History: 2016 – 2017 Season

Roster:

Freshmen
# 4 Julius Hubby
Sophomores
# 10 Alex Spenceley
# 35 Daniel Goldstein
# 11 Leo Warren
# 6 Max Naar
# 33 Max Thompson
# 79 Michael Ing
# 21 Noah Robinson
# 7 Noah Weintraub
Juniors
# 13 Andrew Lehmberg
# 42 Ben Morgenstern
# 29 Hafeez Shams
# 18 Kyle Hartley
# 17 Matthew Hanna
# 28 Sam Jennings
Seniors
# 23 Dillon Tranquillo
# 15 Dylan Best
# 48 Jimmy Towle
# 38 Jonah Wisch
# 5 Saul Graves
5th Year/Grad
# 9 Carl Morgenstern
# 88 Jack Slevin
# 12 Kevin Tang
# 24 Sam VanDusen
# 8 Thomas Edmonds
Head Coach: Nick Kaczmarek* denotes team captain
Assistant Coach: David Hogan, Marcus Ranii-Dropcho
Team Manager: Jacky Chen

Awards:

Callahan Nominee: Carl Morgenstern (5th Year/Grad)

Tournaments:

Skylander XVI: Edinboro, PA – September 17th – 18th, 2016
Alumni Game: West Penn Fields – October 9th, 2016
Classic City Classic LXXXIII: Athens, GA – November 5th – 6th, 2016
Steel City Showdown: Norwin, PA – November 12th – 13th, 2016
Florida Warm Up 2017: Tampa, Florida – February 17th – 19th, 2017
Stanford Invite: Fremont, California – March 4th – 5th, 2017


Pittsburgh-B

Pittsburgh-B Roster:

Freshmen
# 26 Andrew Wilps
# 13 Charles Lee
# 20 David Smith
# 77 Dylan Falk
# 11 Jared Nelson
# 27 Joe Helgerman
# 16 John Zappala
# 1 Josh Pogue
Joshua Carroll
# 5 Kevin Smith
# 18 Kyle Cummings
# 58 Scott Branagan
# 28 Trent Greener
# 9 Varun Zaver
Sophomores
# 44 Alex Orseno
# 51 Elias Dowling-Huppert
# 17 Henry Novara
# 84 Peter Brath
# 39 Roger Xue
# 52 Ryan Andersen
Juniors
# 1 Adrian Santana
# 10 Dan Goldstein
# 31 David Tulin
# 96 Kamal Raslan
# 66 Kevin Glorius-Patrick
# 24 Matthew Pawlush
# 8 Matthew Walheim*
# 23 Peter Niesman*
Seniors
# 6 Chen Su
# 45 David Menard*
# 4 Patrick Asinger
# 3 Xavier Torgerson
5th Year/Grad
# 7 Curtis Wang
Michael Kujawa
Head Coach: Michael Van Ness, Nick Bozich* denotes team captain

Pittsburgh-B Tournaments:

Skylander XVI: Edinboro, PA – September 17th – 18th, 2016
Steel City Showdown: Norwin, PA – November 12th – 13th, 2016
Florida Warm Up 2017: University of Southern Florida, Tampa, Florida – February 17th – 19th, 2017


Skylander XVI: Edinboro, PA – September 17th – 18th, 2016

Team X:

Pool Play (3-0)

Pittsburgh-X 1 – Penn State-Behrend 0

Pittsburgh-X 1 – Lake Erie College 0
Pittsburgh-X 1 – SUNY Fredonia Y 0

Championship Bracket (3-0)

Quarterfinal: Pittsburgh-X 1 – SUNY Fredonia Y 0

Semifinal: Pittsburgh-X 1 – SUNY Fredonia X 0
Final: Pittsburgh-X 1 – Haggwas 0

Team Y:

Pool Play (3-0)

Pittsburgh-Y 1 – Brockport 0

Pittsburgh-Y 1 – Pitt-Johnstown alumni 0
Pittsburgh-Y 1 – SUNY Fredonia X 0

Championship Bracket (1-1)

Quarterfinal: Pittsburgh-Y 1 – Harambe Matata 0

Semifinal: Haggwas 1 – Pittsburgh-Y 0


Alumni Game: West Penn Fields – October 9th, 2016


2017 Alumni Game outside the Church Brew Works.


2017 Alumni Game dinner.

Alumni Game (0-1)

