Since the Madison Parks Department banned all Ultimate games in the past week due to a massive drought, fans flocked to Memorial High School craving a show.
Both teams were on serve until Madison Club fielded a pull poorly, resulting in a turnover on the first pass in their own endzone. NexGen converted easily to score its first break of the game. Overall, NexGen dominated offensively with precision hucks and break-swings to earn its biggest win of the tour so far. NexGen won 15-8 over Madison Club.
Despite missing Tommy Li, who prior to Tuesday’s game led the team with number of touches and points played, NexGen converted on nearly every opportunity, with only a few points lasting multiple possessions. Based on what we saw in Madison, the NexGen boys are hitting their stride.
NexGen player Colin Camp had the opportunity to show off for his home crowd and club teammates. Camp, a University of Wisconsin player, made the highlight reel with a huge sky D to prevent college teammate Tom Coolidge from scoring for Madison.
Part of Madison Club’s offensive struggle could be attributed to the notably low number of handlers in the lineup: Ben Rehmann was missing in action, Hector Valdivia was overcoming a minor hand injury, and Tom Annen exited the game early with a foot injury. It did give an opportunity for newer Madison Club handlers like Danny Stuligross, Kelsen Alexander, and extended tryout player Tanner Marshall to get some play time against some good competition early in the season, which should pay dividends later on.
There were times during the game where Madison flexed its muscles against the squad of youngsters. Madison Club cutter Adrian Reif played extremely well, earning two D’s against NexGen in one point. Birthday boy Rodrigo Valdivia also stepped up for Club, bringing down some huge grabs, and adding poise to the Madison Club offense.
NexGen extends its winning streak to two games and travels to Chicago to face off against Machine at Lane Tech Stadium Thursday at 7:30 pm CST.