The Lost Boys vs. Quidditch Cup Boston

Written by Elizabeth Barcelos

This Sweet 16 matchup featured The Lost Boys, once again the last standard bearer of the west, against the defending champions: Quidditch Club Boston.

The Lost Boys have always lived and died by their beating, featuring long time beating talents such as Amanda Nagy, Chris Seto, and Michael Mohlman. However, Emerson alumnus Ryan Smythe may have had the game of his life, stepping up against a familiar Boston foe.

On the other hand, plenty of ink has been spilled about QCB’s Team USA players: Harry Greenhouse, Jayke Archibald, Stew Driflot, and Max Havlin.

But this game wasn’t just a showcase of the big stars. Isabella Leon has blossomed with QCB after showing promise during her years on Cal Quidditch and the California Dobbys in Northern California. The Lost Boys Kelsey Allen really came into her own as a beater after transitioning from chasing for the Fighting Farmers and Santa Barbara Blacktips.

The game never left snitch range, though QCB did manage to push the score to 60-30 once the snitch was released. The Lost Boys’ beating needed to be everything that they’re known for and more. However, QCB retained bludger control, giving Driflot more chances at the snitch than Justin Fernandez of The Lost Boys.

After some very physical seeking—including a tumble that saw Driflot and the snitch roll over each other in the dirt, QCB finally managed to catch the snitch off guard and make a quick catch, keeping the dream of becoming repeat champions alive while ending the journey of the last West team standing.

Quidditch Club Boston vs. Cal Quidditch

Written by Nate Western

With its swift victory over Cal, 160*-10, Quidditch Club Boston (QCB) started what looks to be a deep bracket run on Day 2. As is common in matches with large talent gaps, QCB controlled the direction of play from brooms up to catch. The first seven goals were traded between Jayke Archibald, Harry Greenhouse, and Stew Driflot charging straight to hoops under the protection of Max Havlin and Lulu Xu’s beating. With the subbing of later lines Cal was more confident, but to no avail. With the exception of a single goal and a couple of solid defensive plays, Cal spent the match on its heels (but were great sports about it).  

The takeaway on this match is this: QCB’s titanic front line will create an uphill battle for every team at this tournament. That being said, behind some of the greatest players to ever pick up a broom lies a softer, less experienced second line that will have trouble holding up against even a second line from Lone Star Quidditch Club, Texas Cavalry, or even The Lost Boys.

Kansas Quidditch vs. Quidditch Club Boston

Written by Matt Pello

Pool 12’s matchup between No. 1 Quidditch Club Boston (QCB) representing the Northeast region and Kansas representing the Midwest region may be the game of the day.

QCB and Kansas went tackle for tackle, beat for beat, and goal for goal for over half the game. Every aspect of the game on both sides of the pitch was close to flawless. Great play after great play by Kansas star keeper Adam Heald kept the team within snitch range all game. Every time Kansas began to pull an offensive together QCB struck back. The efficiency and fluid play of QCB’s chaser core lead to several easy goals right at Kansas’s hoops.

The difference in the game ended up being size and experience. QCB has more of both. Stew Driflot made the crucial snitch catch to put down the Jayhawks with a final score of 140*-110.

QC Boston wins Northeast Regional Championship

Photo by US Quidditch. In a rematch of the final game from US Quidditch Cup 9, QC Boston defeated Rochester United 140*-60 to take home their second Northeast Regional Championship title in Rochester, New York.

The national champions from US Quidditch Cup 9 went undefeated on day one, securing a win in the semi-finals against BOSNYan Bearsharks on day two that solidified their place at the finals. QC Boston defeated Rochester United 140*-60, with a snitch grab by seeker Stewart Driflot. Head referee Ethan Sturm oversaw the final match. The snitch runner was Ricky Nelson.

23 teams participated in the regional championship. The final standings are available below. Teams in bold are US Quidditch Cup 10 qualifiers. They will be among the 60 teams nationally that have received a spot to compete the tenth national championship in Kissimmee, Florida over April 8 and 9, 2017.

1. QC Boston
2. Rochester United
Tied 3. BOSNYan BearsharksRPI Quidditch
Tied 5. University of Rochester ThestralsNew York Quidditch ClubRIT Dark MarksTufts University Tufflepuffs
Tied 9. Boston University QuidditchMacaulay Honors College Marauders
Tied 11. SUNY Geneseo, Brandeis Quidditch
Tied 13. Emerson Community Quidditch, Syracuse Snare Quidditch Club, Harvard Horntails, Hofstra
University Flying Dutchmen
Tied 17.University of Massachusetts Amherst Crabs, Skidmore Quidditch,University of Massachusetts Lowell Riverhawks, Stony Brook Quidditch
Tied 21.New York Badassilisks, Grove City Legion of Broom, New York Pigeons

The full score sheet from the tournament can be found here.

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US Quidditch wishes to congratulate QC Boston 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 Monroe County Sports Commision for their support of Northeast Regional Championship.