By Lydia Paglierani
PORTLAND, M.E.- The Bryant Ultimate Frisbee team headed up north to participate in the appropriately named Lobster Pot Tournament in Portland, Maine. 18 teams were divided into four groups on Saturday with the top two teams from each group moving on to the championship bracket on Sunday. The Ultimate team is Division III and went head to head against much larger Division I schools. The A Team consisted of the top 20 players; one graduate student, three seniors, four juniors, seven sophomores, and five freshmen.
The first game was against University of New Hampshire, a strong Division I team that posed a challenge to start off the tournament.
Bulldog’s controlled the game from the start while tempers flared on both sides. Nonetheless, the team remained calm and collected to close out the game with a winning score of 13-7.
Game two was against a local Division I rival, University of Rhode Island, a team that Bryant is very familiar with. The game started off with their feared zone defense, driving the other team backwards and forcing them to have some inefficient throws. Austin Kelson, Seth Lundstrom and Ryan O’Connor put forward a great effort by knocking down the Ram’s passes, and throughout the game, offense was efficient and methodical in scoring points. After half time, the team switched to man to man defense, which displayed their hustle and athleticism. The team won the game with a final score of 14-10.
Game three, the last game of Saturday before the team went on to compete in the quarterfinals, was against University of Vermont. The team began the game with their zone defense and their front line, which consisted of Jake Roy, Zach Tuxbury, Alex Kenworthy, and Ryan O’Connor. The Bulldog’s perseverance allowed them to win their third game with a final score of 14-11.
Onto day two of the tournament, which was the quarterfinals, Bryant faces Boston College. Unlike their first three games, this one started off slow with the dogs down 3-1. As the game continued, their defense fought back to tie the game and took the lead right before halftime. Billy Gordenstein and Cameron Jack controlled the offense the whole game, putting their athleticism to work to get open for passes. Not surprisingly, the team closed out strong and managed to hold off the aggressive BC offense with another winning score of 13-9.
The Bulldog’s have reached the final game of the tournament against Northeastern. The game started off with very close scoring but Bryant made a few mistakes and went down to 8-4. Putting obvious effort in, the Bulldog’s really fought hard for this game, knowing how far they had come in the tournament, but they took their only loss leaving the score at 15 Northeastern and 10 Bryant.
This was the final fall tournament for the boys, placing second and leaving off on a strong note.
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