On a brisk Saturday, April 28, 2012, Shazam Women's Ultimate and Booya Men's Ultimate combined their powers to form "Booze Clues". Taking on 5 college and high school teams, Booze Clues tore up 3 yard Hammerfest. 5 Straight games. 1 Championship round. 1 loss. 4 wins.
Booze Clues traveled about four hours(x2) and spent a chilly night "camping," making hobo food, and lighting bonfires! Bringing back the stampeded acknowledgement of UMBC, Booze Clues fought hard for First. Only missing that award by a few points and hardcap, Booze came back with a delicious Second Place. Even better than First's trophy was the Spirit Award. Undefeated Spirit. The Best Spirit. Sickly sweet banners, stickers, shirts, disc, and a trophy!
Fun times with our brothers. Booya!.. Shazam!
"Hammerfest. Hammerfest. Hammerfest. Yay!" - Ferb.
"Greg is Angry." "Greg be Happy!"
High Tide 2012 - Brunswick Georgia - Spring Break
Saturday, March 17, 2012 - Saturday, March 24, 2012
Shazam Women's Ultimate
The sweet Georgia air filled Shazam’s lungs as they began the grueling three-day tournament of High Tide. Injuries plagued our team as the considerably smaller squad played together for seven games.
The first game was a rough start, as an escaped convict created traffic to the fields and Shazam only had about five minutes to warm up. It was a rematch against Allegheny, and this time they got the advantage after having been on the fields and sufficiently warmed up for hours. Shazam’s two points were from Rachel Moser to Marlie Somers and Griffy Tanenbaum to Rachel. Marlie got a handblock, Rachel got hot Ds, and Katie Golden and Becky Chhay each laid out! It was a fun match despite the 7-2 loss.
Despite being better warmed up for the second game, Shazam lost 13-0 to a nationals-level team from Steven’s Point in Wisconsin. Shazam still played amazing defense, though, with nearly every player causing a turnover. The third game, against Smith B, was a much better game. The loss was 7-6, as Kim Haines, Zara Cadoux Becky, and Katie each threw for points, with Rachel, Hanna, and Kei catching them. Again, the time limit to the games prevented a change in the outcome of the game.
The second day, Shazam arrived to the fields on time but were still playing without one of their captains, and with most players sore or injured. The first game was against Amherst College. Shazam ultimately lost 12-3, with the three points being thrown by Marlie and Griffy, and being caught by Chloe and Katie. Over half of our girls had active Ds during the game!
Next up was Kalamazoo College. It was a sad loss at 7-9, especially since Shazam was beginning to turn the table as the horn to announce the end of the game was blown. Griffy, Marlie, Chloe Argilan, Hanna, and Kei each threw for points, with Marlie, Rachel, Chloe, Maggie, Kim, Griffy, and Natalie Clagett catching them.
The next game was a hard fought battle against UMass Amherst, ultimately lost 13-2. They were a very experienced team, and Shazam didn’t give up until the very end. Marlie and Kei threw for points, while Maggie and Clagett caught them. Rachel, Hanna, and Griffy had particularly good defense during the game, causing ten turnovers in some points.
The final day was an early start against Colby. It was a very spirited game, although most everyone had their eyes on the beach after lunch. Shazam ultimately lost 13-2, and everyone played really well. The other team was very spirited despite the early start and the already sweltering heat.
Everyone learned a lot over the week, with some cutters getting experience handling while also improving their cuts. The spirit award went to Katie Golden for her great improvements on the field as well as her ability to keep positive even when things looked sour for Shazam. Every day, the flow of the game improved as the day went on. Shazam is now looking forward to sectionals April 14-15!
written by Marlie
UMBC Women’s Ultimate – Layout ClinicSunday, March 25, 2012
On Sunday, March 25th, the women’s ultimate team helped to host a layout clinic with the club team, Backhanded Compliments, in our very own RAC. Players from neighboring schools, such as Goucher, Towson, John’s Hopkins, and even Georgetown University, made their way to the UMBC campus to participate in this
event. Even alumni players, including coaches and upper-level club team players graced us with their presence and showed off their skills.
Many who don’t play ultimate ask, what is a layout? In the game, a layout is when a person vertically dives to catch a disc before it hits the ground, or on defense, it is done to catch or block a disc from the opponent. This is an important part of higher-level ultimate, and it is extremely important to know how to layout correctly in order to avoid injury.
Coach and experienced player, Zara Cadoux, set up stations with different types of safety mats, to help players learn how to layout. The stations included core-strengthening exercises, a “face your fears” mat, throwing routines, and finally, a run-and-jump exercise. Girls had a field day with the stations and there were
notable bids from some of our very own players.
