This weekend, for the first time this quarter, the Psychos had a tournament with a good weather forecast and welcomed 18 women’s teams from across the country to play in President’s Day Invitational Tournament.
The day started, earlier than usual as the Psychos had to set the fields, but that also means you’re the first to get to the bagels so it all balances out. After a solid warm up, the Psychos started their first game against Colorado Kali. It was a tight game, and both teams wanted the win, but some great defense from Jorie “Mako” Moore and a layout (diving catch) score from Dena “Chrome” Elimelech helped the Psychos take the game 9-7.
Sadly that was to be the Psycho’s only win of the day. As the next game vs. USC’s Hellions began the Psycho’s were up 7-4 thanks to some great work by the Defensive line, some excellent offense from Lizzy “Tote” Cowan and yet another layout score by Avery “Starsky” Jones. However, unable to hold on to the lead, the Psycho’s lost the game on universe point* 8-7.
The third game against University of Washington’s Element would determine whether the Psycho’s got first or last in their pool of 4 teams. After going up 4-0 at the start of the game, the the Psycho’s let Element back into the game and they brought the score to 5-5. A good deal of back and forth both teams scoring on their offensive points, Element took half 7-8 and scored the final point bringing the final score to 7-9. Shoutout to Maryjo “Koya” Sampang for some excellent decision-making on the field.
Day two started with the Psychos in the consolation bracket and some disappointed coaches planning to give everyone equal playing time for both games of the day. Oh and some skittles. Alisha gave everyone a valentine to cheer for. The day started with a game against Harvard’s Quasar and the Psychos go up to take half 8-4. Even though Quasar started to catch up a little bringing the score to 10-6, the lefty backhand from Julianna “Terra” Jordan and some excellent defense from Jasmine “Pyro” Simmons, the Psychos prevailed, 12-7.
After a long break, and some time spent scoping out the competition, the Psychos took the field against University of Florida’s Fuel, the coaches’ alma mater. The game started close with each team going point for point until Fuel pulled ahead a little 3-5. The goal was to win with the whole team, so even though the score was close, the coaches kept the lines open. The physical play flustered the Psychos at first, but not for long and Dena “Chrome” Elimelech, tall as usual jumped over five people to score bringing the game to 6-5 Psychos. Some more awesome plays from Erica “Tempo” Kaji, and the Psychos took the game 10-9.
Day 3 and everyone was tired, but the Psychos took the field against UC Santa Barbara’s Burning Skirts. The defense worked well together and the Psychos have their fire back and take the game 11-6. Shout-out to Leanne “Muse” Go for excellent cutting and throws.
Game 2 and the final game of the tournament against Cal Poly SLO saw the rookies excelling in two rookie points, working hard to make plays and work together to score. Slo worked hard but the psychos worked harder. Kelli “Krypto” Iwa had an awesome layout score just managing to stay in bounds and Adelei “Hydra” Carman played the best defense we’ve seen from her so far, pushing through the little mud patches dotting the field. The game ended with yet another lefty backhand bringing the final score to 13-5.