We are saddened to hear of the recent bombings in the Austin area, and we understand concerns that attendees may have leading up to US Quidditch Cup 11. We are committed to ensuring that everyone is able to have a safe and enjoyable experience at nationals. In light of these recent tragic events, we want to explain some of the heightened security measures that will be in place onsite to ensure the safety of all attendees.
The safety of all of our attendees is our main priority. We are working closely with the City of Round Rock and the Round Rock Police Department on our safety and emergency plans to ensure that they are as effective as possible. Event staff are implementing a number of safety policies, including but not limited to the following:
Enforcing a strict no weapons policy at the facility
Conducting bag checks at each entrance to the facility
Working with police officers onsite on public safety and law enforcement issues
Briefing all onsite staff and volunteers on safety and emergency procedures
Bringing additional security staff onsite where necessary
Creating multiple open lines of communication onsite where players, officials, volunteers, and spectators can alert staff to any safety concerns or other event feedback
Developing additional policies and procedures internally in partnership with our event partners and industry best practices
If you have any specific questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Executive Director Sarah Woolsey at email@example.com or 704-962-5099.
At large bids have been awarded to 27 teams for US Quidditch Cup 11.
As announced in the US Quidditch Cup 11 bid allocation article, teams qualified through either one of the eight regional championships or the at large bid process. US Quidditch Cup 11 will take place on April 14 and 15, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas.
Both the community and collegiate divisions have at large bids. At large bids have been awarded directly to teams based on the USQ standings as of 11:59pm ET on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
Upon confirmation of the standings, the top 16 eligible college teams and the top 11 eligible community teams in the USQ standings have been offered bids to US Quidditch Cup 11. To be eligible for an at large bid, teams were required to complete additional season play requirements. To learn more about the at large bid allocation process, please see this article.
In the community division, there are 11 at large bids available. 16 teams submitted the at large bid interest form by the March 9 deadline. Of those teams, 15 teams completed season play requirements and were eligible for an at large bid.
The following community teams have been offered a bid to US Quidditch Cup 11. This list is alphabetical.
Bad and Rougie Quidditch Club
Lake Erie Elite
Nomads Quidditch (NC)
Philadelphia Honey Badgers
Rain City Raptors
Silicon Valley Skrewts
The Fighting Farmers of America
In the collegiate division, there are 16 at large bids available. 17 teams submitted the at large bid interest form by the March 9 deadline. Of those teams, 16 teams completed season play requirements and were eligible for an at large bid.
The following collegiate teams have been offered a bid to US Quidditch Cup 11. This list is alphabetical.
From January 4 to April 15, readers 13 and under can participate in Vault 713. Read for fun for 7 hours and 13 minutes (433 minutes total) and win a prize – a discounted $10 weekend pass for US Quidditch Cup 11! Download a reading log here. Copies of the reading logs will also be available at the Round Rock Public Library.
To participate, you need to read for fun for 7 hours and 13 minutes (433 minutes total). You can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books. Reading for homework or a class assignment does not count.
Use the reading log to keep track of your reading! List what you read and the time you spent reading. Have a parent or teacher initial this log every time you read. When you reach your goal, have your parent/guardian initial the form. Then, bring it to the entrance of US Quidditch Cup 11, held at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, on April 14 and 15. You will be eligible to get a discounted weekend pass for $10, so you can see all the games, learn how to play the sport, and more!
Those interested in volunteering should fill out the volunteer registration form here by 11:59pm ET on Sunday, April 1. All volunteers will receive an automated confirmation email within 24 hours of registration. US Quidditch Cup staff will send all volunteers an email with their assignment and additional information in April.
Volunteers who work three or more hours in one day will receive complimentary admission to the tournament on that day. Volunteers who work six or more hours in one day will receive complimentary lunch on that day. A free volunteer t-shirt will be provided to all public-facing volunteers, as well as to any volunteers who work three or more hours.
US Quidditch is excited to announce the event locations and dates for 2017-18 regional and national championships. Additional information about US Quidditch Cup 11 and event registration requirements for all events is available after the list of events below. More details on adjustments to USQ gameplay and event policies for 2017-18 season will be available next week.
