So, CCC is finally over. This will, most likely, be our last post on the topic. That being said, we think that we saw a lot about the future of college Ultimate this weekend. We wouldn’t be surprised to see four or even five teams from this tournament make an appearance in Madison this summer.
It’s a shame that the whole tournament is going to end on this note. We personally felt a little iffy about Wisconsin this weekend. We certainly weren’t impressed with some of the calls they were making as a team and, more specifically, the way they were making them.
We flash back to the Georgia/Wisconsin game where a Wisconsin defender made a travel call on a Georgia player after a huck, well after a huck. The Georgia player disagreed with the call strongly, we were standing next to Frito Monforti of Chain Lightning and he stated our opinion word for word.
“I don’t have a problem with the travel call, looked like it could have been a travel,” Monforti said. “I do have a problem with the timing, if you’re going to call a travel, call it. Don’t wait until you realize that the throw is going to be a goal.”
Let it be known that, just like Florida, we don’t think that Wisconsin is necessarily the worst team in the nation when it comes to bad calls (nor do we think they’re the best). We do think that, however unfortunate for them, they are the scapegoats this weekend because of a seemingly poor call at a bad time and because of a system that just might not be working anymore.
Especially when it comes down to travels, it’s high time that college Ultimate get a third party arbitration. The interesting thing that we noticed, since this is the first club season that we’ve really paid attention, is the quality of the Spirit/sportmanship at Club Open Finals, versus the quality at CCC finals.
What is it about the college game? Are we just dealing with a load of players that are just more immature?
Regardless, the point stands that if you want to be an elite college tournament, you’re going to need Observers.
As impartially as we can be, we’re going to say this. The GA/SC section may end up being the most talented section in the college game this year. Judging by the way they played this weekend, these are the teams that may be fielding the best teams in this decade, if not their history.
Georgia Tech (Placed third)
South Carolina (Took Wisconsin to 13-11, won C Bracket)
Clemson (Beat Texas, UNC)
Georgia Southern (Led Georgia 10-9, Broke seed to end in B bracket)
Meanwhile, Georgia may have its best team since the days of Dylan Tunnell and Greg Swanson and Emory, who didn’t perform well this weekend, has the tools to contend for the section title.
We’d be hard pressed to find a section with as much potential as the GA/SC section has for this season. It’s hard to imagine GA/SC won’t be earning some strength bids to Regionals.
This is a pretty easy selection. While Wisconsin has untold amounts of talent and Georgia’s Peter Dempsey is a stud in every sense of the word on the field, Virginia’s Tyler Conger has to take this award home. Conger touches the disc more often than any other player we’ve seen since Brodie Smith does for Florida. Not only does he get more touches, but he’s more important to his team when it comes to moving the disc than anyone else we saw this weekend. He’s got filthy breaks, both forehand and backhand, and he’s not afraid to use them.
We’ll hand this to Conger, not necessarily because he’s the best player in the tournament, but it’s clear that his team depends on him more than any other individual player.
Admittedly, we didn’t see everyone play, but from who we saw, this is who gets our picks.
Sean Keegan - Delaware – Keegan was a menace on Saturday and even though he didn’t spend a lot of time on the field on Sunday, he was tough to stop when he was there. Just ask Georgia Tech, he caught or threw four straight goals for Sideshow against Tribe in the second half.
Nick Lance – Georgia Tech – Suffice it to say that a playing the summer with Chain did Lance some favors. He’s got a lot of talent around him this year. He, and that talent, are only going to get better as the season wears on. This kid is very athletic and is a threat with the disc in his hands as well as downfield.
Peter Dempsey – Georgia – We’ve tried to chronicle Dempsey’s talent before and it is not an easy task. After play on Sunday, Wisconsin’s Jake Smart tried to do the same thing and all he came up with was: “Dempsey is…” he paused. “Dempsey is, well, he’s just good.”
Ben Slade – Clemson – Slade makes the team for his talent and his importance to his team. The man lives and breathes for competing on the Ultimate field and that mindset is translating over to the rest of his team. Clemson is certainly not a team to look past at any tournament this year.
Evan Klane - Wisconsin – If you’re not careful, while watching Wisconsin each player can just turn into another face in the crowd. (Especially since they all look like old men. I guess long winters will do that to you. Seriously, an 18-year old Wisconsonian looks like a 25-year old South Carolinian.) However, Klane played a huge role in Wisconsin’s offense this weekend. From the Hodag’s website, here are Klane’s stats for the weekend: 226 touches, 17 assists and 11 turns. They aren’t flashy but they’re extremely efficient, which, a lot of times, is what you need out of an o-line handler.
Tyler Conger - Virginia – See above. He’s good at Ultimate.
Andrew Schroeder – Notre Dame – While Klane was consistent with the disc in his hands, Schroeder is the type of player that’s consistent everywhere on the field. His defense is consistently stellar and, while he’s not going to blow you away on offense, he doesn’t turn the disc and he gets open deep and underneath.
We Want to Play with Notre Dame:
Notre Dame Papal Rage exhibited the best competitive and Spirited attitude of the weekend. This is a team that doesn’t get down on each other and even in the toughest of times (see above video) remain extremely calm on the field. This team truly seems to enjoy each other and the game. We’ve got respect for that.
Why is Wisconsin Good?
It’s simple. They have more guys than you, who are better at frisbee than you and are in better shape than you. It was amazing to us how the Hodags won the war of attrition against many of the teams that they played this weekend. They aren’t afraid to play their roster top to bottom and, in our opinion, that’s what won them the Georgia game.
If you matched Georgia’s top seven up with Wisconsin’s top seven, the outcome would probably be a lot like the first half of the Wisconsin/Georgia game. However, if you matchup Wisconsin’s next 18 with Georgia’s next 18, it’s not even a competition. That’s probably why, in the second half, UW was able to real off 4 or 5 straight breaks against the Dawgs.
The Hodags wear teams down and stay calm even when they are reeling. It was an impressive thing to watch, the dedication to head to toe Ultimate talent has got to be the number one thing that keeps Wisconsin at the top.
Thanks and We’ll See you Soon:
We had a blast at CCC. We want to thank Jojah for giving us the opportunity to come up and cover this whole shindig. We also want to thank all the captains that answered our inane questions. We hope that this tournament is a step in the right direction for Ultimate journalism. We’ve got a couple things already on tap for the spring, so stay tuned!