Up Calls: Regionals Finale, Your 2013 USAU College Championships Field, Pro Scoreboard, #MickleMania

Headlines

  • Colorado’s Jimmy Mickle has his Callahan video out, so check out #MickleMania.
  • Claudia Tajima of Tufts also has her Callahan video out. Zilla sighting!
  • Check out this big time Callahan by Piers McNaughton at NE Regionals (via Ultiworld).
  • Speaking of Callahan, the award voting is now open (and women’s, hey-o)! Keep an eye out for my Endorsement pieces this week.
  • ~2300 people hit up the Toronto Rush game. Let that speak for itself.
  • Can someone tell me where the dramatic All-Region conversations are? Callahan voting is also around the corner, let’s get some overhype and scattered sightings of mean-spirited responses!
  • Our 2013 USAU College Championships field is set; they are listed at the end of this post.

MLU

  • DC Current @ PHI Spinners: The host Spinners took early control of the game, behind the usual suspect of Sean Murray, Nick Hirranet, and help from Leon Chou. However, DC was able to recover in the third and fourth quarter, anchored by the steady play of Alan Kolick & Calvin Oung, and some huge plays from Brian Marshall. A run in the 4th quarter put the game away, Current win 18-15.
  • BOS Whitecaps @ NY Rumble:
  • SEA Rainmakers @ SF Dogfish: Both teams shorthanded. Seattle jumped out to a 4-1 lead, with San Fran miscues giving the visitors repeated offensive looks. Mario O’Brien’s good work and patience from the Rainmakers helped make that lead 10-5 at half. Some SF zone and Seattle mechanical mistakes helped the Dogfish roar back to 11-12. Each team would have trouble with drops, but the Dogfish would punch it in for 15-14, their first lead, with 2:01 left. Dogfish come back to win, 16-14.
  • POR Stags @ VAN Nighthawks: These two lit up the scoreboard on a warm night in Vancouver. Vancouver had the disc moving quickly through the hands of Mauro Ortiz and Oscar Pottinger and into the hands of Jason Tessarolo. Portland continued to deliver impressive hucks, their deep game hitting stride, but not able to get the stops necessary to pull out the win they desperate seek. Vancouver wins, 24-21.

AUDL

  • MAD Radicals @ MIN Wind Chill (Friday): A fairly close game through the first half, Madison was able to to a 7-5 lead despite Austin Lien’s 3 assists for the Wind Chill.
  • DET Mechanix @ MIN Wind Chill: I believe both teams were missing some of their playmakers, and with the MWC coming off a very recent loss to Madison, it would be a tough day. Detroit would go up 19-13 going into to the 4th quarter, and Minnesota could never get back into it. Detroit wins, 22-16.
  • NY Empire @ DC Breeze: The visiting Empire jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, running that to 9-2 behind Alon Brown and Izzy Bryant. The Breeze could never get into this one, looking a bit like the week one squad. Empire win, 25-11.
  • TOR Rush @ NJ Hammerheads: A game of runs, the Rush opened the game with an 8-1 lead. New Jersey would close back to 12-7, but the Rush responded, charging back to a 20-8 half time lead. From there, they cruised, and Toronto wins, 31-18.
  • WC Wildfire @ IND Alleycats: Despite strong play from former Alleycat, Brodie Smith, this one was tightly contested to 10-9, WCW. The Wildfire, with more strong work from Geoff Serednesky, would push out to 15-10 and not look back. Great game for Keenan Plew, dropping 6 goals and 4 assists, but not enough for Indy. Windy City wins, 25-17.
  • PHI Phoenix @ DC Breeze (Sunday): An early, but small lead for Philly would carry to half, TJ Ryan and Glenn Poole keeping the Breeze in it, 12-10. The third quarter would be tight as well, ending 16-16, but the Phoenix would control the 4th with a 7-2 run. Philly wins, 23-18.
  • DET Mechanix @ CIN Revolution (Sunday): An exciting and tight one throughout, the teams traded, Cinci relying on Ryan Sitler, Ryan Gorman, and Isaac Jeffries and Detroit funneling through Dave Hochhalter and Ben Ayers. Mark Fedorenko would score the last two for the home team, helping Cinci get a 23-22 win.
  • ROC Dragons @ NJ Hammerheads (Sunday): In the first half, New Jersey, coming off a back to back, would go down a couple of points. Rochester would maintain a 2-3 point lead all game, pushing that out to a five point differential late. Dragons win, 20-15.