It was a successful day for UMBC women’s ultimate, connecting the ultimate community and promoting the sport within our campus.
written by Kim
NutBuster VII, Indiana, Pennsylvania
Day 1: March 3, 2012
Conditions: High winds made playing this day nearly impossible. There had also been large amounts of precipitation in the days preceding the tournament, so the field was nothing short of swampy. There were puddles in the end-zones and winds that would not relent, traveling from end-zone to end-zone instead of creating a cross wind for players. Every step compacted the earth, which was eerily loose. But we played on.
Game 1: Case Western Reserve v. Shazam. L, 13-0
This was a hard-fought game. The weather made it hard to do much of anything, and Case threw some different zones that were unfamiliar to the team. Instead of the standard three person cup, Case put five people in the cup, preventing any swings or up-line throws. Unfortunately, by the time we figured out how we could do anything against these tricky girls, the game had almost wrapped up. When we put a fourth handler back, it was only the wind we had to battle, as we could handle the cup much better.
Good spirit, analyzing the defense and making adjustments
Game 2: Allegheny v. Shazam, W, 5-6
Allegheny was coming off a grueling loss to Messiah college that went long past the expected end time. Shazam was coming off a long sit on the sidelines, so we decided to warm up before facing off. Teams altered points, neither team scoring an upwind point but Shazam winning the time battle and getting the final point. We successfully got past their poach in the lane, even though the high winds largely prevented upwind hucks. Both teams enjoyed themselves, and Shazam saw clearly where points of improvements need to happen.
1: Goal, Marlie to Heather
3: Goal, Heather to Kim
5: Goal, Marlie to Rachel; Ds by Kim, Rachel, and Hannah Banana; hot lay by Heather
6: Ds by Heather, Hannah Banana, and Krizia; nice read by Marlie
7: Goal, Marlie to Heather
8: D by Heather
9: Goal, Marlie to Rachel
11: Goal, Heather to Rachel
Game 3: Cornell B v. Shazam, L, 4-2
This game was rough for the entire team, as we could not beat the difficult winds or the fierce adversaries. The first point lasted for at least ten or fifteen minutes, Shazam fighting until the last to keep the Roses from getting an easy score. Krizia sacrificed her well-being as she laid for a disc, only to call injury and be taken out of the play due to her injured shoulder. The game was tough, but it was fun!
1: D by Caitlin
3: Goal, Heather to Kei
5: Goal, Heather to Hanna
Game 4, Messiah v. Shazam, L, 5-4
Shazam came onto the field sore and willing to stop playing, but decided pre-game to instead play a shortened game against Messiah. First one to 5 points won, and since they started with the disc, they were the first to accomplish that goal. The teams again traded points, the team going downwind having the advantage. As badly as Shazam wanted an upwind point, the winds proved too treacherous to provide an opportunity. This game was used as a fun tension relaxer, as the weather put everyone in a bad mood. Plays weren’t called, and players simply ran to where they thought they would do well on the field. It worked surprisingly well!
2: Goal, Marlie to Maggie
4: Goal, Someone?? to Kim
6: Goal, Heather? to Marlie?
7: Ds by Heather and Marlie
8: Goal, Someone?? To Heather; D by Kei
9: Ds by Heather
Day 2: March 4, 2012
Conditions: The fields that were previously swamps had turned to ice. The wind had slowed a little, but still blew downfield. It was beyond cold, and snowing.
Game 1: IUP v. Shazam, W, 5-0
With the parting of Caitlin, Hannah Banana, and Krizia, Shazam was ready to play savage seven, until Maggie got badly hurt in the morning. That placed us at six players, and IUP agreed to play 6 v. 6 and a shortened game. Shazam scored 5 in a row, truly shining. We threw a cup, and then went man on the three players downfield, making it difficult for them to get open. IUP had great looks and got down field, but failed to score. The game was extremely fun, as Shazam played well in the best weather of the tournament.
1: Goal, Marlie to Kei
2: Goal, Heather to Hanna
3: Goal, Heather to Rachel; two great Ds by Kei
4: Goal, Heather to Marlie
5: Goal, Marlie to Rachel; D by Rachel – Rachel got bookends!
Places to improve:
Turn vertical cuts into diagonal cuts
Crashing the cup
Fantastic cuts by Rachel
Crazy grabs by Hanna
Awesome field awareness by Kei
Nice bids by Krizia, Heather, Hanna, Kim, and Rachel
Great Ds by Hannah Banana, Heather, Kei, and Caitlin
Shut-down dump defense by Maggie
Nice handling by Heather and Marlie
Great ISO calls by the whole team!
