Denis Maguire is a mathematics major from Bowdoin College and teaches AP Calculus AB, Theoretical Algebra II, and Statistics at Dublin. But he has a secret life outside of the classroom, playing high level Ultimate for a newly formed Boston based club - “Dig”. Maguire was a multi-sport athlete in high school, but discovered his love for Ultimate playing for Bowdoin. He captained the Bowdoin team which went to Nationals his senior year and received First-Team All-Region honors his senior year.
There is no professional Ultimate in the US. Club Ultimate is instead the pinnacle of the sport with ex-college players spending from June to October playing in multi-day tournaments where teams will typically play six to eight games over the course of a weekend. As a result of the 2016 season, Maguire’s team was ranked as the 22nd team nationally going into the North East Regionals last weekend. The North East Region is typically one of the strongest: the top four seeds included the nationally ranked #1 (Ironsides - Boston); #4 (Goat - Toronto); # 8 (Pony - NYC) and #22 Dig.
As a result of weekend play, Ironsides and Pony were in the top two positions. Goat and Maguire’s Dig would have to face-off for the third and final bid for the National Finals in Rockford, IL.
Goat (which features a number of All-Canada players) jumped out to an early lead, earning a two break halftime lead and 8-6 score. Typically, in high level Ultimate, a two break lead is insurmountable. However, Dig forced a number of turnovers in the second half (including a key one from Maguire). The Dig team created doubt and frustration in its higher ranked opponent and finished an improbable comeback, winning 15-13 and earning the last Nationals bid.
Congratulations Mr. Maguire!