USAU College Series

Women’s

  • In the New England Region, two bids were up, and the first played out as expected. Tufts was dominant (matching the bar set by Ohio State), never giving up more than five points. The surprise was in the second bid, where Middlebury upset Dartmouth 15-14 in the Backdoor Semi. Northeastern, coming down from a 15-4 loss in the Final to Tufts, took advantage of the rest, cruising to a 15-5 win to take the bid they won in the regular season.
  • North Central Regionals had five great teams fighting to place in their five bids. The top end of the pools went to seed, save Carleton’s 10-9 upset over Iowa. The surprise came when Carleton beat Iowa State 12-10 in the Championship game to win the Region. Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota would round things out in that order.
  • After weather postponement, weekly rain, muddy conditions, and hours of travel, Southeast Regionals did deliver some impressive performances. Early Saturday, Florida nearly upset Florida State, going down on double game. #1 seed Georgia Dawgma looked unstoppable, but later struggled against Central Florida and Emory. In the end, Georgia overpowered everyone to win the Region. After Florida shocked Florida State Sunday to end their season, Central Florida took advantage of a tired Fuel squad to win the second bid. I’ll likely have a more detailed look Wednesday.
  • At Northwest Regionals, the top three all took care of business, with Oregon beating Washington in a tight 11-10 Final. Washington, after falling in a surprise upset to Western Washington, blew out British Columbia Saturday, 15-5. A great performance like that, coupled with the Oregon Final, makes them a title contender. Meanwhile, #4 seed Victoria fell to Whitman Saturday in Pool Play, but fought back in the Backdoor Bracket, where they’d rematch in the game to go. Whitman would assert themselves, taking control and win 15-10 to take the last bid for the Northwest. UBC was missing two of their top 3 players for the Canadian World Games team, so expect them to be stronger in Madison than they were in Eugene.
  • Few things went as expected at Southwest Regionals, although the top seed in each pool won all their games. #3 seed Sonoma State faltered, going 2-3. Stanford would upset UC-Santa Barabra 12-11 in the Final to win the region. In the backdoor bracket, UCLA would beat Cal for the second time on the weekend, earning a run at UCSB for the game to go. The favorited Burning Skirts took no prisoners, winning 15-4.

College Championship Field

  • Virginia Hydra
  • Texas Melee
  • Ohio State Fever
  • Ottawa Lady GeeGees
  • Northwestern Gung Ho
  • Oregon Fugue
  • British Columbia Thunderbirds
  • Washington Element
  • Whitman Lady Sweets
  • Tufts Ewo
  • Northeastern Valkyrie
  • Georgia Dawgma
  • Central Florida Sirens
  • Carleton Syzygy
  • Iowa State Woman Scorned
  • Iowa Saucy Nancy
  • Wisconsin Bella Donna
  • Minnesota Ninja
  • Stanford Superfly
  • UC-Santa Barbara Burning Skirts

