Atlantic Coast Regionals Day 1 by Grant
May 28, 2010, 7:46 am
Filed under: tournament write-ups

Tallahassee Files:

I’m pretty sure this is where the show Campus Police is filmed. If there were her today we would put them on the case of finding a trainer for the tournament. Apparently the expected trainer has bailed at the last moment with alternative for today. Bummer.

In other news, the fields are incredible, the atmosphere is consistently breezy and 3 spots are up for grabs with a chunk of teams that could score one.

Round 1 – Pool C

Tennessee Agent Orange v. UNC-Wilmington Seamen

Tennessee kicks of their weekend with a bang by going deep to Jody Lewis right off the bat. Lewis doesn’t disappoint and bids for the goal coming with the lead for orange, 1-0. Wilmington responds with a small ball offense led by Rusty Ingold-Smith. As the team moves down field Rusty sits patiently in the dump waiting for his chance. He makes a shifty double cut and gets big yardage upline to throw for the score right next to the cone, 1 a piece. Tennessee decides to mimic Wilmington’s offense and plays with tremendous upline cutting as well. Matt Mullinix gets the last upline cut for a goal, 2-1 in a turnover free game so far. Wilmington won’t be outdone though. Tommy Lamar takes two defenders on in the end zone and comes down with the disc for the equalizer. Must be the lack of sleeves.

Back and forth the teams with the intensity that has been building up all week. UT goes up one, then Wilmington responds, 3-3, then 4-3, then 4-4. The points start to chew up more time and disc becomes more slippery with the amount of sweat the players are generating now. A Tennessee huck fails so the Vols go zone which works but a second huck also results in a drop. Wilmington has to go upwind but the disc is D’ed. Rather than trying to huck it again, Agent Orange attempts at stack cutting but nothing is doing. Chris Mullinix has had enough so he gets the dump then calls timeout immediately then spikes the disc to the ground in frustration.

Coming out of the time out, everyone is set. Play commences, and… Steve Taylor steps up with a big dump D giving it back to Wilmington out of a jam. The possession is not to be though and UT plays it cool this time. A dump to Matthew Twilley is followed by a pass over the top of the stack to Ben Walter for the goal, 5-4 UT. Wilmington on the other hand proves offense doesn’t have to have lots of turnovers and goes back to work with an easy huck to Tommy, even at 5 all.

Both teams are giving up chances at this point as perfection escapes both squads. Tennessee turns the disc and falls into zone but Rusty grabs a disc over the cup sending him and compadre off to the races with the disc for a good chunk of yardage. The point is capped off with a hammer to Stephen Bender giving Wilmington the first break of the game, 6-5. Tennessee needs to turn the offense up by a notch and they do so. Phil Brock punctures the Wilmington cup with a cross field pass to Chris Mullinix then takes off. Without a mark, Mullinix rips a wide open huck to Brock who’s got nobody to give him trouble. He makes the grab then flicks it to Twilley for the goal, 6-6.

Wilmington goes with the hucking offense again with Rusty launching one to Zach Bauer who makes the grab to make it 7-6. They make a chance for themselves to break for half with a big D near the goal line. Rusty picks up and finds Todd Doroski breaking for the liveside cone. Seamen take half, 8-6.

Starting with the disc in the second half, Wilmington runs into a big orange wall of defense. Possession changes hands and nows its Wilmington playing physical D, bumping the marks like its breathing. The defense is clearly frustrating the UT offense and the Seamen get it back. Seamen goal to Bauer to go up by three, 9-6. Tennessee sticks with it, converting their offensive points but can’t seem to get any breaks. At 11-8, game to 13, UT has to come up with something in a hurry. They execute their hucking game to perfection to the freshman, Jody Lewis to make it 11-9, but Wilmington counters with a goal of their own and a break to seal the game, 13-9 Wilmington.

