Madison Radicals

The Madison Radicals are a professional ultimate team that competes in the Midwest Division of the American Ultimate Disc League. The Radicals play their home games at Breese Stevens Field in downtown Madison. Since the team's inception in 2013, they have won five regular season divisional titles in six seasons. After losing in the AUDL championship games in 2013 and 2015, the Radicals claimed its first championship in 2018.[1] Madison also hosted AUDL Championship Weekends in 2016[2] and 2018, the latter of which coincided with a championship win.[1]

Madison Radicals
SportUltimate
Founded2013
LeagueAmerican Ultimate Disc League
DivisionMidwest
Based inMadison, Wisconsin
StadiumBreese Stevens Field
ColoursTeal blue and chartreuse
Head CoachTim DeByl
Overall record82-16
Championships1
Division titles6
Playoff berths6
Websitewww.theaudl.com/radicals

History

2012

In summer of 2012, it was reported that Madison would be home to an American Ultimate Disc League team, the Radicals. Slated to join the AUDL for its second season in 2013, effort organizer Tim DeByl stated that he hoped to get Breese Stevens Field as a venue for the team's home games.[3]

2013

The Radicals hosted their first tryout in January 2013. Over 60 players attended the combine, with the tryout reaching into the middle of the night.[4]

After winning their first-ever game against the Chicago Wildfire, the Radicals parlayed defensive success all the way to the AUDL championship game, losing to the Toronto Rush.

2014

The Radicals were again successful in their sophomore year of play, going undefeated at home during the regular season. Peter Graffy set the AUDL single-season blocks record with 49.[5] The Radicals beat the Indianapolis AlleyCats 25-16 in the Midwest Division championship game to advance to their second straight AUDL Championship Weekend appearance.[6] After leading early in the AUDL semifinals, Madison ended up losing to the eventual champion San Jose 23-20.

2015

Madison once again went undefeated at home on their way to a 13-1 regular season record. San Jose eliminated Madison for the second straight year, this time in the AUDL championship game.

2016

The Radicals went undefeated in regular-season play, only the third such season in league history. The team set a regular season attendance record at the time with over 1200 fans coming out on June 4 to watch the AUDL Game of the Week.[7] A close loss to the Seattle Cascades during Championship Weekend, which was held at Breese Stevens, snapped a years-long home winning streak for Madison.

2017

The Radicals would claim their fourth consecutive regular season Midwest Division title in 2017, and advanced to the AUDL semifinals, where they were bounced by eventual champion San Francisco in the semifinals.

2018

The Radicals won another Midwest Division title in 2018. Robyn Wiseman became the first female player in team history.[8] Madison played host to AUDL Championship Weekend for the second time in three seasons. This time, the Radicals went all the way, beating the Los Angeles Aviators 24-19 in the semifinals before taking down the Dallas Roughnecks 20-16 in the 2018 AUDL championship game.[9]

2019

In their third game of the 2019 season, the Radicals lost at home to the Minnesota Wind Chill, their first home loss in 2,190 days.[10] The Radicals eventually missed the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, finishing 6-6 on the season.[11]

Season-by-season results

Year-by-year[12]
Year Reg. Season Div Finish Reg Season Playoffs
2013 13-3 2nd Lost AUDL championship
2014 12-2 1st Lost AUDL semifinals
2015 13-1 1st Lost AUDL championship
2016 14-0 1st Lost AUDL semifinals
2017 12-2 1st Lost AUDL semifinals
2018 12-2 1st Won AUDL championship
2019 6-6 5th Did not qualify
Total 82-16 10-5

Venue

The Radicals have played every home game at Breese Stevens Field, located in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.

References

  1. "Madison Radicals win first American Ultimate Disc League title". www.madison.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  2. "Breese Stevens Field To Host 2016 AUDL Championship Weekend". theAUDL.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  3. Joyce, Jason (2012-07-19). "Professional Ultimate frisbee comes to Madison". Isthmus. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  4. Joyce, Jason (2013-01-24). "Ultimate goes pro with the Madison Radicals". Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  5. "Peter Graffy". Mint Ultimate. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  6. Seiter, Dan (2014-07-24). "Madison Radicals seek to return to Ultimate title match for second year". Isthmus. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  7. Popke, Michael (2016-06-09). "Radical expressions". Isthmus. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  8. Galva, Alejandro Alonso (2018-03-23). "Madison Radicals sign first female player". Isthmus. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  9. "Madison Radicals win first AUDL championship". WKOW. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  10. Jurek, Tanner. "AUDL Throwaround: Madison Falls At Home, Homecooking in NY, Pittsburgh Shocks Chicago". Ultiworld. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  11. "8 of 10 Teams Qualify for 2019 Playoffs". American Ultimate Disc League. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  12. "Madison Radicals History Page". AUDL. 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2019-01-31.

Official website

Sporting positions
Preceded by
San Francisco FlameThrowers
American Ultimate Disc League champion
2018
Succeeded by
New York Empire
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