History: 2018 – 2019 Season


# 14 Aiden Landis
# 49 Dan Nichols
# 34 Henry Ing
# 7 Chris Ng
# 3 Dillon Garrett
# 41 Harry McNamara
# 17 Kevin Tsui
# 47 Marcel Oliart
# 9 Myles Cooper
# 15 Will Helenski
# 24 Will Hoffenkamp
# 99 Alex Spenceley
# 35 Daniel Goldstein
# 11 Leo Warren
# 92 Max Thompson
# 79 Michael Ing*
# 21 Noah Robinson
# 37 Noah Weintraub
5th Year/Grad
# 13 Andrew Lehmberg*
# 42 Ben Morgenstern*
# 4 Brian Ward
# 29 Hafeez Shams
# 17 Matthew Hanna
Head Coach: Nick Kaczmarek* denotes team captain
Assistant Coach: Christie Lawry, Colin Conner
Team Manager: Matthew Hess, Zac Cook


Ohio Valley 2nd Team All-Region: Noah Robinson (Senior)
Ohio Valley 1st Team All-Region: Andrew Lehmberg (5th Year/Grad)
Callahan Nominee: Andrew Lehmberg (5th Year/Grad)
Ohio Valley All-Freshman: Henry Ing
Ohio Valley 1st Team Freshman of the Year: Henry Ing
Ohio Valley 2nd Team All-Region: Henry Ing (Freshman)
Ohio Valley 2nd Team All-Region: Leo Warren (Senior)
Ohio Valley 1st Team All-Region: Michael Ing (Senior)
Ultiworld 1st Team All-American: Michael Ing (Senior)


Alumni Game 2018: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – October 7th, 2018
Steel City Showdown: Slippery Rock, PA – October 20th, 2018
Fall Easterns: Wilmington, NC – November 3rd – 4th, 2018
Bubble Bowl 2019: Pittsburgh, PA – January 19th – 20th, 2019
Florida Warm Up: Tampa, Florida – February 8th – 10th, 2019
Classic City Invite: Athens, Georgia – March 9th – 10th, 2019
Easterns 2019: Myrtle Beach, SC – March 30th – 31st, 2019
West Penn D-I Conferences: Morgantown, WV – April 13th – 14th, 2019
Ohio Valley D-I College Men’s Regionals: Allentown, PA/Pittsburgh, PA – April 28th – May 4th, 2019
D-I College Championships: Round Rock, TX – May 24th – 27th, 2019


Pittsburgh-B Roster:

# 2 Austin Snyder
# 61 Aaron Greenberg
# 8 Alex Hain
# 68 Carter Dunlap
# 81 Connor McFadden
# 18 Dmitri Zalnasky
# 72 Eli Block
# 44 Mike Hayden
# 25 RK Cobb
# 7 Santino Marchesano
# 99 Shay Mallick
# 9 Benji Lacroix
# 33 Chris Turocy
# 11 Ethan Murphy
# 27 Riley Park
# 3 Charles Lee
# 20 David Smith
# 5 Kevin Smith
# 28 Trent Greener
# 17 Varun Zaver
5th Year/Grad
# 14 Devon Callanan
# 0 Josh Pogue
Head Coach: Sean Tuxill* denotes team captain
Assistant Coach: Hafeez Shams, Matthew Walheim

Pittsburgh-B Tournaments:

Steel City Showdown: Slippery Rock, PA – October 20th, 2018
OU Tourney: Athens, Ohio – November 10th – 11th, 2018
Bubble Bowl 2019: Pittsburgh, PA – January 19th – 20th, 2019
Huckin’ in the Hills VI: Morgantown, WV – March 2nd – 3rd, 2019
Mash-Up 2019: Axton, VA/Chapel Hill, NC – March 9th – 10th, 2019
CWRUL Memorial 2019: Columbus, OH – March 23rd – 24th, 2019
Ohio Valley Developmental Conferences: Cleveland, OH – April 20th – 21st, 2019
Ohio Valley D-I College Men’s Regionals: Allentown, PA – April 28th – May 4th, 2019

Alumni Game 2018: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – October 7th, 2018

Alumni Game Photo.

After yet another successful Alumni Weekend, Pittsburgh En Sabah Nur hosts their annual alumni game. The Alumni defeat the current team yet again 13-10.

