Written by Mike Pascutoi
Led by perennial stars, Dan Daugherty and Zach Conkle, the ascending Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Falcons fought through a tough Virginia Quidditch Club (UVA) defense to ultimately win 130*-50.
Bowling Green entered US Quidditch Cup 10 as a top college team, but travel woes limited the Falcons in their first match of the day. UVA, a team known for tough defense and for upsetting higher-ranked opponents, seemed poised to capitalize on BGSU’s errors, keeping the score close before the seeker floor. A battle of clearly clashing play styles developed, with UVA’s crisp passing and pitch control slowing the game down but giving the team plenty of opportunities against an inconsistent BGSU chaser defense. BGSU, in contrast, used its well-renowned drive-and-dish offense to shorten the field for mid-range scores from Daugherty and aggressive drives from Conkle. With the score standing at 70-40 as the snitch walked onto the pitch, BGSU’s beater superiority became more acute, with Max McAdoo taking over the pitch on offense, defense, and snitch play. With more fast break opportunities developing for BGSU as the game entered its 20th minute, seeker Sam “Sunshine” Roitblat sealed the game for BGSU with a quick snitch catch.
UVA will need to beat Northeastern powerhouse BosNYan Bearsharks to keep its hopes of bracket play alive. BGSU marches onward with a 2-0 record, as one of the few teams with a clear shot at a top seed.