At UMD, Ultimate Game Comes with a Cost

By KBJR News 1

April 7, 2014 Updated Apr 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is widely known as the home of the Bulldogs, but that college campus is also home to another team --- the Northern Lights.

If you don't know what sport the Northern Lights play, though, you may not be alone.

"It's fast-paced," senior Matthew Burkhardt said. "I guess you have to have the field-sense of soccer and a little bit like football without the tackling."

"It's like basketball where you have the flow of the game and you have that pivot foot," junior Curtis Cammack said. "Then I think of it as football. You've got your receivers. You've got your quarterback throwing it."

That game is Ultimate Frisbee, and for members of the Northern Lights, they work with little funding and without a coach.

"A lot of it you just have to pay out of pocket if you want to play," Burkhardt said. "Luckily all you need is some cleats and a Frisbee and cones. Travel expenses are the biggest thing by far."

UMD also has a women's club team, but, while both can practice indoors at UMD, neither can play games on campus.

"The closest we've had is in Iowa," Burkhardt said. "We've also competed in Virginia, and we had two tournaments in Georgia. We've had to travel quite a bit to face some teams."

The latest destination for the Northern Lights was Statesboro, Georgia where they came away as tournament champions.

With the season winding down, the 23-person team now has their eyes set on a bigger goal.

"Hopefully making it to regions," senior Marty Stecker said, "and then from there, playing even better and peaking potentially to make that national tournament where our ultimate goal is."

"We have a chance, a pretty good chance I think," Cammack said. "That's more than a lot of teams can say. I'm very excited about the opportunity to play."

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