Unbelievable spirit by everyone!!
Thursday, December 8, 2011 marks a great day.
What makes this a great day you ask? Well, curious reader, listen to my story and you shall find out.
Around 2007, UMBC had an unofficial Women's Ultimate team called "Clamjammers." For some unknown reason (because I lack historical knowledge), Clamjammers disbanded. When Clamjammers ceased to exist the lovely Ultimate ladies of UMBC traveled along side Booya gents to coed scrimmages, games, and tournaments. It wasn't until 2010 that a new unofficial Women's team appeared: "Booya Shawtees". Made on the spur for Sectionals Spring 2010, the reformation of "Booya Shawtees" started to roll. It started as a dream, one verbally passed around as a cool idea; then eureka! What compliments Booya better than Shazam!? Fall 2010, Shazam created her first batch of Women members. Little by little, Shazam grew the strength to stand on her own. Tourney after tourney, she pressed her existence into College Ultimate. Slowly making her way through the East coast, she was recognized almost everywhere but her own home campus. Thursday, December 8, 2011 is the day that Shazam took matters into her own hands and made a great leap. Competing against dog-eat-dog clubs, Thursday, December 8, 2011, Shazam presented herself in front of UMBC officials. What resulted from this courageous act? The prized privilege of being recognized as an official Women's Ultimate Frisbee club at UMBC. One small step for Shazam; one giant leap for Women's Ultimate.
For all this to happen during such a small time period, I'm excited to see Shazam's future potentials bloom.
Congrats Shazam. You are officially a Women's Ultimate Frisbee Club at UMBC! (wooo!~)
Thanks go out to: Shazamians, Booyagins, our Coaches Zara, Dennin, and Clarkson, our supporters, and UMBC.
Ah December. A month filled of holiday joy and tradition. Whether you're lighting a Kinara, spinning a Dreidel, wrapping gifts, or spending time with a book by a fireplace, December is filled of warmth and happiness.
To spread this holiday cheer and happiness, Booya and Shazam combined forces to give back to their community with hopes that those they've touched will be able to experience the subtle joys of life and smile.
On their trek to that pursuit of happiness, Booya-Shazam went to volunteer at Paul's Place, Inc.
Paul's Place "serves as a gathering place for neighbors in Washington Village/Pigtown. Young and old, children and families are welcomed, treated with respect, offered a hot meal and support, and given the opportunity to participate in shaping and building a strong, stable community."
Sending over a group of physical workers, tons of food, and time, Booya&Shazam were able to contribute:
- a bin (about 5x3x3 ft.) full of pancake and brownie mix, canned soup, vegetables, and fruit, and syrup.
- bags and boxes filled of donated clothes and toys.
- workers to transport donated items from cars to Paul's Place.
- time to organize the donated food into categorized areas.
- and stress relief for Paul's Place staff who constantly work hard, year-round, to provide their community with basic necessities.
We weren't looking for anything in return but the staff of Paul's Place graciously gave us a tour of their inner workings. It truly is an amazing feat that they've accomplished. On the second floor, they've established little markets of donated clothes, food, and toys that are open for anyone who needs it for free. On the first floor, they've allotted a community room where food is served and feasted upon. It was inspirational to see how much can be done out of the goodness of one's heart and soul. There is no doubt in my mind that Booya-Shazam will be a frequent volunteer of Paul's Place. They welcome anyone who step in their doorways with open arms. Genuinely great people. I thank them for the work they do and their hospitality.
On subsequent treks, Booya-Shazam helped out their fellow comrades at UMBC by contributing to other Student Organization's Donation Drives and fulfillment of Christmas Miracles.
Such events include:
- A Coat Drive
- A "Fulfill a Wish for a Child in Need" Secret Santa event
- and A Toy & Blanket Drive
With hopes of brightening someone's day. With dreams of making a better future. Booya-Shazam will always contribute to society for hte betterment of Ultimate and the betterment of society.
Saturday, November 12, 2011, Shazam embarked on a great journey to "Carrolton Clash" in Woodside, VA. After hours of beautiful autumn leaves, pavements, and bridges, Shazam finally reached her destination. Stretching out her muscles and inhaling the fresh crisp air, Shazam gazed upon the vast fields that lie before her. The rough but leveled terrain was covered with soccer playing child prodigies. It brought great amusement to see the little ones and all their potentials. Realizing her distraction, she shifted gears... It. Was. Game. Time.
