US Quidditch Cup 10: Day One Recap

By Andy Marmer

The 9 a.m. games are in the books so we take our first look around the grounds to keep you updated on everything that happened.

Pitch 1 Ball State Cardinals 170*-130 University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

The Ball State Cardinals (1-0) knocked off UCLA (0-1) 170*-130 in a thrilling match that saw the snitch last until the third handicap. While at various times Ball State had an out-of-range lead with the snitch on pitch, UCLA showed that there’s a lot of fight in the team, battling back into a dead heat, before falling on the grab. Ball State next faces the RIT Dark Marks at 11 a.m. on Pitch 7, while UCLA plays again at 11:40 a.m. against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch on Pitch 5.

Pitch 2 Central Michigan Quidditch Club 120*-60 Boston University Quidditch

Central Michigan Quidditch Club (1-0) knocked off Boston University Quidditch (0-1) in each team’s first game of the day. Central jumped out to a 20-0 and 40-10 lead and consistently held a lead on the verge of snitch range before catching for the team’s first victory of US Quidditch Cup 10. The victors will face off with the Penn State University Nittany Lions at 11 a.m. on Pitch 5, while the defeated face SHSU Quidditch at 1 p.m. on the same pitch.

Ryan Pfenning led Cal over BosNYAN | Photo Credit: Seabass Photography

Pitch 3 Cal Quidditch 160*-130 BosNYan Bearsharks

Cal Quidditch (1-0) knocked off the favored BosNYan Bearsharks (0-1) in a back-and-forth affair. Although the Bearsharks were thought to have a chance at a deep bracket run, the early loss damages their chances at a high seed. The match was a see-saw affair from the outset, with the two teams trading goals the entire way before Cal caught snitch Gabe Garcez. Cal looks to continue its winning ways against Bowling Green State University at 11 a.m on Pitch 8, while BosNYan looks to rebound against Tribe Quidditch at 11:40 a.m. on Pitch 6.

Pitch 4 Florida’s Finest 80*-70 Appalachian Apparators

Florida’s Finest (1-0) narrowly avoided an upset at the hand of its Pod 5 team the Appalachian Apparators (0-1) 80*-70 on a come-from-behind snitch catch. Appalachian led for the entirety of the game and briefly took a 60-20 lead 14 minutes in to move the game out of snitch range. Florida’s Finest, a de facto home team, battled back to put the game in range and caught for a dramatic win. Finest will look to stave off another upset on Pitch 3 against Ohio State Quidditch at 11:40 a.m., while the Apparators face Anteater Quidditch at 11 a.m. on Pitch 2.

Pitch 5 Lone Star Quidditch Club 200*-0 Richmond Ravens

In its first game of the day, Pod 2 Lone Star Quidditch Club (1-0) routed Pod 5 Richmond Ravens (0-1), making their US Quidditch Cup debut, 200*-0. Lone Star plays again at 11 a.m. against Arizona State University, looking to improve to 2-0 against the pool’s Pod 1 team. Richmond will seek its first ever win at US Quidditch Cup against the University of Miami at 1 p.m. on Pitch 3.

Pitch 6 Rochester United 130-50* Marquette University Quidditch

Rochester United (1-0), looking to make a deep bracket run, handled its first game of the day in cool fashion with a 130-50* win over Marquette University Quidditch (0-1). Rochester United dominated the entirety of the game forcing its opponents to cold catch. Rochester plays again at 11:40 against its Pod 2 team Lake Erie Elite; Marquette next plays at 1 p.m. against the Long Beach Funky Quaffles.

Pitch 7 Crimson Elite 140*-40 The Southern Storm

Crimson Elite (1-0) knocked off the Southern Storm (0-1) on its quest for a deep bracket run. Crimson scored the first five goals of the game and did not look back. The Utah squad looks to continue its winning ways at 1 p.m. against the Silver Phoenix, while the Storm look to rebound at 11 a.m. against the Boise State Abraxans.

Pitch 8 Gulf Coast Gumbeaux 150*-40 New York Quidditch Club

Gulf Coast Gumbeaux (1-0) began its US Quidditch Cup 10 journey on the winning foot with a 150*-40 win over New York Quidditch Club (0-1). Gumbeaux jumped out to an early lead and quickly caught to secure the victory. Gumbeaux next play on Pitch 6 against District of Columbia Quidditch Club at 11 a.m., while New York University Quidditch Club faces the Lost Boys on Pitch 4 at 11 a.m.

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By Andy Marmer

Sixteen more teams played their first game of US Quidditch Cup in the 9:40 a.m. slot with only a few nailbiters. Southwest teams went 4-1 with Texas A&M Quidditch (1-0), Texas Cavalry (1-0), and Texas Quidditch (1-0) all winning comfortably out of range over Ohio State Quidditch (0-1), Illinois State Firebirds (0-1), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch (0-1) respectively. Baylor University (1-0) made a clutch snitch catch to overcome what was a 30-40 point deficit against Minnesota Quidditch (0-1) for much of the match. The lone Southwest losers, Tribe (0-1), fell victim to a double snitch catch from Virginia Quidditch Club (1-0) 150*^-110 with Matt Cooper catching the snitch for the Wahoos in regulation and Jeremy Watson doing the same in overtime. In a battle of regional runners up, Kansas Quidditch (1-0) handily defeated Carolina Heat Quidditch Club (0-1) 140*-30. The South Region did not fare well this round with inTENNsity (0-1) also falling 170*-70 to the Lost Boys (1-0). The University of Rochester Thestrals (1-0) knocked off Miami University Quidditch (0-1) 100*-90 on a snitch catch.