UGA Jojah v. William and Mary Dogs

Georgia starts their weekend off right with a break against William and Mary and then pounces with a second opportunity, transitioning from D to O with the fluidness of a championship team, 2-0 Jojah. William and Mary gets going with some much-needed offense, hitting Andy McCoy in stride to send the D line out for the first time. UGA’s O line works even faster the D line offense. Robert Herrig makes the grab with a defender on, 3-1 Dawgs. W and M sticks with the hucking game, this time to Acie Craft, but he doesn’t have enough real estate to stay in bounds. The play is infectious and both teams make a few sloppy hucks. W and M chills out and goes with the under cuts. Craft has the disc and tries a crafty breakmark flick up the middle to Aric Mills who makes the grab, 3-2 UGA.

Georgia is still keeping W and M at bay with a 1-2 point cushion but it certainly doesn’t help morale when they turn the disc over backwards near their own goal line. Niji Ohno to Craft to make it 4-3 UGA. The Dawgs are pissed so they take their O line out and march down the field for a score. With William and Mary in possession again, Aric Mills, the big guy that he is, goes deep and the disc ascends into the air. He uses all of his turbo boost to run the disc down but when he looks up, the observer has ruled him out of the back of the end zone. W and M gets it back and must try again. They get close but Fletcher Hartline lays with all his might to stop the goal. Taylor Nilan gets the disc near goal, hits Charlie Herrig who gets elevated on the grab and then goes for Josh Lowell in the end zone to complete the swing sequence, 6-3 Georgia.

Peter Dempsey keeps placing his feet in weird angles and starts to from the ground more gingerly so he calls timeout. The players have the plan in place. Tom Ball gets open on the liveside and Matt Bailey times his cut to the liveside so he simply cuts back deadside for a short pass from Tom Ball to extend the lead, 7-3. William and Mary gets one more before UGA takes half in control, 8-4.

Starting with the disc in the second half, UGA has no sweat about getting an O point so William and Mary is left to respond once again. Craft goes with the early game success and hucks it deep, yet initially looks very displeased about his choice. He’s got no reason to be upset though because his man has the defender beat and he makes the grab without any complications, 9-5 UGA. Georgia says, anything you can do, we can do better. Dempsey hucks to a pile of people in the end zone and Matt Bailey comes down with the disc in traffic to make it 10-5. He follows that up with a push pass goal to Michael Slade and Georgia is closing in on the win 11-5.

William and Mary keeps fighting though. Mills gets another for his total and then throws a goal two points later to McCoy when they play a solid point up to their potential, 12-7 UGA. There is still some fight in this team. The D line steps up with their first break of the day and the entire William and Mary sideline rushes to the goal with the familiar two hands above the hand facing outward to signify bookends. Everyone hold the phones just yet, this game is three spilled pancakes from a topsy turvey brunch with the in-laws.

W and M is fired up and the team responds, getting a goal line D but the offense sputters. Caleb Edwards finds Dempsey for the goal to give GA a 5 point margin with little time left, 13-8. Georgia is primed for another goal but Max Leonard flubs the huck. No matter as the Dawgs get it back and convert as planned, 14-8. They almost finish it on the next point with a liveside pass to Justin DeSandre but it’s too wide. W and M starts on the cone and gets a quarter of the length of the pitch before turning it just so Bobby Corroon can get a layout D. The disc then changes hands many times between GA and W and M. before Andy McCoy gets it to Andrew Fickley to finish the point. 14-9 UGA. Georgia finishes things on offense with a goal to Brian Walter to guarantee a non last place finish at Regionals, 15-9.

Round 2 – Pool D

Virginia Tech Burn v. East Carolina Irates

The sun has come out in full effect by the beginning of round 2. Virginia Tech has brought a skeleton crew to beat their opponents as well as the heat. This weekend falls at the beginning of finals for the guys so not many could make the trip. Even their jerseys stayed home to study.

