UMD Outlasts UNC to Advance to Final Four
By Mike Pascutoi
Harry Greenhouse caught the snitch several minutes into seeker play to help the University of Maryland Terrapins (UMD) defeat the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) 150*-110.
In a rematch of the Mid-Atlantic Regional final, UMD and UNC once again played a nail-biting thriller. Led by efficient play from chaser Max Miceli, UNC came into the game playing a slow-paced offense, using efficient passing to open holes in the tight UMD defense. UMD, however, kept to its usual offensive set, using superior chaser depth and size to power through the UNC defense and running up a 60-50 lead going into seeker play.
As the seeker floor ended, gameplay finally sped up, with spectators unable to keep track of the many facets of the game. Greenhouse and UNC seeker Chris Champitto were held off by skillful snitch, Gabe Garcez, while beater play became a slugfest with UNC beater Kyle Bullins making several beautiful plays to stop Greenhouse and regain bludger control. The chasing game, meanwhile, opened up for both teams, with UMD ultimately scoring four straight goals to retake the lead after a surge from UNC. Eight different UMD players ended up scoring goals, while UNC’s offense was propelled by a four-goal effort from chaser/keeper Andrew McGregor and a two-goal, five-assist effort from star chaser Max Miceli.
UMD (7-0) will play Lone Star Quidditch Club in the Final Four. UNC’s (5-2) bracket play run, unfortunately, is over.