Following an impressive turnout for Emerson College Quidditch’s 2014 fall combine were tryouts for the league’s World Cup team. The team, finding tremendous success its 2013-14 season with a Final Four run at World Cup VII, hoped to find promising talent to add to their 2014-15 roster. However, unlike last year’s tryouts, the World Cup team held joint tryouts with the Boston Riot. The Boston Riot, to those who aren’t familiar, is a community team* affiliated with Emerson College. They surprised the quidditch community with an underdog inaugural season, qualifying for World Cup VI at the 2012 Northeast Regional Championship. However, last season the team failed to compete in IQA official tournaments due to a lack of clear direction and leadership.
This year’s joint tryouts might be what the Riot needs to revitalize. Approximately 40 players participated in the two-day tryout process on September 13th and September 14th. World Cup captains Leeanne Dillmann, David Fox, and Tyler Trudeau watched alongside Riot captains Sean Clampett and Louie Contino as tryouts panned out. The first day of tryouts had players go through position-specific drills, sprints and conditioning, and scrimmages. Day two of tryouts was by invitation of either team; World Cup held their tryouts first, followed by the Riot. After day two, which was different for both teams, captains met separately to carefully craft their rosters for the season.
The complete rosters for both teams are listed at the end of this article, but here’s a quick analysis for those who these names mean nothing (…yet). Following a large loss of players to graduation, the World Cup team is bringing back a fair amount of players including Lyle Thomes, Jake Hines, Maggie Noren, Capri DeBiccari, and Nathaniel Charles. The team also brought back Pablo Calderón Santiago, Todd Michell, and Paulina Pascual, who will all be leaving the team at the end of the fall semester due to graduation and external study programs. Familiar faces from the Riot include Tim Lawson, Z Kuester, and Austin Mohn, while Lindsay Geller and Dan Goldberg are familiar from fantasy tournaments this past summer.
Meanwhile, the Boston Riot has built a roster basically from scratch, but there are some notable names on there as well. Besides the team’s captains, the only returning players to the Riot are Alex Uriati, who played during the team’s inaugural season, and Emily Yumkas, who played with the team last season. And it’s important to note the addition of Eli Page and Griffin Conlogue; the former played for ECQ while the latter was on Q.C. Boston: The Massacre. Both can be expected to bring athleticism and experience as the team gets back on its feet. The rest of their roster is filled with familiar faces from ECQ’s intramural league, including Becca Chairin, Dan Makie, Daniel Marti, Jamie Ahlborn, Jez Insalaco, Kieran Collier, Lindsey Simpson, Lui Fenty, Rachelle Martin, and Vernon Lickfeld.
Both teams have a handful of new faces to Emerson College Quidditch and quidditch as a whole. While ECQ has their returning players to count on, they also have a variety of talent they’ll need to train into the team that always sees repeat success. The Boston Riot may have an easier time with creating a team identity, but it will also take a lot of work if the team is to achieve what its captains have hopes for. Regardless, here’s to the new faces of ECQ and the return of the Riot!