Women's Ultimate Frisbee

Author: Club Sports

The Notre Dame Women’s Ultimate Team attended two different tournaments this past weekend. The B team, participated in the Charleston Chili tournament in Charleston, Illinois. The A team played in Missouri Loves Company, an elite tournament in Columbia, Missouri. It was an extremely successful weekend for both teams. 

Notre Dame A started out seeded ninth overall in the tournament and ranked fifth in their pool. They opened up the weekend against number one seed, Colorado. Notre Dame A was not fazed by the nationally ranked squad and came out strong with a 5-0 to start the weekend.  Faced with almost 20 mile per hour winds, Notre Dame A calmly carried this lead to a victory, 7-4, under the leadership of captains Kelsey Fink and Kristen Collins. Sophomores Julia Butterfield and Mary Kate Andersen had a big positive impact with consistent cuts throughout. Notre Dame A then moved forward to play against Washington University, yet another extremely competitive team. They still were not fazed, and won another tough game, 8-5. Next game was against Iowa State, where Notre Dame A continued to use its strong team chemistry and endurance to gain yet another victory against a higher ranked team, 10-4. The final game of the day was against rival Illinois. Notre Dame A has had issues with them in the past, falling to them in regionals last spring. But Notre Dame A came out strong and with huge defensive moves from sophomore Mary Hermann and freshman Sarah Lipscomb. Notre Dame A carried through to a 4-0 day with a decisive victory over Illinois to move from fifth place to first place. Sunday morning started late due to frost, but that didn’t stop Notre Dame A from coming out strong against University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a 11-2, including an interception by Kelsey Fink in the end zone for a point. Notre Dame A coasted off this easy victory into a tough quarterfinals game against Truman State. Kelsey Fink gets another interception in the end zone, this time while laying out, to help start the team off to a 3-0 lead. Truman State fought back bravely to bring the game tied at seven, deciding point. Notre Dame A puts strong defensive players into the game and Mary Hermann gets a crucial D right on the end zone line to set up the easy, game-winning score. Notre Dame moves on to semifinals against Kansas, the overall number two ranked team in the tournament. Notre Dame A played tough and never gave up, but unfortunately fell 6-9 even after strong performances from senior handler Nicole Vujosevich connecting with fifth year cutters Molly Carmona and Elaine Rose, who had few drops, if any, between the two of them. Notre Dame A moves on to play for third place against University of Iowa. Notre Dame A coasts to an easy victory 10-4 making Notre Dame A 7-1 for the entire weekend and broke the ninth place seed they entered as to get third overall in the tournament. Notre Dame A chemistry was extremely strong for so early on in the year, even with the incoming freshman connecting with returning players. 

Notre Dame B had an equally strong showing in Charleston, going 4-2 overall to earn second place. On Saturday, Notre Dame B beat USI Women’s Anomaly and Lewis but fell in an extremely close game to Marquette. However, they came back strong the next day to beat Marquette in a rematch, as well as taking down Eastern Illinois. Notre Dame B fell to Northwestern’s A team in the finals to seal a second place finish. The B team had very strong showings from freshman on the team, Ellie Norby with two layout defensive stops, and Elizabeth Lewis and Giuliana Carozza on the offensive side of things. Beth Cichon, a sophomore, came in with consistent cuts and catches to help carry the B team to strong victories. 

Overall, it was a big weekend for Notre Dame Women’s Ultimate and bodes well for the spring season coming up in a few months.