Up Calls: Bids to Natties, pro ulti, Skyd 5

Let’s just jump in (College Series brief recaps at the end):


  • Skyd announced their Wild Card candidates for the Skyd Five Callahan nominees, their shortlist of top players. On the Women’s side, UNC-Wilmington’s Claire Chastain was chosen. On the Open side, Texas’s Will Driscoll was chosen.
  • Brodie Smith’s China Trick Shot video is attracting some attention. Honestly? It was super awkward, but that’s just me.
  • Skyd’s also collecting – and updating – this Callahan videos page. Who needs RSD? Shouts out to Reddit though.
  • Know some kids who wanna play Ultimate? Nike Ultimate camps, offering overnight and day camp.
  • Here are you College Championships Qualifiers. Skip this if you wanna read more detailed stuff below: (Open) Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, Pittsburgh, Ohio, Cornell, Oregon, Washington, Illinois; (Women) Virginia, Texas, Ohio State, Ottawa, Northwestern.

MLU Scoreboard

  • PHI Spinners @ NY Rumble: The usual suspects were at it in this one, with Hirranet, Murray, and Shull turning in strong Spinners’ stats. Chris Mazur put up a fight for the Rumble, with Ben Faust turning in a nice first half and Jonathan Cox picking up slack in the second. It wasn’t enough for NY, Spinners win, 19-17.
  • BOS Whitecaps @ DC Current: Lots of hucks in the first half of this one, but tight all the way, 11-11 at half. Peter Prial made a great debut for the Whitecaps, involved in a lot of plays. Boston wins, 20-19.
  • POR Stags @ SEA Rainmakers: Seth Wiggins was putting on a clinic in Seattle, filling up the stat sheet. It was 7-7 as the teams neared half, but Seattle scored a pair for 9-7, and rolled from there. Rainmakers win, 18-12.
  • SF Dogfish @ VAN Nighthawks: The Nighthawks would spend the first half trailing, but take the lead twice in the second half. With under a minute to go, a hammer tied it at 17s. San Francisco would work the field, call a timeout, and bury the game winning score with 6 seconds left. Dogfish win, 17-16.
  • VAN Nighthawks @ POR Stags (Sunday): After trading their way up to 5s, the Nighthawks would get a little breathing room, taking half 12-9. Despite Ben Lohre and Ben McGinns solid outings, they could never get it closer than two from there.. Nighthawks get the W, 21-17.

AUDL Scoreboard

  • ROC Dragons @ PHI Phoenix: The Phoenix’s home opener saw them get out to an early lead. Over time, the Philly team would just overwhelm the Dragons. This team is not a fluke. Phoenix wins, 26-14.
  • TOR Rush @ NY Empire: Isaiah Masek-Kelly (3G, 2A), Jeff Lindquist (5G, 2A), and Cameron Harris (6A, all second half) led the way for the visiting Rush, overcoming the Husayn Carnegie show that is the Empire. Lots of layouts from him, but Rush win, 22-14.
  • DET Mechanix @ CIN Revolution: Saturday’s rain in Cinci kept this to a low scoring affair – and even stopped the game for roughly 30 mins – but could not stop the road team from stealing a win. The Mechanix move above .500, Detroit wins 15-11.
  • WC Wildifre @ IND Alleycats: A really tight first half in this one, but the Wildfire trio of Brodie Smith, AJ Nelson, and Geoff Serednesky proved too much, with a big run late in the game to open it up. Wildfire win, 25-15.
  • MAD Radicals @ MIN Wind Chill: The visitors played a tight one and emerged the winner of the first game in this classic rivalry. Madison wins, 22-20.
  • ROC Dragons @ DC Breeze (Sunday): An exciting game for a Breeze team hungry for their first win and the Dragons on a back to back after being severely shorthanded by Regionals eating up a lot of their roster. The teams went to OT, where the Breeze’s TJ Ryan caught a score with 4 seconds left to force sudden death double OT. The Breeze would pull it out with a score from Justin Solis, Breeze win 26-25
  • CIN Revolution @ WC Wildfire (Sunday): Brodie Smith had a dominant first half for the Wildfire, but the Revolution D-line would not quit, keeping it close. However, the Wildfire closed hard, winning the 4th quarter 7-3, making a Windy City win, 23-16.
  • TOR Rush @ NJ Hammerheads: The Rush took a 20-9 lead into the half. The Hammerheads – ME Regionals taking some of their talent – actually won the second half, but moral victories don’t get you into the playoffs. Rush win, 29-19.

USAU College Series

A brief Saturday recap/Sunday preview can be found here.


  • Atlantic Coast Regionals was one of the more dramatic weekend tournaments. Virginia, after playing just 32 points in the Quarters and Semis, came into the Final fresh. North Carolina played 49 points coming into, a little over half a game more. This was in large part because Pleiades had to go through rival UNC-W, who they beat 15-13, in the Semi. However, the Carolina women fought and kept it very close, demonstrating what a quality them they (and by extension, UNC-W) are. They’d fall 12-15. Virginia advances to the College Championships.
  • Metro East Regionals was no easy region. The top four seeds all made their into the Semi, though Rochester took a strong push from Princeton, 14-12. Both Semis were good games, Ottawa beating Cornell 12-10 and NYU topping Rochester 14-12. It was a blow for blow Final, but Ottawa keeps the status quo with a very tight 11-9 win. Ottawa advances to the College Championships.
  • Great Lakes Regionals despite Purdue and Notre Dame’s Semis runs, this Region sort of all seemed like it would going to come down to Michigan vs. Northwestern. The two top teams in the Region battled it out, and Gung Ho gutted out the win, 15-12. Northwestern advances to the College Championships.
  • Ohio Valley Regionals is a Region that belongs firmly to Ohio State Fever. I said in my preview that “anything less than dominance is not an option.” Well, they delivered. Fever never gave up more than 4 points. Pitt’s first round 11-10 win over Penn might have taken some of their energy away, but rolled in the Semifinal. Fever won the Final, 15-1, a hell of a statement. Ohio State advances to the College Championships.
  • Southeast Regionals…was rained (well, lightning’d, actually) out and postponed until next weekend.
  • South Central Regionals saw the surprises of Saturday give way to more expected results Sunday. Colorado and Texas both made Semis, along with a strong Colorado College squad and a determined Texas A&M team. Neither could keep up with the Regional powers, setting up a rematch of Saturday’s Pool A top end. Melee took half 8-6, and Colorado wasn’t really able to close the gap, leading to a 14-9, Texas win. Texas advances to the College Championships.


  • Atlantic Coast Regionals worked out with the teams you’d expect, but not in the way you might have thought it would. Virginia Tech would upset UNC-Wilmington, 15-14, in the Semifinal, to get a shot at North Carolina. North Carolina had no trouble with Burn. UNC-Wilmington would fight back to the backdoor game to go and get their rematch on VT. Vengeance is a dish best served with your season on the line, and the Seamen got it, 15-6. North Carolina and UNC-Wilmington advance to the College Championships.
  • Great Lakes Regionals was perhaps the most up-for-grabs of any Regionals. The top four seeds all played their way into Semis unscathed, and finally got down to business. Michigan knocked out Eastern Michigan and Illinois surprised Michigan State. Despite expectations for Michigan to finish strong, Illinois broke through with a healthy roster, winning 15-12. Illinois advances to the College Championships.
  • Metro East Regionals went to the status quo on the Women’s side, but would the men suffer the same fate? The #1 seed Cornell Buds would beat Queens-Kingston in Quarters, Princeton in Semis, but run into a talented and gutsy UConn team in the FInal. UConn was no match, Buds roll 15-6. Cornell advances to the College Championships.
  • Northwest Regionals went to Oregon, no question. They showed they were in another class. But with a second bid up for grabs, Saturday’s effects creeped into Sunday’s results. I can’t help but think Whitman – who struggled in pool play, and had to play an additional two games Sunday – was at a significant disadvantage going into the Final against Washington. Washington takes care of business, 13-11. Washington advances to the College Championships.
  • Ohio Valley Regionals had the potential for excitement, but was mostly expected to go one way. And it did. Ohio nearly upset Pitt in the Final, but Pitt put together a strong second half to take the Region. Ohio played Penn State, who put down Cinci, in the game to go, and controlled the game, 15-5.
  • Southeast Regionals has been postponed. Stay tuned.
  • South Central Regionals went to Texas, 15-12, over Colorado, but with a second bid up for grab, the story continued. Texas A&M, who lost in Semis, fought their way through Kansas and Missouri to get back to the game to go. Facing Colorado, who knocked them out of the championship bracket, they came to play. However, Mamabird proved the stronger, winning 15-11. Texas and Colorado advance to the College Championships.
  • Northwoods Conference Championships saw Minnesota beat Carleton 13-8 in the Final. Wisconsin-Mankato and Minnesota-Duluth also qualify for North Central Regionals.

Weekend Slate: Bloody Sunday (Regionals Pt.1)

Here’s a special update to tell you what we’ve got on tap for tomorrow – who’s in, who’s out – at the Regionals tournaments taking place.


