The Women’s Ultimate Frisbee
team season is officially underway.
The Pointers first tournament
took place a couple weeks ago where
they won two out of seven matches.
Andrea Jurcoi, the team treasurer,
explained that this tournament was a
shocker for the freshman players and
that her new teammates are adjusting
well and rapidly improving.
The team may be young, but they
have five returning players, including
senior captains; Anna Lewandowski
and Brie Ashauer.
“The main goal of this team is to
teach women about ultimate in a fun
and competitive setting,” Ashauer
The team’s next tournament
will take place in Missouri on Nov.
9. Everyone is preparing for this
tournament by working on the basics.
“We are starting from the bottom
up,” Jurcoi said. “We are laying downthe foundation for the team.”
“We are improving our offense
and field awareness this semester as
well as trying to build strong team chemistry,” Ashauer said.
The team is improving their defense by focusing on a technique
called the sponge. The concept
focuses on a zone defense.
Three players cover the person
holding the frisbee, while three other
players cover the second tier and one
person covers the “deep.”
“The other team normally will
drop the Frisbee,” Jurcoi said.
Ashauer added, “sponge allows
us to use our good defense minds
to cut off long throws and force
In addition, the offense is running
a horizontal stack offense.
“The horizontal stack offense
allows us to work the short field as
well as utilize Anna’s amazing down
field throws,” Ashauer said.
There are two basic throws that
players can use, the backhand and the forehand, known as the “flick.”
“Guys normally flick better
and girls are normally better at the
backhand. People are not used to the motion of the flick,” Jurcoi said.
Looking at the dynamics, this
game is considered unique because
it’s a self refereed game where players can call fouls on each other.
One of the most important rules of this game is that after someone
catches a frisbee, they are allowed to
take three steps. If they take more,
they must forfeit the frisbee over to
The sport has been gaining a lot of
respect within the past years around
the world. It used to be considered
an obscure sport, but now has many
professional teams across the nation.
“It’s a hard sport,” Jurcoi said. “It
can be very complicated at times.”
Jurcoi also detailed the diversity
of their competition.
“We play teams from all over.
Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and
a few from Michigan and Illinois,”Jurcoi said.
Although the Pointers play teams from various states, many UW schools
take part in these tournaments. Jurcoi
says that UW-Madison is considered
one of the best teams in the UW
The team is already tight knit but
has room for more Pointers to join.
“I love the people, I love the
environment, and I love the game,”
Jurcoi added that it’s not too late
to join the team.
“You would be gaining friends
and a great support system. I never
talked to anyone who said they
regretted joining the team,” Jurcoi
If you are interested in joining,
please contact Jurcoi at ajurc127@
“You might find out that you
actually love it,” Jurcoi said.