Flood has national goal

Dave Dunkleberger, Contributing Writer

The UPJ Flood ultimate frisbee team competes in the Ohio Valley Conference of USA Ultimate. The Flood team roster consists of 30 players.

Ultimate frisbee is nothing new here.

Flood president Tyler Fleck said, “Ultimate Frisbee has taken place on the UPJ campus for almost 11 years.”

Ultimate is a noncontact disc sport played by two teams of seven players each. Teams are required to have five males and two females on the field during the game.

The object of the game is to score goals, obtained when a player catches any legal pass in the end zone.

A player may not run while holding the disc, which is advanced by passing it to a teammate in any direction.

Any time a pass is incomplete, a turnover occurs, resulting in disc-possession change.

The Flood plays several local colleges, including St. Vincent College, California University of Pennsylvania and Clarion University.

Ultimate’s season starts a few weeks into the fall semester and competes in five to six tournaments each semester.

During the winter, games are played indoors, and the season ends just before the end of the spring semester.

Flood senior Eric Petrow said the team has had success.

“Last season, we made it to regionals for the first time ever. At regionals, we came up a bit short of earning a chance to compete at nationals. We have many players back this year, and we believe we can make it to nationals.”

The Flood Cats’ current record is 11-3. They have competed in three tournaments this semester and finished second in each.

Flood team member Wanye David said the team’s perseverance this season will pay off in the end.

“We practice hard several times a week. I believe we have a chance to win it all this season.”