Friday, March 22, 2013

Women nearly ‘Reign’ own tournament

Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team places second in PLU Barbeque

by Christian Dilworth, Sports Writer

The Reign finsished second out of nine teams at the annual Pacific Lutheran University Barbecue, which PLU hosted last weekend.    

After going 4-0 in pool play, the Reign fell only to the PLU alumni team in the championship match 15-9.

The PLU Barbecue  is an annual tournament hosted by both men’s  and women’s Ultimate teams. This year, for the first time in its long history, it took place on campus with most games played on the new turf field. The men took fourth out of 24 teams two weekends ago.

The Reign went undefeated in pool play with the final win coming at the showcase game against the PLU alumni. The alumni team featured women from Parkland’s past who played on the women’s Ultimate team during their time at PLU.

Defense and the weather played huge roles in the outcome of the game, as each team fought the wind on nearly every throw, limiting themselves to short dump passes.

Typical games went to 15, but the alumni and Reign scored a total of only 12 points combined. When time expired, the women of PLU’s present team were ahead 7-5, earning a first-round bye in the championship bracket on Sunday.

Meanwhile in pool B, Puget Sound went 3-0 on Saturday after two narrow victories over the Parkland Drizzle (Pacific Lutheran-B) and Portland State.

Sunday marked the beginning of the championship bracket, and after wins over Montana (12-4) and Washington-B (10-7), the Reign found itself in the championship game.

Coming from the opposite side of the bracket with wins over Parkland (15-1) and Willamette (forfeit), the PLU alumni appeared in the championship for a rematch of the showcase game the night before.

The extra game of rest was just what the alumni needed and ultimately gave them the advantage over the Reign. Exhausted, PLU gave a great effort, but the wind and fresh legs of the alumni proved to be too much as they fell 15-9, and took second in the tournament.

The women’s Reign are off to a strong start this season, dropping only two contests so far, the first against Whitman at Colluvium 2013 and the second from the championship loss to their alumni on Sunday.

They also took first place when they traveled down to Las Vegas for “Trouble in Vegas” the first weekend of March.