Their hearts pound and feet crash as they run down the field. Their only goal is to beat their opponent down the field and make amazing catch to seal their team’s win. Ultimate Frisbee is a fast paced and competitive sport that is taking the college world by storm. The popularity recently sparked the creation of professional leagues across the United States and Canada. Several Millersville University graduates are along for the ride.
Millersville University has two ultimate teams that travel and play in games and tournaments all over the country. Moose is Millersville University’s Men’s Ultimate team, and Vamoose is the Women’s Ultimate team. These teams helped train and improve talented ultimate players who have gone on to play at the professional level.
The Philadelphia Phoenix is the AUDL, American Ultimate Disc Leagues, representative for the Greater Philadelphia Area. As they gear up for the 2014 Season opener, skills developed from playing at Millersville University are clearly seen when they take the field. Out of the 28 players on the roster, 6 of them are Millersville Alumni. The six alumni are Mike Reeves, Ken Wells, Ryan Forster, Brett Sawyer, Dave Kelly and Kyle Wolf.
All of the men are grateful to Millersville University, and Moose, for molding them into the players and men they are today. Ken Wells, one of the first four players signed to the 2014 roster, reflects on his time at Millersville, “Through Moose Ultimate, I have made connections and friendships that will last a lifetime, and have gained skills that go far beyond the ultimate field.”
Another player pre-signed to the team, Mike Reeves, put into perspective the impact Millersville has on the ultimate world. “From an Ultimate standpoint, Millersville is well known as one of the better, smaller schools for Ultimate in the country…It has helped many players develop into quality club and professional players.”
As professional players, these men have been hard at work getting ready for the 2014 season to start. With their home field of AA Garthwaite Stadium in Conshohocken recently announced, players and fans alike are anxious to get back on the field.
Their first game is scheduled for April 12, 2014 against the Rochester Dragons. While these six men now wear red and yellow, they will always bleed black and gold. Come support your fellow Marauder’s as they attempt to slay the Dragons.