Matthew Cooper seeking for Virginia Quidditch Club | Photo by Rebecca Martin

Pitch 1 Kansas Quidditch 140*-30 Carolina Heat Quidditch Club
Pitch 2 Texas A&M Quidditch 170 – 110* Ohio State Quidditch
Pitch 3 University of Rochester Thestrals 100* – 90 Miami University (OH) Quidditch
Pitch 4 Baylor University 100* – 90 Minnesota Quidditch
Pitch 5 Texas Cavalry 130* – 30 Illinois State Firebirds
Pitch 6 The Lost Boys 170* – 70 inTENNsity
Pitch 7 Texas Quidditch 130* – 50 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch
Pitch 8 Virginia Quidditch Club 150*^ – 110 Tribe

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By Andy Marmer and Christopher Dewing

The 10:20 timeslot featured numerous exciting games as 16 more teams kicked off their US Quidditch Cup 10 campaigns. 

RPI Quidditch (1-0) upset Pod 1 Maryland Quidditch (0-1) 120*-100, in a physical back-and-forth affair that saw RPI pull in a close game to seal the victory and position itself firmly as the favorites in Pool 10. In a second Pod 1 vs. Pod 2 contest, it was the Pod 1 team, Texas State University – San Marcos (1-0) defeating Rutgers University Quidditch (0-1) 190*-20. Texas State jumped out to an early lead, but Rutgers was able to tie the score at 80, 22 minutes in. With snitch Gabe Garcez lasting beyond the half-hour mark, Texas State eventually escaped snitch range before making the catch.

The snitch is released as Maryland Quidditch takes on RPI Quidditch | Photo by Albert Coronado

The Los Angeles Gambits (1-0) cruised to a 100-40* win over SHSU Quidditch (0-1), but the inability to max out point differential will likely hurt their bracket seeding going into Day Two. Mizzou Quidditch (1-0) found itself in a similar position with a 130*-40 win over the Silver Phoenix (0-1). Although not expected to top their pool, the University of Texas at San Antonio (1-0) also posted a strong scoreline defeating Indiana University Quidditch Club (0-1) 150*-60.

The Warriors (1-0) claimed victory 100*-50 in a hard-fought game over Tufts University Tufflepuffs (0-1). The victory continues the Warriors on their path to qualify for bracket. While a tough loss for Tufts it proves their mettle as a team not to be taken lightly. Oklahoma State snagged a tough victory 120-110* over the Long Beach Funky Quaffles. The game featuring the Pod 3 and Pod 4 teams in the pool is a crucial step for Oklahoma State in trying to get to the second day.

In a low scoring affair, the University of Miami (1-0) won 90*-30  over the Macaulay Honors College Marauders (0-1). Macaulay only managed to score once before the snitch came out and, while they kept it in range, the effort was futile with Miami’s second catch being called good for the victory.

Pitch 1. RPI Quidditch 120* – 100 Maryland Quidditch 

Pitch 2 Texas State University – San Marcos 190* – 120 Rutgers University Quidditch 

Pitch 3 University of Texas at San Antonio 150*-60 Indiana University Quidditch Club

Pitch 4 Los Angeles Gambits 100-40* SHSU Quidditch

Pitch 5 University of Miami 90* – 30 Macaulay Honors College Marauders

Pitch 6 Mizzou Quidditch 130* – 40 The Silver Phoenix

Pitch 7 Oklahoma State University 120-110* The Long Beach Funky Quaffles

Pitch 8 The Warriors 100*-50 Tufts University Tufflepuffs

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By Jordan Kubichek and Christopher Dewing

In the game that was one of the most anticipated of pool play, Southwest Regional Champions Lone Star Quidditch Club (1-0) delivered West Regional Champions Arizona State University (0-1) its first loss of the season by a score of 200*-90. Arizona State was unable to keep up with the driving forces of Lone Star, who led out of range for almost the entire game. In another battle of the top seeds in a pool, Rochester United (2-0) pulled out a 190*-120 victory over the Lake Erie Elite (0-1), seemingly locking up their path to a top bracket seed. Despite a red card for Lake Erie Elite, the scores remained even for much of the game; only in the final few minutes was Rochester able to pull out of range and catch the snitch for the win.

LSQC seeker Blake Fitzgerald catches the snitch against Austin Quidditch at the Southwest Regional Championship | Photo Credit: Alex Russell

District of Columbia Quidditch Club (DCQC) (1-0) narrowly defeated Gulf Coast Gumbeaux (1-1) 100*-90. DCQC’s win vaults them right up into the battle for first in the pool, with their match against the Lost Boys looming large. The Ball State Cardinals (2-0) edged out the RIT Dark Marks (0-1) 100*-80, in a Pod 2-Pod 5 battle, it was the lower-seeded team that led at the time of the snitch catch. The game, as well as Ball State’s earlier failure to put away UCLA raises questions about how Ball State might fare in bracket play. The Appalachian Apparators (1-1) were victorious 180*^-120 against Anteater Quidditch (0-1) after they went into overtime. The Apparators were able to catch both snitches to secure the victory to come from behind and claim the win. Penn State (1-0) won a close game 130*-90 over Central Michigan Quidditch Club (1-1) to stay on track for Day Two, while Central Michigan also still has hopes of making bracket play.

