Pittsburgh Thunderbirds

The Pittsburgh Thunderbirds are a professional ultimate team that competes in the Midwest Division of the American Ultimate Disc League. In July 2015, the Thunderbirds reached the playoffs in their first year of existence and beat the Chicago Wildfire before falling to the Madison Radicals in the divisional final. Standout player Tyler DeGirolamo, who set the AUDL season record with 89 assists in only 11 games played in 2015, was only able to play a few points against the Radicals before withdrawing with an injury.[1]

Pittsburgh Thunderbirds
NicknameT-Birds
Founded2015
LeagueAmerican Ultimate Disc League
DivisionMidwest
Based inPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
StadiumJ.C. Stone Field
Pittsburgh, PA
ColoursBlack, Charcoal Grey & Gold
OwnerDr. Tracy Neuendorf & Amy Neuendorf
Head coachPat Hammonds
General managerAndrew Gardner
National championships0
Division titles0
Playoff berths3
Websitepghthunderbirds.com

2015 season

The Pittsburgh Thunderbirds finished 2nd in the Midwest division with a 12-2 record, behind the Madison Radicals who finished 13-1. The Madison Radicals lone loss was to the Thunderbirds on May 2nd, 2015 at Founder's Field in Pittsburgh.

On June 12th, 2015, the Thunderbirds were featured on ESPN3's game of the week against the Chicago Wildfire, dropping the contest 19-16 for their 2nd loss of the 2015 season.

2015 playoffs

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Midwest playoffs had to be played on the same day, July 25th, 2015. The #3 seed Chicago Wildfire met the #2 seeded Thunderbirds at a neutral site outside of Madison, Wisconsin at 4:00PM local time. In overtime, Max Thorne threw the go-ahead goal to Aaron Watson to secure the 24-23 victory.

3 hours later, the Thunderbirds went on to face the #1 seeded Madison Radicals at Breese Stevens Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. The Thunderbirds would go on to lose the Midwest Championship, 24-21 after Tyler DeGirolamo exited the game with a recurring leg injury.

2015 Regular Season Results
Date Opponent Score Record
4/11/15 @ Indianapolis Alleycats 28-20 W 1-0
4/25/15 Cincinnati Revolution 30-16 W 2-0
5/2/15 @ Madison Radicals 24-18 L 2-1
5/3/15 @ Minnesota WindChill 30-17 W 3-1
5/9/15 Minnesota WindChill 28-22 W 4-1
5/30/15 Detroit Mechanix 44-20 W 5-1
6/6/15 Madison Radicals 26-22 W 6-1
6/12/15 @ Chicago Wildfire 19-16 L 6-2
6/13/15 @ Detroit Mechanix 34-21 W 7-2
6/20/15 @ Cincinnati Revolution 25-19 W 8-2
6/28/15 Chicago Wildfire 27-26 W (OT) 9-2
7/10/15 Detroit Mechanix 42-16 W 10-2
7/11/15 @ Cincinnati Revolution 33-27 W 11-2
7/18/15 Indianapolis AlleyCats 29-25 W 12-2
2015 Midwest Playoffs Results
7/25/15 @Chicago Wildfire 24-23 W (OT) 13-2
7/25/15 @Madison Radicals 24-21 L 13-3

References

  1. "The Tuesday Toss, Playoffs Part II: Four Teams Remain". TheAUDL.com. Retrieved 2015-07-30.

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