Men's Ultimate wins championship
TRON triumphs at Metro Boston Sectional Championship last week against local competitors.
The Brandeis Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, better known as TRON, won the Metro Boston Sectional Championship this past weekend in Easton, MA. TRON provided a strong showing on Saturday, sweeping their slate of games against several opponents from the Metro-Boston area. The tournament, hosted by Stonehill College, saw TRON take on local rivals, such as Stonehill College and Bentley University, for a chance to punch their ticket to the DIII New England Regional Championship Tournament, which will take place in November. The Sectional Championship Tournament was Brandeis’ first intercollegiate competition in over 600 days, dating back to March 2020, at which time they were ranked 12th in the nation, according to Ultiworld.com.
The first of TRON’s two games pitted Brandeis against the hosts from Stonehill. On a blustery Saturday morning, Stonehill attempted to stifle the explosive TRON offense with a zone defensive scheme. After going blow for blow early in the game, TRON broke through for five unanswered goals, punctuated by a stupendous vertical effort from cutter Ayush “Tempo” Thacker ’23 and defensive contributions from Griffin “Torch” Stotland ’23. TRON’s run of goals put the game out of reach, turning a once tight 5-4 affair into a 10-4 Brandeis blowout. TRON began the day with a comfortable 12-6 win.
TRON played their second and final game of the tournament against their cross-town rival Bentley Men’s Ultimate Frisbee, known as 'Ice House.' Brandeis opened the game by building a slim 3-1 lead over Ice House, at which time Bentley responded with a goal of their own to bring the game within one at 3-2. Unfortunately for Ice House, it would be one of their final goals for the rest of the afternoon. TRON once again opened the floodgates and broke open the scoring to the tune of a 9-1 run, with offensive highlights coming from handlers Noam “Lotus” Gumerman ’23 and Cameron “Plank” Park ’22, and cutters Matt “Nova” Sehgal ’23 and Matt “Yuca” Kolk ’22. The dominant run of scoring gave Brandeis a commanding 12-3 lead, which they converted into a final score of 13-5.
“Tournament went well, everyone played well, everyone had a positive impact,” said handler Ben “Marlin” Schoenfeld ’23 in an interview with the Justice. “Now we gotta recover and move on to the next one.” Brandeis Men’s Ultimate Frisbee looks to continue their winning ways in Portland, ME at the 2021 Lobster Pot Tournament from October 22 through the 24.