  • Metro East Regionals is through PreQuarters. Tomorrow morning, we have Quarters, with: Ottawa vs. SUNY-Buffalo, Cornell vs. Connecticut, Rochester vs. Princeton, NYU vs. Yale. A potential Ottawa/Cornell Semifinal should be exciting, but watch out for Princeton against Rochester.
  • Atlantic Coast Regionals is through PreQuarters. Of the #1 seeds, only North Carolina saw any challenges today. Also, I was right about Duke, wrong about Maryland. Quarters matchups: Virginia vs. Towson, Maryland vs. James Madison, North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech, and UNC-Wilmington vs. Duke.
  • Great Lakes Regionals hasn’t updated scorereporter, but I know both Michigan and Northwestern went undefeated, asserting their dominance. When I looked, scorereporter had Northwester and Michigan both in Pool B, so this is a new development.
  • Ohio Valley Regionals had some upsets, with Penn State beating Carnegie-Mellon and Pool B winding up with three 2-1 teams (Pitt, Case, and Penn). Ohio State was dominant. Quarters are: Ohio State vs. Ohio, Case Western vs. Carnegie-Mellon, Penn State vs. Penn, and Pitt vs. West Virginia.
  • South Central Regionals was an exciting (also cold and rainy) one. In Pool A, Texas smoked Colorado 11-4. Pool B was crazy. Mysterious Missouri State wound up winning the pool, 4-1, with a lot of very close games. Their one loss was to Colorado State, who finished 4th. Wash U and TAMU go 3-2, and make the bracket. Quarters are: Texas vs. Colorado State, Texas A&M vs. Kansas, Colorado. vs Wash U, Missouri State vs. Colorado College. Can Missouri State continue their run all the way to the Final? They’d have to beat Colorado. I had Colorado College as my surprise performer. Lots of opportunity still here. Only one bid available.


  • Atlantic Coast Regionals was a double elim bracket, so there isn’t much left for Sunday. Virginia Tech upset UNC-Wilmington 15-14 in the Semifinal, meaning we will see North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech in the morning. Winner goes to Nationals and will likely be the first team to punch their ticket. Also notable: George Mason, in their first Regionals, knocks out Maryland, 16-15. Maryland is out, losing again on double game to John Hopkins, 17-16. Backdoor Quaters are Virginia vs. James Madison and Appalachian State against UNC-Wilmington.
  • Great Lakes Regionals saw all the top seeds go undefeated, but only one pool go to seed. Quarters tomorrow are: Michigan vs. Indiana/Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan vs. Michigan-B (!), Michigan State vs. Chicago, Northwestern vs. Illinois.
  • Metro East Regionals isn’t fully reported, but all the top seeds go undefeated. Dark horse SUNY-Buffalo loses their first three games and is eliminated. Quarters are: Cornell vs. Syracuse/Queens-Kingston (I think), Princeton vs. SUNY-Albany, NYU vs. Stony Brook/Yale, and Connecticut vs. Rutgers.
  • At Northwest Regionals, Pool A went to seed, while Pool B saw the surprises. Top seed Whitman drops two games, while the fifth team, Boise State, is 3-1. Washington is 4-0. Each team has a pool play game in the morning, except Oregon and Washington, who are in the frontdoor Final. If Whitman struggles against Boise State, they may be eliminated before the backdoor bracket begins.
  • Ohio Valley Regionals saw what we expected: Pittsburgh and Ohio take care of business to get to the Final. Carnegie-Mellon and Kenyon play in a backdoor PreQuarter, with the winner playing Penn State. Ohio State plays St. Joseph’s/Penn, with the winner playing Cincinnati.
  • South Central Regionals had the always exciting double elim bracket, with two bids. The Final is set as Texas and Colorado. Kansas rallies from a first round loss to make backdoor Quarters. They’ll play Texas A&M and Missouri plays North Texas.

There’s plenty to watch tomorrow to see who will be taking their act on the road to Madison.

Atlantic Coast Women’s Regionals

2013 College SeriesEvery year, there’s a Region that feels like they just don’t have all the bids to the Championships they deserve. This year, no Region has more room to gripe than the Atlantic Coast. With three strong teams vying for one bid, and challengers lurking in the lower seeds, there should be plenty of drama. The traditional powers of North Carolina and UNC-Wilmington have, since the regional redraw, had to deal with competition from Virginia. This year, Virginia is the favorite, having proven themselves among the elite. However, both other teams have some big wins that show their potential. One bid tournaments tend to be very unforgiving, so teams have to take advantage of every opportunity. Expect fireworks for Atlantic Coast Women’s Regionals in Axton, VA.

Here, by my estimations, are the seedings and pools:

  1. Virginia (VA #1)
  2. North Carolina (CAR #1)
  3. UNC-Wilmington (CAR #2)
  4. Maryland (COL #1)
  5. Virginia Tech (VA #2)
  6. James Madison (VA #3)
  7. Towson (COL #2)
  8. South Carolina (CAR #3)
  9. Duke (CAR #4)
  10. Clemson (CAR #5)
  11. American (COL #3)
  12. Delaware (COL #4)
  13. Appalachian State (CAR #6)
  14. Georgetown (COL #5)
  15. George Washington (COL #6)
  16. Virginia Commonwealth (VA #4)

Pool A: Virginia, South Carolina, Delaware, Appalachian State

Pool B: North Carolina, Towson, American, Georgetown

Pool C: UNC-Wilmington, James Madison, Clemson, George Washington

Pool D: Maryland, Virginia Tech, Duke, Virginia Commonwealth

Pool winners bye into Quarters while the second and third teams in each pool play PreQuarters crossover games.

Pool Play

Pool A

Virginia Hydra, the Atlantic Coast’s reigning Champ, announced themselves in the Region with a third place finish in 2011 before winning it all last year. Now, they’ve become the favorite in the Region to take their only bid. In just a few short years, they’ve become a power, despite roster turnover, indicating a strong program. They have wins over Stanford, Colorado, and Ohio State, but perhaps more importantly, they have wins over North Carolina and UNC-Wilmington. However, they aren’t invincible: UNC-Wilmington beat them 11-10 at QCTU and James Madison played them close at Virginia Conference Championships. This is a team that knows how to compete against the best and can also efficiently close games against weaker opponents. These attributes will be pivotal this weekend. Senior and 2012 2nd Team All-Region selection Mary Kelly is a force in the air for Hydra, with support from junior speedster Theresa Hackett and sophomore stud & 2012 FOTY Alika Johnston (calling this: future Callahan Finalist). They play suffocating defense and will strike mercilessly back once they force their opponents into bad plays. Hydra’s disciplined, aggressive, and well coached. At their best, this is a Semis-quality team at the College Championships.

Alika Johnston is a rising star in the game, and a huge part of Hydra’s continued success

South Carolina Scorch has had a bit of an up and down season so far. While they have wins over Georgia Tech, Georgia College, Duke, and Towson, they also have losses to Appalachian State, Clemson, and Chicago. They have the potential to make Quarters, but they could also turn in a poor showing if they aren’t prepared for the rigors of the Region. Adrienne Turner and Noel Holmes provide the team’s top options and will need to be on their game to help lead Scorch to success.

Delaware Sideshow’s season story begins with Nikki Ross, their all star handler, who has missed the whole season with a ligament tear. For Sideshow, it doesn’t end there. They’ve had ample time to move on and make adjustments. It shows, with blowout wins over American and Yale, and a nice win over Rochester at Garden State III. They posted a few more wins over the field at Colonial Conference Championships, demonstrating they could also make a move to Quarters.

The Appalachian State Nonads played well when they needed to at Carolina Conference Champies, notching a win over South Carolina and playing well in losses to Duke and Clemson. They also have a win over VCU, so breaking seed is definitely possible for them this weekend.

Pool B

UNC-Wilmington Seaweed is playing their best at the right time. While they’ve shown potential all year, their early returns were not what they hoped. They dropped games against Pittsburgh, California, and a blowout loss against Michigan. Along the way, they’ve played some of the nation’s top teams tight, while scoring wins over Virginia, Ohio State, and UC-Santa Barbara. At Conference Championships, they were able to beat UNC to take the Conference crown. To add onto their momentum, Claire Chastain was recently announced as the final member of the Skyd Five Callahan nominees. And honestly, she might be the best women’s player in the county. She’ll be backed up by sophomore Sadie Gosselin, who continues to emerge as a playmaker for Seaweed.

UNC-W superstar and Callahan nominee Claire Chastain with a big bid against UNC’s own stud, Shellie Cohen

Towson Hammertime has been on the rise, going from a team fighting to make Regionals to one that can compete on a bigger scale. They haven’t seen many teams this year quite like the top end of the AC, but have strong games against NYU and scored two wins over American at their Conference tournament. They are 3-1 on the year against teams in their pool. Led by Captain Jordin Fox, they’ll be looking to hold seed and find a way into Quarters.

The American University Dirty Ladies have followed the suit of Towson, developing over the past few years from a team fighting to get Regionals to a competitive team on the scene. Their season got off to a rocky start at Bonanza – though they notched their lone win over Towson – but they rebounded at Garden State, beating Rochester and Delaware and playing well against Cornell. Their losses to Towson and close wins against Georgetown may cause some concern, but there is talent within this group. Senior and U23 Women’s team member Lauren Sadler is one of the region’s top playmakers and defenders. She has help from fellow seniors Jess Wolf and Aly Martori, plus leadership from Coach Shino Yoshen.