Open

  • Everyone’s talking about the epic game to go posted by Ultiworld from New England Regionals. I’ll brag and say I called Harvard emerging, as I’m a big fan of their playmakers and discipline. They’d top Tufts in the Semi and roll through Dartmouth in the Final. Dartmouth and Tufts would engage in the aforementioned game to go, Tufts taking the early lead, but Dartmouth’s zone finally clamping down in the late game. Pain Train wins, 15-14.
  • No region had a bigger shocker than the North Central. There was some foreshadowing, as while the top three went undefeated (Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Carleton), Iowa went from 4th in Pool B to 2nd. The rival Hodags and CUT each bested their Semi opponent, Carleton knocking out Minnesota, to meet in the Final. Wisconsin would take the 14-11 win. Meanwhile, Minnesota found themselves in trouble in the Backdoor Bracket, a hot Iowa team giving them their money’s worth. in the end, Iowa, who lost to Grey Duck 15-6 on Saturday, would pull the upset, 14-12. They’d play Luther – who must have felt a renewed energy – in the game to go, but could not continue on. Luther swooped in, winning 15-11, and will head to Madison. Minnesota, who lost just three games this year, loses two at the wrong time and misses out.
  • After a much maligned weather postponement last weekend, Southeast Regionals was a muddy, wet, scrappy affair with lots of close games. In the Front Door Bracket, the first victim was Florida State, falling to rival Florida, 12-11. UCF would roll Florida in the Semi and Georgia and Georgia Tech would have a crazy wild game filled with big plays. Georgia Tech’s 5-0 lead would evaporate and Georgia would win, 12-10. UCF would top Georgia in a placement game, with both earning bids, 15-10. Meanwhile, Florida State and Florida would rematch in the final game to go. Another epic game would ensue, two very evenly matched teams going toe to toe. This time, FSU emerged, on a big layout score from star Chris Laroque, 15-14.
  • The drama of seeding may still remain a topic after Southwest Regionals did not go as expected. Arizona beat Stanford in the Front Door Semis while UC-Davis beat UC-Santa Cruz. The surprise would come from Davis topping Sunburn, 12-9, to win the region. The Backdoor Bracket would often see the fresher team emerging, Stanford and UCSC winning their games, Stanford topping the battle between the two, but then falling to Arizona in a dramatic 12-11 game to go.

College Championships Field

  • Texas TUFF
  • Colorado Mamabird
  • North Carolina Darkside
  • UNC-Wilmington Seamen
  • Pittsburgh En Sabah Nur
  • Ohio Ultimate
  • Cornell Buds
  • Oregon Ego
  • Washington Sundodgers
  • Illinois Ultimate
  • Harvard Redline
  • Dartmouth Pain Train
  • Central Florida Dogs of War
  • Georgia Jojah
  • Florida State DUF
  • Wisconsin Hodags
  • Carleton CUT
  • Luther LUFDA
  • UC-Davis Dogs
  • Arizona Sunburn
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Up Calls: Bids to Natties, pro ulti, Skyd 5

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

Headlines

  • 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.

Women’s

  • 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.

Open

  • 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.

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

AUDL

  • 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)

MLU

  • 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

Carolina

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

Northwest

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

Cascadia

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

Southwest

Desert

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

SoCal

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

Up Calls: Conference Championship Results

Conference Championships (still commonly called Sectionals) means different things to different teams. For some, their whole season comes down to all their hard work paying off and earning them a Regionals bid. For others, the weekend’s merely a tune up, a series of scrimmages to get them ready for bigger things. For others even still, it is a chance to start the battle against foes who will stand in their way on the road to the College Championships.

Here’s your winners, losers, and thoughts on what it means:

Atlantic Coast Region

Carolina

Open: North Carolina didn’t struggle against rival UNC-Wilmington 15-9 in the Final, but who knows who was showing what (a common theme from Conference Championships). The top six each finished there and took bids.

Tickets Punched: North Carolina, UNC-Wilmington, Appalachian State, Clemson, South Carolina, NC State

Women’s: Postponed (and they are very sad about that).

Colonial

Open: Maryland reigns supreme, beating Georgetown in the Final. Johns Hopkins makes a strong move to beat out Towson for the final spot, including a win over Delaware.

Tickets Punched: Maryland, Georgetown, George Washington, John Hopkins, Delaware

Women’s: Maryland goes unchallenged in Conference, as is typical, while Georgetown and George Washington struggle and finish 5th and 6th, almost missing Regionals. American is making trips to Regionals a habit.

Tickets Punched: Maryland, Towson, American, Delaware, Georgetown, George Washington

Virginia

Open: The top five stay the top five, but Virginia comes in when it counts, beating JMU to take the title. George Mason makes their first Regionals ever.

Tickets Punched: Virginia, James Madison, Virginia Tech, William & Mary, George Mason

Women’s: The favorite, Virginia, dominates. James Madison has triple the losses they had coming into the weekend, but they’ll still go. VCU jumps William & Mary behind an end-of-Saturday win that will get them a bid.