Alumni Game (0-1)

Pitt Alumni 13 – Pittsburgh 10

Steel City Showdown: Slippery Rock, PA – October 20th, 2018

Pitt 2018-2019 takes on Steel City Showdown 2018

Pool Play (3-2)

Pittsburgh 13 – Maryland 6

Case Western Reserve 11 – Pittsburgh 10
Pittsburgh 10 – Carnegie Mellon 6
Cornell 11 – Pittsburgh 9
Pittsburgh 13 – Dayton 5

Fall Easterns: Wilmington, NC – November 3rd – 4th, 2018

The final fall tournament of the 2018-2019 season. Pitt takes 5th place at Fall Easterns

Pool Play (1-2)

Pittsburgh 13 – Maryland 7

North Carolina-Wilmington 11 – Pittsburgh 10
North Carolina State 13 – Pittsburgh 12

Championship Bracket (1-1)

Prequarterfinal: Pittsburgh 13 – Tennessee 11

Quarterfinal: Georgia 13 – Pittsburgh 12

5th Place Bracket (2-0)

Semifinal: Pittsburgh 13 – Virginia Tech 5

Final: Pittsburgh 11 – Alabama 4

Bubble Bowl 2019: Pittsburgh, PA – January 19th – 20th, 2019

En Sabah Nur hosts their second Bubble Bowl in Pittsburgh.

As winter break drew to a close, everyone was looking forward to the chance to play the first games of the season in the second annual Bubble Bowl, an indoor tournament we host in the new sports dome on campus. As the weekend drew closer, reports of a massive snowstorm headed to Pittsburgh disrupted our plan Bubble Bowl. Almost every team was forced to drop out to avoid traveling during the storm. The only teams still able to play in the Bubble Bowl were En Sabah Nur, Pitt B, and CMU. Luckily, a Pittsburgh Club team was put together last minute to be the fourth team at the tournament, allowing us to play a small round robin of games.

Although the weather ruined the original plans of the Bubble Bowl, we were still able to get meaningful reps against tough competition that helped prepare us for the rest of our spring season.

Pool Play (4-1)

Pittsburgh 14 – Carnegie Mellon 6 recap

Pittsburgh Club 15 – Pittsburgh 12 recap
Pittsburgh 15 – Pittsburgh-B 9 recap
Pittsburgh 13 – Carnegie Mellon 8 recap
Pittsburgh 16 – Pittsburgh Club 14

Pool Play: Carnegie Mellon
Game one of the Bubble Bowl was against CMU. The game started with trading holds until we decided to come out with a zone, yielding a turn and later the first break of the game. The one break was all we needed, and we rolled the rest of the way to a 14-6 victory over CMU.

Pool Play: Pittsburgh Club
Our second game of the Bubble Bowl was against the Pittsburgh Club team, made up of players from Pittsburgh looking to get some reps in during the long Pittsburgh winter and club offseason, including a few recent En Sabah Nur alumni, such as Jimmy Towle, Thomas Edmonds, Dylan Best, Sam Van Dusen, and Kyle Hartley. The first half had only one break, with Pittsburgh club breaking to take a 2-4 lead. We traded holds for the rest of the first half and went into halftime down 6-8. Needing breaks to get back into the game, we attempted a zone in the second half to try and generate more turns. The variety of skilled throwers on Pittsburgh Club allowed them to easily pick apart the zone every time and score. Both teams continued to hold until, down 12-14, a miscue gave Pittsburgh club an opportunity to break and win, which they did off of a huge deep shot.

Pool Play: Pittsburgh-B
Our final game of the first day was against our own brothers, the Pitt B team. We jumped out to a hot start, stringing together four breaks to take an early 4-0 lead. After that, Pitt B came storming back, tying the score at 7-7 before we took half 8-7. In the second half we were able to stifle Pitt B’s offense and cruised to a 15-9 win. The Program, top to bottom, is looking strong.

Pool Play: Carnegie Mellon
Day 2 of the Bubble Bowl saw the boys playing against CMU again. This game panned out much like the previous days matchup. Our zone was able to generate great pressure and eventually lead to breaks, while our offense played cleanly and did not give up a break for the whole game, leading to a final score of 13-8.

