Easterns 2024: Day One All-Class Lines (Men’s Div.)

Rookies, sixth years, and impressive players in between highlighted pool play at Easterns.

Brown vs. Alabama-Huntsville at Easterns 2024. Photo: Brian Whittier

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With so much action going on in just a single day, it’s tough to keep track of everything happening and sometimes a play here or there slips between the cracks. With our eyes and ears on the ground, we wanted to highlight a starting line of players with varying experience who helped lead their teams during Saturday’s pool play before those efforts get forgotten with the hype of the bracket building and the crush of the bid bubble capturing a lot of online attention.

Seniors and Up

Kenni Taylor (Alabama-Huntsville)

The do-everything center of the UAH offense, Taylor has nothing left to prove. Whether dinking and dunking in the backfield, launching skyballs to his talented receivers, coming down with hucks himself, or clamping down on defense, Taylor has a wide ranging skillset that covers the immense responsibility he takes on for an ascending UAH team. His calm demeanor keeps the team level whether beating lower-ranked opponents or going toe-to-toe with the likes of Cal Poly SLO and Brown.

Jacques Nissen (Brown)

For a team that finished at the top of their pool, Easterns is shaping up as a trying tournament for BMo. Aside from a beatdown of UNC Charlotte, BMo played close games with Penn State, SLO, and UAH. At the center of everything they do was Nissen. Steering the offense through wind and zone defenses and knocking down towering shots in Brown’s zone set, Nissen’s elite play helped Brown through a difficult pool and will be vital in their quarterfinal against UMass on Sunday.

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    Matt began playing ultimate in 2017 at Lambert High school in Forsyth County, Georgia. In his college career he played one year with the Samford Dogma and three years with the Georgia Jojah. Matt cites the Athens, GA ultimate community as the best he has ever experienced and also fell in love with goalty there. Matt now lives, works, and plays ultimate in Atlanta, GA.

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