2011 Preview – Lewis and Clark Bacchus

by | December 9, 2010, 5:00pm 0

[stextbox id=”alert” color=”050505″ bcolor=”6cc3f8″ bgcolor=”ffffff” big=”true” image=”null”]School Name: Lewis and Clark College
Team Name: Bacchus
Captains: Sam Barber, Ben Lohre (junior captain), Kelly Van Arsdale (junior captain)
Jersey Colors: Green and White
Website: www.lclark.edu/college/student_life/student_organizations/frisbee/men/
2010 record: 10-8
Score Reporter


Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get involved with Ultimate at your Lewis & Clark?
Kelly Van Arsdale: I became a captain last year (my sophomore year) which also happened to be my first year at Lewis and Clark. I transferred from the University of Colorado at Boulder after my freshman year. My home town is Bellevue, Washinton so L&C is quite a bit closer to home. My Ultimate career started in 6th grade where I learned how to play from the famous Mary Lowry. In high school I was a captain of the Lakeside Ultimate team, aka The Loins. After that I played for the Seattle YCC team before going to college. I didn’t play my freshman year at Boulder because I was injured.

What is Ultimate at your school all about?
Kelly: Ultimate at Lewis and Clark is about having a good time with an awesome group of guys. We have tons of fun while still maintaining a competitive edge.

How did Bacchus do last year?
Kelly: We didn’t do as well last year as we had hoped. At sectionals we lost in the game to go to Regionals which was upsetting. But, this year we have a lot of new freshman that we are particularly excited about.

Who is your favorite team to play against?
Kelly: We love playing Reed. Our relationship with Reed is great and we scrimmage them pretty often. Last season we only lost to them once which we all agree is one time too many.

Tell me about your coaches/captains.
Kelly: We kind of have coaches, but for now, while we develop the team and teach the freshman, myself and the other captain Sam are doing all of the coaching. The third captain, Ben Lohre, is away for this semester in Africa.

Are there players on your team who deserve consideration for USAU awards?
Kelly: I would say yes for freshman of the year. Several of our guys have some sweet potential.

What Bacchus player is most likely to make a huge play as a thrower, receiver, or on D?
Kelly: As a thrower I would say that Sam Barber is the most likely to make a dope play. Behind his perpetually fogged up glasses and stunning good looks hides a fierce and competitive powerhouse of huge IO backhands and dirty breakmarks. As a defender I’m going to have to give it up to my man Aaron Di Silvestro. He’s a law school student who came to us from George Washington last year. He somehow has eligibility this year which is fantastic. When all 190 pounds of the 6 foot tall Aaron “Wild Card” Di Silvestro hits the ground, the school shakes a little.

Who’s the least athletic starter on your team? What makes him so good?
Kelly: I’m probably the least athletic of the starters because I’m slower than all of them. I’m only decently good because I’m 6’5”. My new nickname, as of last week, is “Air Mail.” (Editors note: Both Yeti AND Kelly are 6’5″+?  That’s one hell of a deep receiving core right there)

It’s easy to see when someone throws a huge huck on gets a layout D. Who’s a player you have to watch more carefully to see how valuable he is to your team?
Kelly: Trent Dilford. He’s the fastest mother fucker ever. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him actually layout because he’s too damn fast. The reason he’s such a threat is because he has a huge backhand huck making him a deadly cutter coming under or going deep.

What does Lewis and Clark like to do on offense and on defense?
Kelly: On offense, protect the disc. On defense, dick in pocket D.

Has your team set any goals for this season?
Kelly: The goal is to make it to DIII Nationals baby.

What has your team been doing this fall to prepare for the spring season?
Kelly: We practice twice a week and condition or lift the other days. We’ve been to Humboldt and Chico and we’re going to Sundodger and OMG.

What tournaments do you plan to attend in the spring? Which are you most looking forward to?
We generally go to Vegas but after last year that probably won’t be happening. Right now we’re looking into the expenses problem of getting ourselves to Mardi Gras so if you know someone with an extra 4,000 bones lying around let me know.

What does your team do to get pumped up for a big game?
Kelly: To be honest, we choose one of our many, highly inappropriate cheers.

What song would you pick for the soundtrack to your team’s 2011 highlight video?
Kelly: Toot it and boot it. Make her feel stupid.

Who’s going to win the 2011 USA Ultimate College Championships?
Carleton. They should have won last year but they got scared in the face of those bros on Florida.

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