Florida Warm Up: Tampa, Florida – February 8th – 10th, 2019

On February 8th, En Sabah Nur escaped the cold, rain, and snow of Pittsburgh, and flew down to Tampa, Florida for Warm Up, our first major tournament of the 2019 season.

Pitt at Florida Warm Up with transfer Julius Hubby. We miss him.

Pool Play (5-1)

Pittsburgh 13 – Northwestern 7 recap

Pittsburgh 13 – South Florida 3 recap
Pittsburgh 13 – Carleton College 11 recap
Brigham Young 12 – Pittsburgh 11 recap
Pittsburgh 10 – Wisconsin 7
Pittsburgh 13 – Central Florida 7

Championship Bracket (0-1)

Quarterfinal: Texas 15 – Pittsburgh 10 recap

5th Place Bracket (2-0)

Semifinal: Pittsburgh 12 – Texas-Dallas 10 recap

Final: Pittsburgh 12 – Texas A&M 10 recap

Pool Play: Northwestern

Max Thompson steps out for the throw.

Our first game was against Northwestern, which ended with a convincing 13-7 win. The D-line provided high pressure all game, with some big bids from freshman Henry Ing and Sophomore Myles Cooper, and huge skys from sophomore Will Hoffenkamp.

Pool Play: South Florida
After a bye, we played the host team, South Florida, which ended in a quick 13-3 black sea victory.

Pool Play: Carleton College
In the first rivalry game of the season, we started off trading holds with CUT to 6-6. We took the momentum going into halftime with the first break of the game off of a Michael Ing bookends. We traded a few more holds, until they tied it at 9-9 with a break of their own. We continued to trade until 12-11, and sent the D-line out for an opportunity to break for the win. After a marathon point, we scored on a huck, but a CUT player who was not involved in the play cramped up and called an injury, so the disc came back. A few more turnovers later, we were back on the doorstep of the endzone and scored with some patient offense. Freshman Aiden Landis led the offense with three goals and three assists, Fifth-year Andrew Lehmberg showed intense grit to get a run through D after dropping a potential game-winning goal, and sophomore Kevin Tsui got his first sky with a sweet two-handed jam over two CUT players.

Pitt Wins Thriller Over Carleton

Pittsburgh and Carleton played the game of the day on Friday night, a rematch of the 2018 National semifinal game. The game didn’t feel like an early February tuneup between two teams looking to ready themselves for Nationals. It was a back-and-forth heavyweight battle that both teams clearly wanted to win.

The first half was comprised almost entirely of holds, though both clubs missed out on multiple break chances. The first and only break of the half wasn’t taken until the final point of the half, when Michael Ing showed off why he’s one of the best players in the country. Ing got a deep block in one-on-one coverage, commanded the offense to start the possession, and then took off deep for the huck score to get the break to take half at 7-6.

Both teams traded haymakers in the second half, with Harry Wolff Landau particularly dangerous deep for Carleton. Leo Warren was pivotal in the Pitt backfield, feeding his army of athletic, tall cutters downfield.

It was Carleton who got the first break of the half to make it 9-9 after Pittsburgh turned it over an a dropped under. They were left to rue a missed opportunity on the next point when Pitt turned on a misthrown huck but Carleton couldn’t capitalize.

Myles Cooper gets up.

The teams traded holds to 12-11, in favor of Pittsburgh, with big plays from Warren and Kevin Tsui for Pitt and Wolff Landau and Stanley Birdsong for Carleton.

With the game to 13, but still with win by two rules in effect, Pitt put out a ‘kill line,’ featuring Ing, Warren, and some other offensive mainstays.

Pitt forced an early turn – a high stall punt – and worked the disc downfield before calling a timeout to set up the redzone offense. An easy drop in the endzone out of the timeout, though, gave Carleton another chance.

Carleton coughed it up again, however, and Pitt appeared to have the game won on a huck to Warren, but an injury call brought the disc back. A quick exchange of turns led to another Pitt redzone opportunity. This time it was Ing who was able to escape from an exhausted Birdsong to get the game winning score, 13-11.

For Pitt, the game was a cap to an all around impressive day. Freshman Henry Ing, Michael’s brother, was a two-way force, playing major minutes on both offense and defense. Their depth was impressive, too. The whole team was fast and played with an impressive level of intensity for an early season tournament. They were easily one of the two best teams on the day.