ECU is receiving and Tech starts with a zone that forces the disc all kinds of directions. The D slows the offense to a crawl, stopping the flow and forcing a turn. The VT offense springs to life and Burn starts with a break, 1-0. The offense turns it around on the next point. Eric Martin gets open on the right sideline and hits Joey Cretella in stride, 1-1. The teams trade back and forth in a relatively pedestrian game without much fanfare from either side. ECU steps it up to regain the lead on a break with Eric Martin getting a layout goal to go up 4-3 and they follow that with an encore layout grab, 5-3. The tall man, Scott “Air Quotes” Forrester proves he’s got throws to match his height and hits Evan “Stupid Fucking Rookie” Klein in stride to get back on the goal scoring track for Burn, 5-4 ECU.

In this game of swings, VT is on the upswing. Tom “Tom Barry” Barry gets a D and a goal on the breakside from Chris “Moneyshot” Bowling for the bookend advantage. Back to even at 5-5. Shane Sisco of ECU keeps the Irate offense on par with a perfect huck to Martin regaining the lead for ECU. SF Rookie goes through the same motions and runs down a huck just beyond the outstretched arms of his defender.

If ECU is going to win, tiring out the VT legs is a good option and ECU chews up a lot of time and expends a lot of energy to get the next goal, but VT also expended a lot of energy not getting the goal. Burn shows an impressive display of offense from Taylor “Tater Monster” Brown and SF Rookie but the pass to Alexander “Tie-Dye” Brown is too short. ECU turns around hucks to Joey Saba on the fly for half, 8-6 Irates.

Virginia Tech closes the gap by one in the second half to 9-8 with an Air Quotes bookend goal during a horn sounding point. Game to 11. Burn is playing tight and staying close but aren’t converting their chances and ECU gets another peg closer to game. Burn gets one more then the Irates finish on 0 with Sisco skying his defender to close up shop, 11-9 ECU.

Georgia Tech Tribe v. James Madison Flying Hellfish

After starting with a long O point, Georgia Tech battles through a long D point that sees an injury and lots of hucks. Nick Lance engages with the disc and hits Taylor Rasco at the back of the end zone, 2-0 Tech. From here on, Tech would play punishing D and consistent O. They jump out to 6-2 on a break. James Madison gets an O point and then almost forces a break themselves. Tech is pinned down playing redzone defense but they stop the flow and motor back in the opposite direction. Andrew Fish runs down a huck and Ethan Edgerton completes the score, 7-3 Tech.

Tribe is poised to take half but Drew Scala lays out in front a disc to get it back for the Hellfish. Andrew “Master Peanut” Ferraro also gets in on the D action when Tech gets a second chance at goal. It’s a Hellfish goal where there’s just enough wind underneath the disc for Drew “G-Dawg” Moorcones. Tech takes half on the next point, 8-4 Tribe.

While the teams cool off on the their respective sidelines, I meander around the field site gathering up other storylines from the the other games. According some of the UCF alums in attendance, the Dogs of War gave Florida a hell of a fight but in the end, used up all of their mental energy or “menergy” to get close, leading to a lackluster effort against Florida State.

In the second half, Tech starts to run away with the game even more, building up a comfortable lead so all they have to do is trade points to finish. With Tech leading 11-6, Michael Spear dumps to Nick Lance, but travel is called. Spear takes the disc back and goes all the way downfield to Hogan McHugh instead. 12-6 GT. Only one more to win and Tech finishes off the Hellfish in the dead of heat. Fish to Spear, 13-8.

Round 3 – Pool B

Virginia Night Train v. NC State Wolfpack

Two of last year’s Nationals qualifiers from the Atlantic Coast do battle in pool play this year for a very intriguing matchup. Tyler Conger is trying to fill every position on the field this year for Virginia, even waterboy as needed. He starts the game on offense though, by flipping the disc over his mark to Matt King on the breakside, kicking off the scoring, 1-0 Virginia. With NC State getting their first crack on offense, Conklin tries to scoober the disc to Ken “KP” Porter, but he uncharacteristically drops it. Chris Reichel puts it to Nathan Schelble giving Virginia the first break of the game, 2-0. Just when it seems Virginia might get a second break in a row, KP elevates to get a D. Jesse Macadangdang gets it back for Virginia with a layout D and almost throws for a goal but King doesn’t have the reach on his bid. Back to square one for the Wolfpack. State buckles down and goes the distance capped off with a Bryan Conklin to Casey Haigh goal, 2-1 Virginia.