US Quidditch Cup 11
Round Rock, Texas Round Rock Multipurpose Complex In partnership with Round Rock CVB April 14-15, 2018
US Quidditch Cup 11 will be held on April 14-15, 2018 at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex in Round Rock, Texas. The facility has 10 full size soccer fields (five natural grass and five synthetic turf). Two of the fields are championship style with video scoreboards and bleachers. The clubhouse building overlooks both championship fields and has an upstairs, climate controlled space with private balconies and restrooms that will be used for our VIP lounge. There are numerous indoor restrooms on-site as well as shaded seating areas.
Round Rock is located approximately 30 minutes north of Austin and is known as “the sports capital of Texas.” The Austin area is home to two national championship winning teams: Texas Quidditch (2013, 2014, and 2015) and Texas Cavalry (2017). In the 2016-17 season, Texas had more teams registered with USQ than any other single state in the league.
“We are honored to host the players, families and fans in Round Rock for the US Quidditch Cup in April 2018!” Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Nancy Yawn said. “How exciting that the year of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, the Sports Capital of Texas gets to announce that the magical, competitive quidditch national championships will be held here!”
As previously announced, there will be a divisional split at this tournament as well as at all USQ regional championships: a collegiate division and a community division. Collegiate teams will compete only against other collegiate teams and community teams will compete only against other community teams. There will not be separate events for collegiate and community teams; they will compete at the same regional and national championships. Additional information about the gameplay format as well as bid allocation will be available in August.
Full information about US Quidditch Cup 11, including team, press, and volunteer registration, as well as tickets, will be available in the fall.
USQ hosts eight regional championships that crown regional champions and are part of the qualification process for teams attending the annual US Quidditch Cup. All official teams in the region are able to attend their regional championship. The event dates and locations are available chronologically below.
For all regional championships, the average driving team is based on the addresses for teams registered at the start of the 2016-17 season.
Great Lakes Regional Championship
Kalamazoo, Michigan River Oaks County Park In partnership with Discover Kalamazoo October 28-29, 2017
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None Average Driving Time: 3 Hours and 3 minutes Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass Field Lighting Available: No Historical Weather: Average high: 56 degrees. Average low: 39 degrees.
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 4 minutes. Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass Field Lighting Available: No Historical Weather: Average high: 53 degrees. Average low: 34 degrees.
Previously Hosted USQ Events: Northeast Regional Championship in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 8 minutes Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass Field Lighting Available: No Historical Weather: Average high: 54 degrees. Average low: 37 degrees.
In the 2017-18 season staff will focus on developing more relationships with interested host cities in the Northeast region, with the goal of holding the event in more geographically diverse areas within the region. USQ spoke with many cities about hosting the tournament during this bidding cycle. We’ve been looking into factors that have kept these and other cities from bidding and are actively working on diversifying our connections in the region.
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None Average Driving Time: 7 Hours and 40 minutes. For teams in Florida, the average driving time is 8 hours and 31 minutes. For teams outside of Florida, it’s about 4 hours and 20 minutes. Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass Field Lighting Available: Yes Historical Weather: Average high: 61 degrees, Average low: 38 degrees.
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None Average Driving Time: 3 Hours and 33 minutes Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Combination natural grass and synthetic turf Field Lighting Available: No Historical Weather: Average high: 49 degrees. Average low: 33 degrees.
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None Average Driving Time: 4 Hours and 55 minutes Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Combination natural grass and synthetic turf Field Lighting Available: On some fields Historical Weather: Average high: 59 degrees. Average low: 34 degrees.
West Regional Championship
Tri-Valley, California Dublin Sports Grounds or Emerald Glen Park In partnership with Visit Tri-Valley March 3-4, 2018
Previously Hosted USQ Events: None Average Driving Time: 5 Hours and 59 minutes Synthetic Turf or Natural Grass: Natural grass Field Lighting Available: Yes at Dublin Sports Grounds; No at Emerald Glen Park Historical Weather: Average high is 66 degrees. Average low is 43 degrees.
