W. Ultimate wins tournament, men take third
To kick of the spring portion of their season, the Ultimate Frisbee team headed down to Atlantic City to participate in the Atlantic City 7 tournament. Both the men’s team and the women’s team faced strong competition and earned a championship for the women and came away with a 3rd place finish for the men.
Facing a field of 6 other teams the women started off the tournament against Hofstra university. However, despite only a 15 minute break until their next game, the women were able to bounce back and defeat Shippensburg University in a 9–4 victory. Moving forward with the momentum of the win, the women earned another well-deserved victory against Ohio Wesleyan, beating them 9–3. On the second day of the tournament, the Mules used the momentum of the previous two wins and rolled through the competition, getting the max score of 13 in both of their games, and a 3rd win through a forfeit by Stockton University. The first game was against SUNY Fredonia taking them out in a game that ended 13–2. Next, the Mules quickly soared past Salisbury University with an ending score of 13–3. With all of the combined wins, the women’s team earned the number 1 seed heading into the championship, earning the win over Ohio Wesleyan for a second time.
On the men’s side of the tournament there were a total of 12 teams participating. Seeded at number four, the Mules faced off against Rowan University to start off the pool play. The team won the first match 9–6 before heading off to play the eventual tournament winners, Shippensburg University. In an extremely close match, the mules ended regulation time 8–8 but eventually fell to Shippensburg 8–9 in sudden-death overtime. The Mules finished out the day handily beating MIT (B) 13–1. To start off the second day of the tournament pool play, the Mules rolled through their next two games beating Stockton and Salisbury, 13–1 and 13–0 respectively. With the bracket play set, the team took on St. Joseph’s University yet still handily beat the team 13–2. For the semi-finals, the Mules played the MIT (A) team, yet were unable to push past them and fell in another close game, 8–9. In their final game of the tournament, Colby beat Navy 12–6 to secure the 3rd place victory. When asked about the performance of the tournament, sophomore Alan Leggett ’20 noted how “even though [they] didn’t come away with 1st place, [they] still played competitively against the top teams and could definitely feel the electricity and chemistry of [the] team.” And that it was “of course fantastic to see the women’s team come away with the 1st place trophy at the end of the tournament.”
Though the season is just getting started, the club is already in full swing after coming out of the tournament with two great finishes. The team is ready to continue to bring their competitive edge to the east coast. Sophomore Bennett Allen ’20 noted that “Both teams made a strong statement to the east coast competition and showed that Colby Ultimate is a real team to be reckoned with.” The next tournament will be hosted this weekend at Bates College for a small round-robin tournament.