Georgetown Huckin’ Foyas have struggled in some regards this season. That isn’t a huge surprise, losing the talented Alisha Kramer, who essentially built the program. However, their close games against American at Colonial Champies give hope they can crack the PreQuarters games. Junior Sue Marie Breeden is a key cog in the Huckin’ Foyas machine.

Pool C

North Carolina Pleiades are not used to being on the outside looking in. Finishing just barely out of reach for another bid for the AC, they’ll need to put on a great weekend to get back to the College Championships, where they made Quarters last year. They know they can beat just about anyone in the country, with two wins over Wisconsin and Central Florida, and additional wins over Colorado and Tufts. Unfortunately, two teams they haven’t beaten are rival UNC-Wilmington, who they fell to 13-15 in the Carolina Conference Final, and Virginia, who they lost to 12-14 at Centex. If they hit a rough patch, like they did at Stanford Invite, it could get ugly, but this is a smart team that is close knit. Coaches Lindsay Hack and Raj Prasad will have them well prepared. FFH All Star handler Shellie Cohen anchors their offense with her arsenal of field changing throws, while cutter Lisa Couper provides downfield speed and shutdown defense. Both are U23 team players. Kendall Beadleson has also stepped up as a playmaking receiver. Pleiades will need all hands on deck to get back to the show for the sixth straight season, as their projected path takes through both UNC-Wilmington and Virginia.

UNC’s Lisa Couper gets up for a grab at last year’s College Championships.

The James Madison Bitchmonkeys were one of the buzzier teams in the region at the beginning of the year. They played their way to the Final of Winta Binta Vinta Fest and went undefeated at their home tournament, Bonanza. Along the way, they got wins over NYU, Penn State, and two over Penn. However, they’d lose seven games at their next two tournaments, taking the shine off. At Conferences, they lost twice to Virginia Tech, a worrisome trend. Senior Victoria Elmore will need to play well and the team will need to refocus coming into a tournament where they need to prove they aren’t outclassed.

The Clemson Tiger Lillies have some potential to break seed at this tournament, but could also find themselves struggling. Their results are mixed bag – wins over Vermont, South Carolina, and Georgetown, but losses against Georgia Tech and Duke – that leave you unsure of what damage they can really do. It will be a tall task to ask them to make Quarters, but this is a veteran laden team that won’t back down.

The George Washington Lady Hippos have had some bright spots this season, but most of those have been close losses. Playing Vermont and Rochester close are nice, but Conference tournament blowout losses against American and Towson, and a pair of losses to Delaware, are disconcerting. Junior Zoe Dorian will be relied on heavily if G-Dub wants to make a splash in Axton.

Pool D

Maryland Helpful Corn has had to adjust over the past few years. The former ruler of their Region, the regional redraw brought over traditional AC powers that have forced Corn to take a back seat. Still, this is a program with a strong history and sense of pride. Their big win over Pittsburgh at QCTU proves they can take out strong opponents, and they’ve lost only one game to an AC opponent (7-13 to UNC-W). Sasha Bugler is one of the premier talents the region has to offer and Jessie O’Conner has proved herself capable against strong competition. Their offense will flow through these two and will need to be pinpoint in order to run with the big dogs.

The Virginia Tech Burnettes have put together a decent resume, but didn’t really enter the conversation until they beat JMU twice at Conferences. Whenever they have had to take on strong squads, they’ve folded (save a win over Cornell), so it was a welcome change. If they can beat Maryland and take pool D, it will give them a signifcantly better chance of making Semis.

Duke Swerve comes into the weekend looking to build on a solid Conference Championships performance, where they went 5-2. Getting wins over Clemson and App State are a nice start for Duke, adding to wins over Carleton Eclipse and Emory from earlier tournaments. I’ve had no success in locating a name, but they do have a particular player – tall, blonde hair – who is a great athlete, able to cut effectively for extended periods of time and make some highlight reel grabs.

Virginia Commonwealth is looking to make Regionals a habit. They finished tied for 9th last year, and lost a lot of their talent with outgoing seniors. They’ve had a year to acclimate to new roles, and brought it together at Conferences to qualify. They have the experience of being here before, so we will see if they can repeat last season’s success with so much new blood.


Pool Play

Pool A: Virginia, South Carolina, Delaware, Appalachian State

Pool B: UNC-Wilmington, American, Towson, Georgetown

Pool C: North Carolina, James Madison, Clemson, George Washington

Pool D: Maryland, Virginia Tech, Duke, Virginia Commonwealth

After the dust settles, almost every pool will go to seed. In Pool B, I’m thinking all three teams after UNC-W go 1-2, but this is their point differential results.


American over Clemson

James Madison over Towson

Virginia Tech over Delaware

Duke over South Carolina


Virginia over American

Maryland over James Madison

North Carolina over Virginia Tech

UNC-Wilmington over Duke


Virginia over Maryland

North Carolina edges UNC-Wilmington


Virginia over North Carolina

Final Thoughts

If North Carolina and UNC-Wilmington weren’t playing each other in the Semifinal, they’d have a shot at Virginia. Coming off a game that is almost certain to be a slugfest, it is going to be hard to have the legs needed to run with the #1 seeded Hydra. While Chastain’s talent is unmatched in the region, I think the organization and leadership of North Carolina should be able to make the adjustments needed between Conferences and Regionals. I expect that Semi to be a great game though. It should be a hell of a weekend in Axton.

Metro East Women’s Regionals Preview

2013 College Series

The Metro East has had trouble generating much buzz this year. Their top teams haven’t seen much national competition, leaving their full strength a bit of a mystery. Make no mistake, these ladies will be fighting tooth and nail to be the one to leave Saratoga Springs as Metro East Women’s Champions. The Ottawa Lady GGs are the evil empire of this region, again taking the #1 seed, and have been to the College Championships for five of the past six years. Since the regional redraw, Ottawa has not only won the region, but barely been pushed. You can’t help but see a parrallel with the Open division, where Cornell is the perennial power that nobody seems to be able to take down, even with contenders targeting them all year. As we ask each year, is 2013 Metro East Women’s Regionals the year someone takes Ottawa down?

With 15 teams, it gets a bit complex, but here’s seedings (by my estimation) and pools:

  1. Ottawa (WNY #1)
  2. NYU (EME #1)
  3. Rochester (WNY #2)
  4. Cornell (WNY #3)
  5. Yale (EME #2)
  6. Columbia (EME #3)
  7. TCNJ (ME-III #1)
  8. Hofstra (EME #4)
  9. Princeton (EME #5)
  10. Hamilton (ME-III #3)
  11. SUNY-Buffalo (WNY #4)
  12. Syracuse (WNY #5)
  13. Central Conn St. (EME #6)
  14. Connecticut (EME #7)
  15. Cornell-B (WNY #6)

Pool A: Ottawa, Hofstra, Syracuse, Central Conn St.

Pool B: NYU, TCNJ, SUNY-Buffalo, Connecticut

Pool C: Rochester, Columbia, Hamilton, Cornell-B

Pool D: Cornell, Yale, Princeton

The first place team from each pool will bye into Quarters while the second and third teams will play PreQuarters crossovers.

Pool Play

Pool A

The Ottawa Lady GG’s takes their familiar place at the top of Region. A familiar face will be leading from the sideline in former GG’s stud Kathryn Pohran, their current coach. They have just one loss on the season – a 4-12 flop against Pacific Lutheran in the Trouble in Vegas Final – and have only had double digits scored on them once in their wins. The last time they played a nationals-level team was at the 2012 College Championships, where they lost every game. However, they’ve already beaten two of the other pool #1 seeds in close games at Western New York Conference Championships. They have no reason to feel anything but confident coming into the weekend. They are still armed with high level talent, with two U23 Canada team members in Kaylee Sparks and Vivianne Fortin, backed up by both 2012’s 1st and 2nd Metro East FOTY Hannah Dawson and Romy Proulx, respectively.

Ottawa works through a Cornell zone at Conference Championships

Ottawa works through a Cornell zone at Conference Championships

Hofstra Flying Dutchmen comes into the weekend with a less than stellar record. However, they have beaten some of the teams they’ll see this weekend, including a win over TCNJ earlier the season and a dominant 10-2 victory over a solid Princeton team at East Metro East Conference Championships. Those are the kinds of performances they’ll need to repeat to make the bracket and compete with the Region’s best. They showed they could last year with a Semifinal appearance.

Syracuse Fox Force Seven was actually one of my favorite little quirks coming into Conference Championships. They were essentially a blank slate. A glance at their 2-5 record doesn’t tell the whole story. Look at these scores! They played a strong game against Cornell, falling 9-10 (after losing by a point in scrimmage a week prior). They beat SUNY-Buffalo 10-6, but then lost to them 6-11. Basically, I’m still not sure what to make of them. Could they spoil someone’s Regionals? Should be fun to find out.

