Men's Speedball Spring 2013

Champion: Fleet Foxes

Back Row: Dave McDonough, Brad Scatterday, Robert MacLeod, Ryan Sifferlen
Middle Row: Frankie Sorrentino, Jack Ross, Kevin Flanagan, Greg Harris
Front Row: Seth Rotberg

Championship Game Summary:
Fleet Foxes 31, Hoosier Daddy 23

The stage was set on a crisp April evening inside Boyden Gymnasium. Four teams had arrived earlier in the night to slug it out, but only one would remain when the clock struck midnight. The first ever speedball season was coming to a close and two teams, Hoosier Daddy and Fleet Foxes, both hit the floor ready to go despite it being game two of the night for each of them.

The game started off slowly with a defensive struggle. Through eight minutes the game was tied at just 3 points. Both teams struggled to advance the ball into the scoring zones, and every throw attempt went wide missing the net. So far both goalies had simple nights going for them. Finally the scoring started to leak through as Hoosier Ray Simmons netted a ferocious throw from a beautiful touch pass from Cole Jaskoviak. Foxes’ Frankie Sorrentino responded right back with a throw. Hoosier Andrew McCarthy went on a tear with throws but kept hitting post after post. David Witham and Simmons both came through with a scoring throw for three apiece. Robert MacLeod would not let his Fleet Foxes be outdone and responded quickly with a throw of his own, and then another shortly after to tie it at 9.

Near the end of the half, Fox Brad Scatterday hit the first lay-up of the game to bring a slice of basketball into things. Hoosier Daddy, now trailing, went on a little run at the end of the half with two miraculous plays. Jaskoviak received a pass from Witham and took off leaping from behind the 3 point line and seemingly floated in the air as he drilled a 3 point throw. Witham, finding his groove, took advantage of the soccer aspect of speedball and stole the ball at midcourt with just the goalie to beat. As he absorbed contact he drilled the breakaway kick as time expired to put Hoosier Daddy up 14-13 over Fleet Foxes at the half.

Coming out of the break, Fox goalie Ryan Sifferlen made a terrific diving save. Playing off the momentum, Captain Seth Rotberg began sacrificing his body to block shots all over the floor. After a penalty was called, and a direct kick assessed, Hoosier Daddy botched it and the Captain Rotberg was there to intercept the ball as he netted a half court empty net shot. After a couple of fantastic foot saves by the Fox goalie Sifferlen, Hoosier captain Joey Dinh bounced a throw through the five-hole of the goalie to cut the Fox lead down to one with 10 minutes left. Sifferlen left the net moments later and ran down to drill a throw to extend the lead again to a two possession game, 21-17.

With two minutes to go, desperate for a comeback, Simmons sprinted down the floor, received a pass from Joe Van Gelder, and then wheeled it into the back of the net to cut it down to 25-23. The Foxes then fleeted back down the floor and peppered Hoosier goalie Dan ‘Dobie’ Dobrosielski. He refused to lose and rejected every one of them to keep the game alive.

Hoosier Daddy regained possession and drove down the court. Witham received a pass from Van Gelder and wound up and threw, but Rotberg once again dove and threw his body in from of the ball saving the score. Kevin Flanagan took off down the court and drove one past Dobie to make it 28-23, and then again a few seconds later to seal the win and make the final score 31-23. The Fleet Foxes were the 2013 UMass Intramural Speedball Champions.

Hoosier Daddy

Back row: Ray Simmons, Cole Jaskoviak, Joe Van Gelder, Jake Bradbury
Front Row: Dan ‘Dobie’ Dobrosielski, Dave Witham, Joey Dinh, Andrew McCarthy