Most of the news comes from on the field, where it was a big weekend, so let’s jump to it:
- Stanford Invite (Open) was the biggest show in town, and Oregon Ego was the last man standing, topping Carleton 15-11 and avenging their only loss on the weekend. Tufts had a breakout weekend, Texas A&M showed some potential to be elite, and Wisconsin and Pitt looked less than dominant. Texas, Arizona, and Central Florida all have to be heading home disappointed.
- Not far behind, the smaller Stanford Invite (Women’s) did bring together the nation’s best from the left coast with some guests from elsewhere. Oregon Fugue wouldn’t be outshined by their male counterparts, making a late comeback in the final to beat Wisconsin 17-15. Wisconsin played party crasher with an amazing weekend, while UC-Santa Barbara and North Carolina performed below expectations.
- Nashville also saw some nationals contenders slug it out for Music City Mash-Up (Women’s). Ohio State got some payback on Georgia for a pool play loss by beating them in the final to finish a strong weekend for both. The biggest surprise is Texas Melee winning just a single game. Florida also struggled to a D-II Championship.
- In other results, Missouri wins Huck Funn (Open), Georgia wins Tally Classic (Open), NYU wins Delaware Classic (Women’s), and Florida State wins Tally Classic (Women’s).
- Over on Skyd, Ben Van Heuvelen adds another two cents to the longstanding argument about how the changes in the Ultimate landscape threaten its identity.
- After much handwringing on the part of the tryouts, USAU named their Open, Women’s and Mixed U-23 teams. Congratulations to those selected and many U-S-A chants to come!
- USAU shows off their disc for this year’s college series.
Whew! Hopefully, this week we can take a more in depth look at the U-23 rosters and another look at the Women’s Southeast now that Music City and Tally are in the books.