Three throws to the endzone to study from the 13th point of the Molly Brown vs Revolution game

I’ve got 15 min before running out the door, so short post, but three looks I think are worth studying carefully. Ultimate is a game of inches!

(1) A Revolution turn with a near incredible catch

The window to complete this pass is pretty small, but the bid is amazing.

(2) A near perfect play

The cut to score from Claire McKeever is a perfect model and I like the pass, too. I think (based on where the pulls are landing) that the throw is downwind – it misses by inches

(3) Phenomenal work with the disc from Yina Cartagena

If you want to learn about moving the mark and also moving downfield defenders, watch Cartagena with the disc here – this is as good as it gets! The around forehand throw is another thing to use as a model for your own game.


A few things to take away from the 12th point

I’m a little pressed for time today, but wanted to point out a couple of things to take away form the 12th point of the Molly Brown vs Revolution game. There are a few stoppages during the point, so the action gets broken into pieces. The 4 videos in this blog post cover almost all of the point.

(1) Look at Revolution’s around flicks.

There are two in the first video and one in the second. I think these throws are great models for around flicks. What I like most about the throws is that they are easy throws out to space. Revolution is making sure that these passes to the break side are completed rather than trying to squeeze an extra couple of yards of field position out of the passes.


(2) I love the cut down the field from Kirstin Johnson.

Johnson starts out behind the disc and then heads down the field like she was shot out of a cannon! If you are a handler who also like to head down the field, Johnson’s play here is a great example to watch.

(3) Finally, the scoring play from Molly Brown is just terrific

Similar to the last point – watch how Carolyn Vlach sets up the scoring cut.

Learning from game film

I was thinking about the 11th point of the Molly Brown vs. Revolution game this morning and thought that it gave a great example of how to improve your own team’s play by watching game film.

One thing you sometimes run into with game film is two pretty similar situations with totally different outcomes. I think these nice coincidences give you some of the best opportunities to learn. So, here are two pretty similar situations in this game – the start of the 11th and the start of the 9th points. Both clips are about 30 seconds long, and the results are totally different.

What can we learn?

(a) The start of point 11

(b) the start of point 9:

3 lessons from the 11th point of the Molly Brown vs Revolution game

The 11th point of the Molly Brown vs Revolution game is a bit different than prior points. Both teams force the issue a little bit and there are a couple of turns worth looking at carefully.

Below are two turns – one from Molly Brown and one from Revolution – and then then Molly Brown’s scoring play. For me, the lesson comparing these three plays is about forcing the issue vs easy throws to space.

(1) Turn #1

(2) Turn #2

(3) Molly Brown’s goal – terrific work from Claire Chastain and Megan Ives

4 takeaways from point 10 of the Molly Brown vs. Revolution game

Here are four lessons from the 10th point of the Molly Brown vs Revolution game that you can incorporate into your own game right away:

(1) Don’t let your opponent poach on you

Molly Brown has used a deep poacher before in this game. For this point you’ll see #15 – Sara Taggert – on Molly Brown poaching down the field. Watch how #77 on Revolution – Maria Beltran – reacts to that poaching:

(2) Kirstin Johnson with great footwork on D Alejandra Torres

We’ve seen some great cutting in this game from Revolution. Several times the Revolution cutter has been able to get the Molly Brown defender to turn her head or her body. In this clip you’ll see some great defensive positioning and footwork from Molly Brown’s Kirstin Johnson.

It is hard for me to say the specific thing that you can incorporate into your game here – but I do think watching Johnson’s excellent example here will give you some useful ideas about defensive positioning.

(3) Attack like Ospina

I wrote an entire blog post about Ospina’s play yesterday. Watch everything about this cut – when it starts, where it ends up, and how she gets there. It is fascinating how far in advance she sees where she needs to go. The lesson here is that setting up your cuts is a long process and not just reacting to where the disc is right now.

(4) Attack like Revouliton’s downfield players!

