Solstice Tournament | Eugene, Oregon
June 16 - 17, 2012
Two weekends ago (June 16-17), Nightlock played in their first regular season tournament, Solstice, in Eugene, OR. The weekend started out with some saga-esque journeys north. Bubb arrived early for some solo birthday fun, spending 8 hours wandering around Eugene; Ashley Black prompted the ‘Burb to start working on a Nightlock recipe (first few batches were deemed “deadly” for a variety of reasons), while Marisa made pie charts (the team is 60% straight and 40% homo-inclined-to-some-degree) and the color choices were amazing; the Pri headed out late but Pebbles and Emmy held it together and got everyone safely to the house, where we all stayed with the lovely Spencer and Dr. Annah, to whom we apparently have a many connections.
Saturday morning was a bit warm as we did our warm-ups, revealing Rotch’s dislike for other people’s sweat on her jerseys and hinting at a very un-Oregon-like hot day. First game was against Fury, and were down 8-2 at half, eventually losing 15-4. The boombox and DJ Emmy were clutch to keep us pumped up and dancin’ while we waited for our next game.
Game two was against Team Canada; they scored the first point, we scored the second, and then the trading was a little uneven and they took half at 8-3; Canada won the game 15-5.
Our third game was against Zephyr, and we came out ready to win! Waugh pumped us up with a sick layout D in the fifth point of the game, and in a pleasant turnaround from our previous matchup, we took half at 8-3. They scored a callahan during the second half and we came back with three aggressive scores, soon winning the game 15-6.
The final game of the day was against Schwa. We came out off a win, ready to continue to roll, and Schwa came off a hard loss to Fury, ready for some redemption. Bree got a sick footblock on their endzone line, stopping their offense and allowing ours to go to work. We took half at 8-6, and traded some points until they got two in a row, to which we responded by taking the next three and thus the game, ending the day 2-2.
We stayed around to cheer on Fury in their exhibition game against Team Canada (U-S-A! U-S-A!) and then the gang split up a bit on Saturday evening, one car going straight to shower, one group staying to hang out in the tourney party beer garden, and another eating and then showering (and getting chocolate milk! Best. Idea. Evar.). At the party, Abby and Bree went undefeated in stick-cup, and Emmy was reportedly incredibly focused on, uh, focusing. Everyone meandered their own ways back to Chez Annah + Spencer, and we slowly dropped like flies. Muff and Michela got rained on outside, so they slept in the laundry room (#supercomfy).
Day two dawned pleasantly cooler than the previous day, and Muff’s weather predictions were spot-on and the sun came out at 9:32a (after first appearing right after a sick D...just putting that out there). We were up 7-0 at half in our game against WUPAZ (from AZ), and won the game 13-1. Emmy kept volunteering as tribute, leading to her nickname “Katniss”.
Our next game against the Canadian Masters Women’s Team started off trading points, us being up 7-6 at half. It was a tough game, with a lot of intensity, and a great D by Bubb (although on a foul call, so it went back, but it was still gorgeous), and in the end youth prevailed and we took the game 12-9. Flushed with our success and a bit worn from the physical and emotional exertion, we went straight into our semis game against Fury. This was a quick game, and although we did come out stronger in the second half, getting some turns and being more aggressive on offense, the game ended with a loss of 13-0. We wished our nation’s representatives well at Worlds, and went over to watch the rest of the other semis game.
Our competition for third place turned out to be Team Canada, and we did not start off the game incredibly hot; last game, last day, long bye, etc., leading us to be down at half 7-1. We remembered Jit’s words of wisdom, though, and resolved that this half, our last half of the tournament, was going to be out Best Half Evar, and went out with a new determination. We traded blocks of points, finally going on a 4-point run while on Team Canada’s game point; this act was fueled by energy and enthusiasm and truly interesting sidelines, and was a great way to end the tournament.
The odysseys back to NorCal then started up yet again. The ‘Burb was talking about sex, and then having some really good bonding over stories. I don’t know how the other cars fared, but everyone got home safely, although Thud and Abby almost hit some deer while leaving my fog-entrenched house. Waugh felt jealous about all the tetris in the ‘Burb and managed to not only screech into her seat on the plane, but also stuff all her luggage under her seat.
We learned a lot, bonded a lot, and some of us got sunburned a lot; all in all, it was a pretty damn successful weekend.