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Flames finish 15th at Atlantic Coast Regional tournament

April 28, 2019  |  Axton, Va. 

Sophomore Daniel Mills defends against UVA in an April 13 Virginia Conference home match. (Photo by Gabrielle Calhoun) test test test test
Sophomore Daniel Mills defends against UVA in an April 13 Virginia Conference home match. (Photo by Gabrielle Calhoun)

After qualifying for the Atlantic Coast Division I Regional Championships for the first time in program history, Liberty University's men's Ultimate team went 0-3 in pool play on the opening day, dropping matches to third-seeded UNC Wilmington (13-5), sixth-seeded William & Mary (10-6), and 13th-seeded JMU (13-10).

Seeded 12th, the Flames eventually lost to No. 16 Appalachian State in the 13th-place bracket semifinals, 15-13, before rebounding to win its 15th-place final over No. 15 East Carolina, 13-9, on April 27-28 at the Smith River Sports Complex in Axton, Va.

"It was a good for the guys to get the experience (of playing at regionals) and to see different teams, but ultimately, we didn't accomplish our goal there," Flames Head Coach Kevin Habermas said.

Senior captain Austin Heston, the lone graduating player on this year's roster, went out with one of the best tournaments of his career to pace the Flames' offense.

Top-seeded North Carolina, also ranked No. 1 in the nation, was the overall tournament champion, dominating second-seeded North Carolina State (ranked No. 11) in the championship contest, 15-2. Both teams advanced to the USA Ultimate Collegiate National Championships, set for May 24-27 in Texas.

Complete results are available online.

Following a rough stretch in the fall, the Flames turned their season around by staging four upsets to win their first tournament in program history, the Feb. 24-25 Oak Creek Challenge in Virginia Beach. In the process, they built a solid foundation for the future.

"It was a great season," Habermas said. "We're returning 15 out of 16 players, including a lot of freshmen and sophomores, and hopefully we will be able to recruit some more over the summer."

Habermas and Liberty women's Head Coach Jonathan Mast will attend a youth national championship tournament in North Carolina over Memorial Day Weekend to scout out potential players for the future.

Men's Ultimate Links
Schedule
Results
Oct 12, 9:00 AM - Lynchburg, VA
vs.
Men's Ultimate
Men's and Women's Ultimate Frisbee Hat Tournament
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SECS
Men's Ultimate
vs. Men's and Women's Ultimate Frisbee Hat Tournament
Oct 12, 9:00 AM - Lynchburg, VA

Men's Ultimate
vs. Men's and Women's Ultimate Frisbee Hat Tournament
Oct 13, 9:00 AM - Lynchburg, VA

Men's Ultimate
vs. Men's and Women's Ultimate Frisbee Hat Tournament
Oct 26, 9:00 AM - Lynchburg, VA

Men's Ultimate
vs. Alumni Game
Oct 27, 9:00 AM - Lynchburg, VA

Men's Ultimate
vs. Virginia D-1 College Men's Conference Championship
Apr 11, 7:30 AM - Lynchburg, VA

Full Schedule

Mar 31
Men's Ultimate
at Atlantic Coast Open
Tied for 9th

Mar 30
Men's Ultimate
at Atlantic Coast Open
Tied for 9th

Feb 24
Men's Ultimate
at Oak Creek Challenge
1st Team Finish

Feb 23
Men's Ultimate
at Oak Creek Challenge
1st Team Finish

Feb 3
Men's Ultimate
at Mid Atlantic Warm-Up
17th Team Finish

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