The Boise State Abraxans (1-0) now top Pool 7 with a 170*-70 win over the Southern Storm (0-2). Boise State thoroughly outclassed Storm and were comfortably out of snitch range well before the end of the seeker floor. Following their upset victory over the BosNYan Bearsharks, Cal Quidditch (1-1) fell 150*-60 to Bowling Green State University (1-0). 

Pitch 1 Lone Star Quidditch Club 200* – 90. Arizona State University

Pitch 2 Appalachian Apparators 180*^ – 120 Anteater Quidditch

Pitch 3 Boise State Abraxans 170* – 70 The Southern Storm

Pitch 4 Rochester United 190* – 120 Lake Erie Elite

Pitch 5 Penn State Nittany Lions 130* – 90 Central Michigan Quidditch Club 

Pitch 6 District of Columbia Quidditch Club 100* – 90 Gulf Coast Gumbeaux

Pitch 7 Ball State Cardinals 100* – 80 RIT Dark Marks

Pitch 8 Bowling Green State University 150* – 60 Cal Quidditch

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By Andy Marmer, David Sager

Quidditch Club Boston (1-0) began its title defense in a less than convincing fashion with a 140*-100 victory over Kansas Quidditch (1-1). With Kansas having already beaten Carolina Heat Quidditch Club (0-1) in convincing fashion, it still looks likely that Boston and Kansas will finish top two in their pool. Their neighbors, the BosNYan Bearsharks (1-1) rebounded from a surprise defeat earlier in the day with a 230*-150 victory over Tribe (0-2). Still, with BosNYan considered a favorite, and Tribe considered to be among the bottom feeders, this is a less than resolute win for the Bearsharks and a strong pyrrhic showing for Tribe off of its overtime loss to Virginia Quidditch Club. 

Florida’s Finest (2-0) beat Ohio State Quidditch (0-2) 120*-90 continuing its dream of returning to bracket play after not qualifying for US Quidditch Cup 9 and have likely secured their placeHowever, both of Finest’s games against Pod 3 and Pod 4 teams were in snitch range a potentially ominous sign, they will next be tested next on Field 6 at 3:40 p.m. by Anteater Quidditch, the Pod 5 team. Although winless, both of Ohio State’s losses have been to more highly-seeded teams. In a similar fashion to Finest, the Lost Boys (2-0) narrowly escaped the Pod 4 team of their pool, New York Quidditch Club (0-2), 110*-60.

Keeper Grant Rose dunks the quaffle while blindfolded by his headband at the West Regional Championship | Photo Credit: Chris Rothery

The University of Rochester Thestrals (2-0) pulled off a slim victory over Utah State Quidditch Club (0-1) 70*-30 in a low scoring game, which sees the New York squad put itself in an excellent position to qualify for bracket play. Minnesota Quidditch (1-1) rebounded from its earlier loss to Baylor University to knock off the Silicon Valley Skrewts (0-1). Pool 10 is wide open and the win for Minnesota will go a long way toward helping it advance. Similarly, University of California Los Angeles (1-1) rebounded from an earlier defeat at the hands of the Ball State Cardinals to defeat the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch (0-2). Texas Cavalry 2-0 continues to roll with a 120* – 30 win over the Michigan Quidditch Team. Cavalry still has to play a Pod 2 team, but looks to be in excellent position to secure a high bracket seed.

Pitch 1 Minnesota Quidditch 110*-60 Silicon Valley Skrewts

Pitch 2 University of Rochester Thestrals 70*-30 Utah State Quidditch Club

Pitch 3 Florida’s Finest 120*-90 Ohio State Quidditch

Pitch 4 The Lost Boys 110*-60 New York Quidditch Club

Pitch 5 University of California Los Angeles 150*-100 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch

Pitch 6 BosNYan Bearsharks 230-150* Tribe

Pitch 7 Texas Cavalry 120*-30 Michigan Quidditch Team

Pitch 8 Quidditch Club Boston 140*-100 Kansas Quidditch

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By Jordan Kubichek and Andy Marmer

The 1 p.m. time slot was headlined by a pair of overtime games. The Long Beach Funky Quaffles (1-1) kept their hopes of making bracket play alive with a 120-110* overtime victory over Marquette University Qudditch (0-2). The game went into overtime after a catch from Marquette, but five minutes of overtime elapsed before a second catch could be made, with Long Beach securing the victory. Crimson Elite (2-0) also survived an upset bid from the Silver Phoenix (0-2), putting itself in a position to likely qualify for bracket play with a 110^-90* win. Pod 3 University of Miami (2-0) secured a firm victory over the Richmond Ravens (0-2) 120*-60, to likewise put itself in a position to advance to bracket play.

The Long Beach Funky Quaffles Before Brooms Up at the West Regional Championship | Photo Credit: Chris Rothery

Texas State University-San Marcos (2-0) maintained its first place position in the pool with a win over Miami University (OH) (0-2) 190*-80, keeping itself in position for a high bracket seed. SHSU Quidditch (1-1) got its first win of the tournament over Boston University Quidditch (0-2) 170*-110. The Illinois State Firebirds (1-1) enjoyed a close victory against the Tufts University Tufflepuffs (0-2) 100*-70, making Tufts a long shot to advance to bracket play, while giving Illinois State a renewed shot. University of Texas at San Antonio (2-0) also likely gave itself a very good shot to make the bracket with a 180*-110 win over Carolina Heat Quidditch Club (0-2). RPI remained atop Pool 10 with a 120-90* win over Baylor University, who remains very much alive to earn a bracket spot as a Pod 5 team.

