2011 Preview- CUNY-Hunter College

by | December 7, 2010, 12:00pm 0

[stextbox id=”alert” color=”050505″ bcolor=”6cc3f8″ bgcolor=”ffffff” big=”true” image=”null”]School Name: Hunter College
Team Name: TBD
Captains: Cliff Pysher, Ian Levy, Marc Liu, Alex Kraljic
Coach: Cliff Pysher
Year Founded: 2009
Jersey Colors: Purple and White
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Tell me a little about yourself. How did you get involved with ultimate at your school?
Cliff Pysher:
I am the head captain and coach of the Hunter College Ultimate Frisbee team.  I started playing Ultimate for some post-basketball season fun in my senior year of high school and got hooked.  Because I got into the sport so late, I did not consider it in my application process and found that Hunter College had no team.  I played in leagues and tried out for PoNY and other club teams in my freshman year but decided I really wanted to try and compete at the college level while I still had the chance.  I founded the team in the beginning of my sophomore year and we have grown dramatically since.

How did your team do last year?
Last year we did not do very well.  I came into the season very optimistic and left very disappointed, along with many players on the team who expected better.  We had an undefeated preseason and a winless season, but the “Steakfest ’10” tournament was far and away our favorite even though we lost some close games (13-11, 11-10) and got clobbered some others.

What was the highlight of your season?
The highlight of the season had a lot of drama to it.  When I played in the NYC High School Ultimate League, Stuyvesant was extremely good.  Last year, they won city/state and I believe placed 13th in the High School Easterns tournament.  Nonetheless, I was able to secure a game against them in our preseason.  Our team was composed of me and four players who had some prior experience (including a former bench warmer for Stuy) and the rest of the team had never played a competitive game before.  It felt like David and Goliath.  Here was a team that had destroyed me in high school when I had a team with much more experience.  But thanks to fate (there was a heavy wind and our only competent defense was a variation on the 4-man cup) the playing field was leveled and the game was EPIC.  After a grueling and physical game, we’re up 13-12 and we work it all the way upwind and call timeout and give the whole pep talk and then we turn it over and they huck for a touchdown…universe point.  13-13.  They pull to us, we turn over at midfield, they turn over on the end zone, we turn over on a huck to their end zone, they turn over on the next throw, and before any of us can set up a rookie picks up the disc and tosses it in the end zone.  14-13 C

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