Frisbee takes third place at CUFF

Credit: Courtesy of Kirk Credit: Courtesy of Kirk

After a successful start to the season, the Carnegie Mellon Ultimate Frisbee team, “Mr. Yuk,” traveled to Poolesville, Md., to compete in the 32-team Colonial Ultimate Frisbee Festival (CUFF) and secured a third-place title after three rigorous days of play. Mr. Yuk competed alongside a few of the best teams on the East Coast, such as Penn State University, New York University, Georgetown University, University of Maryland, Rutgers University, and the College of William and Mary. After initially being seeded 18th and going 3–0 in the pools, the Mr. Yuk managed to complete a run of 3–1 in their last tournament of the season.

“Mr. Yuk has struggled with an identity crisis in the past few years. We were a team that considered ourselves great but did not have the performance on the field to show for it, but now we do,” said Scott Shepard, the Ultimate team’s treasurer.
In the championship bracket, Mr. Yuk faced Rutgers University and easily breezed past the Scarlet Knights 13–6, after commanding a lead the entire match.

The quarterfinal round of the CUFF tournament proved to be Mr. Yuk’s biggest match yet. The Tartans went head-to-head against the University of Delaware and emerged victorious 12–11, after scoring under pressure on universe point, 11–11.

Despite a valiant effort, Mr. Yuk lost a close match in the semifinals to Millersville University, a national contender last year. They earned redemption in the playoff round for third place, winning their second universe point match 10–9 after rallying back and forth the entire match. With this victory, Mr. Yuk was able to beat the team’s 18th-seed expectation for its best CUFF tournament ever.

“People outside our section do not know who Mr. Yuk is or what CMU Ultimate is capable of. For the second year in a row, we were under-seeded, and this year we got serious and came close to winning the whole thing,” Shepard said. “We placed third out of 32 teams, beating teams we were not supposed to beat. This tournament will get us noticed and hopefully land us some more competitive spots in the spring. I am glad that Mr. Yuk is finally performing as well as we did at CUFF, but we have a long way to go to be where we need to be. As well as we did, we need to do better. I can’t wait for spring.”