What If…? The Top 11 College Mixed Teams of All Time

A list of the greatest hypothetical college alumni all-star teams.

Wisconsin alumna Sandy Jorgensen at the 2013 World Games tryouts.
Wisconsin alumna Sandy Jorgensen at the 2013 World Games tryouts.

Special thanks to Gwen Ambler and Kyle Weisbrod for their input.

With the inaugural USA Flatball Mixed College Championships in the books, and the Alumni version coming this spring, collegiate mixed ultimate is suddenly a legitimate thing. That got us thinking: if every college program had an all-time mixed team, who would make the teams? And which team would win the title?

Legends come and go at every school, but imagine if each were in their prime: how would they stack up? Naturally, we had to figure it out.

Thus I present the hypothetical 11 best college mixed programs and their seeding within a hypothetical tournament. Again, for this list’s purposes, we’re assuming every player is in their prime. This same list with only players that are CURRENTLY dominant could and would look much different. Now without further ado, let’s begin!

Criteria

Players were judged on a variety of factors. As previously mentioned, each was evaluated at their prime, whenever that may have been (college or club). No time period was valued more highly than another; while it’s a popular sentiment that the college game has gotten faster and more competitive within the last decade, players that dominated in the ’90s are held at the same level. If a player was dominant, time period doesn’t matter.

I also selected starting offensive and defensive lines for each team. If a player was/is a dominant force on either, they probably got put there. With the lines, I took into account the possible chemistry of the players when making selections. If a player is on the bench for a team, it might not suggest anything about their talent level; it may simply be that another player fit better on the starting unit.

Of course, many players have played with multiple schools due to transfers or graduate programs. Players were generally placed with their undergraduate team, with some exceptions for players who are remembered more for their time in their graduate program.

11.Tufts E-Men/Ewo (Ewo-men)

OFFENSEDEFENSEBENCH
Alex CooperJack HatchettAdrian Banerji
Piers MacNaughtonAndrew HollingsworthCarter Thallon
Tyler ChanJohn KorberDan Forseter
Mike ZaliskJay ClarkGene Buonaccorsi
Qxhna TitcombClaudia TajimaJojo Emerson
Emily ShieldsHailey AlmHannah Garfield
Johanna NeumannAnna ChuteCaroline Chow
--Mia Greenwald

I couldn’t find a way to eliminate Tufts from the conversation; they’re too good to not make this list. Thus, the not-oft-seen “Top 11″! This is a very young roster, with most players having graduated within the last five years. As would be expected, there’s a strong majority of Brute Squad and Ironside players, with the notable exception of Chain Lightning veteran Andrew Hollingsworth. Perhaps not in the same league as some of the higher teams on the list, but undoubtedly a supremely skilled squad that could pull off an upset or two.

10. UCSB Black Tide/Burning Skirts (Burning Tide)

OFFENSEDEFENSEBENCH
Greg HusakSteve DuganTimmy Beatty
Asa WilsonTaylor CascinoRory Orloff
Jonathan HesterJeff SilvermanHunter Corbett
James StudarusMike NamkungTaro Ramberg
Carolyn FinneyKaela JorgensonBrandon Steets
Marie MaderasAndrea RomanoJade Won-Golder
Lisa PitcaithleyAlicia ThompsonKatie Berry
--Alden Fletcher
--Noelle Neason
--Stephanie Karba

A program with one of the most dominant title runs in the history of the sport, UCSB Black Tide hasn’t quite matched their late-80’s-through-90’s dominance in recent years. Then again, no one has. As these teams assume every player is in their prime, many of the men on this roster were integral parts of those incredibly dominant Black Tide squads. For the women, they read like a starting line for Fury. That’s decent, I guess. The Burning Skirts have been a consistently excellent team for the past decade due to the women on this roster. Lisa Pithcaithley and Kaela Jorgensen are two of Fury’s most important contributors right now. The generational gap between men and women on this team could make chemistry difficult, but they would certainly be one of the most interesting teams to follow.

9. Brown Brownian Motion/Disco Inferno (Brownian Inferno)

OFFENSEDEFENSEBENCH
Josh ZipersteinBilly RodriguezWill Arnold
Moses RifkinFortunat MuellerEli Motycka
Harper AlexanderColin MahoneyJordan Taylor
Paul VandenbergJustin SafdieMatt Barnes
Maureen McCamleyPauline LauterbachShana Cook
Rebecca SimonCassie WongCate Brown
Hana KawaiSarah Cook

Legends litter this roster. While Brown might have fallen from the cream of the college crop in recent seasons, it was once an absolute powerhouse in the open division, behind their three male allahan winners (Mueller, Safdie, and Ziperstein). Not only do the men have tremendous speed, but they have one of the best deep defenders ever in Colin Mahoney. While Disco Inferno hasn’t had as much success on the national stage as their male counterparts, they have produced a number of amazing players. Hana Kawai is currently an integral cog in Riot’s offensive line, while Pauline Lauterbach bring the Brownian Inferno Callahan total to four, the most of any school.