Final: Pitt Alumni 15 – Pittsburgh 13


Classic City Classic LXXXIII: Athens, GA – November 5th – 6th, 2016

Each year the Pitt Ultimate A team, travels to Athens, GA to compete in the Classic City Classic. For the team, this is an extraordinary bonding experience both on and off the field. Unlike previous years, CCC was not our last tournament this fall, and in turn served as the perfect venue to showcase the quality of the program, and the talent of the new recruits. We spread out playing time across the team by playing mixed lines of returners and rookies, and saw exceptional play from everyone. Now the roster has been finalized and Pitt A looks on to the winter season, a time for preparation and training.

Pool Play (5-0)

Pittsburgh 11 – Emory 7

Pittsburgh 9 – Tufts 8
Pittsburgh 10 – North Carolina 6 recap
Pittsburgh 11 – Kennesaw State 6
Pittsburgh 11 – Connecticut 8

Championship Bracket (0-1)

Quarterfinal: Virginia Tech 15 – Pittsburgh 13

5th Place Bracket (2-0)

Semifinal: Pittsburgh 15 – Georgia 10

Final: Pittsburgh 15 – Harvard 6

Pool Play: North Carolina


Steel City Showdown: Norwin, PA – November 12th – 13th, 2016


The 2016 Steel City Showdown champions, Pittsburgh.

Pool Play (7-0)

Pittsburgh 15 – West Virginia 8

Pittsburgh 15 – Carnegie Mellon 3
Pittsburgh 15 – Pittsburgh-B 2
Pittsburgh 15 – Temple 3
Pittsburgh 15 – Lehigh 6
Pittsburgh 15 – Pittsburgh Youth 0
Pittsburgh 15 – Maryland 7


Florida Warm Up 2017: Tampa, Florida – February 17th – 19th, 2017

For their first Spring 2017 debut, the Men’s Program traveled down to Sunny Tampa, Florida to compete in Florida Warm-Up.

After lots of turnover from the previous year’s roster, the team looked to re-introduce themselves to the world of college ultimate, which had all but written them off as contenders for a national championship come May.

Pitt came out strong against their first opponent of the weekend, Texas A&M, whom they handed a routing of 13-7. The starting D-Line in particular looked especially strong, scoring an amazing 5 break out of the 6 points they played.

From there, it seemed like there was no stopping the team, which went on to defeat long-time rivals Wisconsin, Carleton, and USF, to end the day 4-0 with a point differential of +23.

Saturday things slowed down a little for the Pitt squad, who went down early to FSU. After going into half 5-7, Pitt rallied back with a few breaks, and ended winning the game 13-11.

After FSU came the much anticipated rematch against Minnesota, who had eliminated Pitt the previous season in a thrilling semi-final game. Minnesota started the game strong, and took half 7-4, before the Florida skies opened up to a downpour which caused a 30 minute rain delay. Following the rain delay Pitt’s defense couldn’t seem to phase the Minnesota offense, which only had 1 unforced turn the entire game. Minnesota won with a final score of 13-8.

For final game of pool-play, Pitt faced UCF, the winner of which would make the championship bracket. After trading for the first few points, Pitt managed to string off a couple breaks and maintained their lead, taking the game 13-9 and earning themselves a bye to semi-finals on Sunday with a final pool-play record of 6-1.

With the sun shining brightly, Pitt faced a rematch with Texas A&M in their semi-final game. After going up strong in the first half, Pitt slipped up a little in the 2nd half, letting A&M string off 3 straight breaks before they could stop the bleeding. But Pitt’s big lead from the first half, as well as some resilience late in the 2nd half, the program managed to hang on to their lead and win the game 15-9.

The final would be another rematch against Minnesota, who had proved to be the strongest competition at the tournament. Fueled by their only loss of the week, Pitt came out firing, going up 5-0 after breaking the rattled Minnesota 4 times in a row. The first half ended with another Pitt break to make the score a whopping 8-2. Pitt’s O-Line remained steadfast throughout the game, and although they were not devoid of turnovers, they were always able to get the disc back. The final score was 15-7, with the O-Line did not get broken once.

