Squids Donít Quite Shine at the Stanford Invite
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Squids took on the elite this weekend at Stanford Invite, moved to Stevenson due to weather in Palo Alto.
Unfortunately this weekend was less a showcase of the great ultimate and talent across the country but a battle against the wind, a constant 25mph with gusts up to 35 really made playing this weekend a struggle.
Pool Play started us against Colorado who was able to adjust to and work with the wind better than the Squids to take a couple early upwind/downwind breaks. Squids manage to figure out how to play downwind at least and traded during the second half to 13-8. Wisconsin was next as the wind really came in, this was a game of lucky hucks and 30yd pulls. Wisconsin was able to win the flip and get 1 upwind score on a series of 3 lucky catches and that was enough for them to win 9-7. Georgia was the last pool play game of the day and it was win and weíre into prequarters. The wind had died down to only 20mph and allowed the Squids to get 3 upwind breaks that let the Squids get a much needed 13-6 win to face last yearís national runner up Central Florida.
The Central Florida dogs of war came out strong and in the first half earned an upwind point and the next downwind to take half at 8-6. But the Squids dug deep. Responding early with an upwinder of their own. At this point the wind was dying down and real ultimate was starting to be played instead of the huck and Z strategies of before. Jump to the Squids down 13-12 with hard cap on the horizon, we worked it upfield and despite UCFís great travel calls, foul and contested stalls James Tulio Lai connected with Trevor Quod Purdy in the upwind end zone. On universe UCF couldnít connect on an upline throw and with 50yds to go the Squids looked as good as they have all season. A couple break throws later Nick Alamo Smith connected with Jesse Hardy Cohen for the win.
Sunday was a bit of a letdown for the Squids, we started against Florida St. and left a lot of points on the field. Squids were successful working it up 90% of the way upwind but struggled to punch it in with the 20mph winds in our face. We missed numerous opportunities to take the lead and fell 15-12. Next was a rematch against Wisconsin, and with multiple players feeling the effects of the long tournament we came out slow to the Hodags who got the lead early and never gave it back. Again upwind struggles were a theme for the Squids who were unable to fight back again falling 15-8. The last game of the day would have been a rematch of Colorado but they had to leave early to make sure they could catch their flights back near Palo Alto. As a result, the Squids held seed tying for 7th but overall knowing they could have done more.
Mar 1 - Stanford Invite
Feb 25 - Menís Ultimate Controls Santa Barbara, Lands on National Map
Feb 15 - MENíS ULTIMATEíS CELEBRATE PRESIDENTíS DAY THEIR OWN WAY