8. Michigan Magnum/Flywheel (Magwheel)

OFFENSEDEFENSEBENCH
Ollie HondredWill NeffSpencer Jolly
Chris VandervoortTyler KinleyMatt Orr
Jeff PapeJesse BuchsbaumEmily Wilson
Ryan PurcellSam GreenwoodVicki Chang
Emily BaecherKatka BodovaKelsey DeLave
Paula SevilleAnnaMaria ParukAdrienne Lemberger
Becky MalinowskiSarah Griffith-

Michigan Magwheel finds themselves on this list almost entirely through the herculean strength of their women. Baecher, Seville, and Malinowski are coming of a dominant national title run with Brute Squad, one in which each played a critical role. Riot’s Surge Griffith remains one of the best in the world, while Bodova and Paruk were absolutely spectacular in their day. The men, while not nearly at the same level, are no slouches. 2009 Callahan winner Will Neff’s length and game IQ are both outstanding. Purcell and Kinley are veteran handlers with all the throws, and Hondred, Buchsbaum, and Greenwood are egregiously athletic cutters that dominated the college game. But, as stated earlier, Flynum is a team that is dominated by its women. For consistency, the lines listed are 4-3, but were there actually a tournament, it’s safe to say that this team would be playing as many 3-4 lines as they could.

7. Stanford Bloodthirsty/Superfly (Superthirsty)

OFFENSEDEFENSEBENCH
Bart WatsonTom JamesSteve Scardato
Nick SchlagJim SchoettlerNick Greenfield
Robbie CahillJordan MarcyJordan Jeffrey
Josh WisemanMark SherwoodTyler Boyd-Meredith
Gwen AmblerEmily DamonWill Wagstaff
Michela MeisterAJ JohnsonLauren Casey
Dominique FontenetteStephanie LimJennifer Burney
--Monisha White
--Enessa Janes

The average age of Superthirsty might be on the high end, but so too is their top-lines’ talent. With 3 Callahan awards between them, Jim Schoettler, Dominique Fontenette, and AJ Johnson in their primes would form a terrifying trio. Meanwhile, Revolver and Fury mainstays like Watson, Schlag, James, Ambler, and Meister are or were some of the best in the world. While depth could be an issue, Superthirsty’s top seven could very well be the best on this list.

6. Washington Sundodgers/Element (Eledodgers)

OFFENSEDEFENSEBENCH
BJ SeftonKhalif El-SalaamJulian Peterson
Phil MurrayEddie FeeleyJordan Listo
Donnie ClarkDuncan LinnBryson Uhrig-Fox
Ray IllianZane RankinCasey MacPhee
Shira SternLucy WilliamsClaire Suver
Shannon O'MalleyLauren SadlerJillian Goodreau
Barb HooverLindsey WilsonNora Carr
--Sarah Davis
--Leah Fury
--Alysia Letourneau

While this roster might not be the biggest (physically), they more than make up for it with overwhelming team speed and agility. The “twins,” Sefton and Murray, have started on Sockeye’s O-line for the past few seasons, and their chemistry is unquestioned. Meanwhile, the endless list of talented Washington women are headlined by Riot superstar Shannon O’Malley and Barb Hoover. Much like Texas, this team seems to be a combination of the two best club teams in the state, Sockeye and Riot (Rioteye).

5. Texas TUFF/Melee (MUFF)

OFFENSEDEFENSEBENCH
Mike NatenbergSkip SewellChase Cunningham
Jeff LoskornStephen PresleyTrey LaMastres
Will DriscollSteven DarrohDavid Melancon
Kiran ThomasMatt BierschenkSharon Tsao
Cara CrouchRebecca SheltonSarah Levinn
Sarah BlythRachel MasseyShereen Rabie
Janel VenzantDiana CharrierLaura Hickman
--Stephanie Redfern

Yes, MUFF looks more-or-less like Doublewide/Showdown (Doubledown). And in no way is that a bad thing. Doublewide has been a top club team for years now, and the men on this roster represent many of the best players to grace DW’s roster. Cara Crouch propelled Showdown deep into club nationals more than once, dominating matchups (and eventually earning her a spot on the Worlds team). Crouch not only has the love connection with husband Natenberg going for her, but she also has the only Callahan award in school history. Needless to say, the chemistry on this team would be palpable.

