About

Since the year 1998, the George Washington University Men’s Ultimate Team has been a triumphant force of on-the-field dominance mixed with off-the-field entertainment. With over 50 active members on the team, we are composed of students from all different backgrounds of race, culture, religion, and so forth. This diverse group of students share a common bond stronger than friendship, and often stronger than family. Throughout the season we travel the country, competing against some of the top ultimate teams and having some crazy adventures along the way. Join us today and come see for yourself just how great this program really is!

Regionals: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Nationals: 2002, 2004


CAPTAINS
A-Team: Tyler Monroe & Kyle Johnson
B-Team: LJ Conley-Arneson & Ben Banaag


CAPTAINS
A-Team: Tyler Monroe & Marc Gottschalk
B-Team: LJ Conley-Arneson & Evan Romanko


CAPTAINS
A-Team: Jeff DeSorbo & Turner Shaw
B-Team: Thompson Hunt, Alex Moore, & Evan Romanko


CAPTAINS
A-Team: Chris Kocher & Ross Weisman
B-Team: Chris Hancock, Chase McConnell, & Alex Toltzis


CAPTAINS
A-Team: Leo Senai & Aaron Weiss
B-Team: Michael Kozar & Alex Toltzis

We had many goals to begin the 2012 season and had no clue how much we would be able to accomplish. We had an enormous amount of freshmen who gained so much valuable playing experience this year along with a positive, hard working attitude and commitment to the team. The sophomore class got to test out some new roles, work on tight lock down D, and play a more vital role for the team. And the juniors, while small in number, showed improvement in their play on the field as well as their leadership from the sides. The best way to explain our accomplishments would be to highlight the 5 most important things in a list:

1) For the first time ever we ran a successful tournament and put $1500 in the team’s pocket

2) We re-established the B team as a successful, competitive, and fun atmosphere that members are proud of and enjoy being on (thanks to fozzie and cheez-it for all of their work!)

3) We created a fall curriculum to help maximize the value of practices and teaching mewkies.

4) For the first time our team bank account is far into the positive (about $5,000) so that we no longer rely on individuals to front money. No more killing Reed Cooley’s credit score. (thanks to Ross for all his hard work)

5) We got two incredible coaches who did so much for this team. Coming to practice as well as tournaments they made drills, called lines, and gave tons of support. Thanks Jimmy and Pino!  



CAPTAINS
A-Team: Evan Feeney & Dwight Hahn
B-Team: Josh Bailey & Owen Harrington-Woodard

Season recap coming soon…


2009-2010

CAPTAINS

A-Team: Graham Coogan & Russell Howd
B-Team: Dwight Hahn & Nick Sousa

After failing to qualify for Regionals in the spring of 2009 for the first time in a nearly a decade, the team entered the fall with a blank slate. The team was comprised of a strong senior class that had played together for a number of years, a promising sophomore class, and a junior class that only contained two players. It was imperative to recruit a swath of freshman and begin rebuilding the numbers of the program. With lots of vacancies in both O and D lines, talented freshman were expected to player larger roles than in years past and needed to quickly learn the game at a high level. Much of the fall season was dedicated to getting the large freshman class experience and learning the way of g-dub ultimate.

The first tournament of the spring was a trip out west for Trouble in Vegas. On the first day, GW played disappointingly and lost to Miami and Arizona State before winning their third game in the wind and rain against Santa Clara. The next morning started rainy and saw g-dub drop to Iowa 13-8. Due to rain, the tournament was then cancelled for the rest of the weekend.

After finally getting some practice time outside, g-dub’s next tournament was a trip down to North Carolina to play in the new UOA Wilmington 8’s against familiar competition. In the first game GW lost to eventual National qualifier UNC-Wilmington. GW ultimately finished Saturday 3-1 by beating Regional rivals Towson (15-13), Georgetown (15-6), and Shippensburg (15-9). On Sunday, GW picked up where they left off and beat UConn (15-11), American (15-7), and Maryland (15-5) before eventually losing in the finals to UNCW 12-15. After a 6-2 weekend and a second place finish, g-dub showed the Metro East that they had the talent to compete this year.

