College Update: Classic City Invite, No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn

It was a another big D-III weekend, but every division featured top 25 competition.

Columbia won No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn 2019.
Columbia won No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn 2019. Photo: Sandy Canetti —

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UMass Goes Undefeated at Parity-Filled Classic City Invite

#3 Massachusetts was the lone team to emerge from the first Classic City Invite with only wins in tow. Zoodisc bested Pittsburgh, who would go on to the win the rest of their games, on double game point in their first game of the tournament, making it the de facto final. Their defense was aggressive while their offense continued to rely on athleticism and playmaking.

Elsewhere, there were constantly tight matches, with lots of games decided down the stretch. It was a successful weekend for UNC Wilmington, who compiled a 5-1 record including a 9-8 win over NC State. On the other side of things, Georgia struggled, with thin margins of victory, a Sunday loss to South Carolina, and a blowout loss to Pittsburgh.

For more on Classic City Invite, check out our Tournament Recap.

Columbia Wins No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn

Columbia and Marist were the surprise teams of the nine team men’s division of No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn. Each went 7-1, with Columbia capturing the top spot based on Saturday’s double game point win over the D-III school from Poughkeepsie. NYU, who finished 6-2 to take third place, was the only team to defeat Uptown Local during the tournament. SUNY Binghamton and SUNY Stony Brook rounded out the top five finishers.

Marist looked very strong all tournament en route to defeating five D-I squads, plus two B teams. They are led by Oliver and Noah Fay, two brothers who played at Amherst High School. They should certainly be considered early favorites to make it to the big show.

Submitted by Andy Borinstein

D-III: D-III Midwestern Invite, Dust Bowl, and more

Despite less than ideal conditions, 16 D-III teams from six different regions converged on Fair Oaks, Indiana this past weekend at D-III Midwestern Invite. Steady 20-25 mph winds led to low scores on the weekend, and a Saturday afternoon storm necessitated a format change. #16 St. Olaf Berzerkers emerged as champions over Portland UPrise in a windy 8-6; check out the tournament recap for more in-depth coverage of the results on the weekend.

Further south in Tulsa, Oklahoma, #8 John Brown Ironfist and Colorado College Wasabi competed in Dust Bowl. The tournament was condensed to a one-day bracket after being rained out on Saturday. Both teams made it to the semifinals before losing 15-8 to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, respectively. In the third place game, Ironfist solidifed their superiority over Wasabi with a 15-10 win.

At Atlantic City 9 in New Jersey, #23 Bates College O-Whip cruised all the way to the final before losing 11-8 to the Colby Dazzlin’ Asses, who were dominant in their own right on their way to an undefeated weekend. Marist Red Fox also had a strong weekend at No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn, going 7-1 and showing potential to be a challenger in the Metro East.

Quick Hits

  • Squeezed into a one-day bracket, Dust Bowl went to Oklahoma. They upset no. 1 seed cross-state college rivals, Oklahoma State, in the final 15-10.
  • We nearly had a developmental squad overcome the field at Mash Up, but Pittsburgh-B’s run was ended in the final. But it was Ohio, the no. 2 seed, who went undefeated, mostly by comfortable margins, to improve to 13-7 this season.
  • Oregon State rumbled from the beginning to end of Palouse Open, winning their five games and the tournament. They beat Whitworth 15-7 in the final, OSU’s second straight appearance in a tournament final.
  • No. 3 Colby overcame no. 1 Bates in a D-III final clash at Atlantic City. You can read more about it in our D-III section.
  • When DePaul beat Bradley 9-7 in round one of Last Call, it turned out to be the de facto final. DePaul went on to be 5-0 and Bradley 4-1, good starts to both their seasons.
  • The last seed, Grand Canyon, managed to go undefeated to win SoCal Mixer. They notched three straight one goal wins, showing they can play under pressure.
  • Cincinnati cleanly took care of the six team field at Boogie Nights. Their closest encounter was a 13-8 win over SUNY-Buffalo to open the tournament.
  • At DiscThrow Inferno, Kent State cleaned up, with an average margin of victory of nearly eight goals a game. They move to 7-2 on the year.
  • Minnesota State-Mankato survived the weather and the field at D-III Midwestern Invite in the D-I division. They played some close games given the conditions, but navigated it better than any other squad.
  • Showcase Series: NC State 13-9 Duke (Atlantic Coast)


No major D-I action, so let’s turn to D-III!