Written by Daniel Prentice for

Pool Play: Brigham Young

Leo Warren gets up big against Brigham Young.

Day two started off with a big game against BYU, who showed they are for real, despite not being able to attend Nationals due to religious reasons. The wind had picked up and challenged our throwers all day. We were up coming out of half, but they strung on a couple breaks to take the game to double game point. We received on DGP, but a short-field turnover by popping up a throw in the wind. Matt Hanna got a nice layout D in the endzone to get possession back, but we turned again. BYU was able to get back to the endzone and scored on a tipped pass.

Quarterfinal: Texas
After a long three games to start the day, we played Texas under lights in quarterfinals. In another windy battle, they took the win 10-14. We had a few too many execution errors on offense and lacked defensive intensity to earn the disc back. It was a rough loss to take, but Texas showed us what we needed to work on to improve.

Texas Stuns Pitt 15-10 In Upset Win

Pitt entered the bracket as a heavy favorite to make the final. They’d looked like one of the two best teams of the tournament on Friday, and their one loss on Saturday – a double game point defeat to BYU – looked like little more than a tight loss against a fellow elite team that could easily have gone their way1. Texas, on the other hand, was blown out by Central Florida on Friday and had a couple close wins over teams that finished nowhere near the top bracket in LSU and Tufts Saturday morning.

When Pitt got back to back breaks to start the game, it looked as though the game was headed for a comfortable Pitt win. Texas prevented the game from getting out of hand, though, by calling a timeout, and coming back with a clean hold for 2-1. They then instantly got one of the breaks back when some sloppiness began to creep into the Pitt offense and Gage Edblom made a huge layout grab in the endzone for a Texas score.

The teams traded holds to a 5-4 Pitt lead, but the Pitt offense continued to show signs of vulnerability. Michael Ing had some unforced turnovers, and the whole offense had lapses of confusion and execution errors. Those issues compounded at the end of the half to the tune of a 4-0 run from Texas into the half. Pitt looked rattled and a little tired, and Texas brought an energy level you’d usually see in a bracket game at Nationals to overwhelm their opponents at the end of the half.

The moment was never too big for them in the half, and they never came close to relinquishing their lead. Noah Chambers and Reese Bowman continued to make gravity-defying, momentum-seizing plays, and the Pitt defense couldn’t create enough problems for the Texas offense to get back in the game. The Texas club grabbed two more breaks in the second half and gave up none of their own to knock off Pitt by a well-earned five goal margin and advance to semifinals.

Written by Charlie Eisenhood for

Semifinal: Texas-Dallas

Henry Ing goes up for the big sky.

In the 5th place bracket we got to play against Julius Hubby, who transferred to UT-Dallas after his freshman year at PITT. We took the W in a close one, 12-10.

Final: Texas A&M
In the last game of the weekend, we got a comeback win against Texas A&M to take fifth place. Henry Ing put the team on his back and caught the last three goals for breaks as we won.

Classic City Invite: Athens, Georgia – March 9th – 10th, 2019

For the first time in program History, Pitt travels to Georgia for Classic City Invite

Pool Play (5-1)

Massachusetts 13 – Pittsburgh 12

Pittsburgh 13 – Kennesaw State 9
Pittsburgh 15 – Florida State 6
Pittsburgh 13 – Georgia 3
Pittsburgh 10 – North Carolina State 5
Pittsburgh 11 – South Carolina 8

Easterns 2019: Myrtle Beach, SC – March 30th – 31st, 2019

En Sabah Nur arrive at the sunny beaches of Myrtle Beach to take on national level opponets

Pool Play (4-0)

Pittsburgh 13 – Northwestern 7

Pittsburgh 13 – Tufts 9
Pittsburgh 13 – North Carolina-Wilmington 4
Pittsburgh 13 – William & Mary 9

Championship Bracket (1-1)

Quarterfinal: Pittsburgh 13 – Massachusetts 12

Semifinal: Brown 12 – Pittsburgh 11

3rd Place Bracket (0-1)

Final: Oregon 14 – Pittsburgh 13

West Penn D-I Conferences: Morgantown, WV – April 13th – 14th, 2019

Pool Play (6-0)

