The Ultimate Frisbee Team’s spring break trip to Brunswick, Georgia saw both the men’s and women’s teams winning games and establishing some
flow to carry forward into the remainder of their season. The tournament was run over three days, with the first two days used for pool play. On the last day, teams competed in a play-until-you-lose bracket.
The Men’s team, captained by Dylan McDonough (endearingly given the nickname Fatty Lumpkins) ‘15 and John Stevenson ‘15, won their first game of the week against Princeton B. The remainder of the first day had three more close games, but all resulted in losses for the rookie-heavy men’s team. Goucher’s women’s team went 0-3 on day one, but played some pretty tough and more experienced teams. The team, captained by seniors Hillary Blunt and Therese Robbins, experienced no shutout games and played really great defense.
The second day was when Goucher’s teams really hit their stride. Playing in brand new jerseys, the women’s team went 2-1. In their first game against Amherst B, Goucher women won through hard team defense and some great hucks by Leah Hirschman ‘15. |
With the men’s team cheering them on, the team was able to bring the second game of the day to universe point, unfortunately losing 8-7. This game was marked with high intensity and good spirit both on offense and defense. The last game of the day was looking down when the opposing team, Colgate, scored the first three points. But the Gophers came back, scoring 11 points in a row to end the game 11-3.
Meanwhile, the men’s team won their first game of the season, and last game of pool play, against Princeton B.
Both teams ended up losing their first games of pool play on day three. The women’s team lost a close game to eventual B-bracket winners, New York University. NYU threw a wall defense that was tough to beat, and the captains thought that if the game had gone a bit longer, the team would have made a comeback.
McDonough said of the men’s team, “The team was able to make vast improvements over the course of the week and benefited greatly from three continuous days of play. The difference from the first day to the last was exponential.”
While the men’s team of mostly first year students saw growth across the board, the women’s team awarded Sara Hernon-Reeves ‘16, the most improved player of the week award for her great commitment to asking questions and improving her playing.