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Flames put to test at season-opening Mid-Atlantic Warmup

February 3, 2019  |  Glen Allen, Va. 

Junior Jake Fleisher makes a catch in tournament play. (Photo courtesy of Hannah Petersen) test test test test
Junior Jake Fleisher makes a catch in tournament play. (Photo courtesy of Hannah Petersen)

Liberty University's men's Ultimate team opened its spring semester competition Saturday and Sunday at the Mid-Atlantic Warmup tournament in Glen Allen, Va., facing several Division I and III teams ranked in the combined top 100 by USA Ultimate.

"It was an interesting mix of teams that went to the (USA Ultimate Collegiate) National Championships last year, like William & Mary and George Washington, and a lot of other teams ranked in the top 100, including VCU, Drexel, and Richmond, a Division III team," Flames Head Coach Brendan Phillips said.

The 15th-seeded Flames opened the tournament by going 1-2 in pool play, losing to Williams, 13-12, and JMU, 13-5, before defeating Davidson, 13-9.

Liberty then lost a crossover match against top-seeded William & Mary, 13-7, before falling to Mary Washington, the reigning Division III national champion, 15-9, in the first round of the consolation playoffs.

The Flames fell to Lehigh in the first round of the 13th-place bracket, 15-8, before bowing out in the first round of the 15th-place bracket with a 13-8 loss to 17th-seeded George Washington to settle for 17th place.

Vermont, ranked 58th and seeded third, was the overall team champion, upsetting the 16th-ranked Tribe, 15-14 in the final.

Complete results are available online.

Before the start of the semester, Liberty picked up three players, including senior cutter Austin Heston and sophomore handler Ben Reutener, who both returned to the team after sitting out the fall season. The Flames also added junior transfer Sam Swinson.

Liberty will next compete in two tournaments in Virginia Beach — the Feb. 23-24 Oak Creek Challenge and March 30-31 Atlantic Coast Open — before hosting the April 13-14 Virginia Conference Championships at the Liberty Mountain Intramural Complex.

Men's Ultimate Links
Schedule
Results
Feb 23, 9:00 AM - Virginia Beach, VA
at
Men's Ultimate
Oak Creek Challenge
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Men's Ultimate
at Oak Creek Challenge
Feb 23, 9:00 AM - Virginia Beach, VA

Men's Ultimate
at Oak Creek Challenge
Feb 24, 9:00 AM - Virginia Beach, VA

Men's Ultimate
at Atlantic Coast Open
Mar 30, 8:00 AM - Virginia Beach, VA

Men's Ultimate
at Atlantic Coast Open
Mar 31, 8:00 AM - Virginia Beach, VA

Men's Ultimate
vs. Virginia Conference Championships
Apr 13, 8:00 AM - Lynchburg, VA

Full Schedule

Dec 2
Men's Ultimate
vs. Blue Ridge Open
5th Team Finish

Dec 1
Men's Ultimate
vs. Blue Ridge Open
5th Team Finish

Nov 4
Men's Ultimate
vs. Alumni Game
Alumni Win 15-5

Nov 3
Men's Ultimate
vs. Hill City Hatter - Fundraising Event
White Team Win

Oct 14
Men's Ultimate
at Cavalier Cup
11th Team Finish

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