Pittsburgh 15 – West Virginia 1

Pittsburgh 13 – Carnegie Mellon 9
Pittsburgh 15 – Edinboro 0
Pittsburgh 15 – Indiana (Pennsylvania) 2
Pittsburgh 13 – Penn State 10
Pittsburgh 15 – Slippery Rock 1

Championship Bracket (1-0)

Final: Pittsburgh 15 – Penn State 6

Ohio Valley D-I College Men’s Regionals: Allentown, PA/Pittsburgh, PA – April 28th – May 4th, 2019

Championship Bracket (3-1)

Prequarterfinal: Pittsburgh 15 – Miami (Ohio) 2

Quarterfinal: Pittsburgh 15 – Villanova 3
Semifinal: Pittsburgh 15 – Carnegie Mellon 6
Final: Ohio State 14 – Pittsburgh 13 recap

2nd Place Backdoor Bracket (1-0)

Final: Pittsburgh 15 – Carnegie Mellon 9

Final: Ohio State

D-I College Championships: Round Rock, TX – May 24th – 27th, 2019

En Sabah Nur continues its streak of making quarters at Nationals extending it to 11 straight.

Pool Play (3-1)

Pittsburgh 14 – Oregon 12 recap

Victoria 14 – Pittsburgh 9 recap
Pittsburgh 15 – Wisconsin 13 recap
Pittsburgh 12 – Tufts 5 recap

Championship Bracket (0-1)

Quarterfinal: Colorado 15 – Pittsburgh 13 recap

Pool Play: Oregon
In a matchup of title contenders, Pool C top seed Pittsburgh beat pool second seed Oregon 14 – 12 on the showcase field this afternoon. The win avenged a late-March loss and made a loud statement about the team’s ceiling, which some had questioned after they lost to Ohio State in their regional final.

Andrew Lehmberg, in what would become a theme this afternoon, threw the game’s first score, dancing his way open in the upfield reset space and finishing with an easy continue. Pittsburgh has a multi-faceted offense, but today Lehmberg was the star. On a day of ultimate defined by the wind, he played it to perfection, sending tricky throws into and around the gusts with the blithe confidence of a kid at recess. With Oregon making a furious push as the game passed into hard cap, it was Lehmberg who reached into his quiver and launched a perfect upwind huck behind the Oregon defense to seal the win.

On the defensive side of things, Pitt played extremely well. They only allowed a couple of clean holds, mostly frustrating the Oregon offense into putting up small-window hucks or hesitant probes into the pointy parts of one of their zone looks. Will Hoffenkamp emerged as a leader for the D-line, both on the statistics sheet and with his laser-focus after turnovers. The D-line weren’t perfect by any stretch, but what they lacked in efficiency they made up for it in determination.

Written by Edward Stephens for Ultiworld

Pool Play: Victoria
It was the upset no one saw coming: the Pool C fifth seed Victoria Vikes soundly defeated pool top seed Pittsburgh En Sabah Nur in an extremely windy final round of play on Friday. The Vikes, who lost a laugher to Wisconsin earlier in the day, came out swinging, built a big lead, made it bigger, and made it stand up. It was the team’s first ever win at Nationals.

Victoria coach Malcolm Bryson offered some thoughts the Vikes’ slow start on Friday. “We’re coming in extremely rusty, and we don’t play in the wind very often.” If that’s true, they shook off the rust and leaned into the windy conditions almost on the fly. Their barrage of inside flick looks are naturally wind resistant, the upwind deep throws kept their edge better than those of most other teams, and long downwind shots were largely abandoned in favor of slower, higher, shorter tosses with a larger margin of error. “We adapted to the conditions and stopped playing afraid.”

Pittsburgh had drawn a tough lot on the schedule. After a knock-down, drag-out slugfest against fellow title contenders Oregon in the stadium, En Sabah Nur had to strike camp and move to one of the satellite fields. Once there, they had no time to prepare before the next game began. Pittsburgh fell into a multiple-break hole early and never climbed back into the game. For the casual observer, it was easy to point to the tough schedule as the source of the loss. But head coach Nick Kaczmarek refused to blame the long walk for the team’s struggles. “We knew this was the situation for weeks. We scrimmaged a local team back-to-back. We were ready for it.”

So, what happened? “We did not do a great job of switching mental gears.” Or, in practical terms, the team started putting up more devil-may-care shots on offense and failing to adjust to guard the dangerous spaces that Victoria most wanted to attack. “It was a really good moral lesson for us.”

