Franciscan University’s FATAL Frisbee team advanced to the regional championship by claiming the title of Ohio Division III Conference champion April 12-13 in Columbus.
FATAL looked very competent before the conference championship after finishing the spring season with an impressive result of 10-0 and ranking first nationwide in D-III. The team did not drop a single game at the championship.
Franciscan faced Denison University for the first game of the day. With both superior offense and defense, FATAL took the game 13-1.
The second game against Ohio Wesleyan University was closer in score. FATAL focused on shutting down long throws and forcing risky passes. FATAL pulled out a win of 13-8.
Unfortunately, a few FATAL players had to leave the tournament for the rest of the day, but Franciscan still played well against its two remaining opponents.
FATAL ended the day by securing 13-6 win against the College of Wooster and 13-7 win against Kenyon College.
Franciscan finished the pool play undefeated and faced Oberlin University in the championship game. Earlier in the school year, FATAL was invited to a tournament organized by Oberlin and defeated both the Oberlin A team and the alumni team to take second place. Regardless, Oberlin looked much stronger as a team in the championship game.
Early in the game, FATAL and Oberlin were evenly matched and traded points. With the help of excellent communication between players, Franciscan took the half with a lead of a few points. In the second half, FATAL overwhelmed its opponent with outstanding defense and offense and took the title of conference champion.
The most notable player of the tournament was the new addition to the team, Stephen Babcock. Active during all the games, Babcock was able to put a halt to the opposing teams’ momentum with incredible defense and to repeatedly score with difficult catches in the end zone.