Pitch 1 Long Beach Funky Quaffles 120-110* (OT) Marquette University Quidditch

Pitch 2 Illinois State Firebirds 100*-70 Tufts University Tufflepuffs

Pitch 3 University of Miami 120*-60 Richmond Ravens

Pitch 4 Texas State University – San Marcos 190*-80 Miami University (OH)

Pitch 5 SHSU Quidditch 170* – 110 Boston University Quidditch

Pitch 6 Crimson Elite 110^-90* The Silver Phoenix

Pitch 7 University of Texas at San Antonio 180*-110 Carolina Heat Quidditch Club

Pitch 8 RPI Quidditch 120-90* Baylor University

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By Jordan Kubichek

In the second battle of regional championsMizzou Quiddich (2-0) overtook the Boise State Abraxans (1-1) 170*-80. Both teams look very likely to secure bracket spots with Mizzou atop its pool with a 180 adjusted point differential and Boise in third with at least one winnable game ahead of it. Oklahoma State University (2-0) secured a close victory over Lake Erie Elite (0-2) 200*-160 and likely a bracket spot. Lake Erie Elite at 0-2 still has a chance to advance to bracket play with games remaining against Pod 4 Long Beach Funky Quaffles and Pod 5 Marquette University Quidditch.

Mizzou improved to 2-0 after its win against Boise State

Arizona State University (ASU) (1-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season to steadily defeat the Macaulay Honors College Marauders (0-2) 110*-10. Macaulay is likely eliminated as it has lost twice and is yet to face Lone Star Quidditch Club who is currently topping the pool. ASU is very likely to advance as it will need to defeat either University of Miami Quidditch or the Richmond Ravens, both games in which it will be favored. Texas Quidditch (2-0) continues to show dominance over its pool’s lower pod teams with a 150*-20 win over the RIT Dark Marks (0-2). The true test for Texas will come in its final two games against University of California Los Angeles at 3:40 p.m. and Ball State Cardinals at 6:20 p.m., both on Pitch 1. Texas has virtually clinched its spot in the bracket, while RIT is very probably eliminated. Texas A&M University Quidditch (2-0), the Los Angeles Gambits (2-0), Bowling Green State University (2-0), and District of Columbia Quidditch Club all maintained their undefeated records with wins over Anteater Quidditch (0-2) 130-60*, the Penn State Nittany Lions (1-1) 180*-50, Virginia Quidditch Club (1-1) 130*-50, and inTENNsity (0-2) 150*-30 respectively. Each 2-0 team is likely to advance to bracket play.

Pitch 1 Mizzou Quidditch 170* – 80 Boise State Abraxans

Pitch 2 Oklahoma State University 200*-160 Lake Erie Elite

Pitch 3 Texas Quidditch 150*-20 RIT Dark Marks

Pitch 4 Texas A&M University Quidditch 130-60* Anteater Quidditch

Pitch 5 Arizona State University 110*-10 Macaulay Honors College Marauders

Pitch 6 Los Angeles Gambits 180*-50 Penn State University Nittany Lions

Pitch 7 Bowling Green State University 130*-50  Virginia Quidditch Club

Pitch 8 District of Columbia Quidditch Club 150*-30 inTENNsity

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The Lost Boys (3-0) held off Gulf Coast Gumbeaux (1-2) 110-90* in an overtime game that timed out before a second snitch catch. Both teams are likely to advance to bracket play and will pose as threats for deep runs. With District of Columbia Quidditch Club (DCQC) still undefeated, the 6:20pm Lost Boys vs. DCQC game will determine the winner of Pool 4.

Gulf Coast Gumbeaux plays SHSU Quidditch at the Southwest Regional Championship | Photo Credit: Alex Russell

The Warriors took a big step toward bracket play securing their coveted second victory 70*-50 over the Michigan Quidditch Team (0-2). The Warriors still face Texas Cavalry with the winner likely to top Pool 11. 

Maryland Quidditch (1-1) edged the Silicon Valley Skrewts (0-2) leaving both teams at the bottom of Pool 10 for the time-being, with the Skrewts likely eliminated from bracket contention, and Maryland still having a manageable path to the bracket. The Skrewts local rivals, Cal Quidditch (2-1) jumped to second place in their pool with their steady victory over Tribe (0-3) 200*-70. With the loss Tribe is eliminated from bracket contention, while Cal has a clear path to the bracket. 

In a contentious ending that saw a late goal just before a snitch catch, the Ball State Cardinals (3-0) beat University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch (0-3) 90*-80. Ball State’s win ensures advancement into bracket play, while UNC finds itself unable to advance to bracket play. Despite Ohio State Quidditch (1-2) beating Appalachian Apparators (1-2) 100*-70, the Apparators sit in the third spot of their pool and both have a potential to qualify based on the results of their final games. Ohio State faces Anteater Quidditch, while Appalachian faces Texas A&M Quidditch.

Rutgers University Quidditch (1-1) had no problem defeating the Utah State Quidditch Club (0-2) 190*-90, with Rutgers likely to advance to bracket play, while Utah is unlikely to qualify. Defending USQ Cup Champions, Quidditch Club Boston (2-0), easily defeated Indiana University Quidditch Club (0-2) 190*-50 to continue its title defense. 