The Bid Process
Throughout the year, Executive Director Sarah Woolsey and Events Director Mary Kimball correspond with cities, introducing them to our sport and bid process and talking with them at USQ events USQ’s location coordinator, Joe Pickett, meets with cities at trade shows, such as National Association of Sports Commissions, TEAMS and Connect Sports Marketplace. USQ also invites cities to USQ-hosted events, giving them the chance to see quidditch in person.
The new bid manual will be released later this fall.
US Quidditch Cup 11 Bid Comparison
During the bid review process, Lubbock recommended a different facility for our national championship than what was originally proposed, the West Rec Grass and Turf Complex Fields at Texas Tech University. Located across the street from the school’s main campus, the complex has natural grass and synthetic turf fields, field lights, and permanent indoor buildings.
Both finalists had the following in common:
Located in Texas
Available for both weekends (April 14-15 and 21-22, 2018)
Field lighting on all fields
Permanent indoor restrooms
Indoor climate-controlled administrative space
Free parking adjacent to the fields
Several options for teams village location that are close to gameplay fields
All hotels within 15 minutes of the fields
Synthetic turf and natural grass fields available
Hospital within a 5 minute drive of the fields
We decided on Round Rock primarily because of the facility. The facility has additional field space, as well as more amenities on-site that are similar to previous national championship hosts, like Rock Hill, South Carolina. Many of the on-site resources will help us address some of the feedback we received after US Quidditch Cup 10, such as ample indoor restrooms, the inclusion of more permanent shade structures on-site, and a clubhouse that we can use for a VIP lounge.
Round Rock is approximately 30 to 45 minutes north by car from the Austin airport, which is the closest airport to fly into. The fastest way to the fields is via a toll road, SH 130. Taking the interstate is free but there is a higher possibility of heavy traffic. As previously mentioned, all hotels are within 15 minutes of the fields.
USQ will continue to monitor the discriminatory gender-based legislation that the Texas Legislature may consider during the upcoming special session. Both Round Rock and Wichita Falls are aware of our opposition to such bills. For more information, read our statement here.
Regional Championship Registration
Team registration for all regional championships will open in August. To register, teams must complete all steps by the deadlines listed below.
In the 2017-18 season, USQ staff will work directly with teams and our partners on hotels for USQ hotels. Information on how this process will work will be available in August.
Fill out the referee crew form. Like at US Quidditch Cup 10, USQ is requiring teams to send us the names of people who may help fill referee assignments at all regional championships. Teams will be asked to provide a combination of head referees, lead assistant referees, assistant referees, and snitch referees, similar to the 2016-17 season, with the exact details to be announced in August. While all officials must hold the minimum certification level required for their role, teams are discouraged from listing certified head referees in the SR and AR spots.
Complete pre-regional championship season requirements. For these requirements to count all games must have scores submitted to USQ by the deadlines listed below.
For teams with a fall regional: you must play at least three games against two teams at one event at least two weeks before regionals.
For teams with a spring regional: you must play at least five games against three teams in two events at least two weeks before regionals.
To see more information on this policy, click here.
The deadlines for regional championship requirements use the same structure as last season. Requirements 1, 2, 3, and 4 must be completed no later than three weeks prior to the regional championship. Season play requirements, number 5, must be completed no later than two weeks prior to the regional championship. USQ is adjusting the specific deadlines from last season in order to align team registration with the end of the business week so staff can better support team leaders in meeting requirements, and to provide teams a full weekend to complete season play requirements.
Great Lakes Regional Championship, October 28-29, 2017
Registration Requirements due: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
Midwest Regional Championship, November 4-5, 2017
Registration Requirements due: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, November 11-12, 2017
Registration Requirements due: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, October 29, 2016 at 11:59pm ET
Northeast Regional Championship, November 18-19, 2017
Registration Requirements due: Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
South Regional Championship, February 10-11, 2018
Registration Requirements due: Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
Northwest Regional Championship, February 17-18, 2018
Registration Requirements due: Friday, January 26, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
Southwest Regional Championship, February 24-25, 2018
Registration Requirements due: Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
West Regional Championship, March 3-4, 2018
Registration Requirements due: Friday, February 9, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
Season Play Requirements due: Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
Volunteer registration for all regional championships will open by mid-September.
Please note that USQ may have limited free housing available for select volunteers on a case-by-case basis. We are prioritizing housing for certified head referees, snitch runners, and field managers. Priority will be given to those who are traveling from out of region and non-playing.
