Written by Sam Doughton
Texas Calvary coasted its way to its first-ever semifinal appearance, utilizing suffocating beater play coupled with effective quaffle drives to easily defeat RPI Quidditch 150*-50 in the quarterfinals of US Quidditch Cup 10.
Calvary rushed out to an early three goal lead thanks to their beater line and keeper Augustine Monroe. The Calvary beaters consistently beat the point beater in the RPI defense, giving Monroe space to drive and either score or pass the ball off to a teammate for an easy dunk.
RPI was able to pull one back about five minutes into game with a tough shot at the top of the key under pressure, but Calvary quickly struck back with another drive and dish. RPI snagged a drive and dish of its own, but Monroe once again stepped up for Calvary, taking on the whole defense for the close-range score after bludger control was lost by RPI and the remaining beater was taken out by the Cavalry line, making the score 50-20.
Cavalry never led by fewer than 30 points the rest of the game, as the team continued its formula of blocking off the lone RPI beater from making a play on the ball as Cavalry’s quaffle players blew past the point defenders on the drive, leading to easy scores. RPI was able to snag a goal off a delayed penalty and off a deflection, but Cavalry was too disruptive in the beater game to allow RPI to stay in snitch range.
By the time the snitch was released, Cavalry led 100-40 and began a patient game of waiting as its beater line focused on snitch play. Defensive seeking and some good snitch-on-pitch beating from RPI kept Cavalry from getting a ton of time alone with the snitch for most of the period, but snitch runner Jaxon Matheny also was physically dominating Cavalry’s seekers during the play. The snitch play also left opening, as Cavalry scored twice on no bludger drives and RPI grabbed a goal off an assist to its chaser by the hoops.
With the score at 120-50, Cavalry caught the snitch off a difficult backhanded grab. The snitch runner had the Cavalry seeker by the broom with the seeker’s back to him, when the Cavalry seeker stretched around with his left arm and grabbed the tail to secure the 150*-50 win.
With the victory, Cavalry moves onto the semifinals of US Quidditch Cup 10. Cavalry will face Mizzou Quidditch, who defeated Rochester United 90*-80 in the quarterfinal on pitch 1.