Men’s Ultimate Frisbee qualifies for regional tournament

In their first tournament since going 11-0 and winning a spring break tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC a few weeks ago, the Colby men’s ultimate team, the Dazzlin’ Asses, competed in the North New England Division III Conference Tournament this past weekend, and, despite three losses, qualified for the New England Regional Tournament in Amherst, MA for the first time since the team qualified for nationals in 2011. The Mules suffered three close losses by three scores to NESCAC rivals Middlebury, Bowdoin, and Bates, but they seek revenge this weekend at regionals.

ultimate frisbeeIn a recent interview, co-captains Carrick Gambell ’15 and Zach Esakof’15, both expressed hope for this weekend, when the Mules will face top teams such as Brandeis University, Bryant University, and Amherst College as well as the teams they faced at sectionals this past weekend. Gambell expressed the teams’ hope of qualifying for nationals and explained why it is a realistic goal: “It was tough to lose this weekend, but we were evenly matched against every team, and we are confident that if everyone plays their best in Amherst we will qualify for nationals.” The recent qualification shows that Ultimate is quickly becoming a legitimately competitive club sport at Colby. Esakof added, “We have been taking the team more seriously in recent years by conditioning ourselves harder on and off the field, and this has caused an up-trend in the teams’ competitiveness.”

On the women’s side, the Dazzlin’ Assets team traveled to Middlebury, VT two weekends ago to face two highly-ranked DI teams and one nationally ranked DIII opponent. Although they did not emerge victorious in any game they played in, senior captain Bea Smith said that it was “one of the best tournaments I’ve ever been to,” due to the high level of competition. The Mules are hoping to find enough players to field a team this weekend and compete in regionals. Both teams, especially the women’s team, are looking for more players. Smith said, “We are just looking for any person looking to have fun that can run.” Interested players should sign up now.

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