Accidentally covering a NorthBeastern Ultimate scrimmage

I play Ultimate for Northeastern University’s Men’s B team (known more succinctly as Beastern). And this last weekend, we took the Green Line out to Boston University to scrimmage some other teams at around our level.

This was not a tournament, but rather an extremely unofficial gathering of B teams that wanted to get some playing time. A “B team” can be thought of as the same thing as a Junior Varsity team in high school sports. At some point during the three games we played that day (against BU, Harvard and Tufts B squads), I hurt my arm and stopped playing for a bit. During that time I took out my camera and started shooting on manual. This did not work out well at first but, I ended up getting some stuff.

For those wondering, Ultimate is by far the most popular disc-related game I am familiar with – and it is most definitely a sport. Here are the rules. Played using a flying disc (more colloquially called a frisbee), the pastime has only been around for about four decades and it draws from other sports like soccer, football and basketball. Basically, two teams field seven players at a time to run around each other and try and score by catching the disc in the opposing team’s end-zone. It’s quite fun to play and can be extremely entertaining to watch.

But, I don’t really want to go in-depth on Ultimate right now. If you’re interested, you can check out some highlight footage from a professional league, or some other footage accompanied by tasteful electronic music.

Anyway, I took some pictures – primarily of people from my team. I included rather too many of them. Check them out.

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David Frymoyer of NorthBeastern throws a backhand around a defensive mark.
A group of seven Beastern players line up to begin play - one is blocked by someone's leg in the foreground.
A group of seven Beastern players line up to begin play – one is blocked by someone’s leg in the foreground.
Warren Cutler of Beastern approaches a disc falling out of the sky.
Warren Cutler of Beastern approaches a disc falling out of the sky.
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Drew Pitman putting a defensive mark on an opposing player while Henry Stock runs past.
Caught out of focus right after throwing a disc.
Caught out of focus right after throwing a disc.
A Northeastern player in white batting a disc away from a Tufts player.
A Northeastern player in white batting a disc away from a Tufts player.
David Frymoyer looking fly.
David Frymoyer looking fly.
David McDevitt in the process of thinking he is nice.
David McDevitt in the process of thinking he is nice.
A defensive line in the process of polling the disc.
A defensive line mid-polling of the disc.
Max Marrocco catching a disc after a dump cut.
Max Marrocco catching a disc after a dump cut.
Patrick Gannon throwing under a mark's flailing limbs.
Patrick Gannon throwing under a mark’s flailing limbs.
Jeremy McDavid coming down with the disc in an end-zone.
Jeremy McDavid coming down with the disc in an end-zone.
Michael Wingate posed for this photograph.
Michael Wingate posed for this photograph.
Ateev Nahar watches a disc.
Ateev Nahar watches a disc.
An opposing player fires off a forehand throw.
An opposing player fires off a forehand throw.
Warren Cutler wipes blood off his head after donning a coat to keep warm.
Warren Cutler wipes blood off his head after donning a coat to keep warm.
A group huddle.
A group huddle.
Something's funny.
Something’s funny.
Beastern brought over 20 players, and only seven are in play at any point.
Beastern brought over 20 players, and only seven are in play at any point.
The team deploys "Goal Line Technology".
The team deploys “Goal Line Technology”.
Patrick Gannon and Henry Stock laugh at something or other.
Patrick Gannon and Henry Stock laugh at something or other.
Aidan Travers claps.
Aidan Travers claps.
Brick is stern.
Brick is stern.
Rory McGloin speaks to the team while Alex Velto acts like a ninja in the background.
Rory McGloin speaks to the team while Alex Velto acts like a ninja in the background.
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