Southerns: April 19th and 20th
The first weekend of spring break the UC San Diego Psycho’s flew all the way to Georgia, landing in Atlanta, and then driving the 3 hours to Statesboro.
Day one was a 5 game day beginning with a game against Luna Ultimate from Emory University. It started out well on some beautiful fields with the Psychos taking half 7-2. All that practice against zone defenses paid off as the O-line shredded the zone and the Psychos took the first game 13-4.
The second vs University of Chicago’s Supersnatch started off well with the Psychos taking half 7-1, honestly not much to say except that the shortest person on the Psychos captain Lizzy “Tote” Cowan managed to sky the tallest player on Chicago. No big deal or anything. She’s just that cool. Anyway, the game ended with a score of 13-2.
The third game was against the UNC Hellbenders, Jorie “Mako” Moore played some great defense and got herself a bookend, or score immediately after causing the other team to turn over the disc. Then later discovered that, Georgia has really big bugs. The final score of that game was 13-1.
Game 4 was a new adventure with Princeton’s B team, a developing team who wanted to play a normal game then split both teams in half and play together for awhile. A plan the Psychos all agreed to so the games begun. After a quick game against each other the two teams split and learned each other’s names. Highlight though goes to Iris on Princeton for her first ever layout score. For those who don’t know, a layout is a diving catch. Needless to say she had the whole team cheering.
After that was a long break so the fifth and final game saw a very slow warm up and a tired team take the field against Luther College’s Freya Ultimate. Freya wasn’t going to make it easy either, the Psychos were clearly the better team, taking half 7-3, and ultimately the game 13-6 but Freya’s scrappy defense capitalized on some of the Psycho’s lack of focus and they scored more points than any other team of the day. Solid finish overall and the Psychos head back to the hotel ostensibly for fun and games but really just to go to sleep.
After doing so well the day before the Psychos got to sleep in and have a leisurely morning with a game at 11 against Princeton’s A team, Clockwork. Finally the Psychos have the competition they’re been looking for. Clockwork is comfortable with the disc and they wanted the game, but the Psychos wanted it more. The energy on and off the field was palpable and they Psychos took the game by a storm with Dena “Chrome” Elimelech making fantastic throws as usual and Tabetha “Jynx” Rigeway made some great cuts. The final score was 15-3.
Then it was the finals, and the coaches mad it clear they expected the Psychos to win both the game and the tournament, but Carleton’s Eclipse wasn’t going to make that easy. After pulling ahead 3-1 the Psychos let Eclipse back in the game a little bringing the game to 5-4. At half the score was 8-5. The coaches made a half step adjustment on defense and the team kicked up a few more gears in energy. After half, the Psychos didn’t let Eclipse score another point and the Psychos won College Southerns 13-5.