Auburn concluded its season last weekend (May 3rd and 4th) after playing in the Southeast Region tournament. The top three teams of the tournament earned a spot at USAU Collegiate Nationals. The tournament featured 3 top-20 teams, all from the Florida Section – UCF, Florida State, and Florida. Perennial powers Georgia and Georgia Tech were also in attendance. From the Gulf Coast Section Alabama, LSU, Tulane, Auburn, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt competed as well.
Auburn came in to the tournament seeded 10th out of 13 teams, but was looking to improve that ranking by the end of the tournament. In Auburn’s pool was 3rd-seeded Florida, 4th-seeded Georgia, and 9th-seeded Tulane. Up first – Georgia.
Having been beaten by Georgia at Tally 15-6, Auburn was definitely looking for some revenge, and Auburn couldn’t have had a better start to the game. Several early breaks and strong offensive holds helped Auburn jump out to a commanding 5-2 lead, and later 7-3. Shout out to D-line players West Dickens, Blake Galloway and Garris Bugg for incredible first half performances. With half one point away, Georgia mustered up a couple breaks, but Auburn finished it off 8-6.
Georgia, the very talented team they are, hit Auburn early with two breaks to tie the game at 8, but solid O-line play got Auburn back on track. A couple breaks by the D-line helped Auburn jump back out with the lead. Back and forth play resumed, and Auburn broke for the game 13-11 for their first win over Georgia in… well… a long time I guess.
The highly emotional win, although exciting, did have negative effects for the rest of the day. There was a bit of a let down in the next game against a very good Florida team, and a lack of concentration and focus ended up costing Auburn a crucial game to Tulane. 1-2 in pool play sent Auburn into the lower bracket on Sunday. A loss to Miss St., a win against, Vandy, and a revenge win against against Tulane 17-16 in the cold and rain placed Auburn 9th in the tournament.
Central Florida, Georgia, and Florida State advanced to Nationals. Their seasons continue, but sadly, the Gulf Coast’s season doesn’t. On behalf of the Auburn Ultimate club, we would like to say thanks to the players that will not be returning next year:
Brandon “ER” Everson
Your contributions to this program are immeasurable. This program is definitely on the rise, and you all played key parts in making it that way. We have enjoyed getting to know you guys on and off the field. You are truly brothers to us all. Much love, and WDE84.
Thank you also to Robert Martin for the photos. More photos of the tournament action can be found here.