2011 Preview – Carleton CUT

by | January 13, 2011, 10:00am 0

[stextbox id=”alert” color=”050505″ bcolor=”6cc3f8″ bgcolor=”ffffff” big=”true” image=”null”]School Name: Carleton College
Team Name: CUT (Carleton Ultimate Team)
Captains: Grant Lindsley, Alex Evangelides, Christian Foster
Coach: Phil Bowen
Year Founded: 1985
Jersey Colors: N/A
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Photo by Perry Nacionales (mapgeek.com)

Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get involved with Ultimate at Carleton?

Nick Stuart: I’m a Sophomore here at Carleton College. I started playing Ultimate when I was about 8 years old. I started playing because my dad Played at Princeton in the late 80’s and I grew up around Ultimate.

How did your team do last year?

Nick: Second in the Nation

Who is your favorite team to play against?

Nick: The University of Wisconsin Hodags. The rivalry that comes along with playing them is unlike anything I have ever experienced. I love to compete against them and every game that we play is memorable.

Tell us about your coaches and captains. What do they bring to your team?

Nick: All three of our captains are seniors on the team who play huge roles. We look to them to be rocks that we can fall on during tough times at a practice or during a big game. Phil is an alumni who knows an incredible amount about the sport, he just came off a National Championship captaining Surly and is a great asset to have on our team.

A Carleton player marks up against a player from Pitt in the semi-finals of the 2010 College Championships. Carleton would win 15-9 - Photo by Perry Nacionales (mapgeek.com)

Are there players on your team who deserve consideration for Callahan, All-Region, or Freshman of the Year?

Nick: Absolutely. I think that all of our seniors could make All-Region, and many of them already have. I think that we also have a few who could be incredible candidates for Callahan as well. I think that Jonah Herscu has the potential to become the best freshman in the country.

What player is most likely to make a huge play as a thrower? As a receiver? On D?

Nick: Look to Simon Montague to make some gigantic plays as a thrower. Watch for Christian Foster and Alex Evangelides to make the big plays on D.

Who’s a player you have to watch more carefully to see how valuable he is to your team?

Alex Kinsey and Justin Norden are going to be some of the most consistent handlers in the country. In my opinion Patrick Roberts is one of the most consistent cutters in the nation, with arguably the best hands of anyone.

How does your team bring new players up to speed?

Nick: We practice practice practice.

What does your team like to do on offense and on defense?

Nick: We look to score quickly and efficiently on offense, and get the d on d and then score quickly and efficiently.

Carleton in the 2010 Championship game against Florida. CUT fell 15-12 to the Gators - Photo by Perry Nacionales (mapgeek.com)

Nick: Our goal is always to become the best team that we can.

What has your team been doing this fall to prepare for the spring season?

Nick: We practice, practice, practice.

What tournaments do you plan to attend in the spring?

Nick: Probably Sectional, Regionals, and if we qualify Nationals.

What does your team do to get pumped up for a big game?

Nick: We look to each other to bring us up as a whole team.

What song would you pick for the soundtrack to your team’s 2011 highlight video?

Nick: Hakuna Matata – The Lion King

What do you think about the USA Ultimate College restructuring?

Nick: I think that some change is good in our sport.

CUT celebrates teamwork, friendship and the environment - Photo by Perry Nacionales (mapgeek.com)

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