Tickets Punched: Virginia, Virginia Tech, James Madison, VCU

Great Lakes Region

Eastern Great Lakes

Women’s: Powerhouse program Michigan Flywheel still has a shot at Nationals in the one bid Region, but they failed to win their Conference. Notre Dame upsets for the tourney title.

Tickets Punched: Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan-B

East Plains

Open: Notre Dame gets their revenge from an earlier loss to #1 seed Indiana, 13-12, and are the East Plains champs. Kentucky played well enough Sunday to take the fourth bid.

Tickets Punched: Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue, Kentucky

Illinois

Open: Almost everything went as expected, but Southern Illinois was able to play their way past DePaul to take the seventh bid.

Tickets Punched: Illinois, Illinois State, Eastern Illinois, Loyola-Chicago, Chicago, Northwestern, Southern Illinois

Women’s: Northwestern and Illinois made the Final, but Illinois State beat Illinois in the backdoor game to take the 2nd place spot.

Tickets Punched: Northwestern, Illinois State, Illinois, Chicago, Loyola-Chicago, Northwestern-B

Michigan

Open: Michigan fell to Michigan State by a point on Saturday, but couldn’t repeat the feat on Sunday. Eastern Michigan wins the final bid, 15-11, over Western Michigan.

Tickets Punched: Michigan, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan

Metro East

Metro New York

Open: NYU rises from the #3 seed to take the Conference, 15-10 over #1 seed Princeton. The top four stayed competitive with one another all weekend. It’ll be interesting to see who brings what to Regionals.

Tickets Punched: NYU, Princeton, Columbia, Rutgers, SUNY-Stonybrook, Hofstra

Eastern Metro East

Women’s: NYU left no doubts while Princeton has to be a little disappointed, falling from #1 seed to the 5th bid. Yale comes from #7 seed to nab second place and Hofstra came from #8 seed to take 4th. #3 seed Rutgers nearly misses out. Can Yale challenge at Regionals?

Tickets Punched: NYU, Yale, Columbia, Hofstra, Princeton, Central Connecticut St., Rutgers

Western New York

Women’s: Weather postponement.

New England

Metro Boston

Open: Tufts dominated Harvard in the Final, for whatever that is worth. The final game to go went down to the wire, with UMass-Dartmouth beating MIT 14-13.

Tickets Punched: Tufts, Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern, Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Women’s: Everybody qualifies, all to seed, except for Boston College beating out a Harvard team on the rise. Even with two bids to Nationals, I won’t be surprised if Tufts destroys their competition at Regionals.

Tickets Punched: Tufts, Northeastern, MIT, Boston College, Harvard, Boston University

North New England

Open: Vermont goes unchallenged in the win while Salem State wins the game to go.

Tickets Punched: Vermont, New Hampshire, Salem State

South New England

Open: Chalk, so Brown wins.

Tickets Punched: Brown, UMass, Williams, Rhode Island

North Central

Lake Superior

Open: More or less expected results. My question is could UW-Milwaukee give Wisconsin a run, and they succeeded in an 11-13 loss to the Hodags in the Final. Northern Iowa has been the talk of North Central, but these guys and Luther are eager to try and steal a bid at Regionals.

Tickets Punched: Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Eau Claire, Marquette

Women’s: The top five seeds all take the five bids. Wisconsin beats Eau Claire 10-5 in the Final.

Tickets Punched: Wisconsin, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Stevens Point, Marquette

West Plains

Open: Luther pushes up from the #2 seed, putting on a very strong performance on the way to an undefeated Conference Championship. Iowa State upsets Northern Iowa on Saturday, but AmmUNItion gives them a whipping in return on Sunday. Iowa all the way down at the 5th spot, man.

Tickets Punched: Luther, Northern Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Iowa, Nebraska-Omaha

West North Central

Women’s: Everyone we thought would take bids did and the top four in the toughest Conference in the country, Open or Women’s, went to seed, but in very close games. No surprise there. Regionals could look very familiar.

