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Ultimate Disc Makes a Bid for Coveted Intramural Championship

by Logan Troy on Friday, June 10th, 2016

Picture the quad on a perfect spring day — yes, much like the weather today — and you almost certainly see a few students playing Frisbee. They casually toss the Frisbee back and forth across the quad, almost like a social activity. But did you know that Milton Academy has its very own ultimate disc (and it is the generic term “disc,” not the brand Frisbee) team? Sure, it’s an intramural team whose practices are tucked away on Upton field (a.k.a. the parking lot), but the sport’s popularity is steadily gaining both at Milton and across the country.

Indeed, the intramural team even scheduled four games with local schools this season. Despite the wind’s limiting the practice time early in the season, the team felt ready for its first match against St. Sebastian’s. Player-coach-captains Jake Munroe (I), Emil Qiu (I), and Zac Polukoff (I) made good use of limited practice time to teach several rookie players the basics of ultimate, such as the “stack” formation, or that the disc isn’t dead until it touches the ground. Since ultimate doesn’t allow a referee, players must know the rules themselves and act in the spirit of the game at all times.

When the Sebs team arrived at Upton field, so did the middle school lacrosse team. Turns out the field had been double booked, so Emil ran to lay out Headmaster’s field with cones and first throw was only pushed back a few minutes. The team jumped out to a quick lead and intimidated the Sebs squad with height, speed, and skill. Leading at halftime, the team watched the Sebs coach lay into his team for their lack of effort, and then asked Will Torous (II) to run and bring back some chicken fingers from the snack bar. In the second half, depth helped the team close out the win by reaching 15 points first. As talented as rookie Will Barrett (II) was, committed substitutes like James Dunn (II), Katherine Pratty (I), and Max Hui (IV) helped the team outlast Sebs.

The second game wasn’t a fair fight. Playing against the Brookline High team, captain Jake Munroe threw for six points and caught several more as well. The team even scrounged up some old freshman football uniforms to wear in place of mismatched cutoffs. After the opposing team’s coach argued that halftime came after a team reached seven points — its eight — tension flared up on the field. However, even when an opposing team member refused to allow a foul call, captain Zac Polukoff reminded the team to “stay chill.” And chill they stayed en route to a 15-2 rout.

Even though the team faced a tough matchup in its third game, being undefeated gave it confidence. Unfortunately, the Class II contingent of the team, swamped in the middle of junior spring, couldn’t make the away game. The remaining seniors fought a valiant fight, but lost in the end by a narrow margin of three points.

The final match of the year proved the most competitive one yet. In a home game against Boston University Academy (BUA), the team struggled to find its groove early on. Their go-to strategy — deceivingly named “Operation Short Pass” because it involves only long passes — couldn’t find weakness in the BUA “cup” defense. But walk-on player Q McDermott (I) pulled from his background as a defensive back to pitch in some stellar defense and win the game 12-11.

Next year’s co-captain Will Barrett summed up the season saying that he is “really proud of the 3-1 record, even though we could have gone undefeated.” Furthermore, when asked what he likes about the sport, Will said that, “You just get to have a fun, laid back time with your friends. But then, on game days, it’s more physically demanding than most varsity sports.” He encourages anyone without a spring sport to join the team next year. Several strong players will return for the team, but the departing seniors are leaving many holes to be filled.

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