As the disc moves from Ospina to Cartagena ALL of Revolution’s downfield players recognize where the disc is going and cut to the endzone. Normally they are much more coordinated and not all cutting to the same place. Here I love that all 4 players have the same ideas about attacking the endzone.

Learning from Laura Ospina

Just as watching the 9th point of the Molly Brown vs Revolution game made me want to write about Lisi Lohre of Molly Brown, the 10th point made me want to write about Revolution’s Laura Ospina.

Ospina has been having a great game, and she makes important contributions to Revolution’s O line seemingly every time she touches the disc. I didn’t have a ton of time tonight, but I pulled down three examples of her play to study and learn from.

(1) Improving Revolution’s position

At the start of this clip Ospina is on the far sideline roughly at the end of the blue USA Ultimate sign. The thing to notice here is the improvement in Revolution’s position from when Ospina catches the disc to when she completes the pass. This improvement in Revolution’s offensive position when the disc moves through Ospina is a consistent theme in this game.

(2) Three important plays

Ospina makes three really instructive plays on this point.

(i) For her first touch she makes a remarkable change of direction and moves the disc to the sideline, giving Revolution a great deep look.

(ii) Next watch her not cut on the far sideline when she sees a teammate with a better cut.

(iii) Finally, watch her fight hard for the position with her defender and make a nice gain up the line for Revolution

(3) Looking carefully at the 2nd throw in the last point

I feel that this throw is a fantastic example. Some positives are:

(i) It is a soft throw and easy to catch,
(ii) It is to a place that only her teammate can get to, and
(iii) Ospina is well balanced during the throw and the release.

Revolution is relying on many well-executed throws like this one for their O. You can see watching the game how effective this O is, and studying their throws carefully is really worth the time.

(4) Flawless play from Ospina in the 10th point

Here’s the play from the 10th point that made we want to go back and look more carefully at Ospina’s game. The combination of sheer power, intelligence, and skill on display her is phenomenal.

For the power – watch how she drives her defender to the near side of the screen to set up the cut.

For the intelligence – watch her delay the cut to the far sideline for a second to avoid a pick. Also check out how quickly she makes the decision to throw.

For the skill, she goes from full speed to a very short touch throw in an instant. We saw the same skill from Lisa Pitcaithley on the last point. Absolutely beautiful ultimate!

I love Ospina’s game. Sometimes contributions like hers can be missed watching a game live, but when you go back and study the game you see how Colombia’s position improved every time she touched the disc. What a great player to learn from!

4 lessons from point 9 of the Molly Brown vs Revolution game

My first reaction to seeing the 9th point of the Molly Brown / Revolution game was to write about how great of a player Lisi Lohre is:

Learning from Lisi Lohre

There are also some great lessons. Honestly, this point is Molly Brown at their absolute best. They work together as a team so well, attack open space, and move the disc down the field with easy throws. When I think about how good Molly Brown is as a team – this point is what I’m thinking about.

Here are 4 things from the point that you can incorporate into your own game right away:

(1) Take what they give you and don’t force the issue:

Revolution has a deep defender (off screen) – watch how Claire Chastain adjusts her cut as a result. If she continues to run deep, she’s just playing right into Revolution’s D:

(2) Be happy to be in good space, and pull defenders out of dangerous space.

Watch Claire Chastain at the top of the screen just walk to some nice space, and watch Sarah Pesch at the bottom of the screen head back and bring a defender with her.

Pesch’s defender is now unable to help anyone down the field, and Molly Brown has 3 players – Lisa Pitcaithley, Lisi Lohre, and Liza Minor – with half the field to work with. All of a sudden Molly Brown’s O has created a really dangerous position.

(3) Take what they give you and don’t force the issue part 2!!

Now that Molly Brown’s O has created a dangerous position, watch how Pitcaithley, Minor, and Lohre work together to exploit the downfield space.

Also, look at the easy throw to space from Chastain.

(4) Soft throws to space for the win!!

Look at this beautiful throw from Pitcaithley. Nothing is forced. Although the throw happens quickly, it is not rushed. This play is absoperfection.