Weekend Update: AUDL Playoffs, Masters Nationals, Terminus, Wildwood

What happened this weekend -- in brief.

Photo: Jeff Albenberg -- UltiPhotos.com
Photo: Jeff Albenberg — UltiPhotos.com

Here’s a look at the ultimate that happened around the country this weekend.

AUDL Playoffs

The AUDL began their playoffs this weekend and winnowed a field of 11 down to four.

East Division

The #1 Toronto Rush advance to the AUDL semifinals with a 25-19 victory over the #2 New York Empire. The Rush remain undefeated lifetime against the Empire, which has been the clear #2 team in the East for years.

The Empire got a chance to face the Rush in the East Final with a convincing 33-20 victory over the #3 Montreal Royal in the first round of the playoffs.

Midwest Division

The #1 Madison Radicals held off a feisty #2 Pittsburgh Thunderbirds team in a 24-21 victory that sends them to the AUDL Championship Weekend.

Pittsburgh came into the 7 PM game coming off of a narrow 24-23 victory over the #3 Chicago Wildfire in the first round of the playoffs earlier in the day in Madison. Pittsburgh did not look overly fatigued by having to play two games in one day as they gave the Radicals a big challenge in front of a raucous 1200 person crowd in Madison.

South Division

The #1 Raleigh Flyers got an epic 28-27 win over the #2 Jacksonville Cannons in sudden death double overtime in North Carolina.

The Cannons were out in front all game long, but Raleigh closed the gap and forced overtime. Jacksonville won the flip and received to start the first overtime period, but couldn’t put the Flyers away. Raleigh, by rule, received to start double game point in sudden death overtime and scored to secure a spot in the AUDL semis.

Only two teams from the smaller South Division made the playoffs.

West Division

The defending champions and #1 seed San Jose Spiders locked up another West Division crown with a 21-19 victory over the Seattle Cascades yesterday. San Jose’s Greg Cohen was the star of the game, coming up with four blocks in what was a gritty defensive battle.

Seattle got a hard fought 21-19 win over the #3 San Francisco Flamethrowers on Saturday in Oakland to advance to the Final.

Masters Nationals

We will have a fuller recap up tomorrow, but here’s a quick look at what happened in Denver.

Men’s Masters

Boneyard (Raleigh, NC) continued its strong showing in the Masters Division with a 15-11 win over Johnny Encore (Denver, CO) in the final. Jared Inselmann had six assists and Dave Snoke added two goals and three assists to lead Boneyard to its first Masters Championship in its fourth finals appearance.

Women’s Masters

Baylands Kite Flying Team (San Francisco, CA) stomped RIO (Denver, CO) 15-6 in the Women’s Masters final. BKFT was stacked with current club players from Fury and others and was the obvious favorite heading into the tournament.

Alicia White had two goals and two assists as Anna Nazarov chipped in three assists in the big win.

Men’s Grandmasters

Johnny Walker (Denver, CO) won a tight 12-11 game over No Country (Brattleboro, VT) in the oldest USA Ultimate Division.

Heath Mackay had two goals and four assists to pace the Denver team, as Old Country’s Alex de Frondeville put up an impressive six point performance (1G, 5A) in the loss.

Terminus

Men’s

Huntsville Freaks Uv Nature defeated Birmingham Iron Men 13-10 in the final.

Women’s

Atlanta Outbreak defeated Florida Tabby Rosa 11-10 in the final.

Mixed

Atlanta Bucket dominated all comers in an easy tournament win. They beat Greenville Swamp Rabbit 13-3 in the final.

Northwest Mixed Cup

Current #1 Seattle Mixtape held off some strong challenges and defeated Missoula Mental Toss Flycoons 15-13 in the tournament’s final.

Wildwood

Fun was had.

  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld. You can reach him by email (charlie@ultiworld.com) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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