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 the historic Breese Stevens Field in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. Since the team's inception in 2013, they have won five regular season divisional titles in six seasons, going 64-7 from 2013 through 2017. In July 2015, the Radicals clinched their third successive divisional title to advance to the league semi-finals, also for the third straight year.[1] The Radicals lost to the Toronto Rush in the team's first year (2013). In 2015 they lost to the San Jose Spiders (AUDL) in the championship.[2] The team claimed its first championship in 2018.[3]

In 2016, the Radicals hosted the AUDL Championship Weekend V at Breese Stevens Field.[4]

In 2018, the Radicals hosted the AUDL Championship Weekend for a second time, which concluded with the team winning their first ever AUDL championship by defeating the Dallas Roughnecks 20-16 after outlasting the Los Angeles Aviators in the semifinals.[3]

Madison Radicals
SportUltimate
Founded2013
LeagueAmerican Ultimate Disc League
DivisionMidwest
Based inMadison, Wisconsin
StadiumBreese Stevens Field
ColoursTeal blue and chartreuse
Head CoachTim DeByl
Overall record76-10
Championships1
Semifinalist6
Playoff berths6
Websitewww.theaudl.com/radicals

History

2012

On July 19, 2012, the local Madison newspaper the Isthmus made the first announcement of the Madison Radicals[5]. "People in Madison love something to do. I brought my kids out to a farm to see some baby goats and 500 people were there paying $7. If I can't match that, then maybe I'll just invite some baby goats to the field," Owner and Head Coach Tim DeByl said at the time.

2013

The Radicals hosted their first ever tryout on Saturday, January 19, 2013. Over 60 players attended the inaugural combine, with the tryout taking place for multiple hours in the middle of the night[6].

The Radicals began their inaugural season with a 22-21 road win over the Chicago Wildfire. They finished the regular season 7-1 at home, and following a May 12, 2013 loss to Chicago, began a home winning streak at Breese Stevens Field that would last until June 2017. The Radicals and their third ranked defense would make it all the way to the AUDL Championship, eventually falling to the Toronto Rush 16-14.

2014

The Radicals went undefeated at home during the 2014 regular season, having the number two scoring offense and the number one scoring defense in the league. Peter Graffy set the AUDL single-season blocks record with 49. The Radicals beat the Indianapolis AlleyCats 25-16 in the Midwest Division championship game to advance to their second straight AUDL Championship Weekend appearance[7]. After securing an early lead in the AUDL semifinals, Madison ended up losing to the eventual champion San Jose Spiders 23-20.

2015

The Radicals first game of the season was a preview to their dominance in the division, beating the rival Minnesota Wind Chill 25-11 in Madison's home opener[8]. Madison once again went undefeated at home while boasting a top five offense and the number one defense in the AUDL. Andrew Meshnick became just the third player to register a 30-assist, 30-goal, 30-block season. But for the second straight season, San Jose ended Madison's season, this time in the AUDL championship game.

2016

After becoming just the third franchise ever to finish the regular season with an undefeated record, and hosting AUDL Championship Weekend at Breese Stevens Field for the first time, 2016 was a dream season for the Radicals. The team set a then regular season attendance record with over 1200 fans coming out on June 4 to watch the AUDL Game of the Week[9]. Until the semifinals against the Seattle Cascades. Owning a seven-goal lead late into the third quarter, the Radicals ended up losing to the Cascades 26-25 in an all-time classic. The loss snapped a 31-game overall home winning streak for Madison.

2017

The Radicals would claim their fourth consecutive regular season Midwest Division title in 2017, but something was off about the team following their semifinals loss to Seattle the year prior. The Radicals offense finished 17th in scoring, and though the team made their fifth straight AUDL Championship Weekend appearance, they were quickly bounced by the eventual champions from San Francisco.

2018

The Radicals returned to form in 2018, owning the number three scoring offense and the top ranked defense for the fifth straight season. Robyn Wiseman becomes the first female player in team history[10][11][12]. A June 17 regular season loss in Indianapolis snapped a 17-game winning streak over the Indianapolis AlleyCats that began with Madison's inception. Madison would play host to AUDL Championship Weekend for the second time in three seasons, and this time the Radicals fulfilled their dream. They beat the Los Angeles Aviators 24-19 in the semifinals before taking down the Dallas Roughnecks 20-16 in the 2018 AUDL championship game.

Season-by-season results

Year-by-year[13]
Year Reg. Season Goals For Goals Against Div Finish Reg Season Playoffs
2013 13-3 368 318 2nd Lost AUDL championship
2014 12-2 334 210 1st Lost AUDL semifinals
2015 13-1 365 237 1st Lost AUDL championship
2016 14-0 366 231 1st Lost AUDL semifinals
2017 12-2 309 259 1st Lost AUDL semifinals
2018 12-2 348 250 1st Won AUDL championship
Total 76-10 2090 1505 - 10-5

Playoff record

Overall 10-5 in the playoffs.

Venue

The Radicals have played every home game at Breese Stevens Field, located in downtown Madison, WI. In six seasons of play, the Radicals have lost just three regular season games and one postseason game at their home field; the team held a league-record 31-game home winning streak from May 18, 2013 until August 6, 2016. In 2019, the Radicals will play six home games during the regular season at Breese Stevens.