Tickets Punched: Iowa State, Iowa, Carleton, Minnesota, Northern Iowa, Nebrasks

Northwest

Big Sky

Open: As expected, Whitman took the Conference, and after that, things didn’t go to seed. Montana has a great weekend to take second, while Gonzaga struggles. BYU does their Saturday thing, and everyone continues to wonder what would happen if they could play Sundays.

Tickets Punched: Whitman, Montana, Washington State, Boise State, Montana St.

Ohio Valley

Ohio

Open: Ohio remains on top, beating second place Cincinnati twice (by 4 and by 5) on the weekend. Case Western delivers on my hype by taking 4th, beating out Dayton.

Tickets Punched: Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Case Western, Dayton, Wright State, Kent State

Women’s: Total chalk here. Ohio State gives up seven points total.

Tickets Punched: Ohio State, Case Western, Ohio, Toledo, Miami (OH)

Penn

Women’s: Maybe it was because everyone had a bid, but some pretty surprising results here. Pittsburgh loss to CMU 5-11 in pool play and then to Penn 11-12 in bracket play. Penn State struggled to a 4th place finish. We will see who is for real at Regionals.

Tickets Punched: Penn, Carnegie-Melon, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Edinoboro, West Virginia, West Cheater, Shippensburg

West Penn

Open: The weekend wins up chalk here too, with Pittsburgh going through their weekend without trouble. PSU beats CMU on Saturday, but not on Sunday. Shippensburg beats West Virginia in the game to go.

Tickets Punched: Pittsburgh, Penn State, Carnegie-Melon, Shippensburg

South Central

North Texas

Open: 5th seed TCU gave it a real run, finishing third in pool play and making the game to go, but couldn’t overcome Baylor, falling 6-13. North Texas and Baylor go out on top.

Tickets Punched: North Texas, Baylor

Ozarks

Open: Missouri makes the Final but loses that and the backdoor to Kansas. Oklahoma – a team I think is a little slept on – wins the Conference. Many qualify.

Tickets Punched: Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Wash U, Kansas St., St. Louis, Central Arkansas

Women’s: A bit of a surprise to see #2 seed Kansas struggle Saturday, but they wind up second. Missouri State has only lost to Illinois this season, and they went undefeated to continue that. Wash U takes third. I really thought Truman State would take the last bid, but they couldn’t beat out St. Louis in a backdoor game. Tsunami has young talent and will be back next season, I think.

Tickets Punched: Missouri State, Kansas, Wash U, St. Louis

Texas

Women’s: Texas A&M Stacked upsets power program Texas in the Final. Texas has played much better since starting the season poorly, and this may be nothing but a blip, but it could be cause for concern.

Tickets Punched: Texas A&M, Texas, TCU, Rice, North Texas

South Texas

Open: Texas takes down A&M 15-12 in the Final. All chalk.

Tickets Punched: Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas-B

Rocky Mountain

Open: Another chalk weekend, though it is worth noting that Colorado College Wasabi’s 12-15 loss to Colorado in the 1/2 game is a good sign for them.

Tickets Punched: Colorado, Colorado College, Colorado State

Southeast

Gulf Coast

Open: Tastes real chalky! Bama dominates the weekend, their only remotely close game an 13-11 win over Vandy. Even the backdoor game to go wasn’t close. Earlier in the season, Alabama looked like a team that could maybe challenge for a bid to the show. They may still have that chance with three bids, but they will need to be on their A game for the whole weekend.

Tickets Punched: Alabama, LSU, Tulane, Auburn, Southern Miss, Mississippi St.

Women’s: See our full Southeast Conferences Recap

Florida

Open: Central Florida asserts themselves over a very tough Conference, dominating their way to the title. Florida State and Florida do as expected, 2nd and 3rd. Someone asked me this weekend how I thought this Region would shake out, and I revealed that I’m not a believer in FSU’s ability to win big games. Their showing this weekend points to me being an idiot – I’m not saying it is certain, but it definitely doesn’t look good for me.

