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14 February 2008
- Quarter Finals vs. UC Santa Barbara 15-12
- Semifinals vs. Wisconsin 9-11
The faltering starts right out of half as SB brings a loose 3 man cup zone and forces our O into poor, immature mistakes. Low hucks and off mark throws sees SB up 9-8, lets get it together. Baylis puts together some nasty d lines and the momentum surges in our direction again. up 12-9 before our offense takes the field, we trade out points to take quarterfinals 15-12, setting up a long bye before our destined meeting with the Hodags.
Let me spit some knowledge at you; Since I have been a freshman i have seen the Hodags 14 times. Beginning with club sectionals my freshman year 2005 where we played them twice(Lost both), indoor tournament in Duluth 2006 (15-14), Vegas 2006 semis (6-5), Regional Finals 2006 (Loss), Sophomore year playing Madison club team at club sectionals 2006 (Loss), Centex 2007 (9-13), Regional Finals 2006 (10-15), Subzero at club sectionals 2007 (loss-scored the most points on them), Split squad at Exit 69 Fall 07 (Loss), Split Squad Eau Clare 2007 (13-14), MLC 2007 (13-12), Vegas 2008 twice (9-13,9-11). So counting that all up 14.
There is nothing I enjoy more than beating the Hodags, and nothing I hate worse than losing. No matter the outcome, I have always taken something away from the game, and been greatful for the fierce competition.
Our second time in 3 days playing these guys, The got us good the first game though we were up at one point, But this was Sunday, everything was different. With a little observer help (Thanks Matt Knowles!!!!) we had another nail bitter with the ladies in blue. Simliar to the first game, we break first. After our next offensive goal walking back we see the Hodags literally tearing each other apart, point fingers, and assessing blame. Both offenses were broken throughout the game in fairly regular intervals, I think O-D might have both scored 5 points. I was on the field for the marathon point (though I couldn't really tell) lasting 20+ minutes that resulted in the craziest thing I have ever seen.
After many trips up and down the field, we had the Disc in our own endzone when Luke jacks a huge forehand with my man way out of position. The Disc hangs a bit and gives Will Locke time to make a bid on the disc, we end up colliding and from what i heard it looked pretty bad (though he didn't hit me that hard) and we both hit the dirt. I jump up knowing that I had a wide open anthony for an easy backhand 5 yards out of the endzone.
as i remember it ; I get up and pivot to throw my backhand, I see the observer running in from the left but I let it fly anyways assuming he is not running in between me and my receiver, the observer keeps coming and catches the disc in the chest, then looks at me and says 'sorry, part of the field' TURNOVER. I later heard that he rushed in to give a Team Misconduct Foul for a dangerous play (I still think Locke was playing good, physical D) and was prepared to make a call until i got up and threw it to him.
My beef is, if the observer runs onto the field, play should stop immediately, in no other sport would a ref get into the action without calling a stoppage of play. So we turn the disc, Madison marches down to make it 9-7. On the back of some more sweet grabs, Pat Roberts toeing the liine, Grant skying Shane beofre we get another goal and break to finish the game scoring, but losing 9-11. Better it happend at Vegas I guess, i shouldn't have thrown it, but the UPA should clarify this aspect of observing.
A bit dejected, we finished with a strong showing against Harvard in the 3rd place game, 8-5. All in all, an amazing weekend, great weather, amazing parents (Roberts', Foster, Fagin) keeping the side line stocked, Ben "Blaze til I Die" Hahn and Pooh holding it down, Special guest Keith Christanson - Craig Hogle - Carson Thomas, nothing like playing outside in February.
Look for the Stanford write up coming March 10!
Who the fuck are we, CUT CUT CUT
13 February 2008
- Oregon 9-11
- British Columbia 10-8
- Colorado 11-9
An earlier start today 8:30am. Our defense gets the job done putting us up 6-4 before our O hiccups against a sloppy Oregon zone. 2 errant throws and 1 throw into a poach have Oregon taking half 7-6. We were unable to close the gap with lazy play on our side, which we later attributed to warming up poorly. Two not so spectacular clips from the EGO video camera:
Time cap blows as we are gaining momentum with a break and we go down 8-10. Oregon capitalized on our 80% effort and floated throws out to there fast tall guys. Moral of the story, Don't fuck around during the warmups. One highlight, Nolan makes up 5 yards on a tall fast guy to snag a huck in the opposite corner, "i had to turn on the boosters for that one".
