Bentley Icehouse had a very busy spring, with 5 tournaments already this season – and a sixth one coming up this weekend in Milwaukee for the DIII Championships after they secured the second bid out of the New England region. The captains of Icehouse were kind enough to email back answers to a few questions leading up to this weekend.
Skyd: How is this year’s roster different from last year’s? More young players? Veteran team?
Icehouse: We lost a lot of seniors last year, but a lot of roles were filled by current seniors/juniors. Our team has a strong Junior class and 6 players are in their first season of ultimate.
How did your spring season go? (I can read score reporter, just wondering the details that aren’t on a score board)
Overall, we played very well with tournament wins at Awaken and UNH Spring Open, which earned us a #1 Ranking in DIII at the end of the regular season. We have underperformed in the series so far losing in the sectionals championship to Brandeis and the regionals championship to Amherst College. We have pulled off some great comeback wins in the regular season against Middlebury. After their president said they would never lose to us again, we beat them twice at regionals.
Who’s been the team MVP this season?
Alex Foo and Max Rick
Does your team have a coach? If so, what benefits have you seen?
This is our third season with a coach and second season with an assistant coach. They provide experience in the game and a perspective to the game that the players cant see. Our coach has introduced the team to Split stack on O-line, which is very different than other team’s man offense.
What will be your team’s focus until Milwaukee?
We don’t have many practices between regionals and Nationals and all students finish finals on May 9th so it will be a lot of individual development and practice like conditioning and throwing.
What was the most difficult game you’ve played this season? What set it apart?
Our Amherst College loss at regionals was extremely difficult because we did not have any exposure to AC this season. They were beating us with the deep game (which we are normally good at it) and we had a lot of unforced turnovers while they had few.
Most teams set goals before the season – have you accomplished those goals?
Season’s not over yet- We’ll see after Nationals.
Rapid Fire Questions:
Song most likely to be played on your sideline?
Wheels on the Bus (Children’s song)
Favorite highlight video out right now?
Which professional team do you root for?
Rochester Dragons (Favorite player- Max Rick)
Favorite timeout game?
Which Game of Thrones character best embodies your team?
John Snow- Our team name is Icehouse. We’re stubborn. Being one of the best d-3 teams in the region is like being the best bastard son. We know the feeling of aspiring for greatness while others think little of us…. Winter is coming