2017 DIII Champion
The Richmond Spidermonkeys are the University of Richmond Men’s Club Ultimate Team. We compete in USA Ultimate’s Men’s DIII College Division. We are currently the defending National Champions, as well as, the defending champions of both the North Atlantic Coast Section and Atlantic Coast Region. We are already preparing for and looking forward to our 2017-2018 Season under the leadership of our new Captains: Chris Selwood, Justin Keller, and Pat Murray.
Fall 2017 Recap
The Fall was spent teaching our newer players and improving upon the skill of our upperclassmen. We had the largest alumni attendance at the Matt Baccary Memorial Tournament ever. We are also excited to be partnering with SAVAGE for this season.
“Harris Cannon, Xavier McCormick, and Chris Cassella formed one of the best freshman classes last year and should be even better this year. Justin Keller is one of the most efficient cutters in the country. 2nd Team All-American Chris Selwood led Richmond’s O-line at Nationals last year and should resume that role again in 2018. Combine all this talent with Coach of the Year Runner-Up Matt Graves, and the Spidermonkeys have the look of a National semifinalist.”
Spring 2017 Recap
The Spring of 2017 will forever go down as a landmark year for the Richmond Spidermonkeys. The season began at Queen’s City Tune Up in Charlotte, NC with a huge upset over Harvard, last years DI runner-up. The weekend was not over, and a string of close games to top DI programs brought national attention to our team: (see: link). The season, however, certainly had its ups and downs. Our less than successful weekend at Oak Creek Invite was a reality check after receiving high praise, which highlighted many areas of improvement for our team. Our home tournament, DIII EastUR, was a success and we finished second behind regional rival Davidson. Once we reached the series, we really hit our stride. We kept our championship titles in both the North Atlantic Coast Section and Atlantic Coast Region from the previous year. DIII Nationals was a surreal experience. Last year, we were just trying to make it back to nationals. This year, we were in it to win it. Early victories over John Brown and Army won us the C Pool and allowed us to rest some of our legs in the game against Amherst. After good wins over Dartmouth and Bryant, we were in the final, a culmination of months of hard work and drive. We were ecstatic to play Davidson in the final. They are a great team, and a fierce regional rival. After a long, gritty, back-and-forth game, we pulled out the win 15-12 making us the 2017 DIII National Champions (see: link). It was an unforgettable season. Monkey Pride.
To our Seniors: Henry Babcock, Sam Gillespie, Joey Cullison, Jimmy Lenox, Brenden Carol, Mitch Woo, and Mitch Parry words cannot express how much we will miss all of you. Our program would not be what it is today without all of your hard work and leadership. Thank you for everything. We love all of you and look forward to beating you at Baccary in the Fall. In addition, our two year captain, Henry Babcock, was awarded the inaugural Donovan Award for his athletic dominance, skill, leadership, and spirt of the game. Henry is fully deserving of the award, an incredible player, and we are thankful we never had to play against him (see: link).
We also want to thank our coach Matt Graves. We couldn’t do it without you. Your knowledge of the game, dedication, passion, calm, and confidence in us led us to where we are. We cannot thank you enough.
Finally, to everyone who came and supported us: Parents, Alumni, and Redhots. We thank you for making the trek to Lexington Kentucky. Your support meant to world to us. Thank you for being part of such a historic day for the program.
Fall 2016 Recap
The fall was spent developing our younger players and pushing our older players into more important roles.
“Richmond has set the standard for consistent excellence in the Atlantic Coast and just dominated all weekend at Jungle Fever. Unless their regional rivals in North Carolina can find a way to overcome Richmond’s deep bench, they will likely remain the best team in the Atlantic Coast and one of the best in the country.” -Mike Ball and Hugo Sowder, Ultiworld (November, 2016)
Spring 2016 Recap
The 2016 season was the teams second trip to DIII Nationals (previously in 2014), where we placed 9th. During the season we won three tournaments: Layout Pigout, North Atlantic Coast Region Conferences, and Atlantic Coast Regionals (See tournaments for oppenents and scores). In addition our players won the following awards:
Player of the Region: Henry Babcock
Atlantic Coast All Freshman Team: Chris Selwood
First Team All Region: Henry Babcock and Dennis McClaine
Second Team All Region: Joey Cullison and Chris Selwood
“If you asked anybody how Richmond’s season would go, not many people would have predicted this. After graduating a senior class who led the team to three regional championship game appearances and two trips to DIII Nationals, this was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Spidermonkeys. Nobody told them that.” -Michael Ball, Ultiworld (April, 2016)
“Richmond dominated what was likely the most challenging regional championship tournament in the country. They were broken fewer than ten times all weekend, and when their defense generated a turn, they converted almost every time. Henry Babcock and Joey Cullison form a handler-cutter pair as strong as any in the country. Babcock’s range of throws open up the deep lane, the break side, and everywhere else on the field; Cullison’s speed and athleticism are a match-up nightmare. Most teams will have to choose to put their best defender on one of these two players and leave the other to do damage. Richmond has beaten Brandeis twice and Franciscan once, and their only bad game of the season came in 25mph winds that they will not see this weekend [at Nationals].” – Kyle Taylor and Kyle Murray, Ultiworld (May, 2016)