12 Days of College Ultimate: 5 Words On Top Fifth Years

Texas’ Domenica Sutherland fakes with UCSD’s Dena Elimelech on the mark. Photo by Rodney Chen – UltiPhotos.com

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It’s time to unwrap some presents as we introduce the 12 Days of College Ultimate. Through December 21st, we will be releasing one gift per day, though don’t count on getting any partridges in pear trees: it’s all college ultimate. From highlight videos to player chatter to a giant bracket, we’ve got a little something for everyone.

On this, the fifth day, it’s time to talk about the venerable elders of the college ultimate scene: fifth years. Whether they stayed home for another run with their squad or are changing the scenery by donning a new team’s uniform, fifth years are often big difference makers in the college season. We’ve highlighted some of the top fifth year players with thematic five word phrases.


Matt Gouchoe-Hanas (North Carolina)

North Carolina’s Matt Gouchoe-Hanas at Easterns 2018. Photo: William ‘Brody’ Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

“Reigning Player of the Year”

Eric Sjostrom (Auburn)

Auburn's Eric Sjostrom at the 2017 College Championships.
Auburn’s Eric Sjostrom at the 2017 College Championships. Photo: William “Brody” Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

“Sneaky POTY candidate this season”

Nick Vogt (Wisconsin)

Wisconsin’s Nick Vogt. Photo: William Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

“Finally healthy and looking dangerous”

Anders Olsen (Emory)

Anders Olsen. Photo: Christina Schmidt — UltiPhotos.com

“Bandwagon filling up, better hurry”

Chris Bartoli (UMass)

UMass's Chris Bartoli making a play in the air at QCTU 2018.
UMass’s Chris Bartoli making a play in the air at QCTU 2018. Photo: Rodney Chen–Ultiphotos.com

“Should thrive in bigger role”

Carson Wilder (Texas Tech)

Carson Wilder. Photo: Daniel Thai — UltiPhotos.com

“Best player you haven’t watched”

Connor Ughetta (Texas A&M)

Texas A&M’s Connor Ughetta. Photo: William Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

“Handler excellence at A&M? Check”

Walker Matthews (North Carolina)

UNC’s Walker Matthews. Photo: William Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

“Dual threat: throws and cuts”

Rick Hennighausen (UNC Wilmington)

UNC Wilmington’s Rick Hennighausen. Photo: William Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

“Good luck stopping him deep”


Dena Elimelech (UC San Diego)

UC San Diego's Dena Elimelech emerged as a star at Stanford Invite 2018.
UC San Diego’s Dena Elimelech. Photo: Rodney Chen–Ultiphotos.com

“Harder to guard than pronounce”

Domenica Sutherland (Texas)

Texas Melee’s Domenica Sutherland. Photo: Paul Rutherford — UltiPhotos.com

“Don’t mess with Texas’ Domca”

Ella Hansen (Oregon)

Oregon’s Ella Hansen. Photo: Rodney Chen — UltiPhotos.com

“Smoothest forehand in the game”

Julia Kwasnick (UC Santa Barbara)

UCSB’s Julia Kwasnick. Photo: Paul Rutherford — UltiPhotos.com

“Hammers and bids for days”

Sadie Jezierski (Ohio State)

Sadie Jezierski at the 2018 Stanford Invite. Photo: Rodney Chen — UltiPhotos.com

“No throw she’s afraid of”

Ellen Au-Yeung (British Columbia)

UBC's Ellen Au-Yeung at the 2018 D-I College Championships.
UBC’s Ellen Au-Yeung. Photo: Paul Rutherford — UltiPhotos.com

“Fear her first three steps”

Lindsay McKenna (West Chester)

West Chester’s Lindsey McKenna. Photo: Paul Rutherford — UltiPhotos.com

“Newly elected Mayor of Hucktown”

Elisabeth Parker (North Carolina)

UNC’s Elisabeth Parker. Photo: William Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

“Smooth thrower with infinite weapons”

Haley Lescinsky (Washington)

Williams’ Haley Lescinsky at the 2018 New England Open. Photo: Paul Rutherford — UltiPhotos.com

“Athletic workhorse ready for D-I”

Naomi Morcilla (British Columbia)

UBC’s Naomi Morcilla. Photo: Jeff Bell — UltiPhotos.com

“So fast it’s like teleportation”

Meg Henderson (Colorado)

Colorado’s Meg Henderson. Photo: William Brotman — UltiPhotos.com

“Will grind you into dust”

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