First stop on the USAU college series was the Metro Boston CC (formerly Sectionals). Saturday:
On Saturday we had 3 games of pool play followed by Quarterfinals. Our goal Saturday was to improve as a team while still performing at a high level. Our pool included Boston College, MIT and Umass-Lowell.
We won each of the games pretty handily, thanks to relentless defensive execution and lots of intensity from all 21 players. Nino Figliola, Gavin Murphy and Will Wong all had big days, anchoring the D-line from the handler spot and getting the offense in motion off of turns. We worked hard to play strong zone points on D and to improve our efficiency on turnovers. Noteworthy: Freshman Tyler Chan earned his second callahan of the season.
In the Quarterfinals we played Boston University for a bid to the Semis. This was another strong game for us as we took a 15-1 win. Execution was the key again and the d-line was nearly unstoppable. On to Semis.
We started Sunday out against the Umass-Dartmouth Moon Unit, a team that had played strong in pool play on Saturday. Our goal was to carry the energy from Saturday's victories over and we achieved it with hard marks and great sideline presence. 15-1 win and on to the finals.
In the finals we faced BC again, a team we had taken care of in pool play on Saturday. On Sunday we came out a little weaker and BC took advantage of our mistakes. A few execution errors kept us from going up big early, so the focus for the game was on playing within our abilities. A few early breaks from the d-line helped us to take half, but BC did not let up, earning the breaks back late in the game. With the soft cap on the o-line converted and the d-line broke upwind to take the win and the bid to regionals.