Written by Edward Stephens for Ultiworld

Pool Play: Wisconsin
The pool play game between Wisconsin and Pittsburgh was chock full of highlight-reel plays: fantastic hucks, toe-ins galore, and hard-nose defense. Despite a pair of late pushes from the Hodags, however, Pittsburgh came away with a strong 15-13 victory.

Andrew Lehmberg picked up right where he left off from yesterday’s game against Ego. The Pittsburgh star has been the best player on the field for them. He continues to impose his will on the wind with his throws, as well as to pick his spots to exploit the defense deep. The other Pittsburgh player to make a major impact was D-line fixture Kevin Tsui. He found openings for two layout blocks in the first half, and caught or threw a number of breaks for En Sabah Nur.

Wisconsin were no mood to go down quietly, and they had a bevy of players stepping up. Pittsburgh executed a gameplan to force Nick Vogt under all game, which created a vacuum that Ted Schewe was only too happy to fill. Schewe was a highlight machine for the Hodags. He announced himself with an unbelievable layout catch at the back of the end zone early in the first half and remained at that level for most of the game.

But not everyone on Wisconsin played up, and some bad mistakes gave Pittsburgh a healthy 8-5 halftime lead. A few points into the second half, Pittsburgh began to widen the gap to 11-7. A three break lead in an upwind-downwind game? That’s easy money.

Sam Hebert and the Wisconsin defense had other ideas. A couple of upwind breaks, which Hebert personally led up the field, put them back in range: pulling downwind at 11-12. Meanwhile, Lehmberg left the game with an injury. (He’s managing it and will continue to play, under observation, later in the day.) The Hodag defense was tight, but Pittsburgh handler Hafeez Shams mustered the strength to send a huge backhand from half field deep into the attacking endzone, where Will Hoffenkamp came down with it. Wisconsin lost the disc on their next offensive possession, and Kevin Tsui worked his way underneath his defender for a devastating Pittsburgh break for 14-11.

Did I say ‘devastating?’ It should have been, but Wisconsin had one more comeback in them. After a somewhat difficult hold, Hebert marshalled the d-line to another upwind break, zipping a forehand to Vogt through two defenders. Vogt just barely kept a foot behind the front line.

Pittsburgh, with a slim 14-13 lead, had to go upwind again to finish the game. They’ve been more careful than anybody about field position so far this weekend, and the huck felt inevitable. Leo Warren found daylight on the breakside and sent a powerful flick to the end zone for Max Thompson. Thompson lost his footing as a teammate and a defender got caught up in his legs, but he held on for the score. I think it’s safe to say that, after yesterday’s puzzling late-afternoon loss to Victoria, Pittsburgh is back in working order.

Wisconsin mostly played well. They were valiant enough to win the game, but not quite focused in the early-going, and it cost them their best shot to take the pool.

Both teams are now 2-1 (along with Oregon, who beat Victoria on another field) in Pool C, which is still up for grabs. If Pitt beat Tufts this afternoon, they’ll win the pool. If, however, they fall to another low seed the way they did yesterday, they’ll find themselves in a musical chairs scenario with Victoria (already 2-2) and the loser of the Oregon-Wisconsin game for the two pre-quarters spots. A Pittsburgh win would also ensure that Oregon and Wisconsin, who both own head-to-head wins over Victoria, move on.

Written by Edward Stephens for Ultiworld

Pool Play: Tufts
Pittsburgh weren’t about to let another pool play game slip away, not with the tantalizing prospect of a free pass to quarters and facing the threat of ending up on the wrong end of a three-way. They dispatched Tufts E-Men in convincing fashion, breaking early and late for a 12-5 win. With the victory, they clinch the top spot of Pool C.

Tufts, playing without Jac Carreiro, could not muster any kind of offense for much of the first half. Every time Aaron Epstein and Eric Chen started to make progress down the field, the Pittsburgh defense, like a seawall, held back the swell. Tufts didn’t earn a clean hold until their sixth offensive point, not for lack of trying.