Pitch 1 The Lost Boys 110-90* Gulf Coast Gumbeaux (OT)

Pitch 2 The Warriors 70*-50 Michigan Quidditch Team

Pitch 3 Maryland Quidditch 110*-90 Silicon Valley Skrewts

Pitch 4 Cal Quidditch 200*-70 Tribe

Pitch 5 Ball State Cardinals 90*-80 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch

Pitch 6 Ohio State Quidditch 100*-70 Appalachian Apparators Quidditch

Pitch 7 Rutgers University Quidditch 190*-90 Utah State Quidditch Club

Pitch 8 Quidditch Club Boston 190*-50 Indiana University Quidditch Club

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article reported from US Quidditch that Gumbeaux beat the Lost Boys.

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By Austin Wallace, Christopher Dewing and Andy Marmer

Kansas Quidditch (2-1) was able to outlast University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) (2-1) 160*-80 during a game that featured a one-handed handicap for snitch Jarrod Bailey. UTSA was not able to capitalize on no-bludger situations during snitch-on-pitch, while Kansas slowed the game down on offense, giving their seeker ample opportunities with the snitch. With both teams now 2-1 both will likely earn bids to bracket, behind favorites Quidditch Club Boston (QCB) with Kansas likely seeding second with UTSA still to play QCB.

Other teams in the Southwest comprehensively took care of business with Lone Star Quidditch Club (3-0) winning 160*-60 over the University of Miami (2-1). Lone Star is now guaranteed to make bracket play. With a perfect point differential so far, Lone Star appears to be headed for the top seed. Texas Cavalry (3-0) won handily 160*-10 over the Tufts University Tufflepuffs (0-3). The game eliminates Tufts and sets up Cavalry for a high seed in bracket, just 10 points removed from a perfect point differential. Texas State University – San Marcos (3-0) also won by a maximum point differential 180*-80 over the University of Rochester Thestrals (2-1), and also seems poised for a top seed, just 30 points off of a perfect point differential. Despite the loss, the University of Rochester appears well positioned to qualify for bracket play. Rochester United (3-0) knocked off the Long Beach Funky Quaffles (1-2) and continues its run to a high bracket seed with a 250 adjusted point differential.

LSQC beater Michael Duquette plays at the Southwest Regional Championship | Photo Credit: Alex Russell

Central Michigan Quidditch Club (2-1) put itself in position to advance to bracket play with a 130*-50 win over SHSU Quidditch (1-2). Central Michigan faces the undefeated Los Angeles Gambits in their final game of the day, while SHSU faces Pod 2 Penn State University Nittany Lions. In a game that will likely prove inconsequential, the Silver Phoenix (1-2) knocked off the Southern Storm (0-3) to get its first win of the tournament 120*-60

Pitch 1 Kansas Quidditch 160*-80 University of Texas at San Antonio

Pitch 2 Central Michigan Quidditch Club 130*-50 SHSU Quidditch

Pitch 3 Rochester United 150*-50 Long Beach Funky Quaffles

Pitch 4 The Silver Phoenix 120*-60 The Southern Storm

Pitch 5 RPI Quidditch 160*-40 Minnesota Quidditch

Pitch 6 Texas State University – San Marcos 180*-80 University of Rochester Thestrals

Pitch 7 Texas Cavalry 160*-10 Tufts University Tufflepuffs

Pitch 8 Lone Star Quidditch Club 160*-60 University of Miami

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Austin Wallace, David Sager and Andy Marmer

An eight second snitch catch for the Los Angeles Gambits (3-0) ended an uncomfortably close game over Boston University (BU) (0-3): 110*-60. A combination of offensive sloppiness by the Gambits and defensive physicality by Boston University conspired to keep the game close, but Eric Dreggors caught quickly to put away any worries of a BU upset. With the win the Gambits secure their bracket spot and appear headed towards a high seed in the bracket while BU is eliminated from bracket contention.

Texas Quidditch advanced to 3-0 at US Quidditch Cup 10 | Photo by Alex Russell 

Texas Quidditch (3-0) was able to secure a close win just out of snitch range with a final score of 120*-50 over the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) (1-2). Most of the game was within snitch range and continued that way throughout the seeker floor, far closer than Texas would have liked. However, after the snitch came on pitch, Texas was more successful at tacking on points to put the game out of range. With no teams representing the state of Washington, Abe Nurkiewicz travelled down to represent his state as a snitch, holding off both seekers until a catch at 22:11 by Texas to end the game. This win clinches a bracket birth for Texas and sets up their game against the Ball State Cardinals at 6:20 pm, factoring in a 40 minute delay, on pitch 1 to decide the top spot in Pool 1.

Marquette University Quidditch (1-2) handed Oklahoma State University (2-1) their first lost of US Quidditch Cup 10 by a snitch grab, 140*-110. Marquette will face Lake Erie Elite with the winner securing a second win and a good shot to advance to bracket play. Oklahoma State faces Rochester United in its final pool play game and may need to control its point differential to ensure that it will reach bracket play. Florida’s Finest (3-0) ensured their trip to bracket play with a victory over Anteater Quidditch (0-3) 190*-90 while eliminating bracket hopes for Anteater Quidditch at their first national tournament. 

