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IM Championships go down to the wire

The weekend saw four soccer squads and one broomball team etch their names in the IM history books.

Photo: Jeremy Martin/The Chicago Maroon
Second-years Christopher Gatto (left) of Wooward and Steven Sweeney of Henderson battle for the ball. Woodward beat Henderson 2–1 in the coed residence championship.
Photo: Jeremy Martin/The Chicago Maroon
Second-year Steven Sweeney of Henderson House runs past third-year Lea Redd of Woodward. Woodward beat Henderson last Sunday 2-1 in the IM Soccer championships held in Henry Crown Field House.

It’s IM championship week on campus, and five more teams ascended to the top of their divisions in broomball and indoor soccer over the weekend.

On Sunday, four separate soccer champions were crowned.

The Maphrodisiacs met Dirty Harri’s for the graduate coed league championship, a physical battle that needed a bonus period before the Maphrodisiacs laid claim to the title with a 3–2 win. The Harris School squad jumped on top 2–0 with a goal by  second-year Francisco Aninat at the 17:50 mark and another at 22:00 by Noah Chafets, a student in the Committee on Social Thought.

The Maphrodisiacs notched their first goal with a driving strike by John Cropper midway through the second half. With just one second remaining in the contest, Meghan O’Neil found the back of the net, forcing an overtime. Kyle Buce then completed his team’s comeback, converting a back-post run to claim the crown.

In the undergraduate residence coed championship, the Henderson Wombats pushed the Woodward Ruckus to the bonus period before falling 2–1. Woodward first-year Michelle Boyd opened the scoring in the first half, volleying a line drive corner kick near post and past the fingertips of the Wombats’ keeper.

The Wombats equalized midway through the second half, and neither team could break the tie before the end of regulation. But once overtime got under way, Woodward, which won its semifinal game in shootout, didn’t need long to find the golden goal. House RH Daniel Anello got the ball 12 feet from goal, fired it into the goal, and was promptly mobbed by celebrating teammates.

The undergraduate men’s independent/residence championship wasn’t quite so close. The Axis Powers, an independent team, won that game 10–0 over the Shorey House IM Team, scoring five goals in each half. The Powers, who know each other from playing pick-up indoor soccer at Crown, used quick, crisp passes to get easy looks at goal.

The graduate men’s championship went to Los Economistas after a convincing 4–0 win over Dirty Harri’s.

For the second straight year, the math and statistics grad students took the grad broomball crown by downing a team of biology grad students. The biology team, dubbed Erin’s Daddy Issues, fell to statistics’ Red Neck Rampage 1–0 Friday night.

The game was postponed twice due to unseasonably warm temperatures, but the delays served only to put off the inevitable, as the Rampage controlled the tempo throughout and made Erin’s offensive woes the story of the game. After scoring the game’s lone goal in the first period, the Rampage kept the ball on Erin’s half for nearly the entire second period to secure their victory.

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