24 College Open Teams
March 19-20, 2011
In Pool A, top seed UBC recorded decisive wins over Wisconsin-Steven’s Point, Air Force, and UCSD. The two Kansas teams gave UBC closer games, with UBC winning 11-9 over Kansas State and 11-8 over Kansas. Kansas State won the rest of their games, including a 11-7 win over Kansas in the first game of the day, to advance to the quarterfinals.
Pool B’s top seed, Colorado College, won their first four games, though they were tested in tight 11-8 wins over Missouri, LSU, and Texas State. In the final game of the day, 4-0 Colorado College faced off against 4-0 Dartmouth. Colorado College put Dartmouth away 11-6, with both teams advancing to the championship bracket.
In Pool C, Texas held seed at the top of their pool, winning all their games relatively comfortably. The pool’s fourth seed, Texas A&M, claimed second in the pool by going 4-1, including a 10-9 win over Illinois.
In Pool D, top seeded University of Washington went 5-0 to take the pool, though most of their wins were closer than they would have liked. Second seed Cal State-Long Beach recovered from a 13-12 Universe Point loss to Oklahoma in their first game to claim the other spot in the quarterfinals. Sixth seeded Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a late addition to the tournament from D-III Centex, went 3-2 in the pool and were eliminated based on the head-to-head tiebreaker with CSLB.
In the quarterfinals, UBC advanced easily with a 15-8 win over Cal State-Long Beach, as did Colorado College with a 15-6 win over Texas A&M. Texas-Dartmouth was tighter, with Texas winning 15-12. In the last quarterfinal game, Kansas State shocked Washington 12-10 to advance to the semifinals.
In the first semifinal, UBC faced off against Texas. The game was close the whole way, with UBC coming from behind to win 15-13. In the other semifinal, Colorado College continued to roll, beating Kanas State 15-6.
In the final, Colorado College was led Ezra Siegal’s hander defense and the downfield play of Henry Konker, Josh Anderson, and Nicky Spiva. Colorado College had trouble converting their break opportunities in the first half, though they did take the half 7-5. They would pull away in the second half, winning 13-8. Captains Ezra Siegal and Nicky Spiva credit their team depth: “It was an entire team effort and that’s why we won because we don’t have to rely on one person for big plays. They come from everywhere.”