The next stop in the spring season was down in ATL for Terminus. Coming at the tail end of spring break and week without practice, g-dub did not play like a team in the middle of their season. After losing to Indiana and Luther (eventual Nationals qualifier), GW notched their first win by beating Tennessee. G-dub finished Saturday by beating Davidson and securing themselves a place in the Sunday championship bracket. Sunday spelled more misfxortune for g-dub and they were never able to get off the ground by losing to Nationals qualifiers Middlebury and Williams.

GW went into Colonial Sectionals as the two-seed and were determined to exorcise the demons from the year before. After rolling through Saturday, g-dub was matched with Towson for the semi-final game on Yellow Sunday. Coming out fired up, g-dub went on to win 14-10 and relegated the team that ended their season a year before to the backdoor bracket. In the finals, GW played point-for-point with old rivals Delaware before securing timely breaks at the end of the game and eventually breaking for the 15-11 win. It was g-dub’s first Sectionals title since 2005.

At Regionals, GW was seeded third and faced Rensselaer Polytech in the first round. After dispatching them 15-6, g-dub played a tough game against up-and-coming Penn State, but eventually prevailed 15-12. This set up a semi-final game with Cornell, which they controlled the whole time and cruised to a 15-6 win. GW was poised for another backdoor Yellow Sunday run at Regionals. In a rematch of the Sectionals final, GW faced Delaware Sunday morning, ultimately ending their season with 14-11 win. Next up was another round with Penn State. G-dub’s senior experience outlasted the youth of Penn State, and GW secured a spot in the backdoor, game-to-go game with a 15-10 win. The backdoor game was a well known matchup to g-dub alumni, since it saw GW vs. Pittsburgh yet another time. However, the depth of Pitt’s roster, as well as their high level success throughout the spring season gave them the edge. Although g-dub played a strong game, the season ended at Pitt’s hands once again with a spot to Nationals on the line by a score of 15-11. Cornell and Pitt finished tied for third in the Nation. This was GW’s first Yellow Sunday at Regionals since 2007 and GW’s highest finish since 2006.

Tournaments: Trouble in Vegas, Wilmington 8’s, Terminus, Roll Call (GWU X), Sectionals, Regionals 

*Grad student Jeff Wodatch was voted to the Metro East All-Region team; Captain Graham Coogan made Second Team All-Region

2008-2009

CAPTAINS

A-Team: Lyle Harrod & Garrett McInnes
B-Team: Dwight Hahn

Season recap coming soon…

2007-2008

CAPTAINS

A-Team: DJ Saul & Jon Zackey
B-Team: Tim Miley & Danny Zadoff

Season recap coming soon…

2006-2007

CAPTAINS

A-Team: Ben Detofsky & Josh Lasky
B-Team: Tim Miley & Geoff Seiler

Ben Detofsky’s recap:
After once again falling just short of our goal of a Nationals bid in 2006, a strong core of seniors entered the 2007 season looking to return to the hallowed grounds of College Nationals that several of them played on at the start of the college ultimate careers, just a short 4 years earlier. Led by captains Ben “Tufsky” Detofsky and Josh “The Crane” Lasky, the rest of the senior core of Ethan Gormbley, Peter Hoffman, David Stira, and Linc Verlander, and a solid group of rising juniors, G-Dub Ultimate was poised for a run.

With a promising recruitment class, G-Dub started rolling into tournaments and trying to find their groove early while developing talent along the way. After a wacky A/B tournament at U-Del to start the season, G-Dub dominated the bid process (once again) for Purple Valley and traveled north to Williams College for what is consistently the most ridiculous tournament of the year. We played well despite the cold and rain, and of course, won the party. G-Dub also stayed local for a tournament, playing in Patriot Games at George Mason University, which they ended up winning! After these two tournaments, it was time for g-dub to get serious, and thus, the Classic City Classic (CCC). CCC is the most competitive fall tournament for college teams and the best tune-up heading into spring season, and G-Dub was there in Athens, GA to make a run.

