Mary Massacre, the UMW women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, competed nationally in May at the USA Ultimate Division III College Championships in Appleton, Wis., for the second year in a row. Joining some of the best D3 teams in the country, the team placed 11th after playing six games.
“Ultimate is a team sport unlike any that I have ever played before,” said club president Emily Goldhammer ’13, who scored at least one point in each game they played at nationals. “Every person on the field has a role at every moment.”
The tournament is made up of one day of pool play and one day of bracket play. On the first day of the tournament, Mary Massacre was seeded third in its pool at nationals and kept that seed by losing to the first and second seeded teams, Pacific Lutheran University and Carleton College, and beating the fourth seed, Hendrix College. They then played a crossover game against the second seed of a different pool, Grinnell College, and lost, leading them to play in the ninth-place bracket. On the second day, they won against Willamette University and lost to Pacific Lutheran.
“I am proud of what our women’s ultimate team has accomplished both on and off the field in the past few years,” said UMW Director of Campus Recreation Mark Mermelstein. “They are extremely organized, highly motivated, and truly a unique pleasure to work with.”
Mary Massacre, which was initiated in 2003, won the Atlantic Coast Regional Championships last year and placed second in the region this year. It is one of a handful of UMW sports clubs that compete at the national level.