Tickets Punched: Central Florida, Florida State, Florida, South Florida

Women’s: See our full Southeast Conferences Recap

Southern Appalachian

Open: Georgia beats a Jay Clark-less Tech in the Final, 15-12, to win the Conference. Both teams seemed to be in cruise control all weekend, resting up for the challenges of Regioals, where they are in bid contention but have a tough road to hoe. Tennessee and Kennesaw both look Regionally competitive. Georgia Southern had a fight on their hands with Emory in the game to go, but pulled away late to win 14-10.

Tickets Punched: Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Kennesaw State, Georgia Southern

Women’s: See our full Southeast Conferences Recap

Southwest

Desert

Open: Arizona State upsets Arizona, Northern Arizona misses out.

Tickets Punched: Arizona State, Arizona

NorCal

Open: Stanford went undefeated, but did not make it easy. Sunday, they beat UC-Davis by a point in Semis and LPC by a pair in the Final.

Tickets Punched: Stanford, Las Positas, UC-Davis, California, UC-Santa Cruz, Chico State

Women’s: Stanford took care of business from beginning to end, while Cal and Sonoma State battled it out. UC-Davis’s big win over Santa Cruz was the de facto game to go.

Tickets Punched: Stanford, Sonoma State, California, Humboldt, UC-Davis

SoCal

Women’s: Cal-Poly SLO’s losses to Claremont in pool play and Southern California in the game to go. UC-Santa Barbara almost falls to San Diego State in the Semis, but scrapes by on double game.

Tickets Punched: UC-Santa Barbara, UC-San Diego, UCLA, San Diego State, Clairmont, Southern California

More in store this coming weekend. Regionals is around the corner, where all the drama really builds.

Up Calls: Nexgen, Highlight Videos, and Pro Ultimate talk

It was a very very busy weekend with Conference Championships (which I’ll cover in a separate Up Calls), but that’s not the only news. Don’t worry, got you covered:

  • Nexgen, probably inspired by my choices for a ladies team, decided to release their roster. I didn’t publish my article on the guy’s team because I didn’t finish it, but I did pick Jay Clark & Aaron Honn as locks (boom!) but also picked Dalton Smith as a lock (swing & a miss), so you’ll just have to take my word on that.
  • UNC has been pretty good about putting videos out, and they dropped another in their ACCUC highlights.
  • There’s a new blog that’s covering the ground on AUDL, MLU, and pro Ultimate in general, so check out SemiProUltimate.
  • The AUDL kicked off with a pair of games: the Indy Alleycats beat the Detroit Mechanix and the Windy City Wildfire dominated the Cincinnati Revolution. Hope your Fantasy Team sucked (cause I’m trying to win)!
  • The MLU is on their way

Stay tuned, Conference Championships will be covered shortly! Later this week, we’ll talk Southeast Women’s, next weekend’s Conference Championships, and the upcoming drama of Regionals.

Up Calls: Weekend Results, MLU Ultimate app, Chasing Sarasota on Netflix

Even in a relatively low key few days, still some things to cover, so here is what you may have missed:

  • New England Open headlines the tournament slate, the last stanza of the regular season. It creates some great storylines for the region, which – if they only get two bids – may be the most exciting in the country. Dartmouth Pain Train won three close games in a row over SDSU, Tufts, and Harvard in the Final to take home the crown. Tufts and Harvard were dominant Saturday but neither could get their first win over Dartmouth. Eyes will be on the bid situation (literal #bidwatch) to see if the NE did enough to pull a third bid.
  • The most notable Women’s action of the weekend was in Princeton, NJ at Garden State III. Bowdoin topped Vermont in the Final 13-7, capping off a 7-0 weekend where they were mostly unchallenged. In fact, Bowdoin is undefeated this season, but they are a D-III team. Penn and NYU were the other Semis teams. Shouts to American University, 5-2 on the weekend with a 10th place finish.
  • In a really cool move, MLU rebranded the Championship Ultimate mobile game app as an MLU game, with the teams and rosters imported.
  • Chasing Sarasota is trying to get onto Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, and other digital distributors with a FB campaign. Get on board, there’s prizes!
  • Ultiworld and Glenn Poole analyze the footage of Wisconsin vs. Pittsburgh from Warm Up.
  • The folks at r/ultimate are compiling a Reddit list of Club Tryouts, useful stuff.
  • A special thanks to everyone who checked out the Nexxgen Women’s Ultimate article or passed along the link. Definitely the most popular article in FFH’s very brief history.
  • Auburn goes undefeated on the weekend to finish their regular season by winning Freaknik. They beat Oberlin in the Final, and won a double game point battle with Emory in the Semi. Oberlin beat GSU in the other Semi.
  • Penn wins Big Moose Disc, Northern Iowa waltzes through Frozen River Valley Open, NYU goes home the champs of Garden State III, Chicago takes the Kentucky Classic, and Colorado College wins the Rocky Mountain Invitational.
  • In Southeast Women’s action, Georgia Tech went 3-0 in the one day round robin that was Freaknik. Clemson finished 2-1, GSU 1-2, and SCAD 0-3.