Pitt came home Florida Warm-Up champions for the 3rd time in the last 6 years. After a dominant 8-1 overall performance and the +38 point difference, Pitt hopes to continue their strong play as they head to the Stanford Invite in a few weeks.

Pool Play (6-1)

Pittsburgh 13 – Texas A&M 7

Pittsburgh 13 – Wisconsin 6
Pittsburgh 13 – Carleton 10
Pittsburgh 13 – South Florida 6
Pittsburgh 13 – Florida State 11
Minnesota 13 – Pittsburgh 8
Pittsburgh 13 – Central Florida 9

Championship Bracket (2-0)

Semifinal: Pittsburgh 15 – Texas A&M 9

Final: Pittsburgh 15 – Minnesota 7 recap

Final: Minnesota
TAMPA, FL – Minnesota and Pittsburgh had the two best weekends at Warm Up and they were both deserving of their places in the final. What was surprising was how the game played out. Earlier in the tournament, #7 Minnesota dominated #13 Pittsburgh in pool play and had been the more impressive team throughout the tournament. Few would have predicted a complete turnaround and the 15-7 beat down that Pitt laid on Grey Duck.

Pitt dominated from the off and never looked back. Simply put, Pittsburgh’s offense came out playing crisp, clean ultimate, and Minnesota did not. On top of that, Pitt’s person defense was remarkable and it felt like they took away every single look from the Minnesota offense. But Grey Duck was also inexplicably sloppy on offense; throwaways and drops riddled their early play as they struggled to cope with Pitt’s pressure.

Before Minnesota could even get in the game, the score was 5-0. Even Pitt’s second D-line got in on the break party.

When Minnesota finally put a halt to Pittsburgh’s out-of-the-gates explosion, Pittsburgh’s offense came back on the field a little less crisp, but still got the hold to make sure Grey Duck didn’t immediately get back into the game.

In fact, Minnesota would never get back in the game. The Grey Duck defense, which had been so impressive all weekend, did not register a single break in the final. And after taking half at 8-2, the Pittsburgh D-line continued to apply the pressure and got two more breaks in the second half.

Jack Slevin (1 assist, 2 goals), Andrew Lehmberg (1 assists, 3 goals), and Thomas Edmonds (3 assists) were the stars on offense for En Sabah Nur, but the whole line played well and their defense when they did turn it was also impressive.

The D-line stars were Sam Vandusen and Saul Graves (game high 4 assists.) Vandusen was the only player all weekend to genuinely shut down Ben Jagt, using his physicality and strength to make up for his forfeiture of height to the Grey Duck star. He and Graves paced the devastating D-line offense all afternoon.

Pittsburgh’s defensive intensity across its roster was easily the story of the game, and it provided a stark contrast between the final and the first time the two teams met earlier in the tournament. Carl Morgenstern said of the difference between the two games, “Minnesota in the first game…came out with a fire we just could not match. In [the final], the O-line put together a stellar defensive performance. Everybody was hustling, everybody was working to get the disc back.”

Pitt coach David Hogan also saw a distinct difference between the two games. “Last game it felt like we didn’t really have a defensive identity. I think it was the team being on the same page and doing everything that their role required and not doing too much. I also think they just played better man D.”

“That’s an uncharacteristic Minnesota game. They’re not gonna be turfing swings again,” he continued. “But our O-line’s defense was playing very different. It was another thing of being on the same page, but they were just much more prideful. They had a lot more tenacity and grit and determination to get the disc back. That was a huge difference. The way they played defensively in that game was phenomenal.”

Minnesota’s Wyatt Mekler was very matter of fact after the game, willing to credit Pittsburgh’s impressive defense, but also critical of his own team’s play. “I think they were just working harder than us,” he said. “They were pressuring us really on the unders, on the deeps, on the handlers. They went on a run early and took the energy out of us. Between [their] poaching and working hard, we just didn’t have it.”

“The last two between us went our way,” he continued. “Today went theirs, so they had maybe a little more energy. I think it’s important for us to remember coming into any game that any team can win any day and you have to bring it no matter what. They definitely brought it. I think they showed us a little more that we didn’t see the last time we played that maybe we didn’t expect.”

