May 1, 2014
This past weekend at the DIII Metro East regional championships, Hamilton’s women’s ultimate frisbee team faced a gauntlet of six games in two days. Emphatically responding to the challenge, the Hot Sauce’hers won the tournament, allowing thm to qualify for the National championships.
The team set the tone for the weekend by dominating RPI 15-0 in their first game. Against SUNY Geneseo in their next game, the Sauce’Hers encountered more resistance but controlled the game throughout and won 11-6.
Its next opponent was SUNY Oneonta, whom it had beaten once but also lost to in the championship game of the sectional tournament.
Hamilton started out at a frenetic pace causing turnovers and defensive mishaps and giving Oneonta a slight lead.
When the Sauce’hers settled down the team was able to put together a five point run. The team took over in the second half with impressive efforts from Hannah Strong ’17, Jessi Crowley ’16 and Sophie Aron ’16, and the game ended up 14-8 in favor of Hamilton.
After the excitement of defeating a challenging rival, the Sauce’hers were exhausted, and they showed in in the first half of its game against Ithaca College.
Nevertheless, following a close first half, the floodgates opened, and Hamilton raced to a 15-3 win to conclude Saturday’s games.
Sunday began with a systematic picking-apart of Vassar, in which the ’Hers’ tenacious defense exhausted the opposition so that they won 14-2.
The team emerged from this game with one less teammate; Audrey Love ’17 fractured her ankle, stripping the team of one of its most dependable scorers in a game with immediate qualification for nationals on the line.
The Hot Sauce’hers faced Connecticut College in a tight and strategic contest. Hamilton controlled the majority of the game and reached half-time with the score 8-3.
The staunch defense of Zoe Tessler ’16 kept Conn at bay, and the ‘Hers wrapped up the game 9-5 when Crowley connected with Libby Chamberlain ’14 to score the game point.
The Hot Sauce’hers exceptional performance has the team confident about progressing to the later rounds of Nationals.