Press registration for all regional championships will open in August.
As in previous seasons, regional championships are free for spectators to attend.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of spending a beautiful Kissimmee Saturday morning volunteering at the US Quidditch Cup 10. However, I had never seen the sport before in my life. I play highly competitive travel kickball for cash prizes across the country, so I am no stranger to obscure sports. Quidditch is derived from the Harry Potter book series where wizards fly around on broomsticks in a clear parody of popular British sports rugby, cricket, and soccer. I never read the books, nor remember the movies very well, so that’s about all I knew going into the tournament. If you’re reading this because you’re a fan of the wizarding world and are expecting a bunch of Harry Potter puns, even a batch of Felix Felisis won’t help for the rest of your read.
I arrived early in the morning to volunteer for a shift with my girlfriend. We didn’t really know what to expect, or even how the sport was played, but we had heard good things. Upon arrival there were very helpful signs posted in the ground that explained the general rules of the game. There is a headband coding system for the players, as certain roles can’t do certain things (more about that in a bit). The sign also gave a breakdown of the different balls/objects utilized. There is a quaffle – a mildly deflated volleyball – which is thrown through 3 different vertical hoops of varying sizes to score points. There are 3 bludgers, dodgeballs used to “beat” your opponents to force them to return to their own set of scoring rings, kind of like a reset. Those become very strategic on when and who to beat. There is also a “snitch” that comes out after 17 minutes of game time, an actual human being that has to be caught by one of the teams’ seekers to end the game. There is a TON going on and it was quite hard to understand for the first game.
After a while, it all started to make sense, though. There is a green headband worn by the keeper, that player can defend incoming shots and also join in with the offense. The white headbands are worn by chasers, who throw the volleyball, quaffle, around to each other and try to throw it through the rings. There were black headbands worn by the beaters, and they were the only ones who could throw the dodgeballs. After the snitch comes out, there is one player per team that wears a yellow headband, called the seeker,who attempts to snatch a dangling object that is near the snitch’sbutt.
It sounds crazy, and it sure is a spectacle to watch. Keep in mind ALL of this is happening while the players hold on to brooms in between their legs. It didn’t seem to slow them down much, running with a broom like that. Oh, and it’s a full contact, mixed gender sport. There were some HUGE tackles that I saw which really amped up the excitement for me.
The snitch/seeker battle was like its own event while the whole game was going on around it. The game “cannot end until the snitch is caught, and even then the game could continue if the catch results in a tie. Which by the way, is when the seeker grabs hold of the ball-shaped tail attached to the snitch’s shorts. Catching the snitch is worth 30 points, which really seemed to matter when teams seemed to score between 80 and 100 points. While the entire field is full of bludgers and quaffles flying around, tackles being made, and players running around, the 2 seekers are trying to grab the snitch for themselves while also keeping the other seeker from catching it. Keep in mind, it’s a FULL CONTACT sport, and the seekers have one hand on a broom the whole time. The snitch plays by no rules and is wearing bright yellow and gold from head to toe. The snitch is pulling the seekers’ brooms, which makes them have to reset. They are also throwing them to the ground, outrunning them, slapping hands away. It was very intense! There may not be a more exciting moment in all of sports than when a team is trailing by 20 points and their seeker catches the snitch to both end the game and gain 30 points in a dramatic come from behind victory. The team would erupt and typically the seeker would be lifted up on the teammates shoulders. Very impressive stuff.
I thoroughly enjoyed my few hours at the 10th US Quidditch Cup and I’m excited to attend another event; maybe as a player this time around, who knows. The quidditch people have created a great sport with an awesome event. If you ever have the opportunity to watch it being played, I HIGHLY recommend you take a few minutes and watch.
Texas Cavalry went undefeated on day one of US Quidditch Cup 10. They were the second seed coming out of pool play, and beat Mizzou Quidditch in the semi-finals on day two, 120*-50, to advance to the championship match. Texas Cavalry ultimately defeated the number four ranked team Texas State University – San Marcos 80*-60 in a game that lasted 30 minutes and 30 seconds.
