Colgate’s ultimate Frisbee team, the Jabberwock, opened its fall season with three games last week. On Thursday, Hamilton College visited Colgate for both team’s season openers. Playing with four new starters, Colgate struggled against Hamilton’s zone defense, falling behind 7-2 early in the contest. The Jabberwock climbed back, but Hamilton kept the lead at halftime, 8-6.
Thanks to several big catches by sophomore Peter Mellgard, Colgate continued to fight back after halftime, taking the lead at 12-11. After trading points for the rest of the half, regulation ended in a 14-14 tie. Colgate only managed to score one goal in overtime, though, as they fell, 17-15. Meanwhile, Hamilton B defeated Colgate B, 17-16.
On Saturday, Colgate traveled to Rochester to play RIT and Garbage, a club team from upstate New York. In the first game, the Jabberwock traded points with RIT for most of the first half before RIT took an 8-7 lead at halftime. Led by sophomore Chris Tonry’s defensive blocks, the Jabberwock only allowed five goals in the second half, though, taking the game, 15-13.
In the second game, Garbage flustered Colgate early on with their disc handling skills and zone defense. The Jabberwock did not allow this match to be a repeat of their game against Hamilton College though. Making numerous, shorter passes, they began to shred Garbage’s zone, charging back to take halftime, 8-7.
The second half was just as tight, and for the second time in three games, the Jabberwock found themselves locked in a 14-14 tie at the end of regulation. Unfortunately, the result was the same, and Colgate fell to two straight Garbage goals in overtime.
Next week, Colgate will send both a men’s and women’s team to Buffalo to compete against teams from upstate New York and the Great Lakes region.