BY IAN GILL
Up until this year, intramurals and pick-up games were the extent of Ultimate Frisbee play at Franciscan. After a year and a half of going through Student Life and the athletic department, Franciscan University has finally established a team to compete in intercollegiate tournaments and leagues.
This team will travel to play against several teams in Ohio and compete in the Division III Sectionals of the USA Ultimate College League.
Avid Ultimate players Patrick Flanagan, Stephen Wilson, Michael Bissonnette and Tommy Koch were the founding members of the club; they wrote a constitution and went through the process of forming a club athletic team.
The team is called “Franciscan Fatal”, in memory of Neal Rylett who was also an avid Ultimate player before he passed away due to Leukemia in 2012; Neal was a member of Servants of the Savior household and was given the nickname “Fat Al”. The Ultimate team honors him with their name and by having Neal’s initials and number (NAR 16) on their jerseys.
Since attaining club status last semester, Franciscan Fatal has 25 active members on their travel team, many of whom are from a Cincinnati high school conglomerate team called Holy Family Catholic (better known as Revolution)m one of the best high school teams in the nation.
Tony Bort, Tommy Koch, and Michael Bissonnette are the team’s captains and player-coaches. All three played on Revolution and bring a vast amount of Ultimate knowledge to the team.
On Saturday, March 1st, Fatal made their season debut with a scrimmage against Robert Morris University. The team was dominant throughout the entire game, beating the Colonels 23-3.
The team’s leading scorer was Peter Tremblay who scored seven of the teams goals. On the defensive end, Joey Simeo led the team with five forced turnovers. Both Tremblay and Simeo are new to playing Ultimate on a competitive level.
“We played well, but we got sloppy sometimes,” coach Tony Bort said. “We definitely need to work on that because that kind of play won’t fly against more competitive teams we are going to face.”
With natural talent and raw athleticism, Fatal looks forward to making a name for themselves this spring representing Franciscan on the Ultimate field. They will play in a tournament in Cleveland the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd leading up to Sectionals, which take place April 4th-6th.
Once the weather is nicer, they will have regular practices on Saturdays and once during the week. If you have any questions about the team, feel free to email them at firstname.lastname@example.org!