The snitch for the championship match was Gabe Garcez, who was also presented with the “Most Fly Snitch Award” at the closing ceremonies. Head referee was USQ 2016-17 Referee of the Year Alex Amodol.
Sixty teams participated in the national championship, which took place at Austin-Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee, Florida on April 8-9, 2017. The full score sheet and rankings from day one can be found here. The full score sheet for day two can be found here. To view photos taken at the event, click here. Video footage from the livestream on fields 1 and 2 will be available to view later this month.
The recipients of the team awards were:
Best Uniform: BosNYan Bearsharks
Best Chant: Gulf Coast Gumbeaux
Xander Manshel Sportsmanship Award: Lone Star Quidditch Club
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US Quidditch wishes to congratulate Texas Cavalry and all qualifying and competing teams who raised funds, traveled to the event, and played tough and exciting games. USQ is especially grateful to its staff, volunteers, referees, and snitches who helped plan and put on the event. Their contributions help to make the event possible. Special thanks to the Experience Kissimmee for their support of US Quidditch Cup 10.
In a match that at times seemed both underwhelming and a testament to the continued dominance of Southwest quidditch, tournament favorite Texas Cavalry defeated Texas State-San Marcos in the US Quidditch Cup 10 Finals 80* – 60.
The roads each team took to the final differed greatly. Texas Cavalry faced little resistance over the course of the weekend, stampeding each of its pool play opponents with out of range wins. In bracket play, Cavalry rode its methodical offense on the back of its veteran quaffle carriers and Cole Travis’ beating, catching every snitch with no games in-range. After systematically taking down two of the top college programs in the country, the RPI Remembralls and Mizzou Quidditch, Cavalry entered the final poised to bring the championship back to Texas.
Texas State’s struggle to the finals was indicative of the team’s improvement over the course of the year. After playing the most games of any US Quidditch Cup 10 qualified team this year, Texas State entered as one of the top college teams in the country, though with more losses than other college contenders Mizzou Quidditch, Arizona State, or the University of Texas. During pool play, Texas State had no difficulty scoring, but also gave up more points to opponents than any other pool winner. Defensive struggles aside, Texas State then played three straight snitch-range games to reach the final four against UCLA, District of Columbia Quidditch Club, and Bowling Green State University. A matchup with a surging BosNYan Bearsharks squad in the semifinals turned into a rout when star quaffle player David Foxx sustained a game-ending injury, then was solidified by the strong quaffle play of Craig Garrison, Christian Rodriguez, and Jenna Bollweg.
Two vastly contrasting teams lined up to face each other as twilight settled on the main field of Austin-Tindall Park. A deep, systematic Texas State squad built around a star beater in Johnson was facing one of the most experienced teams in league history, built around a chasing line consisting of keeper Augustine Monroe and a talented plethora of chasers including recent Team USA player Kaci Erwin and alternates Marty Bermudez and Aryan Ghoddossy. Two quick goals by Monroe were offset by a drives by Garrison and Rodriguez to even the score at 20. Both sides played a slow, efficient style in bringing up the ball, waiting for beaters to clear paths while ball carriers advanced only to pass backwards to waiting teammates if an option to drive wasn’t present. Offensive opportunities were limited due to tough defense from both teams, and the score sat at 40-30 in favor of Texas State fifteen minutes in.
Cavalry made a noticeable strategic change by switching Monroe to beater, partnering him with Travis as snitch on pitch play began and allowing Texas State alum Tyrell Williams to take over the game as keeper. A series of long, uneventful quaffle possessions were punctuated by brilliant displays of beater play on both sides. Thirty minutes into the game, with the score standing at 60-50 in favor of Texas State, a missed Texas State beat opened a hole for Cavalry seeker Josh Andrews to have ten free seconds with snitch Gabe Garcez, ultimately resulting in Andrews lying on the ground exhausted, snitch tail in hand.
