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Brown University men鈥檚 ultimate frisbee wins fourth national championship

15-11 victory over California Polytechnic State University yields Brown a fourth national title

BMo stormed the field to celebrate the squad’s win.
BMo stormed the field to celebrate the squad鈥檚 win.

After a successful regular season and regional tournament, Brown鈥檚 Ultimate Frisbee team Brownian Motion found themselves back in Madison, Wis. 鈥 the pinnacle of the season and home of USA Ultimate鈥檚 annual National Tournament, where the nation鈥檚 best twenty programs compete for a title. 

Among the tournament鈥檚 twenty teams, BMo entered as the No. 8 seed. They left the tournament as four-time national champions.

Bracket play began at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, May 26, as BMo kicked things off with a first-round game against No. 20 Michigan, winning 15-12. Just two hours later, BMo played a quarterfinal game against No. 2 Georgia. Despite being the underdog, BMo narrowly ousted the nation鈥檚 second-best team 15-13. Later that afternoon, Brown played a third game 鈥 a semifinal matchup vs. No. 4 Colorado, against whom the Bears were also an underdog. Nevertheless, BMo prevailed, defeating Colorado 15-12 and landing a spot in the national championship.

鈥淭he biggest obstacle we faced was definitely the elements,鈥 wrote BMo captain Caleb Moran 鈥25. 鈥淭his tournament was incredibly rainy and windy. Our bracket play games on Sunday were all in wild conditions鈥攕uper rainy and windy鈥攁nd Monday鈥檚 championship game was quite windy.鈥 Nevertheless, Moran expressed that BMo鈥檚 offensive style, which includes many short passes, is 鈥渂etter suited for such conditions than many other teams.鈥

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For the national championship, BMo was also the underdog, as they faced fifth-seeded California Polytechnic State University, who go by 鈥淪LOCORE.鈥 The game took place at Breese Stevens Field and was streamed on ESPNU. Despite a slow start, BMo quickly retained a lead and found themselves up at the half by a score of 8-5. BMo was able to sustain their energy and hold onto a lead, defeating Cal Poly-SLO 15-11 to win their fourth national championship in program history. 

鈥淥ur key to victory was committing to a high level of discipline on offense,鈥 Moran wrote. 鈥淲e were willing to grind out scores, rejecting riskier passes in favor of the safe route. And we knew we could get them to turn the disc over if we forced them to throw many throws.鈥

In addition to the team鈥檚 win, BMo鈥檚 Jacques Nissen 鈥24 was named a finalist for the 2024 Callahan Award, which is given to the country鈥檚 best frisbee player and widely considered the sport鈥檚 most prestigious award

鈥淥ur success this season came from a variety of sources,鈥 wrote Moran. 鈥淎dding two great assistant coaches, John Stout and Nate Taylor, implementing a distributed leadership structure that enabled more player ownership, dedicating more team resources to program culture and values, and consistently pushing the level of competition at practice.鈥

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Cooper Herman

Cooper Herman is a senior staff writer covering sports and arts & culture. He is a freshman from Alexandria, Virginia studying Economics and International and Public Affairs.



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