D-III: #1 vs. #2 at No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn, and more

More teams saw action this past weekend, including several teams at the top of the D-III Women’s Power Rankings, and others travelling a distance to match up against out of region opponents.

On the East Coast, #1 Bates Cold Front and #2 Williams La WUFA faced off in the final of No Sleep ‘Till Brooklyn, after each dominating pool play against D-III and D-I competition. Bates emerged with a 7-4 win in a time-capped 65-minute contest, shortened due to Sunday’s revised weather schedule. Williams jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but Bates regrouped after a timeout to hold and then break Williams on the next three consecutive possession by playing a swarming zone. Bates took half 6-4 and broke Williams again right after the horn sounded to seal a well earned 7-4 win. Undoubtedly, these two teams will be renewing their rivalry again at Nationals in May. Bates was led by the usual stars, with Josie Gillett and Grace Warder tallying massive stat totals.1

Long Island Classic featured more New England teams getting games under their belts; while Sunday was cancelled, #4 Mount Holyoke Daisy Chain went 3-0 against Colby, Wellesley, and SUNY-Geneseo. Colby and Wellesley each went 2-1, and SUNY-Geneseo took home a lone win.

In Virginia, Without Limits’ Mash-Up 2019 had pool play between D-I and D-III teams, before breaking into divisional brackets. #14 Georgia College Lynx Rufus went 2-1 in pool play and winning their two rounds of bracket play to end at the top of the bracket. #25 Smith Luna Disc came in second after losing 12-6 in the final. Elon Wild Rumpus took fourth place after a loss in the third place game to Vermont B.

Out West, #19 John Brown Savage Skies had a perfect weekend, winning Dust Bowl 2019 after 3-0 pool play and a nail-biting 13-12 final win over Oklahoma.

In the Midwest, the winter-bound teams the Twin Cities area got together for Forever Winter 2019. #6 Carleton Eclipse came out victorious over defending national champions #7 St. Olaf Vortex twice with a 10-7 pool play score, and a 10-9 final match. In Indiana, weather was likewise at the front of the mind for D-III Midwestern Invite; #5 Oberlin took the top place after winning the D-III pool and defeating Minnesota-Duluth in the final. You can read more about the weekend in the Tournament Recap.

Quick Hits

  • After undefeated pool play performances for Oklahoma and John Brown, the two met in the final of Dust Bowl. The matchup went down to the wire, and John Brown earned the one goal win.
  • Host team Delaware won The Main Event, defeating Cornell in the final. Cornell took one off Delaware in pool play, and Yale and UMass won their pools but failed to replicate that success on Sunday.
  • #10 Vermont conceded just a single goal through four games at Mash-Up. But then they met the Triangle Tourists, who needed to get to their fourth game to give up a second goal, in the final. The Tourists once again topped a top 25 college with, winning 9-8.
  • Carleton Eclipse beat St. Olaf at the aptly named Forever Winter, which you can read more about in our D-III section.
  • Mount Holyoke went 3-0 to win Long Island Classic.
  • Showcase Series: NC State 13-9 Duke (Atlantic Coast)
  • Unreported: Rip Tide, Easterns

Looking Ahead

We are officially in bidwatch territory. Nationally, that means that every goal counts for bubble teams. Regionally, that means keeping an eye on who gets to 10 games and who can win crucial bids for their conference.

  1. Thank you to Andy Borinstein for the submission. 

  2. Sic. 

  1. James Kline
    James Kline

    James Kline is a Sports Communication and Journalism senior at Emerson College in Boston, Ma. James plays ultimate at his university and has been playing since he was 16. His high school team won the Massachusetts state championship in 2014. His favorite sport outside of ultimate is basketball. If he were to compare himself to an NBA player, he would be Klay Thompson. He gets straight buckets but don’t let him dribble the ball.

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