Intramural Corner: Broomball recap

After recapping the arena flag football and dodgeball results from the last season of intramurals, the Intramural Corner will now take a look back at the broomball championships.

In the men's division, #2 FC Merly won their third consecutive men's title, defeating #5 Redbone Hounds in the title game. They also knocked off #7 8 Main in the first round and #3 The Entourage in the semifinals to reach the championship.

FC Merly was led by juniors Steve Sankey and Jon Gorski. They will not be defending their title in this round of intramurals, however, as they missed the deadline for team entries.

Junior captain Pat Occhiuto is confident that the team will return to glory next year, however. "We will be back next school year and probably reclaim our title," he boasted.

On the women's side, #4 Team Awesome upset #2 Real Bruisers for the championship after knocking out top-seeded GSUSB in the semifinals. Team Awesome is a perennial broomball contender and will be hungry for a repeat in the upcoming intramural session.

The co-ed competitive division was won by #3 Legend of Sean Jones. They defeated the top two seeds on their road to the title, beating #2 Master Gators in the semifinals and #1 Hawks in the championship game.

A small team consisting of just three women and four men, Legend of Sean Jones was able to overcome their deficiency in numbers with great team chemistry.

"We all worked really well as a team," said junior captain Kristen Greiner. "Everyone was a key factor and played a big role in the win.

Also key for Legend of Sean Jones was the play of junior Derek Jokic, who made many key saves at big moments. Sankey was also a big part of the team, as he was for FC Merly. Senior Vito Vacanti was also an important component due to his previous hockey experience.

"The girls as well as the guys are aggressive in the game and fight for every ball," said Greiner. "We are playing together again this semester and are hoping to repeat. We think we have a pretty good shot at it."

The co-ed recreational division was split in two due to the amount of team entries. The champion of Division One was #6 Cool Runnings, who won four games on their way to the championship, including a title game victory over #9 Team Canada.

Senior Tim Spayd keyed the run to the championship game for Cool Runnings, playing outstanding in goal all season long, especially in the playoffs.

"He never let up a goal and he also scored the game-winning goal in the shootout of the championship game," said senior captain Tom Ehmann of Spayd. "He was basically our whole team."

This semester, the team's name will change from Cool Runnings to Tim. "Look for Team Tim in the playoffs," boasted Ehmann.

The championship of Division Two went to the second-ranked Halcones, who defeated #10 8 Main, #3 Snakes on the Ice, and finally #5 MacVittie Maulers to grab the title. The Halcones are a recreational spin-off of the co-ed competitive Hawks, who earned the top seed in the competitive division but lost to Legend of Sean Jones.

This is the second straight victory for the Halcones, who were the Hawks when they won their first title. Junior captain Brian Stone declined to talk about any one or two key players, saying it was a total team effort.

One key addition for the Halcones this semester will be sophomore Jessica "The Enforcer" Steck, who replaces junior star forward Mel Waterman, who is studying abroad in New Zealand.

As for a repeat, Stone put the team's chances of repeating at 100 percent. It remains to be seen if that will come true.