Monday, October 21, 2013

DC Scandal - 2013 Ultimate Champions

DC Scandal wins 2013 USA Ultimate Championship

Washington DC's women's ultimate team - Scandal - won the 2013 USA Ultimate National Championships on October 20th. Ranked 3rd in the nation going into the postseason, DC Scandal went 7-0 over the 4-day tournament. This is Scandal's first-ever title, as well as the first championship for a Washington, DC club ultimate team.

The 2013 Women's Championship game was broadcast by ESPN3. Leading 8-3 at halftime in the finals, Scandal won 14-7, beating the 7-time champion San Francisco Fury.

Scandal posted an impressive 41-5 record this year during the entire Triple Crown Tour, played from June through October. Scandal placed second during two in-season tournaments; once at USA Ultimate US Open Championships (July 2013), and, again at Pro Flight finale (Sept 2013). They won four tournaments during the 2013 season - Winston Cup Challenge (June); Chesapeake Invite (August); Virginia Fusion (September); and Mid-Atlantic Regionals (Sept).

These athletic players - coached by Mike LoPresti & Alex "Dutchy" Ghesquiere, and captained by "Opi" Payne & Molly Roy - competed locally, on the east coast and in California. By winning the postseason tournament in Frisco, Texas, the Scandal team won a total of $2000 in prize money.

PHOTO by: CBMT Creative
Team Leaders at Nationals [USAU stats]
Goals - Sandy Jorgensen (12), Alicia White (9), Kirsten Unfried (8), Alika Johnston (8), Kimberly Beach (7), Samantha Mcclellan(7)
Assists - Opi Payne (14), Anne Mercier (13), Kath Ratcliff (11), Sandy Jorgensen (9), Alicia White (9)
Defensive plays - Sandy Jorgensen (15), Octavia Payne (8), Allison Maddux (8), Anne Mercier (5), Alicia White (5)

Of Note
Two other DC teams played at Club Nationals - DC Truckstop in the Men's division & Ambiguous Grey in the Mixed Division; both placed 15th in their respective divisions.

Additional Coverage:
"DC Women's Squad Wins US Ultimate Nationals!" [Hill Rag]
"A Complete Victory: Scandal Ends An Era of Fury Dominance" [Ultiworld]
"Ultimate Frisbee Team D.C. Scandal Wins National Championship" [DCist]

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