Our spring started with a bang at Trouble in Vegas. It was an early opportunity to flex our muscles against some big boy teams from across the country. The Hippos put in a solid effort, both on and off the field. Though we didn’t come away with major victories against top 25 teams, we held our own against the likes of Kansas and Oregon. Games each day were followed by copious amounts of gambling and eating. A “win-win-win” as Michael Scott would put it.

The Hippos made their traditional mid-March pilgrimage to the land of Lincoln and Benjamin Spears for Terminus. At the front end of GW’s spring break, Terminus provided a chance for the men to take out all their pent up frustration from the first half of the semester and begin to gel as a group. Over the next few weeks and the formal start of the spring, outdoor practice and runs got us into shape for Easterns in Wilmington. The Hippos walked away with a few solid victories, but more importantly, one of the greatest April Fools’ jokes was played on one Lyle Harrod, who was convinced he had to be father to a child conceived between a men’s team captain and a freshman on the women’s team.

Focused and in shape, the men rolled into Salisbury for Sectionals. Despite Friday night stays by a few team members at the Wicomico County prison, the Hippos went 4-0 on Saturday. Sunday was one of the most challenging days of ultimate ever played by any team ever, as the Hippos suffered a few injuries, became a group of head cases, and eventually lost the game to qualify for the third of three spots to Regionals against Salisbury. G-Dub never loses to Salisbury. Except it happened that day. It was the first time we didn’t qualify for Regionals since 2000.

However, it turns out that Rutgers cheated their way into Regionals, and their disqualification meant a green light for the Hippos to head out to Edinboro. Returning to the site of their most recent qualification for Nationals in 2004, the men truly had a “nothing to lose” mentality since our season had already ended once. The Hippos had our revenge on Salisbury, ending their season in truly ironic fashion. After beating Edinboro in a thriller on Sunday, the team met perennial rival Pitt in the game-to-go to the game-to-go. After going up early, we couldn’t hold it together and our season ended at the hands of Pittsburgh for the third time in three years. Our 4th place finish at Regionals was a nice rebound from the 4th place finish at Sectionals.

Josh Lasky’s spring recap:
Our spring started with a bang at Trouble in Vegas. It was an early opportunity to flex our muscles against some big boy teams from across the country. The Hippos put in a solid effort, both on and off the field. Though we didn’t come away with major victories against top 25 teams, we held our own against the likes of Kansas and Oregon. Games each day were followed by copious amounts of gambling and eating. A “win-win-win” as Michael Scott would put it.

The Hippos made their traditional mid-March pilgrimage to the land of Lincoln and Benjamin Spears for Terminus. At the front end of GW’s spring break, Terminus provided a chance for the men to take out all their pent up frustration from the first half of the semester and begin to gel as a group. Over the next few weeks and the formal start of the spring, outdoor practice and runs got us into shape for Easterns in Wilmington. The Hippos walked away with a few solid victories, but more importantly, one of the greatest April Fools’ jokes was played on one Lyle Harrod, who was convinced he had to be father to a child conceived between a men’s team captain and a freshman on the women’s team.

Focused and in shape, the men rolled into Salisbury for Sectionals. Despite Friday night stays by a few team members at the Wicomico County prison, the Hippos went 4-0 on Saturday. Sunday was one of the most challenging days of ultimate ever played by any team ever, as the Hippos suffered a few injuries, became a group of head cases, and eventually lost the game to qualify for the third of three spots to Regionals against Salisbury. G-Dub never loses to Salisbury. Except it happened that day. It was the first time we didn’t qualify for Regionals since 2000.

However, it turns out that Rutgers cheated their way into Regionals, and their disqualification meant a green light for the Hippos to head out to Edinboro. Returning to the site of their most recent qualification for Nationals in 2004, the men truly had a “nothing to lose” mentality since our season had already ended once. The Hippos had our revenge on Salisbury, ending their season in truly ironic fashion. After beating Edinboro in a thriller on Sunday, the team met perennial rival Pitt in the game-to-go to the game-to-go. After going up early, we couldn’t hold it together and our season ended at the hands of Pittsburgh for the third time in as many years. Our 4th place finish at Regionals was a nice rebound from the 4th place finish at Sectionals. 

