JMU @ UVA: the Whomping Wahoos won both of their matches while JMU’s Marauders snatched two snitches to dull the ache—scores ran 120:80(s) and 90:60(s)
UofR @ VCU: the VCU Wizengamot were not as enterprising as UVA with their home team advantage and lost both games to UofR’s Acromantulas at 120(s):60 and 100(s):20
W&M @ CNU: scores pending
All UR students are invited to come out and join the URQ family.
Any interested players should meet on the Forum (in front of Gottwald) at 3 pm this Friday, August 31. As a group we will then move out to our practice location. (If you can’t make it at 3, we’ll be sure to leave a trail so you can find us.)
Equipment will be provided. You just need to show up ready to hit the fields.
We’re all looking forward to seeing you out on the pitch!
Johto Region Ninja Squirtles (GM: Jessie Jarick)
I like the look of this team. UMD and Team USA Keeper James Hicks knows how to lead a team and take over an offense without sacrificing defense. And VCU’s Tim Suddeth has some nice speed and footwork behind him. It’s been a while since I’ve seen UMD’s Liz Miles play, but assuming she’s back at full-strength, she can definitely be a helpful contributor offensively as well. Their primary difficulty is going to be beaters - they’re going to need James to play up fairly often, and he’s used to being on teams where beaters can keep bludger control and protect the hoops… that might not be the case with this team.
Pitch Slap (GM: Carissa Nichelle Crossett)
I’m curious as to how this team will perform, because I can’t for the life of me figure out Carissa’s strategy in drafting it. I see Tufts’ Ethan Sturm, who I’ve seen display good leadership and strategy on the pitch, but otherwise, no names really stick out to me.
Peter Marx’s Fantasy Force (GM: Peter Marx)
I’ve said before that I firmly believe (or rather, know, as I’ve seen it happen several times) a good seeker can win tournaments. And I think UMD’s Harry Greenhouse is the best seeker at this tournament. He’s aggressive and persistant, and if there are good snitches at the tournament that require legitimate skill to capture, this team will have the advantage. He’s also a great chaser when he keeps a level head. They’ve also got Richmond’s Steve Minnich, who is a pretty solid keeper. Harry and Steve together will make good competition for Tim and James.
Kendall’s Menacing Minions (GM: Kendall Concini)
I don’t know how no one stopped Kendall from forming this dream team. Really. It’s essentially Team UMD, and as I keep learning, chemistry is huge in this sport. You’ve got UMD’s Patrick Rardin, who’s a great defensive wall, Zac Connelly and Sarah Woolsey, who are amazing beaters with spectacular pitch awareness and intelligence, and you’ve also got Hofstra’s Jayke Archibald, an extremely agile chaser who has played alongside all of those individuals before. Put those four on the pitch at one time and I don’t think anyone can really compete with them.
Pitch v. Squirtles: Winner - Squirtles by 60
Minions v. Squirtles: Winner - Minions* by ~30 (should be the most intense game in the tournament)
Pitch v. Force: Winner - Force by 80+
Force v. Squirtles: Depends entirely on snitch, but Winner - Force by 20.
Minions v. Pitch: Winner - Minions by 80+
Minions v. Force: Winner - Minions by 50
Can’t wait to hear of Minnich, Jeff, Austin, and friend-of-URQ T.Sudds show the rest of the Mid-Atlantic what UR and the rest of the VQL is all about.