We came into our next game against UBC with a huge mental turnaround. We warmed up with good ole fashioned santa-cruise, energy for the body and the mind. Our offense was much improved going without a break in the first half. Our d was awesome and managed to convert on two points giving us a halftime lead 7-5. UBC comes out of half with a zone and our O drops one 7-6 before we get the ball rolling closing the game out on a break as the hard cap goes off. Improved energy and great defensive plays put us in the pre-quarters.
After some havoc in the other brackets, we face Colorado (wha!): 11-9
We start the game with an O score followed up by 3 breaks 4-0 the CUT. Some unforced errors on the O had Colorado clawing their way back into the game before we took half 7-5. The second half saw lots of highlights as we mentally turned the shit on. Kanner skying a better positioned Jolian put us up 10-8 as we trade out points to beat a ragged looking Mamabird 11-9. Average play on both sides of the disc. The good thing is our D is intense and hungry from the start, something that can only get better. Our O is still mistake prone, something that can only get better as we actually get to throw outside.
next door Florida vs Arizona is going crazy. Florida must have looked to quarters and found themselves down 7-6 at half. After some cap predicaments it is 13-13 with Arizona recieving. An amazing up line catch by #77 Joe Kershner of Sunburn with Kurt Gibson getting a piece of the disc for the win.
other craziness ensued making the quarters teams
- Santa Cruz
- Santa Barbara
- THE CURT
- UC San Diego
Stay tuned for tomorrow's exciting conclusion
12 February 2008
- Harvard 13-7
- UC San Diego 13-9
- UW Madison 9-13
So Harvard, a good team with a legitimate shot out of the NE Region (doesn't everybody?). With arguably their best player sidelined with a torn PCL (George Stubbs - accepted to Carleton) they didn't seem quite on top of their game. Neither were we.
Conditioning and playing in the Rec never truly prepares you for field play. Our throws were a bit off target and our spacing, offensively and defensively, needed some working out. Most of our turns came off our miscues but with more experience across the board we were able to get most back and score 8 on offense. Our speed looked good, especially senior stand out Nolan O'Brien who saved quite a few errant throws throughout the weekend. Our D looked much better, causing a few turns on layouts (a relief from the hard rec floor). Though we only converted about half the turns, we still had a lot of Ds. I don't have the stat sheets handy and my memory is clearer on some of our bigger games. Basically we played as well as expected for being on grass for the first time since MLC (Nov 9).
Next round had us facing UC San Diego. Fresh off their win at UCSB invite we expected them to be more practiced than Harvard. Off some gritty defensive plays we found ourselves up 9-5 with our marks and help deep defense almost suffocating the Squids. But in O fashion we gave back 3? breaks off poor throw choices and now it's 9-8. After Baylis comes on and catches a big goal our D takes us the rest of the way to the cap 12-9. This win sets us up as the second seed in the AA power pool with our next game against, guess who?, The Hodags.
2 rounds and 3 hours later we are playing the Hodags with a good sized crowd. They are the #1 seed we are the #3 seed, nothing like playing Madison in February! We trade the first couple points and come up with the first break to take the lead 4-3. Plenty of throw-aways by both teams before Madison goes on a roll and scores out of half to make it 5-8 in their favor. We had more success going deep against them than I can ever remember. Grant, Baylis, and Nolan all having big catches. We trade points (with 2 breaks on each side) and finish the game 9-13. We did some things poorly, but also had some brilliant moments. We got a great look at the 'untouchable' (cough, cough) Madison defense, and (to everyones dismay) kept Muffin from throwing a single one of his "That's the FLICK". Hopefully we will get another shot at them sometime this weekend.
Ending the evening with a large spaghetti feed and Superbad, everyone got to sleep early (except for the car of rookies that went out for Sonic at 12pm). Special thanks to Ben Hahn and Seth "Pooh" Partnow for their help and support all weekend. Stay tuned for Vegas day 2 and 3 and the real story behind "Why it didn't count when the observer caught a goal for us".
11 February 2008
06 February 2008
I would say around 500 kids showed up for the event. Not the best speaker, but quite a looker. For those of you looking for frisbee; I will be updating every night this weekend so check back to see our progress at Trouble in Vegas.
Our Friday Schedule:
- UC-San Diego
- TBD (depending how we do above)