Photo by Andrew Ballard: “Mamaroneck’s Ultimate Frisbee Team placed third after falling to Horace Greeley 11-10. Above, William Burks ’16; bottom left, Connor Chapin ’16; bottom right, Kesin Ryan Dehejia ’16”
With frisbees flying overhead, a small yet devoted crowd of spectators amassed on Mamaroneck’s Manchester Field on May 14 to watch Mamaroneck’s Ultimate Frisbee Team face opponent Horace Greeley in its second match of three during New York’s first-ever sectional tournament, which was hosted at the High School.
Greely’s team—ranked highest of those in Mamaroneck’s league—defeated Mamaroneck, but only after an exhaustive effort by the Tigers to diminish their challengers’ lead. Players Kesin Ryan Dehejia ’16 and Victor Odouard ’16 took particularly vigorous positions in shrinking the score gap from 11-7 midway through the contest to the tight, concluding score of 11-10.
Though a loss, the result of the game marked a significant stride in playing for the Tigers, who fell flat against Greeley 15-7 in a game earlier in the season and who were “absolutely smashed” by Greeley in a competition during last year’s season, according to the team’s spokesman and scorekeeper, Hector McKemey ’16. That the team fell short only one point in this match was, in light, a notable victory.
“We’ve never beaten Horace Greeley before, but today, we really had a great showing against them,” Mamaroneck team co-captain Connor Chapin ’16 told The Globe after he and his teammates lined up with the Greeley players to congratulate them on their win. “If we had a little more time or just one less drop, the game could have easily gone in the other direction.” He added, “I’m really proud of the playing from the whole team.”
Co-captain Victor Odouard ’16 added to those sentiments, saying “Losing, this time around, was not so bad…In this long struggle for the sport of Ultimate [for social and official recognition], a victory for one of us was a victory for all of us.”
Mamaroneck championed over opponents Ossining, 11-1, and Fox Lane, 7-4, in their two remaining matches, landing the team third place out of the six teams competing, which also included Scarsdale and New Rochelle.
After their victory over the Tigers, Horace Greeley moved on to challenge Scarsdale in the tournament finals. They closed the game with a resounding win of 13-7 and left the High School boasting a sweeping first place and leaving Scarsdale with second—only barely granting the Red Raiders triumph over rival Mamaroneck.
The Tigers participated in two more tournaments before the end of their season. On the weekend of May 21 and 22, they traveled to Pioneer Valley, MA to join nearly 4 5 other teams and 1,000 ultimate athletes hailing from all corners of the Northeast in this year’s Pioneer Valley Invitational. There the team advanced to play in the Division Bracket, exceeding the captains’ expectations, and placed eleventh of 29 teams. They were initially seeded 21.
This past weekend of May 28 they competed at the New York State Championships, where they placed sixth overall after coming in second place in pool play. Last year, the team placed thirteenth out of seventeen.
This season has been one of growth for the team. Aside from advancing in competitiveness, they also accomplished much in a pursuit to attract more students to the club—which is not, as of yet, officially supported by Mamaroneck’s Athletics Department—and to become a more pronounced asset of the school culture and community.
“When I and Victor [Odouard ’16] joined the team in sophomore year [2013-2014], there were eight players on the team, and since we’ve become captains, we’ve really focused on growing the team,” Chapin commented, “and now we have about thirty players…really a fullfledged team a t this point.”
Both he and Odouard expressed their gratitude to Athletics Director Ms. Bari Suman and the Athletic Department for their help in this and years past, particularly for their help in hosting the May 14 tournament, telling The Globe, “We’re really grateful.”
By Andrew Ballard