Madison Radicals Finally Win AUDL Title

MadisonThe Radicals have always been the bridesmaid but never the bride when it came to the championship in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) but yesterday they celebrated their first title in franchise history as they defeated the Dallas Roughnecks 20-16 on their home field.

The Radicals (15-2) took an early lead when Peter Graffy scored off of an assist from Colin Camp.  Madison and Dallas (15-2) went back-and-forth throughout the rest of the first, finishing the quarter tied at 6, before the Radicals opened up a 10-8 lead heading into the halftime break. With the lead still at two late in the third quarter, Kevin Pettit-Scantling caught a deep pass to score as time expired to hand the Radicals a 15-12 advantage.  Madison pulled away in the fourth quarter, taking a 19-13 lead with 3 minutes left and holding on to seal the victory.

Kevin Brown had three assists and Andrew Meshnick and Thomas Coolidge each had two blocks for the Radicals. Brown also led the team with 22 completions.

The Radicals, which were formed in 2013 and have advanced out of the Midwest Division every season of their existence, were making their third appearance in the title game after downing Los Angeles 24-19 in the semifinals Saturday night.  The Radicals showed their experience, proving far more prepared for the intensity of the moment from the opening pull. They leaped out to score the first four goals. The four straight defensive breaks were all created by incredible Madison blocks instead of simple Los Angeles miscues from the Aviators. By the time the first quarter ended, the Radicals had blitzed the Aviators to a lead of 9-3. Pat Shriwise was especially impressive with his throws, and he finished the game with a team-high five assists on 39-of-40 throws.

Madison lost the 2013 and 2015 finals and have made five final four appearances.

The Dallas Roughnecks were making their third straight appearance in the AUDL final four having won the title in their first season in 2016 and losing to the Toronto Rush in the semifinals last season.

In their semifinal win over the New York Empire, Dallas opened the third quarter with continued pressure, forcing a Harper Garvey throwaway. The Roughnecks offense cleanly converted once again, as Dillon Larberg led the charge. He finished the game with five assists. The pace finally slowed, as both teams settled into more effective defenses. Offences held up, throwing clean points, but taking longer to score. The third quarter finished with only one turnover – ending in a Dallas break – as the Roughnecks received in the final quarter, leading 25-23. Jay Froude led Dallas in the third quarter, beating Beau Kittredge at will to pace the offense.  The fourth quarter began with Dallas again throwing to Froude deep, but Kittredge caught up and tipped the disc. It was a sign of Dallas’ impending win when Froude still easily tracked down the score. A Dallas break pushed them ahead by four points following an Empire turf.

The future of the AUDL looks to be bright as the league is on their way to raising $450,000 to take the league to a higher level to become a professional league in North America.  The AUDL currently has 150 investors to date on their effort.  The AUDL has experienced consistent growth in its first six years and hopes to expand exposure of the sport beyond the Ultimate community to include a broader sports audience and fan base, which has created the opportunity to partner with us at a very unique time.

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Toronto, San Francisco, Dallas and Madison Advance To AUDL Finals

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The 2017 American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) championship weekend in Montreal is set with the four teams who clinched their division titles last weekend.

West Division:  San Francisco FlameThrowers 33, Los Angeles Aviators 22

The FlameThrowers clinched a bid in their first AUDL Championship Weekend with a win over the Los Angeles Aviators.  Joel Schlacht lead the FlameThrowers with eight goals and four assists.  The FlameThrowers fell short in the Division Finals last season when they lost to the Seattle Cascades.

East Division:  Toronto Rush 29, DC Breeze 26

The Rush once again held off the Breeze in the East to advance to their 5th straight AUDL Championship Weekend.  Mark Lloyd lead the Rush with three goals and four assists and two blocks.   The Rush edged the Breeze 23-21 in overtime last season.

Midwest Division:  Madison Radicals 27, Pittsburgh Thunderbirds 22

The Radicals and Thunderbirds are no strangers in the postseason as the Radicals won their third straight meeting to advance to their 5th straight AUDL Championship Weekend.  Peter Graffy had four goals and four blocks in the game.

South Division:  Dallas Roughnecks 27, Raleigh Flyers 24

The Roughnecks earned a repeat trip to the AUDL Championship Weekend with their win over the Flyers.   The Roughnecks will be looking to repeat as AUDL champions.

The semifinals games will be played on Saturday, August 26th with Madison facing San Francisco.  Dallas will play Toronto in the other semifinal.

I apologize for the lack of detail in the game reports as the league website and Facebook sites do not do a good job with that.  The league needs to do a better.