Boise State Abraxans (2-1) fought off Crimson Elite (2-1) to win a dramatic 220*^-190 in an overtime game that came down to both snitch grabs. Both teams are virtually assured of bracket spots. District of Columbia Quidditch Club (3-0) continues to dominate their pool by steadily defeating New York Quidditch Club (0-3) 180*-30. DCQC sits as the top seed in their pool and will face off with the Pod 1 team, the Lost Boys (3-0), in their final game of the day.

The BosNYan Bearsharks (2-1) seem to have secured their spot in the bracket with a 190*-110 win over Virginia Quidditch Club (1-2). UVA will face Cal in their final game, though even a win there would not seem to be enough as UVA appears unable to overcome any of the top three teams in its pool on point differential.

The Richmond Ravens (1-2) won their first ever game at US Quidditch Cup with a 70*-40 win over the Macaulay Honors College Marauders (0-3); however. The Ravens will face Arizona State University in their final game and depending on other results, could be battling for a bracket spot. Macaulay is eliminated from bracket contention.

Pitch 1 Texas Quidditch 120*-50 University of California Los Angeles

Pitch 2 Boise State Abraxans 220*^-190 Crimson Elite

Pitch 3 Los Angeles Gambits 110*-60 Boston University Quidditch

Pitch 4 BosNYan Bearsharks 190*-110 Virginia Quidditch Club

Pitch 5 District of Columbia Quidditch Club 180*-30 New York Quidditch Club

Pitch 6 Florida’s Finest 190*-90 Anteater Quidditch

Pitch 7 Richmond Ravens 70*-40 Macaulay Honors College Marauders

Pitch 8 Marquette University Quidditch 140*-110 Oklahoma State University

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By Andrew Marmer, Austin Wallace, and Jordan Kubichek

Silicon Valley Skrewts (1-2) played Baylor (1-2) absolutely needing a win to have a hope at bracket play. Thirty points up as seekers were released, the Skrewts were able to retain bludger control for the majority of the game, and were much more efficient in the short range passing game. After a few minutes, star beater Willis Miles IV was able to give his seeker Forrest Stone enough time to end the game 90*-40 on a quick hand-switch move. Barring massive upsets for Baylor or Minnesota over Maryland, Pool 10 will send forward both RPI (3-0) and Maryland (1-1). With Baylor beating Minnesota, Minnesota beating the Skrewts, and the Skrewts beating Baylor, it is very likely that the third seed in the pool will come down to point differential. The Skrewts are at -20 with a game against RPI remaining, while Baylor, at -70, and Minnesota, at -60, have a game against Maryland remaining. The Skrewts are known for their ability to slow a game down and keep it close, and look to have the upper hand to advance.

Gulf Coast Gumbeaux (2-2) defeated inTENNsity (0-3) 190*-30 and maintains its position in the middle of its pool. Gumbeaux has locked up the third seed in Pool 4 with the pool winner being the winner of the Lost Boys game against District of Columbia Quidditch Club. Gumbeaux’s point differential might be strong enough to keep it out of the Round of 36, but that will depend how the bracket shapes out.

Texas A&M University Quidditch (3-0) secured a victory against the Appalachian Apparators (1-3) 190-120*. Texas A&M will face Florida’s Finest with first place in the pool at stake. Appalachian maintains a shot at bracket play if Anteater Quidditch can knock off Ohio State Quidditch by a large enough margin.

Texas A&M University Quidditch advanced to bracket play with a win against the Appalachian Apparators | Photo Credit: Alex Russell

Bowling Green State University (3-0) looks poised to top Pool 2 after a 170*-100 win over Tribe (0-4). Bowling Green still has a game with the BosNYan Bearsharks (2-1) remaining, while Tribe finishes its tournament winless, though with a surprisingly resolute showing in its opener to take Virginia Community Quidditch to overtime.

Miami University (OH) Quidditch (1-2) defeated Utah State Quidditch Club (0-3) 190-90*. Utah State’s snitch catch against Miami was not enough to save their standings for bracket play, while Miami could still advance with a win over Rutgers University Quidditch.

Carolina Heat (1-2) got its first ever win at US Quidditch Cup over Indiana University Quidditch Club (0-3) 140*-60. Both teams are effectively eliminated from bracket contention despite each having one more game to play.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch (1-3) secures a much needed win against the RIT Dark Marks (0-3) 170*-80. RIT next faces UCLA (1-2) and a win by a large margin could be enough to secure a bracket spot for one of these two teams.

The Michigan Quidditch Team (1-2) kept its bracket chances alive with a win over the Illinois State University Firebirds (1-2) 120-80*. Michigan faces the Tufts University Tufflepuffs (0-3), while Illinois State faces the Warriors (2-1) in their final game. Both could potentially reach bracket depending on the outcome of their games.

Pitch 1 Silicon Valley Skrewts 90*-40 Baylor University

Pitch 2 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Quidditch 170*-80 RIT Dark Marks

Pitch 3 Bowling Green State University 170*-100 Tribe

Pitch 4 Michigan Quidditch Team 120-80* Illinois State University Firebirds

Pitch 5 Miami University (OH) Quidditch 190-90* Utah State Quidditch Club

Pitch 6 Carolina Heat Quidditch Club 140*-60 Indiana University Quidditch Club

Pitch 7 Gulf Coast Gumbeaux 190*-30 inTENNsity

Pitch 8 Texas A&M University Quidditch 190-120* Appalachian Apparators Quidditch

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By Austin Wallace, David Sager, and Andy Marmer

Arizona State University (2-1) secured a narrow victory against the University of Miami (2-2) 80*-60. With the narrow loss, Miami clinches a bracket spot, while Arizona State has also clinched a bracket spot with its victory.

