Warm Up 2013: Friday Pool Play Recap

Carleton CUT under the lights in Tampa at Warm Up 2013.Here’s a look at some of the results out of Friday’s pool play and crossover games at Warm Up:

– Wisconsin (#3) had the best results of the day — and looked the best in their games. With a decisive win over Pittsburgh (#1) that wasn’t as close as the 13-11 score indicated, the Hodags sealed a 4-0 day that also included a win over #6 ranked Texas. Colin Camp played extremely well against Pitt and should lead the team to more wins tomorrow. They’ll have big tests against Florida and Carleton (#2) back-to-back in their final games of pool play.

– Florida may be the surprise of the tournament so far, notching a huge second round upset over Pitt 13-7 before easily beating Dayton and Cornell. In their showcase game in the evening, they played a gritty game against Carleton, and, despite going down a handful of breaks, rallied back late and got a big layout D with a chance to tie the game. But Jesse Bolton, in off of an injury substitution, made a huge layout to get Carleton the Callahan and the W, 13-11.

Florida looks athletic and surprisingly deep, and are clearly a top 25 team.

Despite the win over Pitt, Florida doesn’t have a promising path to the championship bracket, due to the unusual format that advances pool winners plus two “wild cards,” determined by overall pool play record. A clearly underseeded Florida State team has much easier crossover games and, if they win out tomorrow (probable), will take one of the wild card slots. Florida will need a win over Wisconsin to guarantee themselves a top bracket spot; otherwise they will have to hope for losses from Texas or Central Florida (#4).

– Central Florida went 4-0 today, but they have yet to face any major tests. They beat Dartmouth (#17), Cornell, Georgia, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While that’s no easy schedule, they haven’t had to play any of the main contenders yet. They didn’t dominate Dartmouth today — the game was close throughout. The Dogs of War are also without their star player Mischa Freystaetter, who’s away for a wedding this weekend.

Carleton didn’t have any dominant wins today, but they should a lot of grit. Each of their games was decided by 3 points or fewer. They beat Maryland, Florida State, and Florida — and lost to Pitt. Playing without Justin Norden (hamstring), Carleton got great performances from Nick Stuart and Simon Montague and looked well-coached at this early stage of the season.

Carleton had to work hard to get past a strong Florida State team that gave them trouble with their athleticism and big playmakers. Carleton won it on universe in one of the more exciting matchups of the day.

Pittsburgh may be suffering some post-championship malaise. They went 2-2 today, with losses to Florida and Wisconsin, and wins against Carleton and Georgia Tech. In the game against Florida, a combination of strong Florida play, first game rust, and experimentation with lines led to an ugly defeat. Alex Thorne and Tyler Degirolamo looked good — particularly against Wisconsin — but this team is a little shaky right now. They’ll easily make bracket play Sunday, however, and could quickly return to top form.

TAKEAWAYS

– This is still anyone’s tournament. There is quite a bit of parity — a common theme at Warm Up — as most games between the top teams went down to the wire and could have gone either way.

– Wisconsin stood out as the best of the bunch, both in record and in the “eye test.”

– The Southeast region looks very good, with impressive performances from Central Florida, Florida, and Florida State. Georgia Tech went 3-1 as well, but they haven’t beaten a top 25 team yet (tomorrow they face Dartmouth).

  1. Charlie Eisenhood
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