With little going on this week, the next two weeks will be all about analyzing the season past and what to watch at Conference Championships.

Up Calls: Weekend Results, Callahan Nominees, Pro Rosters

Up Calls is back to keep you aware of what’s up in the game:

  • Easterns managed to survive some crazy Sunday weather, eventually producing a champion in Minnesota Grey Duck, who beat Central Florida Dogs of War in the final, 15-13. There were a lot of close games and not a single #1 seed made Semis; Carleton didn’t even make Quarters. UNC and Colorado filled in the other Semis spots.
  • Women’s College Centex also saw plenty of surprises, and in the end, Iowa State Woman Scorned reigned supreme, fighting the wind and Ohio State Fever in a 14-13 final. Minnesota and Tufts made Semis, while Wisconsin fell to 10th place after getting bounced in PreQuarters. Also of note was the strong weekend Texas Melee had been looking for all season. I think California Pie Queens might be your dance-off champions.
  • At the Chicago Invite (Open), Oregon State emerged as the Open champs, over Case Western in the final, 12-10. Their pool, Pool D, placed 3 of the 4 semifinalists (Oregon St., Carnegie-Melon, and Case), while the 4th was North Texas. Eastern Michigan goes winless Saturday, Northern Iowa goes undefeated before eventually losing to Oregon State in Quarters and Missouri in the 5th place game.
  • On the ladies’ side, the Chicago Invite (Women) title went to Valparaiso, who beat Purdue, 11-8, in the final. Michigan State and Illinois would both make Semis, while Kansas would struggle through a tough weekend that, according to score reporter, shows them forfeiting Sunday.
  • College Terminus was rained out.
  • At Southerns XII, Carleton College Eclipse beat out Princeton in a nighttime final on Saturday to win the Women’s side. James Madison topped Appalachian State in the Open final. Sunday play was moved to Saturday evening to avoid thunderstorms. Side note: My team was not informed of this change and only found out via coincidence. We were not happy to have “forfeited” all of our games after we left the fields, because our pool play ended before all the other pools (another source of annoyance). No phone call, text, email, tweet, anything. Very frustrating.
  • The Skyd Awards Committee announced four of the Skyd 5 for each division. For Women: Claudia Tajima (Tufts), Bailey Zahniser (Oregon), Catherine Hui (British Columbia), and Paige Soper (Ohio State). For Open: Jimmy Mickle (Colorado), Tyler DeGirolamo (Pittsburgh), Dylan Freechild (Oregon), and Brian Hart (Wisconsin). The final Wildcard spots will be announced April 21st while the voting begins May 7th.
  • Eric Brach provides a peak behind the curtain of the USAU’s World Games West Coast Tryouts.
  • New York pro ultimate has their rosters set, as the AUDL’s Empire and MLU’s Rumble both released their teams. The Rumble feature Dan Heijmen, Ben Faust, Jody Avirgan, Milo Snyder, and Chris Mazur. The Empire roster includes Jack Marsh, Isaiah Bryant, and Ben Ivers.
  • It was a big weekend and with Callahan talk starting and All-Region talk sure to follow, get on twitter and hit me up with the best players you saw this weekend. Hype-train is about to pull out the station!
  • Best wishes to BJ from Texas Melee! A speedy return to health to her and any other victims of the injury bug this weekend.