The game went to half on serve, 8-7. During half, George Stubbs told me that he had been playing offense and guarding handlers while playing defense in order to save energy. Harvard’s Devon Williams, the team’s defensive specialist, had been guarding CUT standout Grant Linsdley.
The half started with a CUT hold and a break to make the score 9-8, Carleton, and from there it would trade to 13-11. While normally an offensive player, Linsdley moved over to pull double duty on CUT’s D line in order to mark Stubbs.
Former high school, Chain Lightning, and Junior Worlds teammates, Linsdley and Stubbs are two of the nation’s premier all-around players, and many were excited to see them face off. While there were no real fireworks, the two did not disappoint; Linsdley continued to find himself open on under cuts, while Stubbs was not stopped from getting the disc and making most of Harvard’s big throws. One particularly fun play to watch was the result of very tight defense by Lindsley when Harvard had the disc on the goal line. Needing multiple moves to get open, Stubbs finally broke (somewhat) free, going upline and laying out for the score in traffic.
Another great play was CUT freshman Jonah Herscu’s layout block while guarding the Harvard player at the front of the stack who was coming back for the dump.
As I said, I did not catch all of this game. It finished 15-12, Carleton. From what I could tell, both teams played great offense, and it was CUT’s ability to break before their defensive legs gave out that won the game for them.
In Florida v. Wisconsin, I only watched two points intently. Wisconsin broke first after blocking a Nathan Sage huck to Cole Sullivan, and in the middle part of the second half, Ben Feldman had a gigantic layout block on a Florida huck that managed to catch the wind and float down into the hands of a trailing Gator receiver. 15-12, Florida.