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The Ultimate Frisbee team, Lafayette Aflicktion, produced solid performances at tournaments early in the fall season and showed future promise at the Mid-Atlantic regional tournament. The club had enough women on the roster this year to enter the coed division, in which each team is comprised of four men and three women.

Team captain/president Joe Crobak ’06(Mechanicsburg, Pa.) believes that Ultimate Frisbee’s popularity at Lafayette can be attributed to its relaxed atmosphere and the team’s tight-knit players.

“Many people who play ultimate say that it is the best competitive game they have played,” says the computer science major. “I think that it attracts so much attention on campus because the game is competitive while very laid back. Practices are fun and there is not a lot of pressure. Also, playing weekend-long tournaments gives the team an opportunity to grow really close together.”

At the Founder’s Mixed Sectional tournament in Marlton, N.J., Sept. 17-18, Lafayette Aflicktion placed sixth in a ten-team field to earn a berth in the regional tournament. All the coed club teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware were represented. Lafayette took 22 team members to the tournament, including several first-year students.

Lafayette Aflicktion won two games against Your Mom of northern New Jersey and Love Bomb of Pittsburgh to move into Sunday’s elimination bracket. They defeated Fission of Harrisburg 15-9 but lost to Germ Circus of Philadelphia 15-13. The team ended the weekend in sixth place with three wins and three losses.

Various players contributed to the team’s success in the sectional tournament by scoring or assisting on scores during the event, including civil engineering major Rich Connors ’06 (Manchester, Conn.), mechanical engineering major Kaydence Cowley ’07 (Littleton, Colo.), Crobak, civil engineering major Geoff Dean ’06 (Yarmouth, Maine), dual degree candidate in chemical engineering and international studies Carrie Fritsche ’07 (Columbia, Mo.), mechanical engineering major Toby Heineck ’06 (Bellport, N.Y.), dual degree candidate in biology and art Sam Hetzel ’06 (Metuchen, N.J.), dual degree candidate in electrical & computer engineering and international studies Hugh King ’06 (Tryon, N.C.), mechanical engineering major Craig Martin ’07 (Thetford Center, Vt.), and civil engineering major Andrew Schanck ’06 (Tinton Falls, N.J.).

Lafayette showed promise while competing against the best 16 Mid-Atlantic teams at the regional tournament in Poolesville, Md., Oct. 1-2. It fell to Annapolis All-Stars, MAC, and Fission. The Mid-Atlantic region includes teams from North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.

“As a team, we are extremely pleased with the number of first-year and new players who are joining the squad this year,” says Crobak. “We have a great incoming class with a lot of skill, which we hope to develop further at upcoming tournaments.”

Lafayette Aflicktion’s next tournament will be at University of Maryland this weekend.

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