Day1 November 12, 2011
Opponents: Georgetown, Richmond, Catholic
[Scores and Highlights will be updated later]
*Only Three Games for Day 1? The Perfect amount of games for Ultimate* she thought.
Knowing this, Shazam played hard. She worked on Zone, Defense, Ho, Vert, End Zone-- she worked on everything. No matter how tired she got, how injured she felt, she kept on playing. She never let herself down. Every single fiber of her being came together and worked together. Sure she had a few hiccups, but that never brought her down. Shazam was there to play and represent herself and that is what she did.
Day2 November 13, 2011
Opponents: George Washington, Richmond, Salisbury.
[Scores and Highlights will be updated later]
Realizing this was the last day of the last tourney of this beautiful season, Shazam's fire burned. Her heart spewed with words of encouragement, of excitement, of Ultimate. With words coming from her heart, her whole body felt like it was beating as one. Getting delicious D's, Skying some dingleberries, running hard, backing herself up when she took a misstep... Shazam laid all she had into Woodside's Fields. No Regrets. Just Sweat and Perseverance.
The Great Ultimate God looks upon Shazam with a smile.
Rewarding her valor, it bestows upon her the best reward of all: The Spirit Award.
With this award, we know we shared our love of ultimate.
With our battle wounds, we showed that Shazam is a force to be reckoned with.
Ladies... Wonderful Ladies of Shazam, I am proud of you. You played hard. You represented.
For now I shall bid you adieu with a Congratulations! I hope you feel as happy and as fulfilled as I do. You totally deserve it. Tis an honour to fight along your side.
CONGRATULATIONS SHAZAM! on receiving the Spirit Award for "Carrolton Clash"!
It's always great to know you played honorably.
Note from Becky: I apologize for the lack of chronological order - Finally updating Vassar's Tourney info :D
When: October 1 - 2
Where: Vassar, NY
Players: Heather, Clags, Jardel, Caitlin, Rachel, Maggie, Hannah-Banana, Ruth, Sami, Kim, Becky
STATS [Saturday 10/1/11]
UConn vs. SHAZAM: 10 - 3
Points: Ruth, Hannah-Banana, Kim
Work on: Cuts on Open Side, Running Hard, Disc Awareness, Catching, Cut Timing]
Wesleyan vs. SHAZAM: 13-5
Points: Ruth, Sami (Ruth iso-call to Sami), Maggie, Kim (Heather iso-call to Kim), Clags
- Heather gettin' some nice layout D's!
- Becky's first foot D
- Claggett D-ing it up!
- Ruth getting a sick C on game point (whoo!)
Quotes of the Game:
"Let me roll in dirt so I smell better." - quote inspired by Kim
Becky: "What's the score? 8?"
Maggie: "No 11."
Becky: "So 8?"
Maggie: "No. 11."
Vassar vs. SHAZAM: 7 - 13 [Victory!]
Points: Natalie(2), Ruth (2- GAME POINT!), Becky (4- Skyed a B*tch!), Maggie (3), Caitlin(1- HALFTIME Point!), Rachel (1)
- Heather's fire burning on them Hucks and Passes
- Ruth busting it for Bookends and for Game Point!!
Mentioned D-ers: Becky, Hannah-Banana, Maggie
Quotes of the Game:
"Imagine the best circle you've ever been in and make it" - Heather inspired by Cahoon
"Be a B*tch and take it!"
STATS [Sunday 10/2/11]
Yale vs. SHAZAM: 13 - 3
Points: Maggie, Kim (Ruth iso-call to Kim), Heather
Mentioned D's: Caitlin and Kim
UConn vs. SHAZAM (again): 9 - 3
Points: Kim (2), Becky (Laid Out)
Mentioned D's: Kim (Skyed D), Heather, Maggie, Ruth (Delicious Point D)
Last Game Our Opponent Forfeited.
Vassar was a long voyage but worth while. Keep on Flying little giraffes, Keep on Flying.
When: October 15 - 16, 2011
Where: UMBC Field 1
STATS [Women's] Saturday 10/15/11
Maryland: 2- 13?
Honoured Guests: Griffy, Quinne, Katie Web
//Ruth got bookends again!
This year Sectionals, also known as the Colonial Conference Championships, took place in St.Mary's College of Maryland. Two+ hours away from UMBC, Shazam made the great venture to show their spirit, valor, and skills. The tournament took place over 2 days with a total of 5 games. Versing many great players from UMD College Park, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, and American, Shazam showed true strength. Facing high winds, thunderstorm, and tornado warnings, Shazam played hard and came out with no bagels.
Woo!~ I'm proud of us! (Becky speaking)
We've shown great improvement! going no where but UP.