THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
WE'VE REACHED OUR GOAL OF $4,000 IN JUST 4 DAYS. Thank you all so much, this is truly incredible. Because we have 1 HOUR left to raise money, we are setting a SECOND GOAL of $7,000!
There are still a few expenses the team has to pay for out of pocket--Quiyk official jerseys, International Quidditch Association fees, and food/miscellaneous expendables in Florida--so any additional donations will go towards these costs.
Thank you SO much. You have the Emerson Quidditch World Cup team's eternal gratitude. <3
The Story behind Emerson College Quidditch is a long one. It's a story that starts, practically, at the beginning of Quidditch and has extended until now. At Emerson, Quidditch was originally founded by a group of students who thought it might be a fun game to play as a dorm hallway bonding activity. The students, including former Emerson Coach Michael Gray and IQA's Jared Kowalczyk, brought it to their RA and the rest is history.
At World Cup III, Emerson lost a close match to Middlebury College in the finals. At World Cup IV, Emerson had a strong run end in the quarter-finals to Tufts. And at World Cup V, Emerson made it to the run of 16 before falling to the University of Southern Florida. Simply put, Emerson has played and beaten some of the best teams in the world, while expanding exponentially right alongside the sport itself.
Other recent tournament successes include:
5th place- Stony Brook (vs. BU, Maryland, Villanova, Hofstra)1st place --Massachusetts Quidditch Conference, Spring 2012 (vs. BU, Tufts, Harvard)
1st place --Champions Series (vs. BU, Villanova,Middlebury,Minnesota and other regional all-star teams)1st place- Massachusetts Quidditch Conference, Fall 2012 (vs. BU, Tufts, Harvard, Riot)
However, this year's team is truly something special and our road to where we stand today is worth mentioning. At our first tournament of the year, the aforementioned MQC Fall Tournament, the sport saw perennial contenders and the fiercest rivals meet up in the semi-finals. As most games against Boston University are, it came down to a snitch grab. This time, we pulled and moved onto the finals against World Cup hopeful Harvard. After dispatching them, Emerson had their first major tournament win of the 2012-2013 season. With an eye on Northeast Regionals, the first ever, Emerson continued to train.
Northeast Regionals, held on November 17th and 18th, brought the best of Quidditch to Fort Adams in Rhode Island. Emerson's stout defense proved its worth by defeating (!) Middlebury for the first time in their age old rivalry 80-30, only surrendering points on a suicide snitch pull. Next, they had Vassar and solidly beat them 110-40, only giving up one quaffle score before another suicide snitch grab. In their final game of pool play, Emerson defeated Stony Brook 130-0 and assured themselves a top four seed going into bracket play.
On Day Two, they faced Green Mountain College with a simple task: Win and Qualify for World Cup 6. By defeating GMC 190-0, they had grabbed one of the eleven seeds granted to Northeast Quidditch. However, simply qualifying for the World Cup was not good enough, winning the entire tournament was the next step. The Boston Riot, another Emerson team that has formed through the support and efforts of ECQ after Champions Series, waited in the Round of Eight. After a hard-fought game between roommates, friends and allies, Emerson moved on 160-60.
The Final Four brought Hofstra University, a team in which Emerson has always played very close. The last two match-ups against Hofstra came down to snitch grabs (WCV + Stony Brook) and this game would be no different. Riding on the back of seeker Cameron Wong, Emerson grabbed the snitch at 20-20 to send them into a finals match-up with, who else, but Boston University.
Boston University proved tough, exploiting Emerson's weaknesses to perfection as they stayed ahead for most of the game. Both seekers came inches away from pulling the Regional Championship multiple times. But, in the end, it was Boston University who eventually pulled the game-winner. Boston U would win 150-80 in what some call one of the best Quidditch games ever played.
Scores from Northeast Regionals 2012:
Emerson vs. Middlebury: 80-30*
Emerson vs. Vassar: 110-40*
Emerson vs. Stony Brook 130*-0
Emerson vs. Green Mountain College 190*-0
Emerson vs. Boston Riot 160-60*
Emerson vs. Hofstra 50*-20
Emerson vs. Boston University 80-150*
Overall, Emerson left Rhode Island incredibly proud of their achievements and 2nd place finish. Before their finals match-up with Boston U, Emerson had only surrendered five quaffle goals, proving that their defense is one of the best in the world. However, nobody on our team is satisfied with second place and we've set our sights on a much bigger prize now: World Cup VI.
After the New Year, we've regrouped and retooled our roster. We've been practicing outside in negative degree temperatures. We've been going to the gym and running laps around the Boston Common. There is no time to rest. This team is primed for nothing less but a World Cup Championship. Nothing else would be considered a success.
It would be unfortunate if our quest for Florida ended here and this is where you guys come in. Without your generous help, it will not be possible to get to Florida this April. Help us chase our dreams of a World Cup victory once more and we'll love you forever.
Ben Nadeau, Captain, Jr, Chaser, #5
Jo Lam, Captain, Sr, Chaser, #7
Victor Viega, Fr, Keeper, #10
Matt Lowe, Sr, Chaser, #11
Ryan Barnada, Sr, Seeker, #13
Cam Wong, Jr, Seeker, #8
Capri DeBiccari, Fr, Chaser, #15
Maddy Smeaton, Jr, Chaser, #23
Mike Rodriguez, Jr, Chaser, #21
Cassie Samuels, Jr, Beater, #69
Jackson Maher, Jr, Chaser, #9
Aaron Wohl, Jr, Beater, #42
CJ Junior, Jr, Beater, #2
David Fox, So, Keeper, #97
Jake Hines, So, Chaser, #31
Griffin Conlogue, So, Chaser, #3
Erin St. Pierre, Jr, Beater, #14
Paulina Pascual, So, Beater, #6
Max Blaushild, Sr, Chaser, #27
Pablo Calderon, So, Chaser, #1
Wes Weiss, Jr, Chaser, #25
Your generous donations will get the 21-roster Emerson College World Cup team to World Cup VI in Kissimmee, Florida on April 13-14, 2013 at Austin Tindell Park. The money we earn will go towards the following:
With your help, the Emerson College World Cup team-- ranked #2 in the Northeast region-- will be able to compete at World Cup VI!
To see us play, visit the links below:
Emerson v. Villanova: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfIHAnVpUco
Emerson v. Middlebury: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBngJD2N3us
Emerson v. Vassar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X47bAWBhsNM
Emerson v. Stony Brook: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONAGj60sQ3A
Emerson v. Riot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo2xWNy7yQ8
Emerson v. Hofstra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zzZW58WNbw
Emerson vs. BU: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReXRZWZIpaE
Extra! Emerson sings BSB: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW0BgHSp5yY
Please donate today!