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In the last game for Emerson College Quidditch’s opening weekend, the Old North Outlaws faced the Faneuil Hall Falcons. In just two games, the Outlaws secured their first victory of the season, sweeping the Falcons away with a score 100*-60 in the first match, and 80*-10 in the second.
Both teams impressed spectators with their playing this weekend. While the Outlaws brought back a lot of their strong returning players to the field, the Falcons had a brand new start with their starting line consisting mainly of new players. Each teams displayed their utility players in both matches. Co-Captain Rebecca Contreras of the Outlaws, who usually is one of the teams strongest beaters, tried her hand at chasing, and even scored a goal or two for the Outlaws in the second match. Former Outlaw Co-Captain David Fox played beater instead of his usual keeper, and once again shut down the Falcon’s offense with his size, gutsy playing strategies, and refined skills. Meanwhile, Sean Cardwell, a new player on the Falcons and recently drafted World Cup teammate, was seen playing every position except keeper, and displaying a knack for the sport in his first semester playing at Emerson. Chaser Margaret Poydock was once again thrown onto the pitch as the Falcon’s starting seeker, due to the limited amount of players and seekers the Falcons possess.
The first match lasted the longest, allowing the Outlaw’s offensive line to score numerous times before the snitch, Tyler Trudeau, returned to the field. Chasers Griffin Conlogue (the Outlaws other Co-Captain), Denver Stoddard, Emily Yumkas, and Ben Nadeau, plus several new players, made some impressive goals. Nadeau displayed his fondness and honed skill of making grand dunks on the hoops, while Stoddard and Conlogue always drove the quaffle forward, and Yumkas and Contreras always made sure they were open to assist a goal. Keeper Wes Weiss also made an appearance, assisting on goals and starting off many plays. The new Outlaw players followed their lead, both in chasing, keeping, and beating.
Falcon Co-Captain Capri DeBiccari was the source of the majority of the Falcon’s points in the first game, benefiting from some great assists from new players. Both teams displayed their skilled beater lines, which lead to some impressive beater battles and game-stoping plays. Cardwell was the most notable Falcon player as he was hardly ever substituted out of the game, and kept changing position every time. This might have been due to the significant difference between the teams’ number of players, but Cardwell made the most of the situation by showing off the true talent displayed by many new players in Emerson’s house league.
The snitch-play was astounding for both matches, due to the grabs made by seekers and the snitches’ strategies. In the first match, snitch Trudeau returned to the field several minutes after the seeker floor ended, trailed by the teams’ seekers. Both starting seekers, Poydock and a new Outlaw Dayna Peck, held their own for seconds before Poydock switched with the Falcon’s Cardwell. Once the younger Cardwell was on the pitch as seeker, the Outlaws immediately substituted Peck out for their main seeker, Brandon Cardwell, into the game. Spectators cheered as the brothers went up against Trudeau, raising the playing stakes to the level that our World Cup team competes at. After several intense minutes, the Outlaws put in Foxx as seeker, who easily secured the Outlaw’s win by catching the snitch. As for the second match, it was over before the game really got off the ground as the older Cardwell made an off-pitch catch, facing a new Falcon seeker and a green snitch.
While the Outlaws are sure to have some ease this season defending their victory at the Griffith Cup last spring, the Falcons proved that they can once again hold their own in a game. They not only got many new and impressive players, their returning players have only gotten better and more determined to make this season a good one for the Falcons. Based on the performances from this week, spectators can expect next week an epic show down against two league titans: the Outlaws and the South End Slothbears, who only are more hungry for a win. The Falcons might have their hands full with the Jamaica Plain Jaguars, but with their new star seeker Cardwell, they stand a chance at winning.
Last week’s season opener saw the Berserkers and the Jaguars face off. For the last two years the games between these teams have been very close, usually coming down to a snitch grab. This year’s close match continued the tradition, with both teams battling back and forth to try and start the season off with a win.
The first game of the match started off fast, with Jaguar captain Victor Viega scoring the first goal of the game. However the Berserker chasers, helped out by their beaters holding bludger control, quickly responded with a goal by their own captain, Pablo Calderón. Both teams continued to trade goals for the next few minutes, until the Jaguars managed to get bludger control. Without two bludgers the Berserkers, who had been leading 30-20, began to struggle at both ends of the field. The Jaguars took advantage of this, scoring five unanswered goals thanks to the combined scoring of Viega, Alex Uriati, and Patrick Sheehy to give them a commanding 70-30 lead. Unfortunately for the Berserkers, when the snitch came back on the field their seekers pulled it while they were still down 40, causing them to lose 70-60.
In the second game of the match the Berserkers, determined to make up for their loss in the first game, got off to a very hot start with chasers Jade McGowan and Pablo Calderon teaming up for three unanswered goals. After this, the playing field evened out a bit, with each team trading a goal to bring the score to a 40-10 Berserker lead. However, the Jaguars battled back. Led by the combined scoring of Viega and Jagger Kugler, they tied the game up at 40-40. But the Berserkers, utilizing the speed and skill to get around the Jaguar defense, managed to score two more goals in a row to bring the score to 60-40. The Jaguars responded with a goal of their own to bring the score to 60-50, and then the snitch returned to the field. In an impressive display of seeker prowess, Jaguar seeker Sheldon Brown quickly pulled the snitch and sealed the game for the Jaguars 80-60.
