Jeff Eastham [Davis]- great deep D, solid throws pushed them to the semis,
and got them up on Stanford early.
Aaron Richards [Oregon State]- Only one not to make semis, Aaron played
with several injuries and dominates everywhere. Hustles like a rookie D
guy and thinks like a Captain
Sam and Jeremy [Santa Cruz]- the most difficult tandem to stop west of
Carleton's Sam and Nord. Both go deep well and break a lot of marks, as
well as leading their D teams. Sam is as big and aggressive as they get,
and Jeremy feeds him, and does damage downfield as well.
Mike Whitaker [Stanford]- Hard to pick out a best player on this deep
team, but he stands out as a mark specialist and long thrower. Great game
in the finals, especially in SU's 5-0 run to tie it. Could have also
considered Machine and the D-team guy with the mullet.
Joe Kleffner [Oregon]- Took over the semi against SC, big grabs in the end
zone and shifty, menacing D. Doesn't throw deep to his short guys enough,
but brought his A game this weekend to earn a trip to Boston.
Doug Mckenzie [Oregon]- Finally, everyone knows "the blond kid with
springs'" name. Doug is a highlight film, and a northwest fan favorite.
Great D. Hurts himself to get the disc. Scored too many goals this weekend
to not get noticed- and has never spiked a disc. NW Regional Final MVP.
hecklers? where are you?
> Doug Mckenzie [Oregon]- Finally, everyone knows "the blond kid with
> springs'" name. Doug is a highlight film, and a northwest fan favorite.
> Great D. Hurts himself to get the disc. Scored too many goals this weekend
> to not get noticed- and has never spiked a disc. NW Regional Final MVP.
Robert (Ro-bear) [UBC] - a solid player in every respect. made some
phenomenal catches agaist us in out first game of the day and was a
constant worry going out and comin' back. He's got that quintescential
Canadian accent too. You gotta give him props for that.
Jasper [Cal] - Everyone is talking about Dan (the other one) for Callahan.
I think Jasper might be the most underestimated player out there. In the
Davis game he played all but about 4 points and was running the whole
time. With Berkeley's deep throws, I thought they would have used him
more often but he was looked off. He's also there most versatile player,
capable of playing any position, all game, in any conditions. I just wish
he'd gone to grad school at UW instead of venturing 800 miles south.
Ben Wiggins [Oregon] - I'm sorry Ben, but you're my favorite. I gotta
give you props. Good luck in Boston!
PS-thanks to Stanford for spending the better part of 30 minutes tearing
up the parking lot. That'll really help out our relationship with
Northwest fields. If you're that frustrated, go rip the shit out of your
You also missed a couple of your own guys. Josh had many big plays when
I was watching (I can't believe he got the Callahan goal after failing
to bid for it the first time around), and leads the league in
post-big-play strutting. And Ryan not only provided solid handling and
tallness, but hustled like mad--as you yourself called the play-by-play
from the sideline, he got one D on a floaty huck when he'd been covering
a handler--and the other two guys going up for it were both tall.
Whit (Stanford)--Doesn't look like a superstar, but somehow he's involved
in every big play, on O or D.
Jeff and Sam (Santa Cruz)--When we played them, we put our best defender
on Sam, and then Jeff just killed us. They're both nearly unstoppable.
Jeff (Davis)--He had a tough game against us on defense (yeah Jude), but
got a huge poach D in the first half (thanks to yours truly) and was
smooth on offense. It's hard to leave Kevin off the list, and I suspect
that when (if?) Allan comes back to 100%, you'll have to watch out for him
Josh, Joe, Doug (Oregon)--I'm a believer after watching them in the semis
and finals. On a team packed with superstars, these are the most exciting.
Again, several other Oregon guys could be on this list.
Second team: Wiggins (Oregon), Dan (Berkeley), Cooper (Humboldt),
whatever that guy's name is from OSU, Kevin (Davis), Jeremy (UCSC), that
Asian handler #8 (UBC).
Pretty solid squads, there.
> Second team: Wiggins (Oregon), Dan (Berkeley), Cooper (Humboldt),
> whatever that guy's name is from OSU, Kevin (Davis), Jeremy (UCSC), that
> Asian handler #8 (UBC).
PS-the asian guy on UBC is Adrian Liem (sp?), aka "Beebs." And he's on
the ballot of Callahan. Deservedly I might add.
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