Central Connecticut State Blue Barracudas could be in for a tough weekend, but they are one of the few teams that has already seen Ottawa. Sure, they got beaten soundly in that game, but could that give them an edge that allows them to keep up with the top seed? After getting blown out in virtually every game at Conferences last year, they are probably excited just to have grown so much.

Pool B

The NYU Violet Femmes have been gearing up for this all year. Their year has been focused on developing depth, strategy, and execution specifically designed to have them at their best at Regionals. While I’m betting their hungry to get a crack at an Ottawa team they believe they can beat, they know better than to look past anyone. Captain Julia Longinotti noted “There are a lot of teams vying for that one bid…we are focused on us.” Karen Chalif, a 2012 2nd Team All-Region selection and Bent player, is the team’s leading playmaker, but she’s not alone. “We are an incredibly deep team,” added Longinotti, citing that as the team’s biggest advantage this weekend, “The stats are spread out so much [with] roughly half the team.” Their big rotation should keep them fresh for the bracket Sunday. The Femmes have shown the capacity to dominate, with their only struggles this year coming at Garden State. They have to be the favorite to steal the bid from Ottawa.

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Anarchy is on a roll, coming off an undefeated and unchallenged weekend at Metro East D-III Conferences. They came in the five seed, but didn’t let that deter them from working the field over, showing they aren’t afraid to be an underdog. They have a win against a solid Hofstra squad and played Carnegie-Mellon tight. They’ve also been blown out by Columbia and St. Mary’s College. There’s potential here for a darkhorse.

SUNY-Buffalo Lorax is a veteran squad that doesn’t have great regular season results, but piques interest. They played Ottawa tight at WNY Champies, which is a good way to attract attention. It is hard to tell what we will get from them with so little background, but this is a team that is experienced and won’t shy away from tough games.

Connecticut has had a fairly short and challenging season. They’ve seen some fairly strong competition, but not fared well in those games. It may have helped prepare them for the type of play they’ll see at Regionals, but their results so far don’t leave room for the highest of expectations.

Pool C

The Rochester EZ’s head up this pool after their upset showing at WNY Conferences, where they topped Cornell 10-9 and earned the 3rd overall seed at Regionals. Earlier in the weekend, they were beaten by Cornell and struggled against Ottawa, so there are still doubts about their ability to compete consistently with top teams all weekend. The top end of their roster is strong, competitive, and experienced, and former Rutgers standout Amanda Davis has stepped in to coach. With some All-Region caliber talent, there’s no reason they can’t battle with the best.

Columbia NYPD could be scary from the 2 spot in this pool. They came into the College Series with one loss on the season, and big wins over Hofstra, Brown, and TCNJ. Their EME CC’s performance was a surprisingly weak one, dropping four games, including two against Yale. They’ll need to rebound if they want to be impactful on Sunday.

Hamilton is a team I can’t profess to know much about. Limited results and D-III Conferences just doesn’t tell us much. The games they’ve won, they’ve typically won big, and their losses tend to be close. That profiles out as a scrappy team capable of putting their opponents in tough positions and putting the onus on them to play mistake-free Ultimate…but to be real, that’s just guesswork. Who knows what they’ll bring to the table?

Cornell-B Thorny Roses will be doing what they can this weekend. In some cases, that’s quite a bit. They played Rochester very tight at Garden State III, losing by just a point. Lesson is: don’t expect to waltz in and out of a game with this team.

Pool D

Cornell Wild Roses have high expectations coming into this weekend. They’ve played a lot this season, seeing a variety of teams at four tournaments before the Series. They notched good wins over Penn and JMU, and played well against NYU and Penn State. At Conferences, they took down Rochester once before eventually losing to them in the placement rematch. They’ve got strong coaching which preaches good fundamentals. Standounts ininclude Captain and Callahan nominee Hannah Boone, a former FOTY who dominates the air, and budding stud and 2012 2nd Team All-Region player Sarah Zhao. Their Conferences matchup against Ottawa was a 9-12 loss, and having seen each of the other top teams, they might be the best prepared team in the Region to win it all.

Yale Ramona seems to have finally hit stride. They lost just one game at Conferences, a close and wind-effected 5-7 loss to NYU. Their regular season had some stumbles, but all it takes is to play well at the right time. They have to feel confident they can make Quarters.

Princeton Clockwork Orange may have suffered some letdowns at Conferences. The Clockwork ladies had a nice regular season, suffering only two losses and to solid teams. At Conferences, however, they got blown out by Hofstra in a puzzling loss. After going the D-III route last year, where they tied for 13th at the Championships, they are eying the D-I Championships. I saw them earlier this year, and Julia Yue was dominant in the cutting lanes. Hannah Vasquez returns for them as well, another capable goal scorer. The question will be if they can step up defensively further down their roster.


Pool Play

Pool A: Ottawa, Syracuse, Hofstra, CCSU

Pool B: NYU, SUNY-Buffalo, TCNJ, Connecticut

Pool C: Rochester, Columbia, Hamilton, Cornell-B

Pool D: Cornell, Princeton, Yale


SUNY-Buffalo over Hamilton

Columbia over TCNJ

Princeton over Hofstra

Yale over Syracuse


Ottawa over SUNY-Buffalo

Cornell over Columbia

Princeton over Rochester

NYU over Yale


Ottawa over Cornell

NYU over Princeton


NYU over Ottawa

Final Thoughts

Maybe I’m a sucker for an underdog. Maybe I like that the Femmes read the blog and RT FFH. Maybe I’m just patriotic. Or maybe it is that this Lady GG’s team doesn’t feel quite like those past. Those teams had some of the best women’s players in all of Canada; not college women’s, just women’s altogether. I could be underestimating them because they lack for buzzy wins, but I feel like their current path could lead to closer, longer, more involved games than they are used to, while NYU may have an easier road. I also am oddly bullish on Princeton, but I like a team that has had some success and have doubts about Rochester’s overall strength.


Weekend Slate: Regionals Begin, MLU and AUDL Week 2

The thrill of Regionals Weekend(s) is (are) here! Not only that, but we’ve got proultimate going on. Let’s look around:


  • PHI Spinners (1-0) @ NY Rumble (0-1)
  • BOS Whitecaps (1-0) @ DC Current (0-1)
  • POR Stags (0-1) @ SEA Rainmakers (1-0)
  • SF Dogfish (1-0) @ VAN Nighthawks (0-1)
  • VAN Nighthawks (0-1) @ POR Stags (0-1) (Sunday)

All of these teams are still finding their chemistry and their way around the pro fields, save the Spinners. However, Week 1 gave us lots of close games. The DC Current seem like a team with a lot of offensive firepower, but failed to display it against the Spinners. They’ll to correct that. Can someone cover (read: back) Jeff Graham? And Prial too? Vancouver & Portland take on the league’s first back to back, which proved pretty impactful in the AUDL.


  • ROC Dragons (0-2) @ PHI Phoenix (0-1)
  • TOR Rush (2-0) @ NY Empire (1-0)
  • DET Mechanix (1-1) @ CIN Revolution (1-1)
  • WC Wildifre (1-1) @ IND Alleycats (1-1)
  • MAD Radicals (1-1) @ MIN Wind Chill (1-1)
  • ROC Dragons (0-2) @ DC Breeze (0-1) (Sunday)
  • CIN Revolution (1-1) @ WC Wildfire (1-1) (Sunday)
  • TOR Rush (2-0) @ NJ Hammerheads (1-0) (Sunday)

The back to back proved to be the Achilles’s heel of the AUDL, claiming three victims and nearly taking down a fourth in Toron’o. The Hammerheards hope to capitalize where the Phoenix faltered. The Madison/Minnesota rivalry continues into the Pros, which should be very exciting. We’ll also get a better look at the Phoenix and Mechanix. The Breeze will look to rebound from a pretty abysmal start, catching a winless Rochester on the backend. That’s one they need to show up for.

USAU College Series


For more extensive coverage, check out FFH’s Regional Previews from the home page or by clicking the Region (AC and ME coming soon).

  • Atlantic Coast Regionals is widely regarded as having been “screwed’, with three high quality teams vying for a single bid. #1 seed Virginia has asserted themselves all year, but North Carolina and a peaking UNC-Wilmington team (and Skyd 5 Callahan nominee Claire Chastain) will have other ideas.
  • Metro East Regionals is another one bid region in a region that has historically been dominated by #1 seed Ottawa. However, #2 seed NYU has been building all year for this opportunity, and #3 seed Rochester and #4 seed Cornell see that bid as theirs. This one calls for drama.
  • Great Lakes Regionals continues the one bid trend, but who the favorite is isn’t as clear. Can #1 seed Notre Dame defend their spot, or will traditional powerhouses #2 seed Michigan or #3 seed Northwestern restore order?
  • Ohio Valley Regionals is…no, I’ll let you guess how many bids. Did you say one? You got it! You could probably say the same to #1 seed Ohio State, as dominant a favorite as you’ll find this year. They’ll aim to destroy #2 seed Penn, #3 seed Pitt, and all other comers.
  • Southeast Regionals…was rained (well, lightning’d, actually) out and postponed until next weekend. This could severely impact the strength of the teams and throws things into a bit of chaos. We’ll have more next week. For the record, they have two bids, not just one.
  • South Central Regionals features #1 seed Colorado taking on a bevy of challengers, from up and coming #2 seed Texas A&M, mercurial #3 seed Texas, and underseeded Colorado College. With just the one bid, there’s no room for mistakes in Kansas City.


