Good luck to all the LOS alumni competing with Boneyard, wHagonweel, and Ring of Fire down in Sarasota this weekend.
Sectionals in North Carolina was once again a great tournament. Gorgeous weather and nice turf.
Round 1 v. Appalachian State (Boone, NC). Over the years we’ve had a number of App State players on our roster, with two playing in 2010. App State brought a pretty deep team to club sectionals, which is always good to see. In the end, LOS takes care of business and wins 15-2.
Round 2 v Cannibal (Raleigh, NC). Cannibal has become a fixture in the club season over the last three seasons. This year they seemed to be a bit more laid back (only attending Sectionals, I believe), but still sport a roster of very talented players, particularly handlers. LOS takes half 8-4, with the final score of 15-6.
Round 3 v. XRATES (Greenville, NC). The last 3-4 years XRATES and LOS have developed a rivalry – normally playing each other a few times over the course of the season. This year our first full team match-up was in Sectionals. This was a particularly well-played game on both sides. In the first half LOS broke first to take the lead at 3-2, but XRATES responded to take a 6-5 lead and 8-7 at half. The teams continued to trade, but eventually tough handler D allowed Paul Damer (#66) to come up with the go ahead block and a 11-10 score for LOS. XRATES responded and at 11-11 LOS received the pull. A deep shot goes a bit too long, but Mike DeNardis #20) comes up with a huge layout in-cut block and LOS flips the disc in for the semifinal victory 12-11.
XRATES played a strong game on both sides of the disc. Of note was captain Ben Dieter who helped dictate both offensive and defensive flow for Greenville.
Sunday Finals v. Ring of Fire (Raleigh, NC). 2010 marks the fourth year in a row that LOS and Ring of Fire have met in the North Carolina Sectionals finals. LOS came out of the gates strong, netting a break in the first point on a shot from Mat Thomas (#17) to rookie Trent Dillon (#16). The two teams both got another break each in the first half, and LOS took half 8-7.
Out of half both teams came out fired up. Ring was playing strong D and LOS took some ill advised shots, resulting a 5 point slide and a 8-12 deficit. From there the teams traded out, leading to a 11-15 loss.
Of note for Ring was Ken Porter (#00) who had a big layout D as well as strong cutting throughout the game.
2/3 placement game v XRATES (Greenville, NC). XRATES had dispatched Boneyard (Raleigh, NC) handily in the prior round and was relentless and poised throughout this final match. LOS had trouble all game with miscues and errors, and Greenville ended up running away with the game, 15-3.
Lots of good to be taken away from this weekend, as well as a number of things to work on prior to Regionals. The fan support was great during both the semis and finals matches. We’re fired up for Regionals and hope to see lots of you out there.
Now it’s time to keep building.
Sectionals are in Raleigh, NC this weekend. LOS goes 3-0 on day 1. Big thanks to all the fans out to support us on the sidelines during the semifinals.
Next game Sunday – Finals at 1 PM.
LOS has arrived at Chesapeake. We’ll see if we can post some twitter updates while we’re at it.
A belated welcome and congratulations to this year’s team: