Monkeys and Snatchers dominate Mac-Tommie frisbee

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The Men’s and Women’s Club Frisbee teams come together to celebrate after sweeping their Mac-Tommie matches. Photo courtesy of Eloise Terry ’17.

Tunes were bumping, discs were flying, and both the Blue Monkeys and the PurseSnatchers were on their A-game.

The Macalester College Club Ultimate Frisbee teams ended their fall seasons last Saturday night, November 5 with games against the University of St. Thomas. The men’s team, known as the Blue Monkeys, faced St. Thomas’s Purple Reign. The PurseSnatchers, the Mac women, took on the St. Thomas women.

The Blue Monkeys regroup against St. Thomas after the Tommies scored a point. The Blue Monkeys came away with a 15-12 victory. Photo by Rajnee Persaud ’19.
]1 The Blue Monkeys regroup against St. Thomas after the Tommies scored a point. The Blue Monkeys came away with a 15-12 victory. Photo by Rajnee Persaud ’19.

Both teams had defeated their St. Thomas counterpart earlier this year and were feeling prepared to prevail. “We have a lot of potential, but to open it up we just need the support of the fans and good communication between the players,” Nikita Yatchenko ’17 said.

Each year the Mac frisbee teams face the teams of St. Thomas in the Mac-Tommie Cup. Origins of the this tradition are unknown, but it has lasted at least 16 years. This year, both Macalester teams came away with a victory.

The PurseSnatchers won their game 15-8. Co-captain Eloise Terry ’17 attributed their success to all of her fellow Snatchers. “I think everyone really stepped up to the plate and tried their hardest,” she said.

The Snatchers have been growing stronger and more confident throughout the season. “The improvement that we’ve seen throughout all of our tournaments has crystallized in this one game,” co-captain Isabela Alesna ’17 said.

Spectators were blown away by the team chemistry and skills of the Snatchers. To celebrate, the women’s team stuck around to watch the men tear it up. The atmosphere was hyped both on and off the field. As part of the festivities, Pradyut Bansal ’17 was serving chili that Eliana Langer ’17 raved was “great!”

The Men’s and Women’s Club Frisbee teams come together to celebrate after sweeping their Mac-Tommie matches. Photo courtesy of Eloise Terry ’17.
]2 The Men’s and Women’s Club Frisbee teams come together to celebrate after sweeping their Mac-Tommie matches. Photo courtesy of Eloise Terry ’17.

The Monkeys took the lead early on, but had to maintain their effort. At half, the Purple Reign was looking to rally but the Monkeys remained confident. “As long as we keep up our momentum we’ll pull through easily,” Zach Busby ’18 said at halftime. Like the PurseSnatchers, the Blue Monkeys kicked it into high gear for this last game.

Every Monkey is full of passion and skill. “We are such a deep team is what I’ll say again and again,” co-captain Clay Whipp ’18 said. “We’re communism,” he continued. Each player contributes to the best of their ability.

Spectators and players alike were enjoying themselves. “I am literally going bananas,” Thomas Oriente ’17 said, decked out in a banana suit to inspire the team to victory. Enthusiastic fans proclaimed this was the best they’ve seen the team play all year.

The Blue Monkeys clinched the game 15-12. Spirits were high, a real dedication to the game revealed. “I shall just say that frisbee is the way I live,” Blue Monkeys co-captain Remy Eisendrath ’17 said.