Originally appeared on usqworldcup.com on April 12, 2015. (http://usqworldcup.com/2015/04/lone-star-tops-texas-state-to-advance-to-final-four-game-against-maryland/)
A day after triumphantly defeating Lone Star Quidditch Club in the preliminary rounds, Texas State University – San Marcos altered its strategy, unfurled a tediously slow offense, and fell to the favored community team in the quarterfinals of World Cup 8. Kifer Gregoire caught the snitch to secure a 160*-60 victory out of snitch range.
At first, Texas State’s strategy appeared to be a stroke of genius. With little defensive aggression from Lone Star’s chasers, Texas State’s ball handlers could wait until beaters Ryan Peavler and Elizabeth Clementi created a no-bludgers opportunity. When Lone Star’s beaters fell into disarray, Texas State’s ball handlers exploded to the hoops, slicing through a scrambling defense. However, Texas State’s shots weren’t falling, and Lone Star slowly began converting on offense. Despite two fast break goals from Texas State, goals from Drew Wasikowski, Craig Garrison, and Sarah Holub lifted Lone Star to a 70-20 lead.
When snitch Mason Kuzmich entered the fray, the pace quickened slightly and both teams traded goals until the score reached 100-50. Texas State looked to be gaining momentum when Peavler was red carded. Peavler’s dismissal proved to be the game’s pivotal event. Soon after Kuzmich was handicapped, Gregoire pulled the snitchsock.
Lone Star will face the University of Maryland in the semifinals.