Although Ultimate resembles many traditional sports in its athletic requirements, it is unlike most sports due to its focus on self-officiating, even at the highest levels of competition. This concept, called Spirit of the Game, is integrated into the basic philosophy of the sport, written into the rules, and practiced at all levels of the game from local leagues to the World Games.
Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of Ultimate is played by two teams with a flying disc or Frisbee™ on a field with end zones, similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field.
Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds. Ultimate is governed by Spirit of the Game™, a tradition of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players rather than referees.
On Saturday, Dublin faced a gun-slinging, huck-happy team in Eaglebrook School on their home field. After falling behind in the opening minutes, Dublin made defensive adjustments to frustrate Eaglebrook 's attack, and began making better decisions in zone offense. Executing a patient series of swing passes between handlers, cutters found space in the middle of the field and learned the virtues of finding the open continue or reset pass, rather than going for glory in low-percentage, down-field hucks. The team continued to evolve as a unit, growing together in its ability to adjust and communicate on the field. Defensively, Miles Morgan 18, Robbie Bostrup 17, and Silas Howe 18 caused problems for Eaglebrook all day, each recording multiple deflections. AJ Simpson 17, led handlers with six assists, and Miles Morgan led scorers with six goals.
On Friday, April 21, Dublin Ultimate traveled to Winchendon to compete in the cold, drizzling rain. After jumping out to an early lead, DUT struggled to maintain its advantage in the first half. Inexperienced decision-making extended some points, making for a lot of running on tired legs, which led to sloppy mistakes. However, using the opportunity of competing against a stingy person-to-person defense gave Dublin a change to develop its vert stack offense. The contest also gave them valuable experience making in-game adjustments on both offense and defense. Silas Howe 18, and AJ Simpson 17, led the way defensively, each with six deflections. Miles Morgan 18 and Harrison Atlas 18 each scored four goals.
After a multi-sport high school career, Denis started playing ultimate in his first year at Bowdoin in the fall of 2011. A three year starter on the team, Denis served as a captain in his junior and senior years. Bowdoin reached the DIII National Championship tournament in 2012 and 2015, and Denis received First-Team All-Region honors (Ultimate's version of All-America honors) for New England as an offensive handler in 2015. From 2013-2015, Denis also played as a defensive handler with Red Tide, the top club team in Maine. He is currently captain of an elite Boston club team ("Dig") and plays as a defensive cutter. His current goal is to play at Club Nationals.
Past Events - Season Completed