With the fall college season now behind us, we take a deeper dive into the results from the Classic City Classic. You can watch four great games from the tournament for just $6 in our tournament package.
NORTH CAROLINA REACHES #1 WITH UNDEFEATED WEEKEND
While it wasn’t a flawless weekend for North Carolina, they exited CCC and the fall with a perfect 15-0 record. After coming into the preseason ranked #2 in the country and watching #1 ranked UCF fall in three games at CCC, UNC took over the top spot in the Ultiworld Top 25 last week.
Despite the undefeated performance, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for UNC, who found themselves in tough games against Florida, Georgia, and Florida State. They trailed for much of the game against FSU in the finals before rallying late with better defensive intensity and a boisterous sideline. Read more →
Pool A showcased a great matchup between the 1 and 2 seeds Yorktown and Carolina Friends which would later be a tight matchup in the semifinals. In the fourth round these two team played down to the wire with a final score of 11-9, Carolina Friends. Both teams came in with a lot of energy and played an incredible game full of intensity and spirit. Read more →
The Classic City Classic featured four teams from the Gulf Coast section this past weekend: Alabama, LSU, Tulane and Auburn. No one familiar with this section would have expected Auburn and Tulane to finish above the two teams that have a combined 13 of the 15 sectional titles. Not only did the two finish above the other Gulf Coast Teams, but both Tulane and Auburn reached the quarterfinals on Sunday. So how exactly did two five seeds jump up to a star-studded Sunday?
Tulane Delivers Dynamic Offense
Tulane Ultimate utilizes a high powered handler offense led by Patrick Dougherty and Brandon Xuereb. This year they’ll be throwing to the versatile Greg Cousins and the 2012 Junior Worlds player Evan Walter. Tulane has ventured away from the horizontal stack they know and love and is using a vertical stack in an attempt to isolate the aforementioned playmakers.
“Our practices are a lot more focused than they have been previously,” said Tulane captain Greg Cousins. “At the beginning of the year, our coaches, co-captain Chase Hamilton, and I all sat down and road-mapped the fall. We each have a specific area of the game that we teach and work each practice.” Read more →
The Sean Ryan Memorial Tournament marks the first test of the season for many teams in the Southwest. Most of the teams use the tournament as a final tryout before finalizing their rosters, but, for some teams, it is the first look at their newly-formed A team squads.
Sean Ryan also provides the first real look at how the Southwest will shake out during the season. For example, Las Positas College won this tournament last year before putting together a strong regular season and making a run for a bid to Nationals.
ATLANTA – One way to put a surprising and disappointing season in the rear view mirror is to start a new one off on the right foot. North Carolina Pleiades put their best foot forward this weekend, winning Classic City Classic LXXI in a dominant fashion in Conyers, GA. Last year — the first time in six seasons they did not qualify for Nationals — they stumbled at CCC, failing to make it into the championship bracket and settling for 9th place.
The way Pleaides ended this fall is a definite indicator that their Spring story won’t be the same this year.
UNC looked dominant at points during the weekend, including in the final, where they ran roughshod over Ohio State, 15-6. Behind the play of one of the nation’s premier duos, Shellie Cohen and Lisa Couper, the Carolina women made a run into half that put them up 8-5. They began the half with another pair of scores, creating a five point gap that was too much for OSU to cross.
“I felt like we came out pretty strong,” said Cohen, “and never relented.”
CARROLTON — As Sunday’s championship bracket drew to a close, two powerhouse teams found themselves in a highly anticipated finals matchup. Last year’s Tidewater champion Pennsbury (Yardley, PA) was eagerly anticipating a final against overall one seed Carolina Friends School (Durham, NC). They got their wish.
Pennsbury defended their title in a hard-fought 13-11 victory over Carolina Friends, closing out an undefeated fall season.
After their two close games earlier in the day, Pennsbury looked fatigued coming into the championship game, but found their energy early on with a boisterous sideline. They came out on their first defensive points with a zone defense, hoping to use their athleticism to cover the deep and middle attack, but CFS quickly responded by dropping all three of their top players back to handle.
Captains Sol Yanuck and Abe Eichner worked the disc around in the backfield while freshman superstar Liam Searles-Bohs worked the disc upfield, creating a lot of flow and energy for the CFS offense in the start of the game as the team stayed on serve with Pennsbury. Read more →
ATLANTA – #2 North Carolina completed an undefeated fall season this weekend at the Classic City Classic with a thrilling 17-15 comeback victory over #20 Florida State in the finals on Sunday.
Christian Johnson led UNC to the win with powerful downfield cutting and good defense as he crossed over onto the defensive line down the stretch.
Florida State captured the momentum with the first break of the game late in the first half to take a two point lead at 7-5. They would take half up 8-6 before tacking on another break to begin the second half after great pressure D stifled the UNC pull play and gummed up their attack.
But UNC would finally get a break on the board to pull within one at 10-9 before tying the game at 13-13 and breaking again on the following point to make it a 3-0 run. That gave them their first lead of the game at 14-13. At that point, Florida State’s offense had clearly tightened up as their handlers threw away three short swing passes late in the second half.
“I think we started playing tight because we got scared because it was coming down to the wire,” said FSU captain Chris LaRocque. Read more →
ATLANTA — Classic City Classic LXXI has come and gone, and it is enough to leave a fan eager for the spring. The strong field yielded a set of semifinalists featuring four of the top five seeds, but it was a resurgent UNC team that would emerge the victor. Along the way, there were plenty of interesting results to mull over.
Here are some quick thoughts on the weekend’s action:
- With North Carolina taking the title, Virginia finishing 4th, and both UNC-Wilmington and James Madison making quarters, the AC was the biggest winner this weekend. There may be a bigger gap growing at the top, but the strongest teams look like top 15 quality teams. Read more →
ATLANTA — The 21st annual Classic City Classic just wrapped up in Athens, Georgia, and featured some outstanding late fall competition. Although all four pool #1 seeds made the semifinals, the tournament results were far from predictable. From Central Florida’s struggles to some impressive performances from some surprising teams, there is a lot to talk about heading into the fall.
Here is an instant reaction on the weekend.
- UNC is the real deal and consistently looked like the best team at the tournament. Their offense is very impressive for this early in the year, getting contributions from everyone on the line and meshing very well with a new offensive line handler in Jon Nethercutt. Christian Johnson has got to be on the early Callahan watch lists after a dominating performance, roasting defenders deep, under, and with solid break throws. Read more →
With four qualifiers from last year’s nationals in the field, there was no real favorite heading into Missouri Loves Company X in Columbia, Missouri, but the weekend’s results ventured far from expectations.
The top four seeds went a combined 4-12 on Saturday and a team from outside of the power pools, Missouri State, would push all the way to the final. It was Kansas that walked away with the crown, announcing their contention in the South Central region this season.