Minnesota never did adjust to Pittsburgh’s better energy and different looks. Mekler identified a non-adjustment that cost his team the ability to stay in the game. “I think our handlers need to work harder. I think on the field we can cut harder and clear the space more. If we would have gotten in and out better it would have opened the field for our cutters and we just didn’t do that today.”

Hogan and Mekler both touched on the fact that Minnesota was far from their best. Especially early, the Grey Duck offense looked completely out of sorts. But Pittsburgh’s ability to take away virtually everything in the early stages forced that sloppiness and put the game away before it even got going.

Both teams said after that this game and this tournament weren’t about winning, but rather about learning and getting better for the rest of the season. And both teams will certainly have done that. But there’s no questioning that Pittsburgh has more positives to take away after this game.

It looks like their defensive unit will be one of the most dangerous weapons in the division this season if they can repeat performances like this one. Even after the players they lost from last year, Pittsburgh is still very much one of the best teams in the country, and they emphatically announced that with their utter domination of Minnesota in the Warm Up final.

Written by Daniel Prentice for Ultiworld


Stanford Invite: Fremont, California – March 4th – 5th, 2017

Pool Play (3-0)

Pittsburgh 13 – British Columbia 7

Pittsburgh 12 – Texas 8
Pittsburgh 13 – Cal Poly-SLO 9

Championship Bracket (3-0)

Quarterfinal: Pittsburgh 12 – Stanford 10

Semifinal: Pittsburgh 15 – Oregon 13
Final: Pittsburgh 15 – Colorado 14


Pittsburgh-B Tournaments

Skylander XVI: Edinboro, PA – September 17th – 18th, 2016

Pool Play (2-1)

Haggwas 13 – Pittsburgh-B 7

Pittsburgh-B 13 – West Virgina X 10
Pittsburgh-B 13 – Indiana (Pennsylvania) 7

Crossover (1-0)

Pittsburgh-B 12 – West Virginia Y 11

Championship Bracket (0-1)

Prequarterfinal: SUNY Fredonia X 13 – Pittsburgh-B 8

9th Place Bracket (1-0)

Semifinal: Pittsburgh-B 13 – SUNY Fredonia Y 5


Steel City Showdown: Norwin, PA – November 12th – 13th, 2016


Pittsburgh-B at the 2016 Steel City Showdown.

At the end of this Fall season, we headed to Turner Valley to compete with many of the teams in our region at the Steel City Showdown. We had been putting in a ton of effort at practice in the weeks leading up to the tournament, which really showed in how Pitt B performed over the weekend. While we lost a couple close games, we learned from each and every one and moved forward as a team. We finished the weekend with a great win over Temple University on universe point, during which Alex Reiser finished his college career with a great sky for the final score. This weekend was a great finish to our fall season and now we can look forward to the upcoming work this winter. This winter, we will train as a team by doing multiple track workouts and film sessions in order to develop as a team. Personally, as it is my first year playing college ultimate, I look forward to seeing our team grow both as ultimate players and as teammates. Keep an eye out for Pitt B this spring!

Pool Play (3-4)

Pittsburgh Youth 15 – Pittsburgh-B 7

Pittsburgh-B 12 – West Virginia 10
Pittsburgh 15 – Pittsburgh-B 2
Pittsburgh-B 14 – Lehigh 8
Maryland 12 – Pittsburgh-B 10
Carnegie Mellon 15 – Pittsburgh-B 9
Pittsburgh-B 10 – Temple 9 recap

Pool Play: Temple
“Starting on D for universe, Handler D earns one. Hank hucks to Reisser for his last career point. That’s a game, that’s a career.”


Florida Warm Up 2017: University of Southern Florida, Tampa, Florida – February 17th – 19th, 2017

Pool Play (6-0)

Pittsburgh-B 13 – Florida State B 7

Pittsburgh-B 12 – Miami 11
Pittsburgh-B 13 – South Florida B 5
Pittsburgh-B 13 – Florida Tech 10
Pittsburgh-B 13 – Florida Gulf Coast 4
Pittsburgh-B 13 – Northwestern B 5

Emerging Powerhouse Championship Bracket (2-0)

Semifinal: Pittsburgh-B 15 – Miami 14

Final: Pittsburgh-B 14 – Central Florida B 7 recap

Final: Central Florida B



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