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Wayne Post
  • Dragons wrap up inaugural AUDL season

  • It is one year down and, hopefully, more to come for the newest professional sports team in town — the Rochester Dragons. On Saturday, July 6, the member American Ultimate Disc League closed out its inaugural season at Webster Schroeder High School with a disappointing loss to the playoff-bound New York Empire. The score of the game was 27-22 and the team finished with a 6-10 record.

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  • It is one year down and, hopefully, more to come for the newest professional sports team in town — the Rochester Dragons. On Saturday, July 6, the member American Ultimate Disc League closed out its inaugural season at Webster Schroeder High School with a disappointing loss to the playoff-bound New York Empire. The score of the game was 27-22 and the team finished with a 6-10 record.
    Back in January and February, 75-plus players, coaches and management of a fledgling league called the American Ultimate Disc League gathered under the indoor domes to begin the selection process for the team. While it was the second year for the league, it was the first year in Rochester for the Dragons as they played as the Buffalo Hunters in 2012. The players trying to the make the team at the combines in the winter either came from the upstate area or went to school near Rochester. In the end, 27 players made the roster and ranged in age from 19-32.
    The season began badly for the Dragons because the first two weekends of their schedule had them traveling for Saturday/Sunday doubleheaders, and the younger college players could not make the road trips. When the team finally fielded a full roster they were already 0-4. Not to be discouraged and knowing they had a good core group of players, the Dragons posted a 5-2 stretch, with one of the games a one-point nail-biter against the Philadelphia Phoenix. More bad luck had the Rochester team scheduled to play the undefeated Toronto Rush in three of its last five contests. Although Rochester played well against the Canadian team they did not get a single win against them.
    The final game of the season turned out to be a fantastic evening for the sport. The Dragons felt like the visitors might be an easy win because the Empire had already made the playoffs and had to play Toronto the next day. New York felt differently and kept the Dragons off balance all night. While each team fields seven on a side when play begins, Rochester had twelve different players score. Joe Becker (Rochester) had three goals and three assists, and Fairport natives David Abbott and Kevin Quinlan totaled two goals and three assists. Padding his numbers to stay in the top ten for scoring, TJ Burns (Alfred) had five goals.
    Ultimate Frisbee in upstate New York is not new, but having a professional team is. There are over eight million people in the United States alone who play the game and the IOC has recently recognized it as an Olympic sport.
    As the game becomes more and more popular, the owners of the team hope they can continue to field the most competitive team in the league because they were certainly inspired by the fans that came out to support them this year. You can find more information on the team at www.rochesterdragons.com or like them on Facebook.
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