Texas Cavalry wins US Quidditch Cup 10

Photo by Isabella Gong

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.

Read the full game recap here.

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.

Thoughts on the BosNYan Bearshark – Texas State Match

Photo by Nikki Smith

Written by Elizabeth Barcelos

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.

Photo by Nikki Smith

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.

Photo by Nikki Smith

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.

BosNYan Bearsharks vs. Quidditch Club Boston

Written by Cameron VomBaur

The BosNYan Bearsharks’ incredible US Quidditch Cup 10 run continued with a 100*-70 win over local rival Quidditch Club Boston in the quarterfinals. After an out-of-range victory over Lone Star Quidditch Club in the previous round, the Bearsharks are making their presence known as a competitive force despite being a “fun-first” team.

With five former QC Boston players on the Bearsharks’ roster and plenty of other Northeast veterans, there was a high degree of familiarity between the two community squads. However, after two out-of-range wins for Boston in the fall, it seemed clear that QC Boston and Rochester United were the true contenders among the Northeast. On the biggest stage, though, it was BosNYan that advanced to the semifinals.

Just as during its Lone Star match, BosNYan began the game with an explosive run, bursting to a 30-0 lead at the hands of Tyler Trudeau’s thunderous top-hoop slams and dominant beater play. But unlike Lone Star, QC Boston found its groove, taking back a two-goal lead at one point through a plethora of offensive weapons, including Stew Driflot, Jayke Archibald, and Harry Greenhouse. Max Havlin began to take the game over from former championship beating partner Kyle Jeon, and for a brief moment, it looked as though BosNYan might not have enough gas left in the tank to hold on to a winnable game. However, a few successful offensive possessions, featuring clean passing around the hoops, gave the Bearsharks a 70-70 game at the close of the seeker floor.

The quaffle game slowed down tremendously after the 18th minute, with neither side willing to risk trading blows and letting the game get out of range. During the match, there were perhaps only two or three offensive possessions per side, with none of them holding real threats of scoring. Effectively, the teams agreed to a three-on-three game with their beaters and seekers to determine the winner.

With the snitch on pitch, QC Boston quickly began to own the game, with Havlin’s expertise on full display. Highly accomplished seekers Driflot and Greenhouse got extended periods of time alone with the snitch, unhindered by beats or defensive seekers, but were unable to make the grab.

After a lengthy delay for the snitch to be replaced, the Bearsharks took control of the snitch game. Now, it was David Fox who had time alone with the snitch, and he didn’t let the game slip away. With a dramatic diving catch to propel BosNYan into the semifinals with a 100*-70 win.

BosNYan Bearsharks vs. Lone Star Quidditch Club

Photo by Nikki Smith

Written by Cameron VomBaur

In a thrilling Sweet Sixteen matchup, BosNYan Bearsharks took a stunning 160*-80 upset win over Lone Star Quidditch Club, tabbed by many to be among the true contenders to capture the championship at US Quidditch Cup 10. The match featured many of the players involved in last year’s Lone Star/Quidditch Club Boston semifinal at US Quidditch Cup 9, with five former Boston players now playing for the first-year Bearsharks.

Photo by Nikki Smith
Photo by Nikki Smith

BosNYan imposed its will from the start of the game, with two dunks from Tyler Trudeau and two more goals from David Fox and Julia Baer. The Bearsharks sprinted to a 40-0 lead before a Luke Langlinais fast break brought the score to 40-10 at the six-minute mark. The gap would never be wider than four goals or closer than two until the snitch came onto the pitch.

Lone Star struggled greatly with obtaining and keeping bludger control. Leeanne Dillmann especially, with partners Kyle Jeon and Leslie Hargett, held control very well against the Lone Star’s much-heralded aggressive beaters. This was especially impressive given how often they pressed forward to beat out opposition to clear lanes for a series of powerful drives from BosNYan’s ball carriers.

Trudeau put on a clinic, scoring seven of the Bearsharks’ 13 goals, and assisting on two more. He was practically unstoppable once he reached the keeper, powering through double-teams from Lone Star’s usually-stingy chaser defense. Zack Gindes also managed a handful of goals, including two from broken plays cleaned up by his quick hands and hustle.

For Lone Star, goals were sourced fairly diversely. Mathieu Gregoire paced his team with three goals, but Lone Star’s famously deep quaffle player rotation did excellently in spreading the ball around. Unfortunately for them, the Bearsharks’ cerebral bludger play, Trudeau’s length at the hoops, and Fox’s crushing tackles at the top of the offense led to many possessions coming up empty.

Once the snitch came onto the pitch, chaos broke out. Lone Star was finally able to start consistently gaining bludger control with the Team USA tandem of Tyler Walker and Michael Duquette, and while they didn’t totally take control of the game, they were able to consistently create opportunities for seeker Blake Fitzgerald to secure the win. However, once again, BosNYan’s beaters came to their rescue.