  • Atlantic Coast Regionals is a two bid tournament with two definite favorites in North Carolina and UNC-Wilmington. They have plenty of teams capable of putting their backs to the wall, like Maryland and Georgetown. Plus, its a double elim bracket!
  • Great Lakes Regionals has plenty of intrigue, with a single bid and cases to be made for a few teams. Most of these teams have something to prove, with nobody having a dominant season. Old blood Michigan looks like the slim favorite here, but is Eastern Michigan for real? Is Michigan State peaking? Has Illinois been hiding? Put up or shut up in Rockford.
  • Metro East Regionals has been the Cornell show, and this is another year where everyone is saying “We’ll get you this time!” Cornell hasn’t exactly blown anyone away, so maybe UConn, NYU, Princeton, SUNY-Buffalo, or Queens-Kingston can finally do it?
  • Northwest Regionals is lead by heavy favorite Oregon Ego, but they have a second bid for everyone to fight over. Whitman and Washington have emerged as the teams to beat for that second bid.
  • Ohio Valley Regionals is pretty much like AC Regionals – two bids, heavy favorite, second favorite, and a few challengers. Pittsburgh is expected to win one and Ohio has been very effective in region. Carnegie-Mellon, Ohio State, Penn State and Cincinnati all see Ohio and see a team they think they can beat.
  • Southeast Regionals has been postponed. Stay tuned.
  • South Central Regionals is a two bid show with three teams everyone has their eye on. Colorado may have separated themselves, but Texas and Texas A&M also have potential to take the bids. Double elim bracket. Side note: For some reason, I like Oklahoma. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them do well.
  • Northwoods Conference Championships are finally happening! Will Minnesota and Carleton even try against each other?

South Central Women’s Regionals Preview

2013 College Series

Perspective dictates how one would view the season the South Central, as a whole, has put together. For some, they see the single bid to the College Championships, Colorado’s Centex results, and Texas’s Music City performance. For others, they see Texas A&M’s Conference Championship win, Kansas’s Midwest Throwdown victories, and Texas’s Centex rebound. It is a tale of adversity and of opportunity. Dramatics aside, tensions will be high in Kansas City, MO. Colorado is the early favorite going into the weekend, having proved themselves capable of being one of the nation’s elite, but a few teams are nipping at their heels. A few more teams may be unlikely to win the bid, but have what it takes to spoil it for someone else. The South Central is historically volatile, with four different teams having played in the past two Finals.

Here are the seedings (by my estimation) and pools:

  1. Colorado Kali (RM #1)
  2. Texas A&M Stacked (TX #1)
  3. Texas Melee (TX #2)
  4. Colorado State Hell’s Belles (RM #2)
  5. Missouri State (OZ #1)
  6. Kansas Betty (OZ #2)
  7. Colorado College Lysistrata’s Tools (RM #3)
  8. Washington University WUWU (OZ #3)
  9. Texas Christian University Horned Frogs (TX #3)
  10. Saint Louis University Ladies Ultimate (OZ #4)
  11. Rice Miss Red (TX #4)
  12. North Texas Envy (TX #5)

Pool A: Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Colorado College, Saint Louis, North Texas

Pool B: Texas A&M, Colorado St., Missouri St., Wash U, TCU, Rice

Teams must make the top four of their pool to qualify for the Championship bracket.

Pool Play

Pool A

Without a doubt, Colorado Kali is the favorite at this tournament, but by how much is up for debate. They only have one elite win this season – 15-13 over Iowa at Centex – but almost all of their losses have been close, and all are against nationals-level competition. They are undefeated IR, going 11-10 over Texas, 15-9 over Texas A&M, and 12-10 in the Rocky Mountain Champies Final against Colorado College. Those tight games may be cause for concern, but the Colorado leadership is using it for motivation, with Captain Megan Good telling me, “We’ve had close games this season…it will be exciting to play [those teams] again this weekend”. Kali had a down year last year, finishing 5th at Regionals, but expectations are obviously different with their talent level. Senior Amanda Good is the star of the show, but her supporting cast includes the very talented senior Megan Cousins (both are U23 team selections), as well as Christina Mickle and Natalie Plaza.

Colorado Kali's offensive line will need to be solid in a one bid South Central Region

Colorado Kali’s offensive line will need to be solid in a one bid South Central Region

Texas Melee has proven to be one of the nation’s most enigmatic squads. After an undefeated January win at Houston Antifreeze (where they beat both Rice and A&M), they lost 10 of their next 16 games, including games against Illinois and San Diego State. Since then, they are 11-3, including a victory against Pittsburgh and a blowout over Colorado College. A 6-10 loss to A&M at Texas Conference Championships cost them and does still give reasons to wonder what Melee will really do. Their 11-10 loss to Kali from Pres Day shows they are capable of competing with the top of the region. They’ll need strong weekends from senior veterans Kayla Ramirez and Diana Charrier, along with downfield playmaking from senior Sharon Tsao and sophomore Lauren McKenna, to win the bid.

The Kansas Bettys could be a dangerous team from the three seed. A strong Fall foreshadowed some good results in the Spring, most notably their 10-6 win over Wisconsin in the unpleasant weather of Midwest Throwdown. At that same tournament, they lost 10-15 to Iowa State and by two to Notre Dame, respectable results. However, they struggled at the Chicago Invite, where I’ve heard they were very short on bodies. Their two Saturday morning losses at Ozark Champies (12-14 to Oklahoma and 8-10 to Wash U) also demonstrate that they are susceptible to lapses in play. With so little room for error in Kansas City, they’ll need to find the consistency they’ve lacked. Kat Songer was one of the best handlers I saw at Midwest Throwdown, but she’ll need support from her Betty teammates if they want to break seed.

Colorado College Lysistrata’s Tools (or Strata) is probably the most underseeded team coming into South Central Regionals. Strata has wins over Northeastern, Whitman, and Florida State. They played to within two points of Colorado at their Conference Championships, but also fell to Colorado State in a placement game. That followed a first round matchup with CSU that they won by only a point. They were a point away from making the game to go last year, after winning the Region outright in 2011. They have a penchant for playing tight games, though they don’t always come out on top. With five Pool Play games, that could be a dangerous habit, but this is also exactly the kind of team that could get hot – riding the dynamic play of senior Captain and former Junior Worlds player Taylor Kanemori and tall receiver Lisi Lohre – and play spoiler.

Saint Louis’s season lacks for big wins, but a strong Conference Championships showing means they have momentum going into their biggest test. They are 0-3 against the field at Regionals, but none of those games were blowouts. If the breaks fall their way, they could upset a team looking ahead a bigger fish.

North Texas opened the season with an undefeated tournament win at Big D in Little D, and followed that up with a 4-3 record from Music City. Their Centex and Conference tournaments weren’t ideal, but they played to within a point of Texas. In fact, they’ve only lost two games by more than 5, even against stronger competition. Don’t expect them to roll over for anyone.

Pool B

Texas A&M Stacked has been a team on the rise. The prospect of coming in the #2 seed has to be exciting. At last year’s Regionals, they broke seed in a major way, going undefeated Saturday and making it to Semis on Sunday. While they struggled at Midwest Throwdown, dropping a 10-11 game to Saint Louis, they are coming in hot from Conference Championships, where they upset Texas 10-6. Earlier in the year, they beat Michigan and lost to Texas 8-9. In reality, it is hard to predict how well they’ll perform Saturday, particularly against Colorado State, who seems roughly their equal. If they’re playing well, that almost certainly means senior Captain Brittaney Abney is cutting up a storm and continuing the disc downfield for them. It could also spell trouble for the traditional powers of the region.

The Colorado State Hell’s Belles have a season very similar to TAMU’s, having notched a big win in the winds of Midwest Throwdown (10-7 over Northwestern), but struggling against tougher competition at Stanford Open. Their Conference Championship win over Colorado College bodes well and breeds confidence. They are a gritty and hardworking team that is capable of winning long points. If you’re turning the disc over against them, Sarah Stamper has the playmaking throws to make you pay for it. Seeing them battle with Texas A&M should be interesting.

Missouri State Barely Legal is a bit of a mystery. Their only results before the Series are from unsanctioned Mardi Gras, where the went 6-2, with both losses to Illinois and no notable wins. However, at Ozark Conference Championships, they went undefeated, not even playing tight games. If they are peaking coming into the Series, they can catch the inconsistent teams above them napping and take advantage.

Wash U WUWU’s season has been a disappointment, when you look at their results. They took on a brutal tournament schedule, with QCTU, Midwest Throwdown, and Centex. Their best result is a 10-11 loss to Iowa State. However, this does mean they are battle tested, having competed against some of the top teams in the country all year. This probably helped them beat Kansas on Saturday at Ozark CCs, but they did also drop games to Kansas and Missouri State. The offense flows through senior Captains Danielle Blatt and Katie Walker who can use strong throws to work the disc to the break side effectively.

