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.
- 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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