College Championships: Pool A Round 1 Recap (Men’s), presented by Ultimate Central

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Pitt 15 – 13 UGA

UGA gave Pittsburgh quite a scare in the mornings first round for Pool A. Max Thorne began the game with two straight turns, giving the underdogs an opportunity to take an early lead.

Throughout the game, Elliot Erickson was maxed out for UGA, playing nearly every point and taking the toughest of matchups.

For the first half, the offense won the superstar matchups, until Trent Dillon was able to get a layout D on Erickson, leading to a break for Pitt.

At times in the first, Pitt’s offense looked the worst it has been all year. In the second half, the real offense showed up, and it was nearly unstoppable. The close final scoreline doesn’t reflect how dominant the Pitt D was in the second half — in part because of UGA freshman Nathan Haskell’s ability to reel in high stall hucks. With the majority of the UGA O-line playing both ways, they couldn’t muster up enough tenacity or energy to stop the Pitt O. Earles made an upline cut for the game winning goal; what started as a mess of a game ended with a silky smooth Pittsburgh O.

Texas 14 – 11 Wisconsin

It’s a familiar story for Texas, with their performance depending entirely on the consistency of their best player. Chase Cunningham only had one turn in the first half, and punched in two assists. A turning point for Wisconsin came early, when Cunningham ripped a full field bomb to help build a 6-2 lead for Texas.

As predicted, the Wisconsin offense was lackluster. For any hopes of advancing, the Hodags will need to figure out how to reset the disc and get more gains downfield after undercuts.

Three turnovers and stallout for Cunningham in the second half allowed for a small comeback, but TUFF still took the round comfortably, 14-11.

*Note: Pool A had an early morning bye, meaning Round 1 games for Pool A started at 10:30 Central Time.

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    Preston Thompson has been a staff writer for Ultiworld since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he played for four years. He started playing ultimate in the AFDC in Atlanta, GA in 2009. You can reach him by e-mail (preston.james.thompson@gmail.com) or follow him on Twitter (@pston3).

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