Texas Christian University’s season has been successful, with a nice W-L record, but they haven’t faced many strong teams. On the few occasions they have, they haven’t been able to keep up. You get the sense that their record shows who they are pretty well and while they don’t get blown out often, they also haven’t demonstrated a high ceiling. That makes it tough to predict them to break seed.

Rice Miss Red’s highlight for this year has to be winning Division III at Centex. Taking down MIT, Harvard, and USF in a row was pretty impressive for the growing program. They also have a close loss to Florida to their name. Unfortunately, they are 0-3 vs. TAMU (with none of those close) and were racked by TCU twice at Conferences. I feel like this is a team that could surprise, but those TCU losses do not engender confidence that they’ll get any wins in pool play.


Pool Play

Pool A: Colorado, Texas, Colorado College, Kansas, Saint Louis, North Texas

Pool B: Colorado State, Texas A&M, Missouri State, Wash U, TCU, Rice


Colorado over Wash U (closer than expected)

Colorado College over Texas A&M

Texas over Missouri State

Colorado State over Kansas (extremely close)


Colorado over Colorado College, behind a strong second half

Texas over Colorado State


Colorado over Texas

Final Thoughts

I like the strength of Pool A, in part because I like the big game experience Colorado, Texas, and Colorado College bring to the table. While I think Colorado State and Texas A&M are both capable, I’m not sure they have the dependable playmakers that those other three do. Texas has been playing better lately and they do have the horses to outrun opponents if they can keep their heads on straight. Look for Rice to break seed if they play out placement games. In the end, I don’t think it’ll be easy for Colorado, but I do feel confident they’ll emerge from the Region unscathed.

Great Lakes Women’s Regionals Preview

2013 College Series

The Great Lakes is a Region in a bit of turmoil. The Region had long been the ruling territory of Michigan’s Flywheel, a powerhouse program that regularly performed well on the national stage, making Semis in 2012 and playing in the Final in 2011. It has been five years since Michigan has failed to qualify for Nationals. Besides Flywheel, the last team to do it was Northwestern Gung Ho. They’ve steadily been the Region’s second strongest performer. Indiana Calamity Jane has often been the third strongest team.

The history lesson is in stark contrast to this season’s initial seedings. Notre Dame Womb enters the weekend in Rockford, IL as the #1 seed. Michigan and Northwestern will begin the tournament in unfamiliar #2 and #3 seed spots, respectively, which means they will see other Saturday. Here’s how the seedings (by my estimation) and pools look:

  1. Notre Dame (A1)
  2. Michigan (B1)
  3. Northwestern (B2)
  4. Michigan State (A2)
  5. Illinois State (A3)
  6. Purdue (B3)
  7. Illinois (B4)
  8. Indiana (A4)
  9. Chicago (A5)
  10. Loyola-Chicago (B5)
  11. Michigan-B (B6)
  12. Northwestern-B (A6)

Pool A: Notre Dame, Michigan State, Illinois State, Indiana, Chicago, Northwestern-B

Pool B: Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Illinois, Loyola-Chicago, Michigan-B

Teams will need to finish in the top four in their pool in order to make the bracket and keep their Madison dreams alive.

Pool Play

Pool A

The reward Notre Dame gets for a strong season will be avoiding both Michigan and Northwestern on Saturday. Instead, they will see Michigan State, Illinois State, and a not-to-be-underestimated Indiana squad. This is ideal for Womb, who lacks marquee wins over high powered teams (they’ve only played two top teams all year in Minnesota and Florida State, both losses), but have been a consistent squad, polishing off a lengthy tournament schedule with just four losses. At Eastern GL Conferences, they beat Indiana 9-5 and Michigan State twice, although they were 8-7 and 8-6 scores. This team is anchored by some strong handling that isn’t afraid to go break side and their game comes equipped with both effective trapping zone defense and sticky hands.

Michigan State Infamous has to feel good coming into Rockford. Not only have they been very close to knocking off Notre Dame on more than one occasion, but they notched a huge win over Michigan at Conference Champies. Infamous has a win over Florida and a blowout over Kansas to their resume, and has already beaten fellow Pool A teams Illinois State (6-5) and Indiana (9-6). With momentum in their favor, they could make a dangerous push.

Illinois State Lady Gnomes are coming in off a surprising second place showing at Illinois Conference Championships. A double game point win over Chicago precluded a 14-11 win over the top seed, Illinois. This year, they have one point losses to Infamous, Valpo, and a three point loss to Womb. They’ve shown themselves what they can do, so can they score an upset this weekend? Definite possibility.

Indiana Calamity Janes have not had the kind of season they’re used to, with some puzzling losses along the way. However, this is a team and program with a lot of good experience, and that’s an irreplaceable weapon. Regionals is their time to shine.

Chicago and Northwestern-B have uphill battles ahead of them. Chicago has some solid wins over Regionals teams from other regions this season, and was only a point off beating Illinois State at Conferences. Northwestern-B struggled to put up points on stronger squads at Conferences, so I imagine the whole weekend will be about improvement.

Pool B

An up and down season may not matter to Michigan come Regionals. QCTU, Easterns, and Music City all had their low points, but this is still a team with wins over North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Florida, and Texas. Strong leadership will be the key to a big weekend for them, as they’ll need to rally around one another to take the Nationals bid they covet. Meeri Chang has established herself as one of the Region’s premier talents, a speedy handler with tricky breaks and playmaking instincts. They’ll be without downfield threat Bailey Torvinen, but Theresa Zettner, Annie Fisher, and Jacqueline Jarik hope to end conversations about the players Flywheel has lost recently and make them about assets they have onfield right now. FFH dreamgirl Marissa Mead’s still backing Captain-turned-coach Pauala Seville’s indomitable leadership on the sidelines, too.

Bailey Torvinen gets up for a disc for Flywheel

Bailey Torvinen gets up for a disc for Flywheel, but how will do with her sidelined?

Northwestern Gung Ho seemed like a team on the rise earlier this year. Their 2-6 QCTU record was written off as they got stud Lien Hoffman back from injury. A strong showing at Midwest Throwdown was marred only by their poorly-timed upset loss to Colorado State. Angel Li and Carol Li were both hitting stride as high impact handlers able to navigate the tricky weather and zones of the Great Lakes. However, the team struggled at Centex, leaving some doubts and robbing them of their final chance to earn the Great Lakes a second bid. They dominated their way to an Illinois Conference Championship win. Gung Ho didn’t accidentally beat Iowa State and Georgia this year; when the pistons are firing, this team is a threat, able to quickly strike using their dynamic handler/cutter combos and smart upline cutting. If they’re rolling, watch out.

Purdue AMOC is not a team to be overlooked. Their wins over Notre Dame combined with close losses to Iowa State, Michigan, and Northwestern paint a picture of a scrappy team able to force even skilled opponents into mistakes. A 7-4 win over Illinois has to have them confident going into that matchup. Look out for Tiffany Bucher’s backhand hucks, which are hard to stop if she’s getting the disc every other.

Illinois could be a scary fourth seed. They’ve put together their own solid resume, a strong Music City performance keeping them close with Natties-level competition while scoring them a win over Texas and one of their three season wins over Michigan State. They will probably be pretty fired up after ending their Conference Championship weekend with a surprise loss to Illinois State.

Both Loyola-Chicago and Michigan-B will be looking for their first notable in-region wins this weekend. They would need to take their games to new levels to make a big impact.


Pool Play

Pool A: Michigan State, Notre Dame, Indiana, Illinois St., Chicago, Northwestern-B

Pool B: Northwestern, Michigan, Purdue, Illinois, Loyola-Chicago, Michigan-B


Michigan State over Illinois

Michigan over Indiana

Notre Dame over Purdue

Northwestern over Illinois State


Michigan over Michigan State

Northwestern over Notre Dame


Northwestern over Michigan

Final Thoughts

It is tough to imagine the streak of Flywheel Nationals appearances ending, and I imagine many will be picking the Ann Arbor crew to take this bid. This one feels near a toss up to me, but I am not sure Michigan can really guard Hoffman & the Li’s effectively. The collective talent on these rosters should allow the cream to rise to the top in the Region, but I expect some long games that will test teams’ endurance. Keep an eye on this one.

Ohio Valley Women’s Regionals Preview

2013 College Series

At OV Regionals in 2012, Ohio State gave up an average of 3.25 points a game on their way to the win. In 2011, only once did a team even break double digits, when Penn State scored 10 in the Final. Basically, since the Ohio Valley became its own Region, Ohio State Fever has been its unquestioned ruler. The story of this season has a setting no different as we head into Ohio Valley Regionals in Sherrodsville, OH. In fact, it is fair to say this is the strongest Fever has ever been. They certainly are a favorite to take the Region’s lone bid near their hometown, and are likely to run with it.

Cassie Swafford and Paige Soper form one of the country's strongest duos for Ohio State

Cassie Swafford and Paige Soper form one of the country’s strongest duos for Ohio State

For the body of the season, there was only considered one team with the chance to challenge the Columbus women. Pittsburgh Danger has been a team on the verge, earning the 2 seed at last year’s Regionals, and despite a poor pool play showing, managed to make it all the way back to the Final. However, most pundits would probably have pegged them for a better chance of earning a second bid than winning Regionals. An up and down season kept them from doing that and an uneven Conference Champies performance sets them behind the #2 seed, Penn.

