Texas State University Bobcats – San Marcos vs. District of Columbia Quidditch Club

Written By Sam Doughton

Texas State University Bobcats used an athletic chasing line and dominating snitch-on-pitch beating to triumph over District of Columbia Quidditch Club (DCQC) 160*-100 in the Sweet 16 of US Quidditch Cup 10.

In a matchup between the Southwest regional finalist and a Mid-Atlantic regional power, both teams put forth strong defensive efforts in the opening minutes, before Texas State struck with a drive and dish from keeper Craig Garrison to TJ Martinez for the game’s first goal. This started a five-goal run for the Bobcats, as Texas State got fast breaks off of beater play in their own half, forcing no bludger situations that allowed quaffle players Stephen Vigil, Craig Garrison, and Terencio Martinez to finish at the hoops.

With Texas State up 50-0, DCQC was not ready to quit. A long shot from keeper Erik Morlock while being contested got off just before the beat flew in. Morlock’s shot rimmed through the hoop for DCQC’s first goal of the game. Morlock scored again under a minute later, when he received a lob from the right side of the hoops and slammed it through to make it 50-20.

Texas State roared back with two more goals, one off a DCQC penalty, to make the score 70-20. Afterward, Texas State received a penalty, leading to a player-up opportunity for DCQC, which was executed by former Team USA chaser Bernardo Berges slunging the quaffle through the small hoop to score. Berges came down the field a possession later and scored again with the shot, this time through the middle hoop to make it 70-40.

Texas State had a player-up opportunity of its own about a minute before the seeker floor, with Tim Nguyen dunking to put Texas State just out of snitch range, but DCQC got a goal of its own with a push-through shot next to the hoops to put the game in range just seconds before the seekers were released to make the score 80-50.

With the snitch on pitch, Texas State’s beaters kept DCQC from getting up close to the snitch, either to catch or to defend from the Bobcat seeker. Both teams had multiple cards doled out during the time frame, but the game stayed tight throughout snitch play, with Texas State working through no bludger situations and DCQC picking up the pace to stay in range. The use of a four-male chasing line proved effective in keeping DCQC in the game down the stretch.

With the score at 130-100, Texas State seeker Steve Gralinksi pulled the snitch with a smooth diving move to secure the win for the Bobcats. Texas State will face Great Lakes regional champion Bowling Green State University Falcons in the Elite Eight. The Falcons knocked off three-time national champion Texas Quidditch in the Sweet 16.

District of Columbia Quidditch Club vs. Penn State University Nittany Lions

Photo by Isabella Gong

Written by Sam Doughton

District of Columbia Quidditch Club (DCQC) raced out to an early lead in the round of 32 on Sunday morning, riding the momentum of a face break offense into a 150*-30 win over Penn State and a Sweet 16 berth.

In a match-up of two Mid-Atlantic rivals, keeper Andrew McGregor gave DCQC an early 30-0 lead as he used his lethal midrange game coupled with driving dunks on no bludgers to score. Penn State was able to strike back with a set play on offense, but DCQC used the overload to fast break and keep the three goal advantage at 40-10.

Strong beater play set up DCQC’s offense throughout the entire game, as the team kept control against multiple Nittany Lion attacks while also preventing scores. This lead to several fast break opportunities, which were executed with almost surgical precision as DCQC built a solid lead before snitch came on pitch.

Photo by Isabella Gong
Photo by Isabella Gong

“We love to run on teams,” said DCQC coach Erin Mallory. “If we can run, we do, because we’ve got some big guys, and the girls will streak with them and get the nice finishes.”

Two quick dunks back to back made it 60-10 for DCQC, and a fast break with about 12 minutes gone featured nifty cross hoop passing on the break and a dunk with the Penn State beater out of position. A scrappy goal from Coach Erin Mallory right by the hoops just before the snitch came on pitch gave DCQC a 70 point advantage.

With the beaters distracted by snitch play, Penn State was able to snag a couple of goals just after the 18 minute mark, sandwiching a DCQC goal of a shot from behind the hoops to make it 90-30. Penn State put in a strong effort to prevent a snitch catch, using a seeker and beaters to box out DCQC for most of snitch play. Ultimately, the necessity of keeping DCQC’s 6’5” seeker Darren Creary off of the snitch left too many opportunities for DCQC to score, as DCQC attacked often on no bludger situations to build up its lead to 120-30.

Briefly after the one-armed handicap, Creary leaped around the defensive seeker, using his long arms to catch the snitch and earn the victory at 150*-30. DCQC will go on to face Texas State in the Sweet 16.