The Pittsburgh attack after the turn – like the offense, who were seldom on the field – was an overwhelming force. As they’ve shown for most of the weekend, their throwers were comfortable in the blustery conditions. Leo Warren and Will Hoffenkamp continued to place deep flicks against the wind, and Hafeez Shams drew gasps from the crowd with a thundering sixty-yard downwind hammer that hit Max Thompson in the chest for a score. The win completed a day of redemption for their late-afternoon stumble against Victoria yesterday.

Written by Steve Sullivan for Ultiworld

Quarterfinal: Colorado
The wind died down and the intensity ratcheted up for a back-and-forth quarterfinal between division blue-bloods Pittsburgh and Colorado on Sunday morning. Colorado pulled away in the second half and withstood a late charge to edge out Pitt 15-13 to advance to semifinals.

Both teams took their shots early, and Colorado’s were on point. They built a three-break lead early with big throws from Quinn Finer and Isaac Chestler. The Pitt defense was close on every play, but the placement of the throws was too good for them to get a touch. At 4-1, Mamabird were brimming with energy and confidence.

For Pittsburgh, on the other hand, it took longer to get a handle on the suddenly calm conditions. Andrew Lehmberg, Leo Warren, Michael Ing, and Will Hoffenkamp, who hit their spots constantly on Friday and Saturday, all erred in the first half. From the look of things, Pitt were suffering from a mental carryover from pool play.

“We went into the upwind/downwind games [on Friday and Saturday] with the mindset that the deep shot, even if it wasn’t high percentage, was a better look than turning in the backfield,” said Warren. That logic did not apply in the much calmer conditions Sunday morning, and, consequently, Colorado had little trouble moving the disc after the Pittsburgh turnovers.

Pitt eventually pumped the brakes on their deep game and started to find consistent offensive success. “We definitely re-calibrated,” said Ing.

At the same time, Mamabird developed some foibles of their own. Given their hot start, they didn’t need to rely much on their dump set. Once Pittsburgh adjusted the defense to force them to grind, Colorado tensed up and showed some cracks. Covered players weren’t clearing early enough out of the dump space, fill cutters arrived late, and throws hit the turf.

It was just the opening Pitt needed to close the gap. Sophomores Hoffenkamp, Harry McNamara, and Kevin Tsui, playing nearly every defensive point for Pittsburgh during the tournament, took full advantage of Colorado’s mistakes. Those three carried Pittsburgh through a four-goal run to retake the lead at 5-4, and a few gritty points later, Pittsburgh took half on serve.

Colorado came back to the field with a new focus: using the break side. “Pitt’s poaches in the lane were super-effective in the first half,” said Finer. They had to find another point of attack. True to his words, the Mamabird offense pushed deep into Pittsburgh territory with big-yardage swings, with Finer and Alex Atkins taking turns as the hub. The plan was a good one: they held and broke to put themselves back in control of the game.

But there are some moments that you can’t plan. Atkins, pulling with a 9-8 lead, launched the disc into the stratosphere. It finally landed almost ten seconds later, half-way into the Pittsburgh end zone and just inside the line. Atkins took a philosophical line when I asked him to assess the devastating pull: “Dude, I’m just throwing it as hard and as high as I can so my teammates can run after it.” Jace Pivonka jumped the lane on the Pitt’s first throw for a Callahan. The Mamabird sidelines went berserk.

Faced with a 13-10 deficit, Pittsburgh refused to give in. The inherent desperation of the moment brought the best out of Pitt’s top performers as Ing, Hoffenkamp, and Lehmberg led En Sabah Nur back to 13-12. After Finer led Colorado to another hold, it was Matt Hanna’s turn to step into the limelight. Mamabird had the disc a few with a few yards to go for the winning break and called timeout. The play call was for an inside flick look to the back of the stack. Hanna, a step-and-a-half behind the cutter, sprawled past his inside hip to break up the score. Ing braved heavy contact the other way to secure the goal that narrowed the lead once more to a single goal. Hanna’s block was the equivalent of a call from the governor’s office just before dawn: it bought Pittsburgh a little more time.

Colorado’s next possession did not go according to plan. Pitt had the disc once more in the hands of Tsui, Hoffenkamp, and McNamara. They worked it to the Colorado goal line and looked for Ing in isolation at the front. Just like he had been doing all weekend, Ing deked his way open. But the throw, a little high and tight, glanced off his fingers. A catch would have tied the game and put Pittsburgh in fantastic position to break on the next point.

