Ultimate Frisbee Closes Out Year

Cody Tipton

Last Saturday, Colgate’s Ultimate Frisbee teams concluded their seasons by participating in the first round of the College Championship series. The Vibe, the women’s team, traveled to Geneva, New York to compete against eight other schools from upstate New York while the Jabberwock, the men’s team, traveled to Oneonta, New York to compete against sixteen schools from New York and Ontario.

To start the Tournament, the Jabberwock faced Ithaca College. Colgate jumped to a 6-1 lead behind strong defensive play and refused to let up, cruising to a 12-5 victory to avenge their loss to Ithaca last month. Next, the Jabberwock played Cornell, the tournament’s top-seeded team. Colgate kept it close until halftime, trailing by two or three points for much of the game. At that point, though, the team decided to rest its starters for its next game against Union College, who had just upset Ithaca, 13-5. Cornell responded with a 5-0 run to close out the game, 13-5.

Against Union, the Jabberwock failed to convert early interceptions and blocks into goals, allowing Union to take a 2-0 lead. Colgate played behind for most of the game before making a 3-0 run to tie the game at eight just after halftime. The time cap then went into effect, meaning that the first team to reach 10 would be the winner. Union marched down the field to score the first goal and created another quick goal off a Colgate turnover to make it 10-8, eliminating the Jabberwock from the winner’s bracket. Afterwards, Colgate played one last game against Hobart & William Smith, taking a consolation victory to put them at 2-2 on the day.

For the women, Saturday proved to be even more frustrating. High winds made it difficult for the young team to sustain possessions and the turnovers mounted. Although the Vibe led against Cornell-B early on, its short bench prevented them from keeping up that momentum as Cornell-B ran away with the second half of the game. Despite these results, though, next season looks promising for both teams. The Vibe will return its entire roster while the Jabberwock will only lose three players, putting Colgate in a great position to see significant improvement in the near future.