Boo! It’s Haverween!

Captain Matt Lowenthal ’12 looks for an opening to pass to.

Haverween is an annual Ultimate Frisbee tournament hosted by the Haverford men’s and women’s teams. The Halloween-themed competition includes seven games played over two days against many different schools.  This year, the event was big enough to take over most of Haverford’s fields, due to the sheer number of teams playing.  ”Ultimate,” in fact, turned out to be so popular this year that both The Donkeys and The Sneetches (the men’s and women’s squads, respectively) were able to field two teams each. (And they weren’t the only Fords on the fields, either; a team of alums made a strong showing, too.)

Captain Matt Lowenthal ’12 passes to Michael Dahle’13.
Michael Dahle’13 scores for Haverford.

The Upperclassmen teams did very well, both winning a large percentage of their games.  The freshmen teams earned a victory or two themselves.  The weekend was a huge success, and left all the players sweaty, muddy and exhausted, which is just how they like it!

–Jack Hasler ’15

Isaac Ellman’12
Stuart Hean ’14 leaps to catch the Frisbee and score a point.
JP Bowditch ’12 and Alex Dillaire ’14

All photos by Nora Landis-Shack ’13

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One Response to Boo! It’s Haverween!

  1. Jacob Lowy says:

    Men’s and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Teams Host Record Setting 38 Team at Haverween

    By Jacob Lowy

    On October 22nd and 23rd the Men and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Teams (Big Donkey Ultimate, and the Sneetches, respectively) hosted their annual fall Ultimate tournament: Haverween. The weekend was the result of many hours of careful planning and coordinating by the captains of both teams, Matt Lowenthal and Aubrey Clark-Brown for the men and Aly Lieberman, Meg Bishop, and Julie Singer for the women. This resulted in the largest Haverween ever, bringing a record of 20 men’s teams and 18 women’s teams to campus.

    “We promoted the tournament more than we have before. We emailed basically every team we could find on the East Coast and invited them to come play,” said Lowenthal. Five Ultimate, a major Ultimate gear company, also sponsored and promoted the tournament.

    Both of Haverford’s teams also had a record number of players with over 30 members on both the Men and Women’s team. This allowed both teams to split into two separate squads for the weekend.

    “We have been pretty lucky because we have gotten a lot of new freshmen and sophomores, and interest in the team has grown a lot overall this year,” said Lowenthal. “With a few people coming back from abroad, we might approach forty or more people in the spring.”

    The men split into one team comprised of mostly upperclassmen (Haverford-X) and another of mostly underclassmen (Haverford-Y). The women’s team made a similar split, forming an A Team and A+ Team. These splits ensured that everyone received lots of playing time and experience. Haverford alumni teams also attended the tournament in both the men and women’s divisions.

    “This was a really good opportunity for young players to play a larger role on the team- rather than being fourth or fifth on the depth chart they got to be the go-to guys, and the older guys got to work together and build cohesion,” says Lowenthal. “Basically it was a great opportunity for us to develop our chemistry.”

    The Men’s team X finished 7th overall out of 20 at the tournament with a record of 4-3 and team Y finished 15th at 3-4 on the weekend. The Men’s Alumni team finished 3rd overall, falling only to Dickinson and American. Drexel took first overall at the tournament.

    Freshman standouts Max Charles, Mike DeWolf and Dylan Cohn helped lead Team Y in victories over Muhlenberg, George Washington University, and Franklin and Marshall. “As a freshman, Haverween was my first intercollegiate Ultimate experience, and I am really excited to build off this for the future,” says Charles.

    Team X beat rival Swarthmore 11-9 for the first time in over a year. Lowenthal was also proud of the effort Team X put in during their 13-7 win against Franklin and Marshall. “We came out really strong and kept a lot of pressure on them. We played hard and focused from the get-go,” he said.

    For the Women, Haverford A came in second overall, falling to University of Pennsylvania 11-8 in the championship game. Scores for both tournaments can be found at scores.usaultimate.org.

    Both the Men and Women’s teams plan to spend the next few weeks honing their skills in preparation for the spring season. The Men’s team will be attending Hucking in an Amish Paradise at Franklin and Marshall on November 5th and 6th, and Fall Brawl in Princeton on November 12th and 13th.

    In the spring, both teams are looking to improve and grow with the hope of making it deep into the regional tournament and potentially the Division III National Tournament. The Women’s team is especially looking to build off of last year’s strong finish at Division III Nationals, and Captain Meg Bishop viewed Haverween as a great starting point. “Our playing this weekend was a real affirmation of all the work and fun we’ve been putting in since the start of the semester,” she says.

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