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Bruins, Celtics, Blazers and ... Frisbee players?

MIT men's team faces off against WPI at the TD Banknorth Garden.
The MIT men's club ultimate frisbee team faced off against WPI in a friendly scrimmage at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston earlier this month.
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The MIT men's club ultimate frisbee team faced off against WPI in a friendly scrimmage at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston earlier this month.
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Photo: Tom Gearty
As they made their way through the backstage areas, the players were excited by the novelty of playing indoors at the Garden.
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As they made their way through the backstage areas, the players were excited by the novelty of playing indoors at the Garden.
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Photo: Tom Gearty
After changing in one of the locker rooms, the players did some stretching in the cramped hallways underneath the arena. Junior Jacob Steinhardt warmed up with some high kicks.
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After changing in one of the locker rooms, the players did some stretching in the cramped hallways underneath the arena. Junior Jacob Steinhardt warmed up with some high kicks.
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Photo: Tom Gearty
After a pre-game meeting — which included a discussion of how the rules would be adjusted for playing inside a hockey rink — the team huddled up before heading out to the field.
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After a pre-game meeting — which included a discussion of how the rules would be adjusted for playing inside a hockey rink — the team huddled up before heading out to the field.
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Photo: Tom Gearty
Graduate student Brian Munroe (white shirt) looks downfield for a pass. In ultimate Frisbee, the player with the disk must stay in place with one pivot foot while other players seek to get open for a pass.
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Graduate student Brian Munroe (white shirt) looks downfield for a pass. In ultimate Frisbee, the player with the disk must stay in place with one pivot foot while other players seek to get open for a pass.
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Photo: Tom Gearty
Senior Kesavan Yogeswaran, right, beats his defender to catch a pass on offense. Because the rink was smaller than a standard ultimate field, players had less space than usual to make their cuts.
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Senior Kesavan Yogeswaran, right, beats his defender to catch a pass on offense. Because the rink was smaller than a standard ultimate field, players had less space than usual to make their cuts.
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Tom Gearty
Malik Miller turns on the afterburners to make a full-speed, one-handed catch in the end zone for a score early in the game. Points are scored in ultimate Frisbee by catching the disk in an end zone, similar to football.
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Malik Miller turns on the afterburners to make a full-speed, one-handed catch in the end zone for a score early in the game. Points are scored in ultimate Frisbee by catching the disk in an end zone, similar to football.
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Photo: Tom Gearty
Playing inside the Garden was a thrill — but the rink's walls were a hazard for players sprinting to catch the Frisbee.
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Playing inside the Garden was a thrill — but the rink's walls were a hazard for players sprinting to catch the Frisbee.
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Photo: Tom Gearty
Alumnus Cody Rebholz (white shirt) covers a WPI receiver while on defense.
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Alumnus Cody Rebholz (white shirt) covers a WPI receiver while on defense.
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Photo: Tom Gearty
In the end, WPI eeked out a victory, but the MIT team was still enthusiastic — and they'll play in the Garden again this Sunday, March 6.
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In the end, WPI eeked out a victory, but the MIT team was still enthusiastic — and they'll play in the Garden again this Sunday, March 6.
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Photo: Tom Gearty

What do the Celtics, the Bruins, the Boston Blazers and the MIT Men's Ultimate Frisbee team all have in common? They all play in the TD Banknorth Garden. And although the MIT team may not play there as often as the pros, they play just as hard.

Earlier this month, MIT faced off against Worcester Polytechnic Institute for a friendly scrimmage at the Garden as part of a promotion by the Boston Blazers professional lacrosse team. It was an unorthodox game — rules had to be adjusted to accomodate playing inside a hockey rink carpeted with artificial turf, the endzone had rounded corners, and there was no wind to speak of — but a great day to play in a unique venue.

In the end, WPI eeked out a victory, but the MIT club team will get a second chance. They'll play Northeastern University in the Garden again this Sunday, March 6. The ultimate scrimmage starts at 12:20 p.m. To inquire about tickets, contact the team at MIT-ult-officers@mit.edu. Your ticket will also get you into the Boston Blazers professional lacrosse game against the Buffalo Bandits at 5 p.m.

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