Big Head Ed (Ted) getting higher than the 'birds at Stevinson Invite 2019. Thanks to Carol Roan for taking photos!
I can hardly remember what the actual Stanford Invite fields or surrounding area looks like. The drive to the Stevinson fields through the California farmland of white flowered almond trees in bloom is vivid though. The best memories are made getting to San Francisco the Friday before the tournament to visit the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Muir Woods, and the Wharf. Friday ended for us all when we made the two hour drive South to our hotel Misson del Oro, a really nice hotel that was affordably priced because of its location in the middle of nowhere California. So I guess on the off-chance you ever find yourself in almond country south of Stanford, check out del Oro.
We lucked out with the weather Saturday and Sunday with only an overcast and windy conditions rather than the torrential downpour predicted by the weatherman. All of the rounds (including bracket play) were shortened to games to 13 and only played to hard cap at 85 minutes with the next round starting 5 minutes after the previous round ended. This meant that many games went to or close to hard cap, and there was a quick turnaround between games. We got to strut the new drip this weekend: blue, black, and white jerseys.
Victoria was our first victim where it felt easy to score, and we played one of our first complete games of the season on all ends with a final of 13-5. Next, we faced the #1 seed in the country UNC. Our offense struggled to click to start the game, and we were broken the first three points. Upsides really only being a break out of half and trading for the rest of the game, we sputtered out an 8-12 loss. Stanford was our last pool play game of Saturday where we went back and forth, ultimately taking the game to universe point. We pulled to start double game point and after applying solid pull pressure, Stanford threw a first throw turnover on a miscommunication (not even being able to center). We quickly scooped and scored for the 11-10 win. A very short day with three games back-to-back in under 4.5 hours.
Sunday was bracket play and the first time in the new baby blues. Unfortunately, we were not able to live out the "Hodags never lose on Sundays" mantra, chalking up a 7-10 loss to Colorado in pre-quarters to start the day. This put us in 9th place bracket play against Cal. We played too tight with Cal and ended up losing 10-11 on hard cap which is the worst way to finish a game. This put us in the 11th place bracket where we were again to play Victoria. After a rallying speech by a mustached Logan, the D-line started off the game strong with a few incredible layout scores for breaks. This immediately trended the saying "Only bangers for scores" between the Hodags. And there was (mostly) all bangers for scores. We clobbered UVic once again 13-4.
Immediately following the tournament, Dan and Logan shaved their Stanford (Stevinson?) 'staches at the field complex, and the rest of the team followed suit within the next day. We made the usual trip to Shanghai Dumpling King in San Francisco before departing on a grueling redeye to O'Hare followed by drive to Madison, dropping some Dags off on the drive back at their 8:50am classes that morning. Lot's of work to do before Centex in two weeks, but with snow on the ground and no McClain practices, that work will be confided to the Shell on the track and in the gym.
Thank you to Carol Roan (Ben and Ted Schewe's Mom) for taking photos! See below for a link to the photos:
Going up strong in the wolf pack at Florida Warm Up 2019
Came out of hibernation for this 3-day classic, grueling, and building tournament that is Florida Warm Up. We were fortunate to have 80°F heat all weekend and bluebird skies -- a 130°F increase from the polar vortex in Wisconsin the previous week. Least to say, Hodags were burnt and a handful returned to Madison donning albino skin tanks. Before I dive in, I just wanted to give a shoutout to all the families and friends who came out to support use! We had the most incredible sideline support whether it'd be cheering, having food or sun screen ready, and all the other tidbits provided generously by our fans. The Hodags continue to travel the best out of any college team. Thank you!
Slept in on Friday with pool play starting at 1 PM for the Hodags. Our first game was against Virginia Tech which turned out to be a much tighter game than we anticipated. O-line struggled to hold, and D-line converted a few breaks but missed more opportunities to score. Rough first pool play game losing on double game point 12-13. Our next game against BYU was much more promising. Another tight fought battle with a universe point win at 15-14 which gave us some tempo considering we were the only team to beat BYU that weekend. The last game of Friday's pool play was the typical, Cyle van Auken-coordinated showcase game between Wisconsin and Florida under the lights. Florida played their typical shooting game and tight lines, and they seemed to be connecting on everything to start. The first half of the game, we came out very slow going down 5-7; this was a trend for most of the weekend. Coming out of half, our O-line converted, and we manufactured a noticeable improvement in sideline energy. Made sure to cap off the game with an exclamation coming back and winning 13-11. A very satisfying win considering Cyle has been keeping a record of the Hodags vs Florida matchup the past however many years, and the Hodags have failed to beat Florida at Warm Up for the past three years. Well Cyle, make sure you mark down the win for the Hodags this year.
