In an impressively long set of matches, the final games of the second week of Emerson’s house league’s fall season came to an end as the Park Street Pulverizers defeated the Boylston Berserkers. They were the first team to use three games to get their victory, and their efforts were well rewarded with impressive point differences in the games they won.
The Pulverizers made a great start by winning the first game 90* to 20. Within seconds after “Brooms up,” the Pulverizers made their first goal with a chaser line led by keeper Tyler Trudeau. Working with chaser Kieran Collier, Trudeau made many successful shots and slam dunks on the undersized Berserkers. But the Berserkers were not going to stand to be dragged through the mud. Co-captain Pablo Calderon Santiago and chaser Maya made the Berserkers’ two goals before the snitch, Jake Hines, returned to the field. However, with a wonderful diversion executed by Pulverizer keeper Ben Wessels and chaser Brooke Lydon, the Pulverizers were able to maintain their snitch immunity. Fierce beater battles between Pulverizers Paulina Pascual and Z Kuester and Berserker former captain Billy Finn made quite the spectacle.
Hines left the field with an impressive jump over the fence, and reports that he spent most of his off-field time at the Earl of Sandwich, trying to get some free coffee. However, when Hines returned to the pitch, he was caught within minutes by freshman Pulverizer seeker Caitlin.
After a delayed start due to moving the pitch to avoid park rangers and sprinklers, the second match started with a fire in the Berserkers’ bellies. Impressive plays included new Berserker chaser Sam’s use of opposing chasers to block oncoming bludgers several times during her charge up the field. Another excellent Pulverizer diversion was executed by Trudeau and Wessels before Trudeau started making Hail Mary shots and became too exhausted to carry on. Seekers Walsh and Lydon faced off against snitch Matt Williams, Walsh coming out on top with an impressive snitch grab to put the Berserks on top with a score of 70*-20.
The third and final match was the longest of the three, due to a snitch substitution halfway through the game. Williams snitched for a second time, stunning seekers Kieran and Daniel with Silly String upon returning to the field, but had to leave the pitch after hurting his thumb. He was replaced by new snitch Nathaniel, who proved to be a very powerful and difficult snitch to catch. Plays between chasers and beaters escalated as snitch play wore on, but after being neck and neck for almost fifteen minutes, the Pulverizers made their victory by catching the snitch and ending the long match with a score of 190*-140.