Woodside Invite – College Edition
March 5-6, 2011
20 Teams playing for a sweet trophy and a free bid to next years tournament
Woodside High School is proud to host the Inaugural Woodside Invite and build off of the great High School tournament we already host. We have a great location, and a good mix of teams, which should lead to a fun and highly competitive tournament. Everyone will be fighting it out for a free bid to come back and defend the title next year. Savage Ultimate will also be on hand with some great merchandise.
- Can the big schools take care of business en route to the finals? A quick glance at the list of teams and you are probably drawn to William & Mary, Penn State, and Clemson as the big dogs in the field. Can they sustain over the course of the weekend and end up making it into the finals?
- Can the “mid-majors” crash the party? Closer inspection shows some great smaller school teams, such as Wheaton, Messiah, Dickinson, and Salisbury. Will they step up and beat some of the bigger schools this weekend?
- Army-Navy game: Army and Navy are both young programs and have never played each other as far as we can tell. So this very likely will be the first ever Army-Navy matchup in Ultimate history. While a meeting between teams which have never played before is nothing new, this game has a deeper meaning, and more at stake. The level of intensity these teams should bring to this game, given their school rivalries and service branches they represent, is going to be off the charts. Think Army – Navy in college football, only more than 11 minutes of action.
- The Host Team: How will Woodside HS do against college competition? Everyone knows Paideia HS and Amherst HS and while Woodside isn’t on that level they are in contention for the VA State Championship every year and are an upper echelon HS team on the East Coast. It will be interesting to see how competitive this HS team is against college teams. Expect a couple W’s before the weekend is over.
Players to Watch
Here’s a few talented players to check out.
- Andrew Fickley – William & Mary – One of the captains for W&M he is a talented and versatile player who can do it all.
- Shuba – Clemson – You hear about James Cox and Miller Yoho for the Joint Chiefs but when I watched them at Joint Summit this is the guy who got my attention. He just makes plays; really athletic ridiculous plays.
- Josh Jamison – Salisbury Buzz – He’s already been profiled on Skyd, now you’ll get to see why.
- Chris Tuli – Wheaton – Described as “wicked fast” and “the guy most deserving of being mentioned”.
- Alex Bargende – Messiah – The undersized Messiah captain plays huge on both sides of the disc.
- Tom Allen – Penn State – One of the team’s Captains, he is the heart of the D-line and the its complete all around player.