Saturday pool play started up with a match against LSU. The only real fun part of the game was when one of the LSU captains called their players "ignorant" along with a couple other choice words on the field mid-point. Benny also broke his hand following through on a backhand huck (i.e. punching) an LSU dude in the face. But we played pretty poorly, not shutting down their threats (a very similar game to Virginia Tech) and ended up taking an L 8-11. Our next game against Pittsburgh was a lot closer than the score represented. The D-line did a great job keeping us in the game, but the O-line continued to struggle to convert. We took another loss 7-10. Our last game of pool play was against Tufts, another game that we decided should go to universe. We pulled through on a huck to score to win the game 10-9 over Tufts, mirroring our start to pool play where we lost on universe via a huck from Virginia Tech.
Warm Up decided to use a USAU style algorithm to determine bracket tiers which was a very odd approach that lead to some strange placements of teams in the bracket. Regardless, our 3-3 pool play record put us in the third tier bracket due to our loss to Virginia Tech who had an awful pool play aside from us. Bracket play was highlighted by much more holistically sound games. The last and fourth game of Saturday was bracket play. We stepped on Illinois State 15-7. Sunday we had two more games of 17th place bracket play with a 15-7 win over Alabama-Huntsville followed by a 15-5 win over Emory to claim 17th place (woohoo...).
All-in-all, this weekend proved to be a great building weekend for the Dags (in all seriousness, not the euphemistic kind of way). There was obvious improvement and cohesiveness between the team that developed over those three days. As usual, a lot of the playing time was spread out, so rookies were able to get a good taste of the speed and play of college ultimate. We were also fortunate to have much less injuries than last year's Warm Up which should definitely help us going forward. Our final record for the weekend was 6-3.
In other news, Hodag alum Jake Smart ('12) coached Brown to a Florida Warm Up championship for Brown. Congrats Jake!
Thank you James Hill for writing our live Twitter feed. Thanks to Carol Roan and Jennie Miller for the photos this weekend. Thanks to Game Point Performance for putting together a highlight reel of us. Links to the photos and reel:
Carol's photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/uNUF2RJRyFhdoDUXA
Jennie's photos (you just need to create a Snapfish account to download):
GPP Hodag highlight reel:
This year's Blue Black was a bit different than previous years. Usually, a reverse draft performed in secret by the captains and officers, but the coaches decided to split the team into O-line (Blue) and D-line (Black) this year. With much of Team Black containing rookies, they struggled to find connection and flow, especially on offense. Team Blue looked very crisp for the game. The first half was characterized by Team Blue imposing their will on Team Black and a score of 8-3. Team Black was able to step up a bit in the second half as Team Blue had less people and began to tire. Team Black was able to convert a couple breaks and played tighter, but Team Blue still had the obvious advantage and won 13-8 over Team Black. Looking forward to the many matchups to come in the Spring and the intense, inter-squad rivalry that is the Hodag O-line and D-line.
Hodag captain Nick "Tenorman" Vogt was offered a roster spot on the U24 Open team which he has accepted. We are proud that one of our own will be representing the USA in Germany the summer of 2019. Great work and congratulations Nick!
Also, congrats to Brittney "Coconuts" Kokinos from Bella Donna on making the U24 Mixed team!
Nick, Ted, and Rami from the Hodags and Brittney "Coconuts" Kokinos and Sarah "Say" Mondschein from Bella had the incredible opportunity to represent UW-Madison at U24 tryouts in California. We wish them the best of luck!
Below is the Fall Hodag Newsletter with rookie bios, alumni board and endowment information, and a word from the current Hodag board president Jon Gaynor '09. This document was created by Hodag alum Colin Camp '14.
UW-Madison ultimate sent two combined mixed teams, named Wisco Mixco and Wisco Remixco, between Atropa, Bella Donna, the Fauxdags, and Hodags to compete at the 2018 North College Mixed Regionals. Wisco Mixco consisted of Hodags Ders, Cody, Logan, Jack, and Wham, and Wisco Remixco had Simon, Dan, Schewe, Jeff, Oscar, and (an injured) Kish. See the full rosters below.