Colorado struck quickly on the counter. Daniel Brunker got the disc on the force sideline and powered a picture-perfect flick huck to Alex Tatum in the end zone. Game, Mamabird.

Ing, searching for answers after the game, struggled to process the loss. “Sometimes it falls your way, and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s not a concrete thing.” A few moments later, he added, “I think we had more to give.”

Written by Edward Stephens for

Pittsburgh-B Tournaments

Steel City Showdown: Slippery Rock, PA – October 20th, 2018

Pitt B 2018-2019 takes on Steel City Showdown 2018

Pool Play (0-4)

Penn State 13 – Pittsburgh-B 7

Maryland 12 – Pittsburgh-B 6
Dayton 10 – Pittsburgh-B 9
Case Western Reserve 11 – Pittsburgh-B 8

OU Tourney: Athens, Ohio – November 10th – 11th, 2018

Pitt B ends their fall season with a third place showing at OU Tourney

Pool Play (2-2)

Miami (Ohio) 11 – Pittsburgh-B 10

Pittsburgh-B 13 – Ohio B 6
Pittsburgh-B 15 – Bowling Green 8
Ohio 15 – Pittsburgh-B 8

3rd Place Bracket (2-0)

Pittsburgh-B 15 – Akron 5

Pittsburgh-B 15 – Edinboro 3

Bubble Bowl 2019: Pittsburgh, PA – January 19th – 20th, 2019

Pool Play (1-4)

Pittsburgh Club 15 – Pittsburgh-B 1

Carnegie Mellon 15 – Pittsburgh-B 5
Pittsburgh 15 – Pittsburgh-B 9
Pittsburgh Club 15 – Pittsburgh-B 5
Pittsburgh-B 12 – Carnegie Mellon 11

Huckin’ in the Hills VI: Morgantown, WV – March 2nd – 3rd, 2019

Pool Play (4-0)

Pittsburgh-B 13 – Indiana (Pennsylvania) 1

Pittsburgh-B 13 – Carnegie Mellon B 1
Pittsburgh-B 13 – Kent State 4
Pittsburgh-B 13 – Akron 4

Mash-Up 2019: Axton, VA/Chapel Hill, NC – March 9th – 10th, 2019

Classic City Classic champions.

Pool Play (3-0)

Pittsburgh-B 13 – Campbell 4

Pittsburgh-B 10 – SUNY Fredonia 5
Pittsburgh-B 12 – New Hampshire 10

Championship Bracket (2-1)

Quarterfinal: Pittsburgh-B 13 – North Carolina State B 1

Semifinal: Pittsburgh-B 13 – Delaware B 3
Final: Ohio 10 – Pittsburgh-B 6

CWRUL Memorial 2019: Columbus, OH – March 23rd – 24th, 2019

Pool Play (1-2)

Purdue 13 – Pittsburgh-B 4

Ohio 13 – Pittsburgh-B 8
Pittsburgh-B 12 – Vanderbilt 7

Championship Bracket (1-1)

Prequarterfinal: Pittsburgh-B 15 – Lehigh 11

Quarterfinal: Case Western Reserve 14 – Pittsburgh-B 9

5th Place Bracket (0-1)

Semifinal: Syracuse 10 – Pittsburgh-B 9

7th Place Bracket (0-1)

Final: Kentucky 11 – Pittsburgh-B 10

Ohio Valley Developmental Conferences: Cleveland, OH – April 20th – 21st, 2019

Pool Play (6-0)

Pittsburgh-B 13 – Pennsylvania B 4

Pittsburgh-B 14 – Penn State B 10
Pittsburgh-B 14 – Case Western Reserve B 2
Pittsburgh-B W – Oberlin B L
Pittsburgh-B 12 – Ohio State B 10
Pittsburgh-B W – Temple B L

Ohio Valley D-I College Men’s Regionals: Allentown, PA – April 28th – May 4th, 2019

Championship Bracket (0-1)

Prequarterfinal: Temple 14 – Pittsburgh-B 7

2nd Place Backdoor Bracket (0-1)

Round of 64: Lehigh 15 – Pittsburgh-B 10

13th Place Bracket (0-1)

Semifinal: Pennsylvania 11 – Pittsburgh-B 8

15th Place Bracket (1-0)

Final: Pittsburgh-B W – Miami (Ohio) F