AUDL Championship Weekend Preview

HEADER-champDallas, Seattle, Toronto and host, Madison will take to the air in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) Championship weekend.   This will be the fifth championship in the league’s history.  Here’s a look at the four teams that will play this weekend at Breese Stevens Field:

Madison Radicals (15-0) are the host team looking for their first title.  They were runner-up finishers in 2013 and 2015.   The Radicals are the Number One seed in the final four.  Madison has won 31 consecutive games at home. Madison is quick to build a lead on their opponents with their defensive pressure. Matt Weber, Seth Meyer, and Kevin Pettit-Scantling are key players to watch in generating turnovers at the beginning of the game and providing the Radicals with an immediate boost of momentum. The Radicals will play Seattle at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Toronto Rush (13-2) survived an overtime thriller in the East Division final against the DC Breeze.  They are 1-1 in the finals, winning the 2013 championship over Madison.  Toronto is one of the deepest teams in the league.   Mark Lloyd, Isaiah Masek-Kelly, and Cam Harris are the playmakers for the Rush although they have had lower numbers this season.  Toronto will meet Dallas in the first semifinal game on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Dallas Roughnecks (15-0) are the newcomers to the championship in their first season of play in the AUDL.  The Roughnecks’ roster includes five players who competed for Team USA in the World Ultimate Championships in London this summer.  Dallas enters Championship Weekend V with the most potent offense in the league—and perhaps the best offense in AUDL history—but their defense is the focal point for the team’s energy. Dan Emmons and the Larberg brothers (Dillon and Christian) are tough for opponents to stop.   Their quick restarts off of opponents’ turnovers are quick and difficult to defend.  The Roughnecks will play Toronto on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Seattle Cascades (11-5) are the underdogs coming into the finals having swept two California foes in the division semifinals and finals to represent the West in Madison.  The Cascades’ offense is dynamic when the disc is moving between all their parts, constantly shifting the opponent’s defensive alignment and disguising the Cascades’ point of attack striking with precision. Mark Burton and Donnie Clark have emerged as maybe the most dangerous downfield offensive tandem in the league.  The Cascades will face Madison in the semifinals.

The championship weekend will be televised on ESPN3 and streamed on Facebook Live.

Past AUDL Championship Results:

  • 2012 Philadelphia Spinners 29, Indianapolis Alleycats 22
  • 2013 Toronto Rush 16, Madison Radicals 14
  • 2014 San Jose Spiders 28, Toronto Rush 18
  • 2015 San Jose Spiders 17, Madison Radicals 15

 

 

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