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MagnUM drove 10 hours south and encountered a frigid Carolina weekend with stiff winds on both Saturday and Sunday. With a depleted squad of only 14 players and missing both of their captains, this weekend was about growth and energy conservation.
We came out against a match up that brings fear to our fifth year seniors, but is pretty much unknown on the ultimate field. They had a big thrower and a very good receiver (shaved head) and kept it close for the whole first half. Our defense sharpened up and scored 4 breaks in a row before App State scored on hard cap.
Another relatively unknown team who has been written about a bit online, Uconn also gave us issues with a big thrower that we for some reason couldn’t stop. We went up 3-0, but at a score of 5-3 we gave them 5 straight and could never climb back. Robbie gets a callahan (his first) and Joe Besser gets a point block on their big thrower on the last point, but it’s too late with hard cap on. MagnUM suffers their first loss.
The schedule had to be changed to attempt to accommodate for the late plane flights of some GOP players, but they had still not arrived by the start of our third round game with them. With an even more depleted squad and the winds picking up GOP struggled to get flow and dropped a lot of discs. MagnUM cruises to an easy victory.
The winds continued to pick up over our fourth round bye and coming in to the OSU game we knew that it would be a close game regardless. Offenses on both sides chose to huck and gain field position rather than risk a short field turn. Because of that, our defense had the entire field to work up after a turnover. Before halftime a few stacked defensive lines were played and Joe Besser, the standout player of the weekend, aided by the crisp upwind flicks of Travis “T-Mart” Martin sent a disc into the upwind arms of Jordan to complete the first break of the game. MagnUM would hold on to this break as the cap horn sounded and successfully avenged their loss at the inddor and secured the second spot out of the pool.
There’s no way to hide from it, MagnUM has had a hard time getting up for 9am games in the past. Winning our game on Saturday wasn’t a piece of cake and we all had no idea what to expect from Carnegie Mellon. We come out on D and they have a pretty easy point. Then our offense scores. Then we get our first break. Then we trade. Then the defense gets six breaks in a row. We trade for the majority of the rest of the game and close it out with two breaks.
Fun Fact: Matt Orr played nine points in this game. He had seven goals and one assist.
Ohio is a team that we beat on universe at last years QCTU and out-placed us at the indoor only three weeks previous. We play very close with them, both teams making plays and both teams having chances to break. We strike first, but before half Ohio strikes back threefold. We can’t come back and MagnUM is eliminated from bracket play by the Alma mater of coach Ricky.
This next game, no longer for the championship, was all about getting better. Our crew of sideline players all drafted at the beginning of points in order to pa attention to one specific player and give advice. The game turned chippy with a big Dartmouth spike on the first point and some questionable foul calls on both sides. Still, MagnUM creates a lead early in the game and secures it with a couple of late second half breaks.
The game for fifth place was against the hosts, UNC – Chapel Hill, a team that had been significant rivals of ours only a few years previous. It was clear that they had talent and were willing to work in the wind. Despite some drops on the first few points giving us a lead, they would turn around and make big skies in both end zones. Our sick-nasty, and very chilly zone offense was counteracted by UNC’s ability to have their big throwers huck out of the cup and make plays. The game ended up tied when the horn went off bringing it to universe. Again, the same tall UNC receiver caught a big pass to win.
With a lot improved, and a lot to work on, and many injuries to heal, MagnUM heads back home with two weeks before Spring Ultimax and spring break. Let’s do work.
Matt Orr scores goals. Nice work magnum, keep up the hard work and keep improving!— Chris 459 days ago