  1. Ohio State (A1)
  2. Pennsylvania (B1)
  3. Pittsburgh (B2)
  4. Carnegie-Melon (A2)
  5. Penn State (A3)
  6. Case Western (B3)
  7. Ohio (B4)
  8. Edinboro (A4)
  9. West Virginia (A5)

Pool A: OSU, CMU, PSU, Edinboro, WVU

Pool B: Penn, Pitt, Case, Ohio

Only the 5th team from Pool A is eliminated from contention.

Pool Play

Pool A

#1 seed Ohio State Fever has had a strong season so far and there is no evidence they will be slowing down. They have only lost games to teams in the hunt for bids to the College Championships, have never been blown out (largest margin of defeat: 5 in a loss to Virginia), and have a bevy of marquee wins. They’ve seen little in region competition, but trounced everyone – including Pitt a couple of times – in the fall season and gave up only seven points in their four games at Conferences. Earlier in the season, with star cutter Cassie Swafford recovering from injury, others had to step up downfield and on defense, such as transfer Jenny Perry, Lauren Franke, and freshman phenom Nina Finley. With star handler and Skyd Five Callahan selection Paige “Diddy” Soper nursing a few injuries, other handlers – Caitlin Harley and Janine Walker, primarily – were asked to carry a heavier load. The result, with Swafford and Soper both ready to go – is a team with starpower and depth. They’re also well rounded and focused. For Fever, anything less than domination is not an option.


Freshman Nina Finley has become an important weapon in Fever’s arsenal

#4 seed Carnegie-Mellon Money Melons are coming into this weekend with some momentum. They upset Pittsburgh, 11-5, at Conferences, a huge boost of confidence. It was their first major success since an undefeated win of Steakfest, but they’ve maintained steady wins since that point in their season. They don’t need to beat Ohio State Saturday, but they’ll want to stay on top of their game come their end of day matchup with…

#5 seed Penn State Isis was considered one of the teams to watch in the Region early in the year. They beat Virginia in the Fall season, took a three point loss to them early in the Spring, and notched wins over Penn and JMU. On the flip side, Isis has been blown out by Pitt three times, blown out by Penn, and lost games to Case Western and Edinboro. Captains Chelsea Allen and Regina Wilkinson will look to correct these consistency issues – and to lead by example – in Sherrodsville.

#8 seed Edinboro has had a tough season, but has to feel like they can run with anybody after their Champies victory over Penn State. They did what they needed to to qualify for Regionals, but it’ll be a challenge to make an impact on any of the Region’s top talent.

The final team is #9 seed West Virginia WHUT. They come in with a 1-1 record against Edinboro and a solid showing vs. Carnegie-Mellon, both from Conferences. If they can push a higher seed or top Edinboro, it has to be considered a successful weekend for WHUT.

Pool B

#2 seed Penn Venus earned their high seed with an undefeated performance at Pennsylvania Conferences, only really pushed in a double game point win over Pittsburgh. They add that to a resume that includes a win over NYU and an 8-4 record since Winta Binta Vinta Fest. Alanna Tievesky (Ambiguously Grey), Jackie Wang (7 Express), and Bernadette Hsu (a team captain) provide a lot of the firepower, experience, and leadership Venus will be relying on if they want to make noise in Ohio.

It is a rebound weekend for #3 seed Pittsburgh Danger. This team isn’t unaccustomed to responding to adverse performances. Their struggles at QCTU didn’t stop them from putting on a strong Easterns. I don’t think anybody will look past them; this is still a team with two wins over UNC-Wilmington & Michigan, and wins over Northwestern, Florida, and Texas. They played to within two points versus Ohio State at QCTU as well. Captain Sydney Huerbin sets the tone for this team with her defensive intensity, buoyed by fellow Captain Katelyn Loughery, former Flywheel leader Kelsey DeLave, and Lucy Bender. If Coach Jake Christian can help them find the discipline their performance has lacked, there isn’t a team better equipped to upset Fever.

Danger's Carly Brog makes a nice layout grab

Danger’s Carly Brog makes a nice layout grab

#6 seed Case Western Lady Gobies are still a team to watch from their low seed. Mostly, they don’t have a lot of results, but they already have victories over Penn State and JMU to their name. Conversely, they’ve also lost to both of those same teams. They had no issues at Conferences, save getting run over by OSU, so it’ll be interesting to see how they stack up. Libby Lehman is likely to lead them to break seed.

#9 seed Ohio Stacked is still a growing program, but this season has been a little bit of a step back from their success last season. This tournament, however, is the one that matters, so success here is what will be remembered.


Pool Play

Pool A: Ohio State, Penn State, Carnegie-Mellon, Edinboro, West Virginia

Pool B: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Case Western, Ohio


Ohio State over Ohio

Penn over Carnegie-Mellon

Case Western over Penn State

Pittsburgh over Edinboro


Ohio State over Penn

Pittsburgh over Case Western


Ohio State over Pittsburgh

Final Thoughts

It is hard to see anyone giving Fever a tough game, let alone beating them. Their dominance at last year’s Regionals shows that, when it comes to the Ohio Valley, they show no mercy. Pittsburgh’s talent level and experience against high level competition should prepare them for the tight games they’ll need to win to make the Final.

Early Regionals Picture

Regionals is coming. Teams everywhere are preparing for war. They have already earned their place among the contenders, this past weekend and the weekend prior. Forsaking those who will decline bids and consequently the others who will accept them, here’s who earned bids to Regionals:

Atlantic Coast

Open: North Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, Appalachian State, Clemson, South Carolina, NC State, Maryland, Georgetown, George Washington, John Hopkins, Delaware, Virginia, James Madison, Virginia Tech, William & Mary, George Mason

Women’s: UNC-Wilmington, North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson, Appalachian State, Maryland, Towson, American, Delaware, Georgetown, George Washington, Virginia, Virginia Tech, James Madison, VCU

Great Lakes

Open: Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue, Kentucky, Illinois, Illinois State, Eastern Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, Northwestern, Southern Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, North Park, Winner of EGL-Dev

Women’s: Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan-B, Northwestern, Illinois State, Illinois, Chicago, Loyola-Chicago, Northwestern-B

Metro East

Open: NYU, Princeton, Columbia, Rutgers, SUNY-Stonybrook, Hofstra, Cornell, SUNY-Buffalo, Queens-Kingston, Syracuse, RIT, Cornell-B, Rutgers-B, Connecticut, Yale, Central Connecticut State

Women’s: NYU, Yale, Columbia, Hofstra, Princeton, Central Connecticut St., Rutgers, Ottawa, Rochester, Cornell, SUNY-Buffalo, Syracuse, Cornell-B, TCNJ, Hamilton

New England

Open: Tufts, Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Vermont, New Hampshire, Salem St., Brown, UMass, Williams, Rhode Island, Dartmouth, Tufts-B, Harvard-B

Women’s: Tufts, Northeastern, MIT, Boston College, Harvard, Boston University, Dartmouth, Vermont, Middlebury, New Hampshire, Brown, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine

North Central

Open: Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Eau Claire, Marquette, Luther, Northern Iowa, Iowa St., Nebraska, Iowa, Nebrasksa-Omaha, Wisconsin-B

Northwoods Conference has been postponed once more

Women’s: Wisconsin, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Stevens Point, Marquette, Iowa St., Iowa, Carleton, Minnesota, Northern Iowa, Nebraska, Luther


Open: Whitman, Montana, Washington State, Boise State, Montana State, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Victoria, Western Washington, Oregon-B, Washington-B

Women’s: Montana, Oregon, British Columbia, Washington, Victoria, Western Washington, Whitman, Pacific Lutheran

Ohio Valley

Open: Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Case Western, Dayton, Wright State, Kent St., Pittsburgh, Penn State, Carnegie-Melon, Shippensburg, Penn, St. Joseph’s, Millersville, West Chester, Kenyon

Women’s: Ohio State, Case Western, Ohio, Toledo, Miami (OH), Penn, Carnegie-Melon, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Edinboro, West Virginia, West Chester, Shippensburg

South Central

Open: North Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Wash U, Kansas St., St. Louis, Central Arkansas, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas St., Texas-B, Colorado, Colorado College, Colorado State

Women’s: Missouri St., Kansas, Wash U, St. Louis, Texas A&M, Texas, TCU, Rice, North Texas, Colorado, Colorado State, Colorado College


Open: Alabama, LSU, Tulane, Auburn, Southern Miss, Mississippi St., Central Florida, Florida State, Florida, South Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Kennesaw St., Georgia Southern, Florida-B

Heard Tennessee might be dropping. If this is the case, next in line would be Vanderbilt from Gulf Coast.

Women’s: Vanderbilt, Central Florida, Florida State, Florida, South Florida, Florida State-B, Georgia, Emory, Georgia Tech, Georgia State

Hearing of a couple of teams dropping. South Florida and Georgia Tech may both not be going, and that could also happen to Florida State-B. I expect Tulane and Auburn will join the field (assuming Tennessee declines a bid).


