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.

Cavalry’s Stampede: Texas Cavalry Triumphs Over Texas State- San Marcos in the US Quidditch Cup 10 Final

Written by Michael Pascutoi

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.

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.