Texas Cavalry (4-0) finished off a perfect day with a 130*-30 triumph over the Warriors (2-1). Out of range within 10 minutes, a quick snitch catch maximized the point differential for Cavalry. The result guarantees Cavalry one of the top two seeds going into bracket play and helps smooth the way for a deep run. The Warriors remain second in their pool and are still in good shape to qualify for Day Two.

Mizzou Quidditch (3-0) defeated Southern Storm (0-4) 140*-40. Mizzou continues to produce strong results and is headed toward a top seed in the bracket. A game against Crimson Elite in the final slot remains for Mizzou in pool play.

Quidditch Club Boston (QCB) (3-0) easily dispatched University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) (2-2) 130*-40,  a team that earlier beat Carolina Heat Quidditch Club and has strong bracket play hopes. Quidditch Club Boston, with a 230 point differential and a perfect snitch catch percentage, is trying to secure one of the top seeds. However, closer than expected wins earlier in the day have put QCB out of reach of the top seed. UTSA will need QCB to defeat Carolina Heat this evening to secure its bracket spot.

Maryland Quidditch (2-1) defeated Minnesota Quidditch (1-3) 130*-50. After an initial loss to RPI Quidditch, Maryland is likely to take second place in Pool 10. The result ends Minnesota’s campaign as it can no longer win any of the tiebreakers to sneak into the bracket play.

Lake Erie Elite (1-2) escaped with a win against Long Beach Funky Quaffles (1-3) 100^-80*.  With Rochester United and Oklahoma State most likely advancing from this pool, the Elite game against Marquette University Quidditch will determine which team slides into bracket play.

Penn State University Nittany Lions (PSU) (2-1) beat SHSU Quidditch (1-3) 80*-40. SHSU’s dreams of reaching the bracket for US Quidditch Cup 10 have been extinguished as they finish their pool games. PSU faces Boston University Quidditch in its final game, guaranteed a bracket spot, but looking to potentially improve its seeding. A win would assure Penn State of avoiding the Round of 36.

SHSU Quidditch was defeated in its final game at US Quidditch Cup 10 | Photo by Alex Russell

The University of Rochester Thestrals (3-1) finished pool play securing itself second in its pool with a win over Rutgers University Quidditch (1-2) 80*-70. Rutgers faces Miami University (OH) Quidditch in its final game with the winner of that securing the final bracket spot from Pool 9.

Pitch 1 Arizona State University 80*-60 University of Miami

Pitch 2 Texas Cavalry 130*-30 The Warriors

Pitch 3 Mizzou Quidditch 140*-40 The Southern Storm

Pitch 4 Lake Erie Elite 100^-80* Long Beach Funky Quaffles

Pitch 5 Quidditch Club Boston 130*-40 University of Texas at San Antonio

Pitch 6 Maryland Quidditch 130*-50 Minnesota Quidditch

Pitch 7 Penn State University Nittany Lions 80*-40 SHSU Quidditch

Pitch 8 University of Rochester Thestrals 80*-70 Rutgers University Quidditch

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By David Sager and Andy Marmer

Rochester United (4-0) secured its top seed from their pool by defeating Oklahoma State University (2-2) 160*-50 with an adjusted point differential of 350, Rochester United looks to be one of the top seeds entering Day Two.

Texas Quidditch (4-0) also claimed the top spot in its pool with a victory over Ball State Cardinals (3-1) 170*-60, avenging its loss at last year’s US Quidditch Cup.

Ohio State Quidditch (2-2) finished its day with a solid win over Anteater Quidditch (0-4), 160*-50. Ohio State secured a spot in the bracket and third place in its pool.

Lone Star clinched the top seed in the bracket. | Photo by Alex Russell

With Lone Star Quidditch Club (LSQC) (4-0) handling Macaulay Honors College Marauders (0-4) with ease 180*-30, LSQC appears to have claimed the top seed for bracket play by maximizing point differentials in every game as well as catching every snitch.

The Lost Boys (4-0) narrowly escaped District of Columbia Quidditch Club (DCQC) (3-1) 80*-60 to finish undefeated on Day One of US Quidditch Cup 10 and claim the top seed of the pool. Both teams will advance to bracket play tomorrow with DCQC finishing second in the pool. 

The Silver Phoenix (2-2) comfortably defeated Boise State Abraxans (2-2) 210*-150. The second and third seeds for this pool rely on the outcome of the Crimson Elite vs Mizzou Quidditch game. Crimson Elite, Silver Phoenix, and Boise State all have two wins.

The Los Angeles Gambits (4-0) maximized point differential in this game, securing the top spot in their pool with a 130*-30 win over Central Michigan Quidditch Club (2-2). Both teams will advance to bracket play.

Cal Quidditch (3-1) clinched a spot in bracket play with a win over Virginia Quidditch Club (1-3) 160*-70.

