A little less than a year ago, the women’s ultimate Frisbee team finished one spot shy of a trip to nationals, sending its successful season to a heartbreaking conclusion. But the squad, known as Quasar, earned another chance to reach that unfulfilled goal this year by qualifying for the regional tournament with a second place finish at the Metro Boston sectionals this past weeknd.
“This weekend went really well,” co-captain Bianca Verma said. “I think we played really, really well. It seemed like a lot of things [came] together: a lot of people played up to a higher level. It was really great to see everyone rise to the occasion when we needed it.”
The team won all its games, save for a tough loss to the Tufts Elephant Women, to position itself ranked second in its region.
“Because they play really similarly to us, they’re able to really adjust really to our weakness and exploit that better than a lot of teams can,” Verma said. “We got down kind of early and for some reason that got to us. There was a game against MIT when we got down for a little while but we ended up coming back.”
But in spite of the loss to the Elephant Women, Quasar’s performance was good enough to keep alive its season dream—qualifying for nationals.
“I think that we had decided that our team goal was to do better than we did last year, which would mean placing second at regionals, which would qualify us for nationals,” Verma said. “Just the way that our team has really jelled, we have a lot of depth and desire to achieve this goal. It’s really about clamping down and getting better and being able to really deliver when it matters.”