As the final whistle indicated the catch was good for Cavalry, the team stormed the field as a demoralized Texas State squad looked on. Three players on Cavalry – Monroe, Ghoddossy, and Shelby Manford – were winning their fourth championship, while Erwin, Bermudez, and utility player Freddy Salinas were hoisting the trophy for the third time as active players. Texas State, while runners up for the second time in four years, played a fantastic game and will likely be the top collegiate team entering next season, while Cavalry undoubtedly will continue to build chemistry under the leadership of Monroe. After one of the most interesting tournaments in USQ history, the 2016-17 USQ season is officially in the books. Congratulations to all 60 teams for participating, Texas State on their fantastic run to the finals, and Texas Cavalry on being the US Quidditch Cup 10 champions.
Believe it or not, these teams have a bit of history. Okay, maybe only a little bit. Texas State beat Emerson to make it to the World Cup VII final three years ago in North Myrtle Beach. While there may have been a lot of turnover since then, this is something of a rematch for Texas State’s Tessa Lantsberger, Jackson Johnson, Steven Grawlinki, and Austin Springs LeFoy, and BosNYan’s Leeanne Dillmann, Tyler Trudeau, David Fox, Jake Hines, and CJ Junior.
BosNY lost key player David Foxx to an injury early on in the game and Tyler Trudeau to a second yellow card several minutes into snitch on pitch play. Between the loss of these key players and Texas State’s control of the game’s tempo from snitch on pitch onward, this match ended much like it’s World Cup 7 counterpart.
However, that’s not to say that the Bearsharks took this loss lying down. The BosNYan beater core, especially the pairing of Leeanne Dillmann and Stanford Zhou or their double male set, had flashes of dominance on-pitch against their Texas State counterparts. Their chasers also showed the ability to match Texas State physically, a noticeable difference from the Emerson loss three years prior.
Christian Rodriguez of Texas State ultimately pushed the game out of snitch range with four consecutive goals or assists. His targets varied from a cherry picker by the right hoop, a player behind the hoops ready to dunk, or the hoops themselves.
The score was 110-40 in favor of Texas State when Anthony Hawkins tookthe pitch and 120-40 when the seekers joined him a minute later. Bobcats, but not the Bearsharks, were smelling the blood in the water.
Texas State’s beating kept BosNYan seekers from having a chance at the snitch, but Hawkins was throwing both snitches into the ground regardless of the score. Texas State played seeker by committee and gave Hawkins many looks while BosNYan kept sending in Rob Walsh, who was either too small to get around Hawkins or limited by suffocating beater pressure from Texas State.
A highlight of the match was the fancy footwork Texas State’s Craig Garrison and BosNYan’s Team USA chaser Julia Baer displayed when marking up one another. Yes, folks; a dance fight broke out in the US Quidditch Cup 10 final. Quidditch might be gravitating towards a more serious paradigm, but whimsyness isn’t quite gone from quidditch yet.
The Bearsharks, unfortunately, are done for the day. Community team rival Texas Cavalry will be joining them in the US Quidditch Cup 10 Finals. As with three years prior, we have a final with two top Texas teams and a defeated Boston squad which almost made the final game.
The second half of the Elite 8 round featured a matchup between Mizzou Quidditch and Rochester United. Both teams seemed well-matched, favoring similar styles of offense and defense. Mizzou and Rochester relied heavily on their beaters to clear lanes and create chaos for their ball carriers to skirt around. Both Mizzou’s and Rochester’s beaters were aggressive right out of the gate, maintaining their intensity late into the game. That being said, practically every beater in the game was guilty of making wild beats from midfield and attempting trick shots to knock balls out of other players’ hands. Otherwise, defense from both teams was scrappy at best, resulting in several collisions, scuffles over loose balls, and a rotating door on both penalty boxes.
Quaffle play vacillated between slow walk-ups and wild fast breaks. Mizzou keeper Jacob Parker scored Mizzou’s first goal shortly after brooms up, with Rochester United responding with a goal less than a minute later. Such was the pattern for the majority of the game. Almost like clockwork, both teams would meander up the field until one side finally scored, sending the other into a frenzy to match goals.
The game was tied 60-60 when seekers entered play. Shortly after, though, Parker received his second yellow card for illegal contact and was subsequently removed from the game. Parker’s exit stalled Mizzou’s momentum, allowing Rochester to put 20 more points up on the board. But, at just under 19 minutes, Dom Stelzer deftly caught the snitch to edge out a 90*-80 victory for Mizzou.