Pitch 1 Texas Quidditch 170*-60 Ball State Cardinals

Pitch 2 Cal Quidditch 160*-70 Virginia Quidditch Club

Pitch 3 Los Angeles Gambits 130*-30 Central Michigan Quidditch Club

Pitch 4 Lone Star Quidditch Club 180*-30 Macaulay Honors College Marauders

Pitch 5 Rochester United 160*-50 Oklahoma State University

Pitch 6 The Lost Boys 80*-60 District of Columbia Quidditch Club

Pitch 7 Ohio State Quidditch 160*-50 Anteater Quidditch

Pitch 8 The Silver Phoenix 210*-150 Boise State Abraxans

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By David Sager and Andy Marmer

Florida’s Finest (4-0) continued its undefeated season and secured the top spot in Pool 3 with a 80*-70 win over Texas A&M Quidditch (3-1). Both teams have earned spots in bracket play.

RPI Quidditch (4-0) handled Silicon Valley Skrewts (1-3) 100-60* with ease, securing the top seed of its pool.

Michigan Quidditch Team (2-2) all but secured its spot in the bracket with a 180*-140 win over the Tufts University Tufflepuffs (0-4). If the Illinois State University Firebirds knock off the Warriors by 40 points, it appears that Michigan would be eliminated based on snitch catch percentage, otherwise it would place third behind the winner of that match. 

Kansas Quidditch (3-1) secured second place in its pool with a 110*-70 win over Indiana University Quidditch Club (0-4).

inTENNsity (1-3) just barely beat New York Quidditch Club (0-4) 140*-130 in a game that had no effect on bracket qualifying positions. Neither team will advance to bracket play tomorrow, finishing as fourth and fifth in the pool.

The BosNYan Bearsharks (3-1) topped Bowling Green State University (3-1) 100*-70; however, the latter team will still top Pool 2 as both squads as well as Cal Quidditch each finished 3-1 with Bowling Green having the strongest tiebreaker.

UCLA’s win should see it through to bracket play | Photo by Chris Rothery

University of California Los Angeles (2-2) finishes with a 140*-30 victory over RIT Dark Marks (0-4). Being 2-2 and in the third seed of the pool, UCLA will advance to bracket play, but may have to make it through the Round of 36 depending on tiebreakers.

Texas State University – San Marcos (4-0) capped its undefeated pool play with a 220*-90 win over Utah State Quidditch Club (0-4) and will be one of the top seeds entering the bracket.

Pitch 1 Florida’s Finest 80*-70 Texas A&M Quidditch

Pitch 2 BosNYan Bearsharks 100*-70 Bowling Green State University

Pitch 3 inTENNsity 140*-130 New York Quidditch Club

Pitch 4 Kansas Quidditch 110*-70 Indiana University Quidditch Club

Pitch 5 Michigan Quidditch Club 180*-140 Tufts University Tufflepuffs

Pitch 6 Texas State University – San Marcos 220*-90 Utah State Quidditch Club

Pitch 7 RPI Quidditch 100-60* Silicon Valley Skrewts

Pitch 8 University of California Los Angeles 140*-30 RIT Dark Marks

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By David Sager and Andy Marmer

Penn State University Nittany Lions (PSU) (3-1) finished their day by barely sliding past winless Boston University Quidditch (0-4). PSU finds itself with enough wins to advance to the bracket, however will be one of the lower 3-1 teams due to its -10 point differential.

Mizzou Quidditch (4-0) secured the top seed in Pool 7 with a win over Crimson Elite (2-2) 140*-10. With three teams in this pool finishing Day One at 2-2, it seems as if the Silver Phoenix have snagged the second seed and Crimson Elite finishing third. The Boise State Abraxans (2-2) appear to have finished fourth, missing out on the bracket.

Arizona State University (3-1) defeated the Richmond Ravens (1-3) 160*-40, securing the second seed in Pool H and a spot in the bracket tomorrow.

The Richmond Ravens finished Day One at 1-3 | Photo Credit: Flax Photography

Quidditch Club Boston (QCB) (4-0) completes Day One undefeated, as it ousts Carolina Heat Quidditch Club (1-3) 110*-40. QCB finished at the top of the pool and will look to continue its title defense tomorrow as it will probably have one of the top 10 overall seeds heading into bracket play.

The Warriors (3-1) rolled into bracket play with a 140*-40 victory over the Illinois State University Firebirds (1-3).

Maryland Quidditch (3-1) ended the day with a win against Baylor University (1-3) 130*-50. Maryland will advance to the bracket, finishing second in the pool, while Baylor appears to have fallen short. The Silicon Valley Skrewts (1-3) look to be the third place team in Pool 10.

In a marathon finale, lasting more than 50 minutes, Lake Erie Elite (2-2) took third in its pool with a 230*-150 win over Marquette University Quidditch (1-3). 

Rutgers University Quidditch (2-2) finished off Miami University (OH) Quidditch (1-3) 170*-70. Rutgers has qualified for bracket play, ending up as the third seed in Pool 9. Miami fails to qualify for bracket play, finishing fourth in its pool.

Pitch 1 Penn State University Nittany Lions 70*-60 Boston University Quidditch

Pitch 2 Quidditch Club Boston 110*-40 Carolina Heat Quidditch Club

Pitch 3 Maryland Quidditch 130*-50 Baylor University

Pitch 4 The Warriors 140*-40 Illinois State University Firebirds

Pitch 5 Mizzou Quidditch 140*-10 Crimson Elite

Pitch 6 Arizona State University 160*-40 Richmond Ravens

Pitch 7 Lake Erie Elite 230*-150 Marquette University Quidditch

Pitch 8 Rutgers University Quidditch 170*-70 Miami University (OH) Quidditch

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article said that Lake Erie Elite took second in its pool.