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Kenyon Spring Invite and the 2012 College Series

April 23, 2012

This year, we finished the regular season with a 12-5 (.706) record and were ranked #4 out of D-III schools and #45 out of all schools in the country (Kenyon’s highest regular season finish).

Our final regular season tournament was the Kenyon Spring Invite (aka the 75th Annual FRED). The Invite, which had been shaping up to be quite a competitive tournament, suffered from some last minute cancellations. Nevertheless, SERF met its opponents on the field with vigor and aplomb. After being upset by Case Western Reserve in pool play (9-13), SERF found revenge in the finals on the turf against the Fighting Gobies (13-8).

Two weeks later, we began the college series, travelling to Versailles, OH for the Ohio D-3 Conference Championship. Unfortunately, in the intervening weeks, we lost one of our primary offensive handlers, Max Dugan ’14, to a broken arm. Conferences was our first opportunity to try out some new personnel configurations. SERF dispatched Xavier (14-9), John Carroll (14-4), and Ohio Wesleyan (14-5) all with relative ease. Conditions were not ideal, and Xavier certainly took advantage of some first round jitters before we were able to finish them off. Against John Carroll and OWU, however, we only allowed each team to score one point in the second half.

On Sunday, we matched up in the finals against Ohio Northern University, missing seniors Adrian Galvin and Kenny Polyak. ONU had a good regular season against other Ohio teams, but did not travel out of state to any tournaments, and knowing this, we may have written them off sooner than we should have. ONU went up 4-1 to start the first half before our D-line clawed its way back on serve. ONU took half 7-8. At this point the wind picked up again and the points started getting longer. We traded points until soft cap went off at 9-10. We composed ourselves, and D-line went to work again. Two breaks later, we had repeated as Ohio D-3 Conference Champions. 11-10 SERF.

Freshman Rob Heavner and sophomore Dan Kipp earned MVP discs, and junior Harry Hanson was honorably mentioned.

We are very much looking forward to hosting Ohio Valley D-3 Regionals this year. With only one bid to Nationals, every game will be extremely hard-fought, and home-field advantage is going to count for a lot.

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