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Photo essay: Flickin’ it up with Mary Massacre

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A girl jumps to throw the frisbee.

Brennan throws a disc. Tess Wilhelm | The Weekly Ringer


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.

Senior Hope Alston has fun at frisbee practice.  Tess Wilhelm | The Weekly Ringer
Juniors Dayton Keffer and Erin Caine battle over the disc. Both will be returning to Mary Massacre next year to step up as veteran members of the team.  Tess Wilhelm | The Weekly Ringer
Brennan throws a disc. Tess Wilhelm | The Weekly Ringer
From left to right: sophomore Rachel Bowman, senior Tess Wilhelm and sophomore Katherine Davis race for the disc.  Tess Wilhelm | The Weekly Ringer
Freshman Celine Jenkins flicks disc around Junior. Ally Tingen Tess Wilhelm | The Weekly Ringer