Wisco Mixco went 3-1 on Saturday with easy wins over Cornell College and Central Michigan. They inched out an 8-7 win over Knox during pool play for the third win but took a bit of a thrashing against University of Chicago. On Sunday, Mixco beat Northern Michigan in prequarters handedly but went on to lose to Minnesota in quarters and then Knox in 5th place semis. Ultimately, Wisco Mixco took home 7th after Oberlin decided to opt out of the game due to injuries.
Similarly, Wisco Remixco went 3-1 in pool play, beating University of Illinois-Chicago, Oberlin, and Northern Michigan and suffering a devastating loss to Ohio State. In bracket play, they won over Wheaton but then went on to lose to University of Chicago (in a closer match than Mixco). Remixco went on to win the 5th place semi over Oberlin and then take 5th place after beating Knox.
As occurred last year, our two squads were able to participate in a discussion on equity Saturday night. The difference from last year was that the conversation was also open to other teams from the tournament, and a couple of teams made appearances. We were lucky to have our fellow hotdog Dan, Carly from Bella, and Trumoo from Atropa lead the entire body in conversation.
All-in-all, an incredible experience and tournament in which everyone enjoyed despite the cold and sloppy field conditions due the freezing and melting of the sod over the course of the day. We all had the opportunity to get to know people from the other UW ultimate teams and share a weekend of fun. Heartwarming stuff, I know.
Film of Wisco Mixco vs Minnesota: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JinG2V8vmBk
Rosters for the two Wisconsin teams at North College Mixed Regionals 2018
Simon and Harry bumping chests. Thanks for the photos Carol Roan (Schewes' Mom)!
Our only showing as a team this Fall as well as roster debut was at MLC 2018. We started off the day with a 12-6 sweep over Texas and another 13-6 win over Kansas. Our third game against Colorado was a very physical game but kept good spirit. JT had a huge, bone-crunching collision which left a Colorado dude pretty shaken up with a knee injury; that's always hard to see. A stall 9 flick huck from Tenor followed by a less-than-exciting two-handed claw catch next to the pack in the endzone by Ders was the game-ender; we inched out a 10-9 universe point victory over Mamabird with that grab. The cap and highlight of the day was our game against CUT. Nick won the flip for jersey color and told CUT to go dark, despite them only bringing their fresh white roundball jerseys. On the first point, CUT turned the disc on a first throw turnover giving our D-line a chance to attack. Veteran Ham Sebert (who somehow has another year of eligibility (we asked the big man (Tom Crawford))) goes to set the stack as Chody picks up the disc to begin our defensive lines attack. Sam, in a shear moment of panic after not beating CUT in three years, makes a "T" with his hands to set the stack instead of the standard fist... veteran move. Cody sees the "T" from Sam and calls a timeout on stall 4. There has not been a completed throw in the game, yet we've already won the mental game with the jersey flip and the early timeout. From there, it was easy money beating CUT 12-10, a first since MLC 2015.
As normally happens in the Fall of 2018, Sunday got rained out, and we went home early and undefeated. Played 3 of 4 possible tournament days this Fall, and we've definitely had better odds of not getting rained out in the past.
Mixed Regionals is the following weekend, but that wraps it up for Fall tournaments for the Hodags as a whole. We'll see you all in Tampa!
After a 4-week long tryout process unfortunately without No Wisconsequences to conclude due to constant rain, the Hodags' 2018/2019 roster has been finalized. Congratulations to our rookies!
Oscar Felcan - Freshman
Jacob Wham - Freshman
Kevin Tan - Freshman
Rafi Moskowitz - Freshman
Simon Brooks - Freshman
Henry Goldenberg - Sophomore
Jack Mallmann - Junior
Anders "Ders" Shropshire - Senior
The first round of tryouts, which lasted one week, has concluded. There were 135 athletes who tried out for the Hodags this year. 60 were cut and 75 moved onto round 2. Round 2 is a two week process consisting of four practices. Check out the behind the scenes of Round 1 below:
It's that time of year again! Tryouts for the 2018/2019 Hodags, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Men's Ultimate Frisbee Team, will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 PM beginning Tuesday September 11th. The tryouts will be held on the southside of the University Bay Fields next to the Waisman Center. Subsequent practices will be held during the same time slot along with weekend practices which will be from 10-1 on Saturday and/or Sunday.
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See the tryout flyer below for more information: