ECDX: Saturday Undercard Wrapup
FEASTERVILLE, PA -- The first 15 minutes of River City (17E WFTDA) against Central NY (21E WFTDA) were fairly close, leaving the score knotted at 30 early, but Central NY had both massive penalty problems and massive trouble handling River City's no-engagement offense on power jam, leading to some enormous point swings as the game went on. In the first half, River City's Julia Bondage set a new WFTDA record by cruising untouched through a dead-stopped pack multiple times on her way to 45-0. RCR was up 157-75 at the break and rolled even harder in the second to win 328-132. (Bondage ended up with a huge 193 points on 13 jams in the game.) Bout stats via wftda.tv.
Hudson Valley, the lowest-ranked team at the event at 29E, quite quickly pulled themselves out of the East cellar by handling 23E Harrisburg an upset in Rink 3's opening bout, 146-96. Hudson Valley had been 0-12 in WFTDA-sanctioned play before the win over HARD; Harrisburg dropped to 0-4 on the year.
Dominion (16E WFTDA) jumped all over Lehigh Valley (25E) in their matchup, only allowing Lehigh Valley to get on the board in two jams in the first 15 minutes to go up by a commanding 66-8; at the break, DDG led 110-32. The first half was frustrating for LVRG, but the second half was even tougher, as Dominion outscored Lehigh Valley 93-4 over the first 20 minutes of the half. Lehigh Valley caught some breaks on power jams in the last few minutes of the game to get some more points on the board, but in the end it was a massive rout favoring Dominion, 223-61. Bout stats via wftda.tv..
In Garden State (28E) v Ithaca (unranked), Garden State narrowly had the upper hand in the first half and led 83-75 at intermission, but Ithaca got a break early in the second half when Garden State's jammer was boxed for 2 minutes. Back to back 20-0 jams suddenly flipped the advantage to Ithaca, 123-92, with about 20 minutes left to play in the game. That sequence was a major momentum shifter, with Ithaca claiming almost all the lead jammer calls over the middle ten minutes of the half and extending that lead to 149-95 with 11:00 to play -- a 74-12 run to start the half.
From there, it was basically a race to see if Garden State could recover from that swoon before running out of time. They closed to within 40 at 162-122 with 3 minutes to play, but a key 8-0 jam from Ithaca ace Gunder N Lightning slammed the door on the GSR late comeback hopes. The last jam started at 170-122, and Darla Mercado picked up 9-0 for GSR but didn't hear her bench screaming for the call-off until just after time expired -- Garden State was unable to stop the clock and Ithaca took the upset win, 170-131. Bout stats via WFTDA.tv.
River City (17E) played their second game of the day just about 5 hours after beating Central NY in the Saturday opener; their opponent was a fresher New Hampshire (24E). The story of this one was River City playing catch up for their entire 60 minutes; they fell into an early hole but pulled to within 44-30 with 10 minutes left in the first. They once against allowed NHRD to open up the lead by the intermission, but rallied again in the second half to get it down to 146-110 with 10 minutes to play and 156-129 with 5 minutes to play.
NHRD did an effective job of killing crucial clock time over the next few jams, and with under two minutes to play New Hampshire was up 162-133; there was no lead jammer call on the final jam. Although River City just happened to have the brand-new single-jam record holder on the floor with Julia Bondage jamming, that 29 point gap was too much to overcome without a power jam advantage, and New Hampshire took the WFTDA rankings upset, 169-142.