With the greenshirts in possession of the disc, Conger goes to work downfield, using the pitch for 10-20 yard mini-sprints. His thrower realizes there is a height mismatch between him and Paul Johnson so he makes Tyler run to the end zone to make a grab. It’s an untalented flick that could look prettier but it gets the job done, 3-1.

KP with the first step deep? Done. 3-2 Virginia.

Virginia is really working the underneath cuts well so Mike Harlan steps up with a handblock that forces the D. Riding this defensive high, the Wolfpack doubles down and sends a huck to an open Jordan Moore but his layout is not enough. Night Train tries a huck of their own, but the wind has other thoughts. The disc is pushed left, left, left, left beyond everyone’s read… except Conger. A followup throw up the line gives Virginia the two point lead, 4-2. The game is still very much in the balance though until Virginia gets a break on the next point. Alex Dagley throws a goal to Tim Pennucci and the Night Train sideline goes wild, 5-2 Wahoos.

KP and Conklin decide to reverse roles with Porter throwing deep to Conklin. State is not giving up yet, not by a long shot, 5-3. Virginia is getting the breaks though and rattle off another after converting on offense. The testosterone is flowing and both teams are starting to talk more than play. NC State almost gives up another break to Virginia but they get the disc back and drive down the field. Stephen Panasci completes the sequence to KP to make it 7-4, Virginia. The Cavs stick right with their gameplan and convert there O point to take half, 8-4.

Meanwhile, on a field not far away…

Florida Gators v. Florida State DUF

The Noles and the Gators are in a real dogfight. UF has the disc 5 yards out of the end zone and are exiting the time out huddle to set up an end zone piece. Brodie takes the disc out wide and then hits Miguel Palavacinni coming underneath, 7-5 Florida. Florida State’s turn: DUF swings the disc back and forth until that no longer is an option for Daniel Petronio. The stall is too high so he punts it towards the nether regions of the field. Unintended on the other end, Elijah Grady is streaking towards the end zone and accepts the punt for a goal, 7-6 Florida.

Florida sticks to their machine of cogs: Brodie, Cole, and Gibson work the disc up field because of their ability to get open at will, but the final pass to Brodie is too long. Alex Smith plays strong dump D and then bombs it to Brodie but again the throw is too long. There is too much action to handle and the disc changes possession once again so Gibson calls time out just whisker from the goal line. The first throw from scrimmage is immediately turf. Huck to Elijah. D from Cole and his tremendous voice makes sure everyone here’s him, “That’s how you play defense!” UF finally gets a sequence that works and Brodie hits Palavacinni in stride for a Gator first half, 8-6.

Back on the Virginia, NC State field, UVA hasn’t relented their lead in the least bit. Night Train cracks open a point after a long skirmish and follows it with a Schelble to Pennucci goal where Pennucci executes his signature “break the disc over the leg” spike, 12-6 Night Train. The heat is pushing both teams to the brink. Virginia gets the upper hand of a long hot point and they have a seemingly insurmountable lead, 13-6. A big pull by Conger puts State in the back of their end zone. Night Train quickly and efficiently gets the D and the score to finish it, 14-6.

1 v 1 Crossovers

Florida Gators vs. UNC-Wilmington Seamen

Tommy Lamar was right. No sleeves are a good choice on a day like today. Despite feeling comfortable in his gear, feeling comfortable against Florida is almost impossible. The Gators start the game not with one break or even two breaks but three breaks to go up 3-0. James Hill finally gets on the score tally for the Seamen grabbing a cross field disc. No matter for Florida because they run a system that caters to their athletes very well. Alex Hill, Brodie and Cole work the 3 handler offense and cap it with a goal to Chribson. Wilmington doesn’t have an answer for that yet.