Both teams played well in these close games, with the on-field play staying even. However, as it always does between two evenly matched teams, it came down to seeker play and the Jaguars dominated that aspect through a combination of a Berserker mental lapse and the talent of Sheldon Brown. Look for both of these teams to be tough opponents throughout the semester.
The first teams to face off in Emerson College Quidditch’s first week were the Park Street Pulverizers and the South End Slothbears. The last time these teams met on the pitch was at the 2013 Griffith Cup, when the Slothbears defeated the Pulverizers to move on in the bracket. Sunday’s matchup would prove to be interesting with a full Slothbear roster and many returning players for the Pulverizers.
As the first game started off, both teams seemed to be stuck in a standstill. Fast turnovers and quick defensive plays from both teams shut down the offense. However, the Slothbears soon started to pick up momentum and before the Pulverizers had a chance to readjust, Slothbear seeker Sean Mack caught the snitch to end the game 100*-10 Slothbears.
The Slothbears continued their dominance on the pitch in the second game. Former captains Jackson Maher and Carlyle Thomes, as well as returner Brian Zanghi, each scored multiple goals. Maggie Noren, a recent addition to the World Cup team, also made a good showing with a goal for the Slothbears. The Pulverizers offense relied mostly on former captain Ben Wessels, as well as returning players Quinn Banford and Alison DeStefano. The game ended with Slothbear seeker Sean Mack snatching the snitch once again, ending the game at 100*-20 Slothbears.
The South End Slothbears proved on Sunday that they are a force to be reckoned with this semester. It will be interesting to see how their full roster and strong offensive style will pan out. And as for the Pulverizers, it seems that some adjustments should be made. If they want to succeed this semester, their offense and defense will both need to step it up. Regardless, Sunday’s matchup was a good one, and it set the tone for a great semester of quidditch.
Last Sunday Emerson College Quidditch held its combine on the Boston Commons. Over sixty interested students attended the event, and another thirty signed up for the blind draft; a phenomenal turnout for the organization. The prospective athletes at the Combine ran through drills, practiced basic strategy, and played in a few games so they could show off their skills. Captains from each of ECQ’s six intramural teams were in attendance and took careful notes on the new players. ECQ’s captains had their work cut out for them that evening choosing from amongst the ninety players.
This year’s draft saw a few changes from previous ones. Jake Hines and Paulina Pascual (the Commissioner and Vice President, respectively) wrote a supplemental Combine & Draft Handbook for ECQ over the summer. This handbook clarified the draft pick order and provided guidelines to ensure that the draft led to equal numbers on all intramural teams. ECQ’s last season witnessed various problems as a result of unequal team numbers, so this new handbook sought to fix the problem.
The draft order for the Fall 2013 Draft was based on a combination of the fall 2012 standings and the 2013 Griffith Cup results. Therefore, the order of picks were as follows: Faneuil Falcons, Jamaica Plain Jaguars, Boylston Berserkers, Park Street Pulverizers, South End Slothbears, and the Old North Outlaws.
The first five rounds saw quick, rapid fire picks. There was no hesitation as captains snatched up the players they wanted, and the final pick of the fifth round was chosen from the blind draft. After the fifth round, rounds six through thirteen went back and forth with picks between the Falcons and the Slothbears. These special rounds were included in the draft in order to help balance team numbers. As rosters started to even out, more teams were brought back into the pick rotation. It wasn’t until the eighteenth round that the draft resumed the normal pick order. By this time, captains were slower with their picks as they referenced their notes, looked at player photos, and searched for new players on Facebook.
Over the course of twenty-two rounds, ninety new players were drafted onto an intramural team. After the conclusion of the draft, captains were now allowed to trade picks. Quite a few trades were proposed by various teams, mostly to the Outlaws, Pulverizers, and Berserkers. However, the only trades made were between the Falcons and the Berserkers (two Berserker picks for one Falcon pick), and the Jaguars and the Berserkers (two Berserker picks for one Jaguar pick), respectively. After a bit more discussion, trades ended and the draft officially came to a close.
With a grand total of ninety new players, this Draft may have seen the most new players join ECQ at any one time since the 2011-2012 draft. It will be interesting to see how team dynamics will shift from last season with such a large crop of new players on each team’s roster. Will the Falcons, coming off a winless season, see a revival of their team? Will a full Slothbear roster push the only team to go undefeated in regular season play to post-season success? And will the Outlaws be able to defend their title as the Griffith Cup champions? This fall season will be an exciting one for sure. See you on the pitch!
New students flocked to the Boston Commons this past weekend to join Emerson’s largest sports organization: quidditch. Students both new and old came to try their hand at the unique sport; first at the Showcase on Saturday, and then again at the Combine on Sunday, in order to show their skills for the Intramural League captains.
The Combine saw over fifty new players show up on Sunday to be scouted by the Intramural League captains. Each new player was given a number, had their picture taken, and gave their position preference before they were divided up into those positions. Each of the four groups spread out around the main field, where they were drilled by a returning player to prepare them for the scrimmages. There was even some interest among the new students in being snitches, which made the following exhibition games exciting to watch for all who attended.
Captains watched from the sidelines as each new player took the field during the exhibition games, making notes about which players they wanted to pick at the draft later that night. Even the captains from Emerson’s World Cup team and the Boston Riot came to watch, approaching new players and urging them to attend their respective tryouts.