The annual Sean Ryan Memorial Tournament started out with us matched up against Humboldt for the first game. Right off the bat, our team was aggressive taking initiative to move the disc quickly. Humboldt kept up steadily as we continued to trade points back and forth but time was on our side as we took the game defeating the number one seed in our pool 9-8.
After a long break of two byes, our game against UC Santa Barbara was yet another fast paced game. The Psychos responded with great dump D, shutting down their handler offense set and preventing them from moving the disc. There were some big plays, on both teams, but we were able to capitalize on turnovers. We answered back with many deep looks, as the wind began to pick up, which resulted in our 11-7 victory.
In our last game of the day, we faced Cal Poly SLO, a very familiar opponent. Our rookies continued to improve and seemed to pick up the strategy of game play, coming up with a few D’s and great runs down in the endzone. We had many miraculous grabs and had a final point with 5 of our rookies ending the day and game with a successful 12-11 score. With a 3-0 record on Saturday and coming out first in our pool, originally seeded 3rd and 10th overall, we would play in the championship bracket on Sunday.
Heading into the championship bracket Sunday morning, we found ourselves playing a very aggressive game against SDSU. SDSU came out strong, scoring the first 2 points, but we continued to fight, scoring several points in a row. State came back to tie us and we continued trading points. The Psychos never let up and continued to push while playing aggressive defense. It was a very physical game but the Psychos still left the field proud even with an 11-13 loss.
Claremont was up next and the Psychos continued to be aggressive as we moved the disc really quickly, picking up the pace for every point. Many of our deep shots connected and our D was solid but we allowed Claremont to catch up when our fast pace turned into too many throws to no one. However, the Psychos were able to come up to win on universe with smart break cuts to the endzone.
The Psychos never let up even in the final game of the tournament against Sonoma State. Also a very quick team with capable handlers, aggressive D was going to be main issue in this game. It was a very tight game and even though we took half, our teams kept trading points all the way to universe. Though it was a loss, our team came up with a lot of great grabs and great timing for deep cuts. The tournament was a great indicator of how much our team could grow as we left Santa Cruz with a record of 4-2 and just a 3-point differential in our 2 losses.