TESS WILHELM & EMILY HEMPHILL
Staff Photographer & Sports Editor
UMW women’s ultimate frisbee team is enjoying the incoming warm weather in preparation for their Regionals tournament on April 15 and 16. The team, also known as Mary Massacre, performed well enough in these games last year to qualify for the Nationals tournament held in Milwaukee, Wis. The goal is to make it back there again, and so far, they’re on the right track.
Back in February, Mary Massacre ranked fourth in the Commonwealth Cup in Martinsville. They had the opportunity to test themselves against some D-I schools like Virginia Tech, James Madison University and Virginia Commonwealth University at a tournament held in Harrisonburg a few weeks ago. The nine graduating seniors on the roster are hoping to finish their frisbee careers strong back at Nationals, this year held in Columbus, Ohio.
The veteran team members also want the spirit they’ve built with Mary Massacre to continue after they’ve gone.
“I’m hoping that we leave them with the passion that last year’s leaders left for us and kind of just keep the culture going and always remember why we play frisbee,” said senior biology major Natalie Brennan, a co-captain on the team. “It’s to give a safe space and a fun place to be. It’s a frisbee family.”
Julia Mrotek contributed to reporting for this article.