While Lone Star focused heavily on seeker play to prevent a Bearsharks catch, BosNYan’s beaters excelled at owning the seeker game while also making defensive stops to push the gap further and further. Eventually, after a Fox goal to bring the score to 110-70, seeker Jonathan Ruland for Lone Star caught the snitch, which would have spelled a heart-wrenching 110-100* loss, had it not been for an impending call that invalidated the disastrous catch.

Photo by Nikki Smith
Photo by Nikki Smith

Given another chance to pull the game back in range, Langlinais scored on a blazing fast break, 110-80. However, BosNYan’s beaters chipped in to the quaffle game for two more Gindes goals to push the game to a five-goal difference, the first gap of such size all match. Soon thereafter, Jeon subbed in at seeker and made a standing catch in seconds to end the game before Lone Star could make another attempt to bring it back into range, 160*-80.

BosNYan Bearsharks vs Maryland Quidditch Terrapins

Photo by Nikki Smith

Written by Elizabeth Barcelos

In a closely contested matchup that never left snitch range, this clash between a storied college team, University of Maryland Terrapins, and an upstart community team, BosNYan Bearsharks, ultimately came down to who could catch Anthony Hawkins, one of the West’s best snitches.

After being upset yesterday by lower seeded teams, Maryland and BosNYan had something to prove. Today saw the return of Leeanne Dillman to the Bearsharks; her presence is felt both on the pitch by opposing beaters and on the sideline by her teammates, providing a unifying voice of leadership.

BosNYan seemed to have learned from its slip up against Cal Quidditch on Saturday morning, changing the pace of play depending on the looks Maryland gave them instead of sticking to a run and gun style. Both teams exchanged scoreless possessions.

On the other hand, Maryland presented a strong defensive front, just barely edging out BosNYan on bludger control and forcing the Bearsharks to slow down. However, both squads were apt at regaining bludger control by drawing missed beats with ducks and dodges.

Photo by Nikki Smith
Photo by Nikki Smith

Once Hawkins took the pitch, Maryland put all its beaters, led by Mike Madonna, on the snitch and nearly suffocated any chance David Fox would have had at the snitch. However, Fox was ultimately successful. The game ended with a score of 110*-80 in favor of the Bearsharks.

Bowling Green State University vs. Virginia Quidditch Club

Written by Mike Pascutoi

Led by perennial stars, Dan Daugherty and Zach Conkle, the ascending Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Falcons fought through a tough Virginia Quidditch Club (UVA) defense to ultimately win 130*-50.

Bowling Green entered US Quidditch Cup 10 as a top college team, but travel woes limited the Falcons in their first match of the day. UVA, a team known for tough defense and for upsetting higher-ranked opponents, seemed poised to capitalize on BGSU’s errors, keeping the score close before the seeker floor. A battle of clearly clashing play styles developed, with UVA’s crisp passing and pitch control slowing the game down but giving the team plenty of opportunities against an inconsistent BGSU chaser defense. BGSU, in contrast, used its well-renowned drive-and-dish offense to shorten the field for mid-range scores from Daugherty and aggressive drives from Conkle. With the score standing at 70-40 as the snitch walked onto the pitch,  BGSU’s beater superiority became more acute, with Max McAdoo taking over the pitch on offense, defense, and snitch play. With more fast break opportunities developing for BGSU as the game entered its 20th minute, seeker Sam “Sunshine” Roitblat sealed the game for BGSU with a quick snitch catch.

UVA will need to beat Northeastern powerhouse BosNYan Bearsharks to keep its hopes of bracket play alive. BGSU marches onward with a 2-0 record, as one of the few teams with a clear shot at a top seed.

BosNYan Bearsharks vs. Cal Quidditch

Photo by Nikki Smith, instagram: @nikkismithphotos

Written by Elizabeth Barcelos

The Cal Quidditch Bears and the BosNYan BearSharks started their day with a match as close as their names. While both squads were missing key players due to travel issues, Cal pulled off the upset against the Northeast community squad.

The game never left snitch range, with a small lead being traded off between both squads. While the match featured the great drives and dunks we’ve come to expect from Cal’s Ryan Pfenning and BosNY’s Tyler Trudeau, the game itself came down to snitchonpitch play. With powerhouse Gabe Garcez in as the snitch, neither squad could afford to fall behind on quaffle points.

Cal started with seeker Ryan Brown before eventually switching to seeker by committee. Both teams kept beaters on snitch, but Cal’s beater play stepped up to the challenge, giving its seekers the time they needed to make the grab.

The game ended in an upset for BosNYan, with the win going to Cal and a final score of 160*-130.