Thursday, November 5, 2009

Coffee Cup (Oct. 31 - Nov. 1)

sMITe had 11 players on Saturday and 8 on Sunday for the first ever 2-day Coffee Cup tournament at Yale. Conditions on Saturday were the windiest I've ever played in, where there was strong winds going in the direction of the field with occasional gusts.

We started off playing Dartmouth where we switched off playing vertical and ho-stack depending on which direction the wind was blowing. Zone points didn't start happening until the second half. We traded points for a while and I think Dartmouth got one upwind break, final score 7-10.

Our second game was against Brown and the winds picked up even more during this game. Both teams played a lot of zone and our poppers including Cindy, Clare, Lydia, and Sluts did a great job on getting open through the cup. Scoring downwind was also really difficult and we had a lot of points with ample turnovers 5 yards from the endzone line because neither team could throw more than 2 passes without turning it. We had one upwind break from amazing zone offensive flow, final score 6-4. We didn't even reach half!

Our last game was against Yale-X. I don't remember much from this game but I think both teams got upwind breaks and we ended up losing a close game 9-11.

Saturday's games ended at 2pm, which was dumb in terms of scheduling on Yale's part. We ended up wandering around Yale's campus looking for showers since we couldn't get a hold of our contact who was supposed to show us where we're staying for the night. When she eventually called us back at 8pm, we found out that we're supposed to stay in this music room that didn't have a bathroom, smelled like musty grossness and had damp dusty carpeting. Needless to say, we went to look for other accommodations. We found Wellesley who was staying in one of the newer dorms in the lounge / game room so we stayed in a room adjoining theirs. Even though we couldn't turn off the lights completely and there was a hip hop dance class right next door (who practices at 11pm on a Sat night anyway???) and hardwood floors, it was still much better than the original room we were assigned.

Sunday's conditions were colder but a lot less windy and we started off playing Harvard. I don't know why but it took us SO LONG to get our heads in the game. We lost the first half 0-7 in like 15 minutes. We kept getting beat to the open side, letting our girls go deep on us, and not running through the disc. Everyone was really quiet on the field and there was just no motivation at all. Finally when it was 0-10, we started scoring some and trading points with Harvard but it was way too late. Final score 3-13.

Our second game was against Brown again but it seemed like a completely new team and turns out that they had too many people so they sent down two teams, one for Sat and one for Sun. We were like, "They tell people NOT to come to tournaments???" Anyway, we started off the game much more alert and focused than the last game. We played a lot of zone which was fun and started getting our legs moving more on defense. Final score 11-9.

Our chumpionship game was against Wellesley. We played zone for a number of passes and then switched to man to work on transitioning between defenses and also to not tire the cup out since we only had 8 people. Amy had an amazing layout grab for a dump pass that had gone a little too far. Full extension and everything! There was a lot of good offensive flow in zone where the deep would cut in for a popper's throw, which is something I hadn't seen too much in sMITe. Halfway through the game we were pretty exhausted, especially the cutters. With visions of food and going back home, we pushed through. We thought we had won at 13-3 but somehow Wellesley convinced us that we can't do math and the score was actually 12-3. Fine, another point, or two. Final score 13-4. We cheered "Good game Wellesley, thanks for letting us sleep with you!" which they all cheered at. =P

Some pictures from this weekend:

Sluts played as a hot dog for a couple points. Later that night we saw another hot dog walking the streets of New Haven. Like a match made in heaven...

Our game against Brown

Sluts wearing Amy's angler fish costume

Hahaha so cute!!

"The dodo's downfall was brought about by its fearlessness and flightlessness, as it would inquisitively approach strangers (and predators). Unfortunately for the dodo, it was also very tasty..." Hahaha poor flightless Dodo. :(