Florida is on their way to comfortable first half with a Cole to Brodie huck. The early scoring discrepancy leads me to believe that Florida may have punched a ticket to Madison at this point. 6-1 Florida. Wilmington stops the bleeding, if only momentarily when Todd Doroski gets poached so Tommy hits him wide open and then to Stephen Bender upline to double their tally, 6-2 UF. With the Seamen scoring ceased, Florida mops up the first half, 8-2 with a hammer from Brodie to Alton Gaines.

In order to provide a more fan friendly spectacle on the field, several UCF alumni take center stage with a rousing game of jug, but retreat when the players reemerge from the tents to do battle once again. Florida is unphased by the momentary lapse in competition and starts the second half much like the first half, getting a couple of points before Rusty Ingold-Smith provides a small bright spot for Wilmington with an upline layout goal. At this point though, the Seamen are looking towards Sunday with Florida leading 10-3. At this point, Florida is content to trade points with Wilmington to cruise towards a perfect Saturday record. Brodie takes to the sky like its his job pushing Florida to game point at 14-6. The well executed Gator game ends on the next point with a James Thomas to Alan Baird connection. Florida wins 15-6.

Georgia Tech Tribe v. Virginia Night Train

Tribe tries to start the game with a statement play by sending a huck to Andrew Fish but he’s double covered. In fact Tim Pennucci gets one the other way for a majority of the yardage and Alex Dagley finishes it for Virginia, 1-0. Tech responds in quick fashion as intended. With Ramu Annamalai getting a D by virtue of the Night Train receiver jumping too soon, Tech could get their break back but fortune is not on their side. Virginia goes the other way and Conger finishes thing by showing off his workout training, getting separation upline. 2-1, which becomes 3-1 and then 4-1 with Nathan Schelble taking in a cross field pass. Tech has to call timeout.

The timeout earns Tech the patience to get back on track but Night Train looks as fresh as the beginning of the day. Aaron Mullins is left poached in the end zone for a goal, 5-2 Virginia. Nick Lance shoves all his weight behind a huck to Ramu with a defender tight on his heel. What looks to be a 50/50 disc ends up with neither making the grab but Ramu has the heads up to turn around and layout for the second chance goal, 6-3 Virginia. Tech forces the turn and have a chance to get a break back. Lance and Spear battle up the field and reward Andrew Dunbeck for his D, 6-4 Cavs. Tribe isn’t done yet and display an encore break with Hogan shooting for Fish, gaining lots of yardage in the process and another tally in the Tribe column. With only a 1 point margin, Virginia calls timeout, 6-5 Train.

A stoppage is just what the doctor ordered for Virginia and they take the next two for half. Feeling good, especially receiving the disc to start the second half, Train wants an o point to start this half right. Unfortunately the thrower thinks the dump is going one way but hoes another way and Victor Lesniewski lays for a D that’s all grab all day. After a long period of jawing back and forth between the two teams, most likely about who has the bigger Lego collection, Lesniewski takes it on the goal line and hits Garrett Braun on the under cut. Tech gets one back, 8-6. Even though this game is merely for seeding, you couldn’t convince either side that. They both want the W.

Tech stops the Night Train with a stifling cup. Clay Williams gets his hand in front of a pass, but the Jackets are too anxious to maintain to possession and turn it right back. Matt King thinks he’s throwing a flick huck but it turns into a blade immediately. An uncatchable blade to be exact. Tech goes to work against the zone. A hammer to Fish exposes the D and the followup to Garrett and Hogan gives Tribe a score, 9-7 Virginia. Pennucci grabs a big sky from Conger to pump up the Virginia sideline and extend the lead to 3, 10-7. Spear tries to replicate Conger’s throw but his flick is too monstrous for a field of this (normal) size. Tribe gets one more stab at the point before King says no more. He lays out in front of Spear, gets up immediately and throws the goal for a complete reversal of fortune, 11-7 Wahoos. Tech gets one more, but the cap horn sounds during the point cutting the game short to 13. Tribe doesn’t have the gas in the tank to make it a comeback here. Virginia finishes off the Jackets on D, with Andrew Wilkes grabbing the game winner to lock up the 2 seed for the Sunday bracket.

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