Tournaments: Trouble in Vegas; Terminus; Easterns; Sectionals; Regionals 

*Lincoln Verlander made the All-Region Team

2005-2006

CAPTAINS

A-Team: Jack Gaynor
B-Team: Adam Cable

The program was able to bring in yet another strong recruiting class, ensuring the existence of a competitive B Team for the second straight year. The fall saw the program split up for Fall Club Sectionals in Salisbury, Maryland in an effort to get the numerous new players a chance to gain valuable tournament experience. After Sectionals, the A Team traveled to tournaments in Columbus, OH, Delaware, and Atlanta (to compete in the prestigious Classic City Classic tournament). 

Though the fall provided an excellent chance for the team to garner experience, play quality teams, and begin to build some chemistry, none of the results of the fall mattered once spring rolled around. The team embarked on an extensive schedule that begin in Las Vegas, NV. g-dub managed to crack the top 16 of the 64 team tournament, with wins against out-of-region opponents like Cal (National Runner Up, 2004), while losing nail-biters to powerhouse UC-Santa Barbara by 2 and eventual NW Regional Champions Oregon, on double game point. Next up was the Atlantis Tournament in Salisbury. With only 5 members of the team who had played at 2005 Regionals present, g-dub suffered an uncharacteristic 0-4 Saturday, plagued by a combination of low numbers and heavy winds. However, on Sunday, the team bounced back to defeat rival Maryland, SUNY-Albany, and eventual ME Regional Champions Delaware to find themselves in the finals against a similarly young Ohio State team. Though holding a late lead, Ohio State was able to finally win a close game. The next tournament was also in Maryland at Towson’s Huck of the Irish Tournament. Unlike Salisbury, g-dub rolled through pool play into Sunday, which saw them beat Swarthmore in the quarters. Ohio State ended our weekend in the semis, beating g-dub for the second tournament in a row.

2004-2005

CAPTAINS

A-Team: Ben Spears & Adam Croce
B-Team: Lee Saffer & Ryan Matthews

With a large senior class as well as the biggest recruiting class in history, the team had a great deal of young players looking to run and older players looking to lead. With a tough schedule, starting with a late fall appearance at Classic City Classic, the premiere fall tournament, the team looked to gain experience and play the best teams they could over the course of the season. With ninth place finishes at Terminus and Ultimax, the team looked strong and ready for Sectionals despite some unfortunate injuries over the course of the year. 

Battle-tested for Sectionals, the team went 4-0 on Saturday, including an impressive cross-over win against Metro-East contender and GW rival University of Delaware 13-11. Sunday brought victories over American and St. Mary’s, setting up a finals match against University of Maryland. Looking to overcome a late-season loss, GW came out and took the game over, winning convincingly 13-6, securing the Colonial Section title for only the second time in team history. Day One of Regionals brought a first round win against Syracuse, followed by a victory over University of Maryland in the quartefinals. In the semifinals, GW matched up against Queens-Kingston, with the Canadian team coming away with the victory. Sunday began with a victory over Drew and one more win against University of Maryland, putting g-dub in the Game-to-Go to Nationals against University of Pittsburgh. In a very emotional game, g-dub came up just two points short, losing 14-12, finishing third in the Metro-East. A heart-wrenching way to end the season, it was the farthest GW had been from the College Championships in four years. 

Tournaments: Queen City; President’s Day; Terminus; Ultimax; Sectionals; Regionals 

*Ben Spears made the Metro-East All-Region Team

2003-2004

CAPTAINS

A-Team: Ben Faust & Dave Codrea
B-Team: Matt Shiel

With a big recruiting class and some great fall experience, the team looked ready to make some noise again in the Metro-East. Adding to last year’s core with some promising young players, the team had good showings at the Queen’s City and President’s Day tournaments. At Terminus, g-dub managed to surprise everyone but themselves by making into the Semi-Finals of the largest Terminus tournament ever. 