Open: Arizona State, Arizona, Stanford, Las Posits, UC-Davis, California, UC-Santa Cruz, Chico State, San Diego State, UC-San Diego, UCLA, UC-Santa Barbara, Azusa Pacific, Pomona, UC-Irvine, Long Beach

Women’s: Arizona State, Stanford, Sonoma State, California, Humboldt, UC-Davis, UC-Santa Barbara, UC-San Diego, UCLA, San Diego State, Claremont, Southern California

This coming weekend will have the Atlantic Coast, Great Lakes, Metro East, Southeast, North Central Women’s, South Central, and Ohio Valley Regionals. Northeast, Southwest, Northeast, and North Central Open are all May 4th & 5th.

Up Calls: Pro Ultimate Scoreboard, Conference Championships, Degirolamo

We’ve got a huge weekend ahead of us. The MLU & AUDL should make sure the Ultimate world stays busy. Plus, it is time to start arguing about All-Region teams and Callahan winners. And Fantasy teams.

  • Pittsburgh’s Tyler Degirolamo has a (lengthy and) highlight-packed Callahan video. From the action I’ve watched this season, I haven’t seen a more dominant college open player this year.
  • FFH gathered up some other notable Ultimate talking heads for a seven team MLU Fantasy draft. It is ongoing, but if you’re into Fantasy, check out Twitter to follow the draft. So far, I’ve got Mac Taylor, Sean Keegan, and Teddy Browar-Jarus.
  • Speaking of Pro Ultimate, just a shout out for MLU’s streaming presentation. Once they get past the technical errors, it looks pretty good.
  • USAU announced that D-III would have separate All-Region, FOTY, and POTY awards this season.
  • In Youth Ultimate, the prestigious Paideia Cup took place in Atlanta a weekend back. Hometown powerhouse Paideia had a disastrous weekend, losing to De Smet, Verocious, and others on their way to an 8th place finish. Amherst and Holy Family Catholic met up in the Final (after Amherst beat De Smet on universe). Amherst takes home the Cup, 15-9.

Pro Ultimate


  • Windy City Wildfire @ Madison Radicals: Pretty exciting game went down to the wire. AJ Nelson continues his dominant downfield play for the Wildfire, but can’t save them from the home team. Madison wins, 22-21.
  • Rochester Dragons @ NY Empire: The battle of New York, as it has been dubbed, went down in the first weekend. Empire’s Isaiah Bryant had a great game, leading them to the W. Empire win, 23-14.
  • Toronto Rush @ DC Breeze: Not a pretty day for Ultimate, and the conditions reflected in some sloppy play. Alas, the Breeze could not adjust and the Rush opened up early and didn’t relent. Toronto wins, 30-13.
  • Minnesota Wind Chill @ Indy Alleycats: Missing some studs, but James Hron turned in a nasty line with 10 goals. Keenan Plew with a strong performance for the home crowd, but Minnesota wins, 34-25.
  • NJ Hammerheads @ Rochester Dragons: Anthony Sapachino picked up the first Sportscenter Top 10 play of the season, but showed he had substance to match the flash. The Hammerheads blew the game open in the second half, dominating on the way to a Hammerhead victory, 29-13.
  • Toronto Rush @ Philadelphia Phoenix: Defying most pundits expectations, the hometown Phoenix gave the Rush all they can handle in their second game of a back to back. However, a second half push from the Rush – led by Lindquist and Masek-Kelly – was enough to eke out a victory. Rush win, 26-25.
  • Minnesota Wind Chill @ Cincinnati Revolution: A tight game all the way through, the Wind Chill came off a big opening win over the Alleycats. Cinci rode their D-line, continually battling the talent Wind Chill offense, and when the bell tolled, it was a Cincinnati win, 22-21.
  • Madison Radicals @ Detroit Mechanix: The Mechanix and new star Ken Porter make their debut as Madison goes for the second end of the back to back. This one went to double OT. KP makes a huge, injurious layout D, and Detroit is able to punch it in to Ben Ayers for the Mechanix win, 25-24 (2OT)


  • NY Rumble @ Boston Whitecaps: After a crazy week in Boston, things got a bit simpler on the field. Jeff Graham proved a very tough matchup and the Rumble O-line struggled early. They wouldn’t recover, Boston wins, 19-16.
  • Portland Stags @ SF Dogfish: In a scrappy game, The Dogfish took an early lead, but could never get away from the Stags. The wind – expected, I guess, in the Bay – kept either team from being super efficient. Dogfish win, 14-11.
  • Philadelphia Spinners @ DC Current: A fantastic back and forth game where the lead almost never exceeded a point. Heard it was a lively atmosphere, too. In the end, the experienced Spinners were able to mount a late comeback, Spinners win, 18-16.
  • Vancouver Nighthawks @ Seattle Rainmakers: A crowd of 1500 is a great sign for Seattle and MLU. Strong play from Moses Rifkin and Matty Zemel allowed Seattle to put together a big lead just out of half, 14-6. However, Pottinger and the ‘Hawks relentlessly fought back, putting in six straight to make it 14-12. Time ran out on their comeback, Seattle wins, 14-12.

USAU College Series

Atlantic Coast


Women’s: Carolina Conference (AC) saw the top two (#1 seed North Carolina and #2 seed UNC-Wilmington) dominate all competition on their way to battling in the Final. Wilmington Seaweed wins the Conference, 15-13.

Tickets Punched: UNC-Wilmington, North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson, Duke, Appalachian St.

Metro East

Western New York

Open: #1 seed Cornell returns to the throne after losing it last year, defeating a surprising #4 seed Queens-Kingston team 15-5 in the Final. Syracuse struggled a bit this weekend, but still punches a ticket.

Tickets Punched: Cornell, SUNY-Buffalo, Queens-Kingston, Syracuse, RIT

Women’s: #1 seed Ottawa had some tough games against #2 seed Cornell and #4 seed SUNY-Buffalo, but emerged unscathed. That puts them in the driver’s seat for what should be a very interesting Metro East Regionals. Mysterious #6 seed Syracuse continues to be mercurial, beating SUNY-Buffalo and then losing to them later the same day.

Tickets Punched: Ottawa, Rochester, Cornell, SUNY-Buffalo, Syracuse, Cornell-B

Hudson Valley

Open: #1 seed Connecticut goes unchallenged while #2 seed Central Conn State and #3 seed Yale trade wins. Yale gets the one that matters to earn the right to get leveled by Connecticut in the Final 15-5. All three earn bids.

Tickets Punched: Connecticut, Yale, Central Connecticut State

New England

Greater New England

Women’s: The Weekend Slate noted curiosity at how #1 seed Dartmouth and #2 seed Vermont would do against one another. Dartmouth walked through competition Saturday while Vermont was upset twice. However, Vermount fought through the bracket and nearly took the Conference, Dartmouth winning 11-10 in the Final.

Tickets Punched: Dartmouth, Vermont, Middlebury, New Hampshire, Brown, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine


Big Sky

Women’s: #1 seed Utah loses both games by a combined three points. Montana goes 2-0, making them the Big Sky Conference Championships and earning them a spot at Regionals.

Tickets Punched: Montana


Open: Every year, we learn the lesson that expectations don’t always match performance, and someone surprising gets bounced in Conferences. This year’s victim is #2 seed Oregon State, who went 1-5 in pool play, including a 13-3 loss to Oregon. They’d wind up losing the game to go to #5 seed Western Washington, 11-8. #4 seed Washington has a great weekend and finishes second.

Tickets Punched: Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Victoria, Western Washington

Pacific Coast

Women’s: Ultiworld has a full writeup of what they dub “the most competitive conference in the country.” For all the drama, it goes to seed. #1 seed Oregon beats #2 seed UBC 13-11 in the Final. #4 seed Victoria showed they are for real, giving games to UBC and #3 seed Washington. #5 seed Western Washington snags the last bid.

Tickets Punched: Oregon, British Columbia, Washington, Victoria, Western Washington

Ohio Valley

East Penn

Open: #1 seed Penn was challenged only once (a 15-14 win over St. Joseph’s in pool play) on their way to the Conference Championship. #3 seed Temple upset #2 seed Millersville in pool play, but falls to #6 seed West Chester in pool play (which kept them from locking up a bid) and again in the game to go.

Tickets Punched: Penn, St. Joseph’s, Millersville, West Chester

South Central

Rocky Mountain

Women’s: #1 seed Colorado didn’t have it easy in their Conference win, their Final victory coming 12-10 over #2 seed Colorado College. Colorado College would lose the ensuing third place game to #3 seed Colorado State.

Tickets Punched: Colorado, Colorado State, Colorado College



Women’s: After a pool play challenge from #2 seed Arizona, #1 seed Arizona State cruised through to win the Conference.

Tickets Punched: Arizona State


Open: #2 seed UC-Santa Barbara takes a loss at the hands of the other three top four seeds while #3 seed San Diego State had a win over the other three top four teams. Everyone and their grandma gets a bid (although 11 teams is a huge Conference).

Tickets Punched: San Diego State, UC-San Diego, UCLA, UC-Santa Barbara, Azusa Pacific, Pomona, UC-Irvine, Long Beach