Men's Ultimate opens Spring with 6-2 showing at Charleston
February 18, 2018 | Charleston, S.C.
Though it did not receive an invitation to the Easterns qualifier hosted by UNC Wilmington, Liberty University's men's Ultimate team still traveled to South Carolina over the weekend, finishing 6-2 to place third in the Chuck Town Throwdown hosted by the College of Charleston.
The Flames went 4-1 in pool play and their only losses came against the two teams that met in the championship match — Appalachian State, the top seed in their pool, 9-2, and Tennessee in the semifinals, 10-7.
"The games were low scoring in pool play because they were short rounds of 55 minutes each," Liberty Head Coach Brendan Phillips said, noting that the Flames defeated High Point, 7-5, Wingate, 6-5, Wake Forest, 9-4, and Western Carolina, 7-6.
Then in Sunday's quarterfinals, Liberty defeated host Charleston 10-7, before losing to Tennessee and winning the third-place match by forfeit over North Greenville (S.C.), which was down to six players.
Junior captain Austin Heston led the Flames in both assists (six) and scores (eight).
Freshman Pete Curran played outstanding over the weekend on both the offensive and defensive lines.
"A lot of our freshmen played very well this weekend," Phillips said. "Jake Norman had a great weekend on the defensive line and sophomores Zach Milligan and Jack Fleischer filled in as defensive line handlers and did awesome. Jack led the team with eight defenses and Zach had seven assists."
Liberty will travel to Northampton, Mass., over Easter Weekend, March 31-April 1, to play in the New England Open, which should feature several top-50-ranked teams after the first USA Ultimate rankings come out in early March. The Flames will then host the eight-team Virginia Conference championships, April 14-15 at the Liberty Intramural Complex on East Campus, with the top four or five teams there qualifying for the Atlantic Coast Regional tournament.