Matthew Cardarelli is the current Tufts Quidditch Captain. As a freshman, Matt was introduced to the sport by his RA at the time, Tufflepuff alumni David Meyers! Once Matt was convinced to attend his first practice, he couldn't stop. His favorite part of the game is the mental aspect and the strategy that's involved. He especially enjoys testing himself against elite beaters and trying out new tactics to overcome his opposition. Matt's favorite quidditch memory occurred his freshman year: during one of the first few games he played, Matt saw the snitch running back to the pitch followed by the seekers. He made a split decision to leave the pitch with his bludger and dead sprint after the snitch. He was able to beat the opposing beater and got to watch his fellow Tufflepuff, Duncan Leaf, duel with the snitch on top of a brick wall before catching the snitch.
On top of all the quidditch he plays, Matt often spends time playing pick-up basketball with his friends. Basketball is easily our captain's favorite game since it's one of the few sports where there's very little stoppage of game - as soon as you score it continues. As someone with an incredibly high energy level, basketball provides the intensity Matt has come to seek out in sports. When Matt's not at the gym, you can often find him in one of the computer labs. Majoring in both physics and computer science is a challenge, but it's exactly that that compelled him to double major in these subjects. For instance, Matt says that he didn't do very well in the intro level physics classes, but decided to he wanted to do it anyways. Additionally, computer science lets Matthew be creative and encounter problems that leave him perplexed at the same time as fascinated. One of his favorite parts of his second major is that, when you leave class, you leave with a fully functional program as opposed to a set of knowledge.
Matthew is looking forward to being immersed in a community of amazing people this April at World Cup. He's excited to have the opportunity to once again experience the atmosphere of the competition and see the friends he's made in the quidditch community.
Tufts University Tufflepuffs, catching snitches and wrecking pitches since 2009.