Sunday, November 1, 2015

Q.C. Boston Takes Northeast Regional Championship

By Andy Marmer

Quidditch Club Boston (QCB) capped a dominant fall season with a 130*-40 victory over Rochester United on a Harry Greenhouse snitch catch in the 2015 Northeast Regional Championship finals winning the program’s first Regional Championship.

The 2015-16 Northeast Regional Champions: QC Boston | Photo Credit Griffin Conlogue
The championship match started slow with the two teams trading goals in the early going. Solomon Gominiak and Jon Jackson were key for Rochester United in the early going, coming up with crucial stops and goals. The game remained close in the early going, and was tied at 40 around the ten minute mark; however, QCB was able to find another gear with six straight goals to take the match comfortably out of snitch range. Greenhouse and Julia Baer were crucial to the QCB offense, and along with Archibald were key in the Boston-based team pulling out of snitch range.

The two finalists looked like the top two teams throughout the tournament, combining to play just one snitch range game, a 120*-60 QCB win over the Tufts University Tufflepuffs in pool play. The two teams’ commanding performances earned them the top two seeds entering bracket play, with Rochester United earning the top seed by virtue of a slightly better adjusted point differential (APD)

QCB advanced to the finals with a win over Tufts in a bracket play rematch of their thrilling pool play contest. Last year, Tufts knocked QCB out in the semifinals 110*-90 en route to winning the championship; this year, QCB got its revenge with a hard-fought 140*-50 victory. QCB knocked out the Warriors 160*-20 in the quarterfinals and posted a 270*-0 rout of Stony Brook Quidditch (SBU) in its first bracket play contest.

Rochester United (RU) was similarly dominant on the other side of the bracket. In its semifinal match, RU conquered last year’s runner up New York Quidditch Club (NYQC) 110-50*, while it posted a similarly stalwart defense in an 80-40* quarterfinal win over the RIT Dark Marks and an overall controlling performance in its first bracket game with a 200*-20 win over the Harvard Horntails.

Perhaps the most compelling game of the tournament was Tufts' come-from-behind victory over the RPI Remembralls (RPI) in the quarterfinals. After trailing by as much as 50 points with the snitch on pitch, Tufts rallied for a 160*-140 win on a catch by Greg Bento. NYQC reached the semifinals with a 120*-60 win over Boston University Quidditch (BU).

Emerson College Quidditch (ECQ) and Syracuse University Quidditch Club each qualified for US Quidditch Cup 9 by way of the consolation bracket. Emerson overcame the Hofstra University Flying Dutchmen 140*-30 to earn its berth, while Syracuse defeated SBU 80*-40. Emerson defeated the University of Rochester Thestrals 80*-60 to earn the opportunity to qualify, while Syracuse knocked out the Macaulay Honors College Marauders 80*-50. Harvard and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Crabs also competed in the consolation bracket.

Hofstra beat SBU 110-50* and will earn the first alternate spot if a Northeast team drops from US Quidditch Cup 9.

The five pools were won by RU, QCB, RPI, NYQC, and BU.

Three of the semifinalists reached that stage in last year’s competition, with the fourth being a community team in its first season for the second straight year.

Griffin Conlogue contributed to reporting.

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