Photo by Nikki Smith
Written by Elizabeth Barcelos
In a closely contested matchup that never left snitch range, this clash between a storied college team, University of Maryland Terrapins, and an upstart community team, BosNYan Bearsharks, ultimately came down to who could catch Anthony Hawkins, one of the West’s best snitches.
After being upset yesterday by lower seeded teams, Maryland and BosNYan had something to prove. Today saw the return of Leeanne Dillman to the Bearsharks; her presence is felt both on the pitch by opposing beaters and on the sideline by her teammates, providing a unifying voice of leadership.
BosNYan seemed to have learned from its slip up against Cal Quidditch on Saturday morning, changing the pace of play depending on the looks Maryland gave them instead of sticking to a run and gun style. Both teams exchanged scoreless possessions.
On the other hand, Maryland presented a strong defensive front, just barely edging out BosNYan on bludger control and forcing the Bearsharks to slow down. However, both squads were apt at regaining bludger control by drawing missed beats with ducks and dodges.
Once Hawkins took the pitch, Maryland put all its beaters, led by Mike Madonna, on the snitch and nearly suffocated any chance David Fox would have had at the snitch. However, Fox was ultimately successful. The game ended with a score of 110*-80 in favor of the Bearsharks.