4. Colorado Mamabird/Kali (Kalibird)

OFFENSEDEFENSEBENCH
Jimmy MickleMac TaylorStanley Peterson
Beau KittredgeJolian DahlJack McShane
Parker KrugMartin CochranMatty Zemel
Adam SimonJosh AckleyHylke Snieder
Alex SnyderMegan CousinsTim Morrissy
Courtney VerhaalenKatie AnardeLeah Brooks
Amanda GoodNhi NguyenCarolyn Matthews
--Heather Waugh
--Anna Pogoriler

Yikes. Colorado’s men are simply unfair. Mickle and Beau on the same line would be absolutely impossible for any team in the world to matchup against. Both are top-5 players right now, a duo that no other team on this list can hope to match. The D-line men are almost as intimidating. Everyone is big and freakishly athletic, at at times in their careers have been treated as their team’s “lockdown” defender. If Hylke Snieder and Stanley Peterson are on your bench, you might have a decent D-line. Meanwhile, the incomparable Alex Snyder headlines the otherwise youthful Kalibird women. I’m scared looking at this roster.

3. Oregon Ego/Fugue (Fuego)

OFFENSEDEFENSEBENCH
Ben WigginsDylan FreechildAdrian King
Seth WigginsAaron HonnCamden Allison-Hall
Eli FriedmanAly LenonDusty Becker
Cody BjorklundSpencer WallisAaron Bell
Sophie DarchBethany KaylorJustin Grishkin
Chelsea DenglerBailey ZahniserKimber Coles
Julia SherwoodJody DozonoShannon McDowell
--Katy Craley
--Jesse Shofner
--Alex Ode

Wiggins alert! Couldn’t resist putting the two on the same line. There’s gotta be some crazy chemistry there, right?! If not, Bjorklund and Shofner can drive the O from the cutting position while former Callahan winners Friedman and Dengler blind the competition with their shiny awards. On D, it’s all about speed. This is almost certainly the fastest line in the tournament, with smaller firecrackers (Freechild, Lennon, and Zahnheiser), supremely athletic mids (Kaylor and Wallis), and a horse (Honn). If Lou Burress came out of his recent retirement to coach this team, Fuego could be straight fire.

2. Carleton CUT/Syzygy (Cutygy)

OFFENSEDEFENSEBENCH
Grant LindsleyChase Sparling-BeckleyChris Kosednar
Simon MontagueAlex NordAlex Evangelides
Nick StuartSam KannerChristian Foster
Jacob GoldsteinMike CaldwellJulian Childs-Walker
Anna ReedJulia SnyderPatrick Baylis
Deb CussenFlannery McArdleSam O'Brien
Miranda RothKate KingeryJimmy Chu
--Liz Penny
--Chrissy Lee
--Megan Molteni
--Julia Weese-Young

There’s only one possible outcome from witnessing this roster. Jokes aside, the most storied program in the history of college ultimate unsurprisingly boasts a sickening amount of talent. Montague and Reed have their choice of probably-wide-open cutters on the offensive side, not to mention the obvious chemistry the men on this line have (Montague, Stuart, and Lindsley all still play with each other on Subzero). Meanwhile, the D-line is chock full of nigh-unparallelled athletes. Few players in their prime brought the combination of size and speed that Alex Nord and Chase SB possessed. Snyder and McCardle are young studs, while MC in his prime would be…I’m not really sure, as his prime seems to have lasted almost a decade. Look, when two Revolver starters are on your bench, you know your team is stacked. A rivalry matchup with the Hodannas would be the stuff of legends.

1. Wisconsin Hodags/Belladonna (Hodannas)

OFFENSEDEFENSEBENCH
Ron KubalanzaDan HeijmenColin Camp
Tom AnnenBrandon MalecekBrian Hart
Matt RebholzHector ValdiviaDave Wiseman
Jim FosterWill LokkeJohn Gaynor
Georgia BosscherSandy JorgensenWill Henry
Courtney KiesowEmelie McKainSara Scott
Holly GreunkeLaura BittermanAnna Hrovat-Staedter
--Shira Klane
--Jenny Gaynor

Does “Hodannas” sound really Australian to anyone else? Just me? Nevermind.

Three Callahan winners (Heijmen, Bosscher, and Kiesow) lead this terrifying Madison squad. For most teams on this list, it’s clear that either the men or the women are stronger, but for the Hodannas that doesn’t apply. If these men and women formed an open and women’s team (respectively), I have no doubt they would qualify for Nationals right now. The names left out (Ben Feldman, Drew Mahowald, Cullen Geppert, Biz Cook, Adrienne Wells, Rebecca Enders) could be starters on most any club team in the country. Could this team win a club Mixed National Championship? Uh, yeah.

Honorable Mentions

Georgia Johgma

Dylan Tunnell
Greg Swanson
Elliott Erickson
Hannah Leathers
Lane Seidor
Sarah Owenby
Katherine Wooten

North Carolina Dark Pleiades

Jon Nethercutt
Noah Saul
Thomas Sayre-McCord
Christian Johnson
Ben Snell
Josh Berkowitz
Leila Tunnell
Shellie Cohen
Lindsay Lang

Who did we miss? What schools got snubbed? Who would you pick to win it all? Let us know in the comments.

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