. Dobson ’03 and thrown to Yelena Gorlina ’06 for the first goal. sMITe took the game 15-7, winning their pool and earning a first round bye for Saturday’s championship bracket play.
UCSD and Brown eliminated
Saturday’s play began with a tough quarterfinals match against UCSD. The Texas heat was sweltering, and with the help of Waterboy Edmund M. Chou G, the team fought through the weather to win the game 15-12. J. Lily Huang ’06 and Christina R. Keenan ’03 each had two blocks, and Taylor Frances Schildgen G had two layout goals. Julia Van Meter Cline G threw two break marks and two hucks for a total of four goals.
Semifinals put sMITe against Brown. MIT dominated the first half with a score of 8-1, eventually taking the game 15-6. Eulalia S. Massague ’04 had two sky blocks and caught one goal, and Genevieve G. Ricart ’06 caught two goals. Lori A. Eich ’03 had two blocks and caught a blade in the end zone.
sMITe starts out strong in finals
Facing Stanford in the finals on May 25, sMITe stepped up to the challenge and quickly took the first point with a goal thrown by Angela Tong ’05. April R. Lehman G was a powerhouse on both defense and offense, with six blocks and four goals. With the help of strong handling by Nancy Y. Sun ’04, Dobson, and Cline, sMITe took the first half 8-7.
MIT continued to lead in the second half, but with Stanford close behind. Kathy Dobson ’03 point blocked Stanford’s best thrower, then took off downfield for a huck from Sun. Dobson punched it into the end zone to Tong to make the score 12-9. Stanford came back with a four point run to take the lead 13-12. sMITe was getting overheated and exhausted but still fought through to score another point and tie the game. Stanford came back with the next two points to win 15-13. sMITe ended their season second place in the nation, beating last year’s third place finish.