Using the unique “Noid” offense, developed by captain Ben Faust, the team looked strong going into Sectionals. The team went 4-0 on Day One, putting themselves in great position for Sunday. g-dub beat University of Maryland in the semifinals before losing 15-13 to the University of Delaware in the Finals. GW then had to play University of Maryland in the second place game, winning that 15-13 to secure second in the Capital Section for the second straight year behind University of Delaware. At Regionals, g-dub beat Salisbury then was upset by Queens-Kingston 11-10, in a game littered with calls and frustration. Victories over University of Maryland and Syracuse were necessary to make it to Sunday. On Day Two, g-dub beat Princeton, followed by Cornell setting up a 2 nd place game against Queens-Kingston, in a bitter rematch for the last bid to Nationals. The team came out firing on all cylinders, easily winning the game 15-8 and qualifying for the College Championships for the second time in three years. 

Nationals brought some exciting, high quality play. g-dub had tough losses to Kansas and William & Mary in pool play, with another close defeat to eventual semifinalist Brown. On Day Two, g-dub pulled out their first Nationals victory, defeating Illinois 15-13. Following that impressive win, the team looked to take on perennial powerhouse Carleton College, and ended up taking half 8-7 before losing a nail biter 15-13. GW ended up breaking seed by place spots, finishing 11 th in the country. * Below is the description of the team as seen on the 2004 College Championship website: 

“In its seventh season, G-Dub Ultimate has transitioned from a fledgling team into a thriving athletic program. Making their second trip to nationals in 3 years, the Hippos have become a spirited institution not only on campus, but around the college ultimate community as well. This season, the Hippos traveled to Queen’s City Tune Up (Charlotte, NC), President’s Day (San Diego, CA), College Terminus (Atlanta, GA), College Easterns (Wilmington, NC), and Chesapeake Invite (College Park, MD) before heading into the UPA Series. Posting a record of 24-6 since March 13, the Hippos are stronger than ever and hoping to build off a second place finish at Metro East Regionals. George Washington eagerly awaits the opportunity to prove themselves among the best in Seattle.” 

Tournaments: Queen City; President’s Day; Terminus; Easterns; Sectionals; Regionals; Nationals 

*Ben Faust made the Metro-east All-Region Team as well as placing third in the Callahan Award, for the best player in College Ultimate

2002-2003

CAPTAINS

A-Team: Ed Van Leer & Steve DiPasquo & Ben Faust
B-Team: No B-team.

The 2003 season was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Losing nine starters from last years Nationals team, it didn’t help when the team managed only to recruit a couple new players. However, this was a totally different team, now known as “g-dub”, a blue-collar team that may not have played as pretty as last years team, but was always ready to run and get dirty. 

Going into Sectionals, the team had some solid experience under their belt and it showed, with the team going 4-0 on Saturday. Sunday began with a surprise upset by eventual Sectional champion University of Delaware in the Semi-Finals. The team overcame this defeat and clinched second place in the section. At Regionals, the team beat Pittsburgh in the first round before losing a heartbreaker to Cornell 15-12. g-dub managed to overcome this and defeat Carnegie-Mellon and then University of Delaware to make it to Sunday. Day Two brought fulfilling victories over rival Swarthmore and an upset over Cornell, their first win in team history. Finally, in the game-to-go to Nationals against Penn State, g-dub lost on universe point 17-16, narrowly missing a second College Championships bid and ending the season ranked third in the Metro-East region. 

Tournaments: President’s Day; Terminus; Ultimax; Spring Phling; Sectionals; Regionals 

*Ed Van Leer made the Metro-East All-Region Team 

*Ben Faust made the Metro-East All-Region Team

2001-2002

CAPTAINS

A-Team: Thomas Shields & Rob Wahl & Greg Sanda & Pieter vanNoordennen
B-Team: Mark Porter

With a great recruiting class and a team full of upperclassman and graduate students, the team looked poised to make a run for Nationals. With four captains, the team had great leadership as well as a solid team from top to bottom. After being snubbed from the President’s Day tournament, GW made the drive to Alabama, competing in the Elite division a MudBowl, and obtaining their first ever tournament victory. On their way to the title, the team managed to overcome a 9-0 defecit to Auburn and rattle off 15 straight points to win the game. 

