Women’s Ultimate Team Takes Second at Brown TournamentBy Darlene Ferranti
The MIT women’s Ultimate team (sMITe) went 5-1 to take second place at Brown University’s annual Huck-a-Hunk o’ Burnin’ Pumpkin tournament. Fifteen women’s teams from the Northeast braved the mid-November wind to participate in last weekend’s competition.
sMITe warmed up with a game against Smith College Lunadisc. A valiant effort by Smith’s team could not compete with the defense of Margaret A. Rosenberg ’07 and Holly E. Owens ’07. The solid handling of Kathleen M. Rubritz ’04 connected with the deep cuts of Nancy Y. Sun ’04 to score two of MIT’s nine goals. sMITe took the game 9-1.
The host team of the tournament, Brown University, was the next to face sMITe. The end zone was dominated by Alison M. Cohen G and April R. Lehman G. The two graduate students scored six points for MIT. Yelena Gorlina ’06 contributed with a block near MIT’s end zone line. Gorlina sprinted deep into the end zone to catch the final goal thrown by Angela Tong ’05. MIT defeated the Brown team 9-5.
MIT finished the first day against Tufts University Ewo. sMITe’s unstoppable defense lead by Cathy Chu ’06, Danielle A. Pigneri ’07, and Rubritz helped MIT to a final pool play win. MIT played a straightforward stack offense, and the sharp cuts of Erin C. Shea ’05 helped the team defeat Tufts in an 8-6 victory.
An undefeated first day gave sMITe a first-round bye on Sunday morning. With a good night’s rest behind them, the team dominated Boston University’s Ozone Pilots. Shuang You ’05 played smart defense, poaching into the open cutting lane. With the help of solid hucks by J. Lily Huang ’06, Genevieve G. Ricart ’06 caught two goals. sMITe took the quarterfinal game 13-9.
The semifinals pitted MIT against University of Delaware Sideshow. sMITe came out strong with Darlene E. Ferranti ’06 point blocking an early huck-attempt by a Delaware handler. Delaware threw a zone defense whose cup was repeatedly shredded by the precise hammers of Tong to popper Kathleen L. Dobson G. Nicola R. Tan ’07 threw a backhand huck to Olivia R. Cheo ’04 to score MIT’s final goal in the 9-5 win.
Proceeding to the finals, MIT faced the Brown University Alumnae in their toughest match of the weekend. Prior to this game, the Brown alums had only five points scored against them in five games. Brown started out strong, scoring the first two goals despite numerous blocks by Meryl R. del Rosario ’05. Christine B. Dobson G answered back with a deep throw to Gorlina, sending MIT on a three-point run. The teams traded goals for much of the game, including several exciting hucks caught by Cohen, a hammer grabbed by Christine Dobson, and a layout goal by Rubritz. However, the experience of the Brown graduates overtook sMITe’s solid defense. MIT managed to bring the final score to 12-15, a vast improvement over last year’s showing (4-15) against the same team.