With a 12-man B-team, GW sent two teams to Sectionals. The A-team went 4-0 on Saturday, then beat Maryland in the finals 15-11, capturing the Colonial Sectional title for the first time in team history. At Regionals, GW put up impressive wins against Edinboro and Princeton. On Sunday, they beat Swarthmore securing a Nationals bid before losing to Cornell in the finals, taking second place in the Region. 

GW Hippos had qualified for the College Championships, held in Spokane, WA. On the first day, GW lost to Carleton and Colorado in pool play, two teams who consistently make the Semi-finals with one more loss to Illinois. Day two brought close games against UC-Santa Cruz as well as Iowa, unfortunately ending in defeat in bracket play. The season was a great success. *Below is the description of the team as seen on the 2002 College Championship website: 

“Long ago in a swamp far, far away, a hippo was born. This hippo was born an orphan with no one to lead or teach it. But, after growing steadily in his first year and stomping on nearby turtles, they reached their first Spring Regional. The next year the hippo grew much more, and again stomped many turtles and a few other chumps. But the hippo had a drinking problem and did not last into the Spring and its Summer slumber began early. Having learned from this, the hippo awoke the next fall stronger and angrier. After eating turtle soup and beating some ivy league chumps, they stomped to the dirty south. After hitting a few bumps in the road, they again reached a Spring’s end. At this point, the hippo was growing older and for the first time it started to shed some layers. But this would not keep the hippo down. And after growing more over 2 years and shedding nothing, the hippo has reached hippo-hood. And what is a full grown hippo to do? DEVOUR everything in its path.” 

Tournaments: Queen City; Mud Bowl; Terminus; Ultimax; Sectionals; Regionals; Nationals 

*Thomas Shields made the Metro-East All-Region team

2000-2001

CAPTAINS

A-Team: Thomas Shields & Rob Wahl
B-Team: Gregg Ladislaw & Greg Domber

Now the team had started to make some headway, building a team and developing some strategy, thanks their first year with a coach, Dave Bellar, a starter for a local club team in DC called SeaBass. It was also the first year the team joined with the Women’s team at GW and began having regular co-ed games on Fridays. In addition, the team began a tradition of attending the famous Purple Valley tournament in the fall held at Williams College in Massachusetts, creating a chance for alumni to come play one more tournament with the GW Hippos. Though history it scattered for this year, the team did manage to have a good showing at the SPUD Tournament, as well as make some noise at Regionals.

On Sunday, GW managed to win on double-game point against University of Delaware on a historic layout catch by Alex Liss. Following that game, GW pulled out another universe point win over Princeton, who the previous year had made the College Championships. After this win, the team lost a heartbreaker to Swarthmore, finishing fourth in the Region, their best showing to date.

Tournaments: President’s Day, SPUD Tournament, Sectionals, Regionals

1999-2000

CAPTAINS

A-Team: Dave Watermulder & Thomas Shields
B-Team: Gregg Ladislaw & Greg Domber

A still very young program, but gaining speed and players, the team managed to make it to the semi-finals of the Sectional tournament, losing to Maryland, though still qualifying for the Regional tournament. 

At Regionals, GW managed to make it to the second day play, finishing in the top six. This was also the first year of the infamous Red Shirt All-Stars, a B-team known for theit exciting play as well as their crazy behavior. 

Tournaments – Bucknell, President’s Day, Sectionals, Regionals

1998-1999

CAPTAINS

A-Team: Dave Watermulder & Thomas Shields
B-Team: No captains.

A very young team, primarily relying on the huck-and-play-defense strategy, this team of young, athletic players was captained by Dave Watermulder. It was the first year the team qualified for the Regional tournament, narrowly missing the second day of play. This was also the first year with a B-team, a testament to their recruiting power.

1997-1998

CAPTAINS

A-Team: Dave Watermulder & Thomas Shields

The team was formed in the fall of 1997 and in 1998 they entered the college series and made it all the way to regionals.

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