References

  1. ^ "Three-Peat! Radicals Clinch Third Midwest Title". WKOW Madison, WI. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  2. ^ "About". Madison Radicals. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  3. ^ a b "Madison Radicals win first American Ultimate Disc League title". www.madison.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Breese Stevens Field To Host 2016 AUDL Championship Weekend". theAUDL.com. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  5. ^ Joyce, Jason (2012-07-19). "Professional Ultimate frisbee comes to Madison". Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  6. ^ Joyce, Jason (2013-01-24). "Ultimate goes pro with the Madison Radicals". Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  7. ^ Seiter, Dan (2014-07-24). "Madison Radicals seek to return to Ultimate title match for second year". Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  8. ^ Popke, Michael (2016-04-14). "Disc dominators". Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  9. ^ Popke, Michael (2016-06-09). "Radical expressions". Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  10. ^ Galva, Alejandro Alonso (2018-03-23). "Madison Radicals sign first female player". Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  11. ^ Galva, Alejandro Alonso (2018-05-14). "Gender barrier broken". Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  12. ^ Galva, Alejandro Alonso (2018-06-07). "The future is female". Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
  13. ^ "Madison Radicals History Page". AUDL. 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2019-01-31.

External links

Official website

Sporting positions
Preceded by
San Francisco FlameThrowers
American Ultimate Disc League champion
2018
Succeeded by
Current
2013 American Ultimate Disc League season

The 2013 American Ultimate Disc League season was the second season for the league. Each team played a 16-game schedule. The Toronto Rush won the AUDL Championship II over the Madison Radicals in Chicago, IL. The Rush completed the first undefeated season in AUDL history, going 16-0 in the regular season and winning both playoff games.

2014 American Ultimate Disc League season

The 2014 American Ultimate Disc League season was the third season for the league. Each team played a 14-game schedule. The San Jose Spiders won the AUDL Championship III over the Toronto Rush in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Spiders enjoyed the most successful season of all teams, finishing with a 16-1 record. Their only loss came to the San Francisco FlameThrowers in Week 6.

2015 American Ultimate Disc League season

The 2015 American Ultimate Disc League season was the fourth season for the league. Each team played a 14-game schedule. The San Jose Spiders won the AUDL Championship over the Madison Radicals at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. The Spiders won the championship despite entering the final four with the lowest seed after a regular-season record of 10-4.

2016 American Ultimate Disc League season

The 2016 American Ultimate Disc League season is the fifth season for the league. The twenty-six teams were split into four regional divisions (East, Midwest, West and South), with each team playing a 14-game schedule. The second and third placed teams in each division advanced to a playoff match, with the winners facing the first placed team in their division. The winners of these matches advanced to the AUDL Championship Weekend, which featured semifinals and then a final for the AUDL Championship. Dallas Roughnecks defeated Seattle Cascades 33–27 in the final to become the 2016 AUDL Champions.

2017 American Ultimate Disc League season

The 2017 American Ultimate Disc League season was the sixth season for the league. The San Francisco FlameThrowers won the championship, the team's first title. The league featured twenty-four teams in four divisions, and for the first time, teams played interdivisional games. Eleven Sports Network joined the league as a broadcast partner for the first time, broadcasting a limited slate of games.

American Ultimate Disc League

The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is a semi-professional ultimate frisbee league in North America. Between 2013 and 2016, it was one of two such leagues, the other being Major League Ultimate, which ceased operation on December 21, 2016. It was founded by Josh Moore in 2010 and its inaugural season began in April 2012 with eight teams. Regular season games are played April through July. The playoffs consist of three rounds: divisional wild card round, division championships, and finally culminating in a final four style showcase known as AUDL Championship Weekend in August. The winner of each division's championship game advances to Championship Weekend, with semifinals on Saturday and the championship game played on Sunday.

AUDL players do not receive a regular paycheck for playing in the league. Instead, players receive a portion of gate receipts and an ownership interest in the team.

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Breese Stevens Field

Breese Stevens Municipal Athletic Field is an athletic field owned by the city of Madison, Wisconsin and operated by Big Top Baseball. Located eight blocks northeast of the Wisconsin State Capitol on the Madison Isthmus, it is the oldest extant masonry grandstand in Wisconsin.The field is named in honor of Breese J. Stevens (1834–1903), a mayor of Madison and a University of Wisconsin–Madison regent, on the wishes of his widow who sold the land to the city. This complex is a Madison Landmark and was nominated by the Madison Trust in 1995. It was accepted for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places by the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board on November 21, 2014.

Breese Stevens Field is home to Edgewood College teams; Madison East High School teams, the Madison 56ers amateur soccer team; and the professional Ultimate frisbee team, the Madison Radicals. It has hosted Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association's girls' soccer tournaments and an exhibition match of Australian Football. The field has also hosted ice skating, boxing, wrestling, track and field, midget car racing, rodeos, circuses, drum and bugle corps competitions, concerts, and fraternal and religious gatherings.

Chicago Wildfire

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Cincinnati Revolution

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The Revolution made the AUDL playoffs once, in 2012, while playing as the Bluegrass Revolution. Its team colors were black and green, and its logo was a fleur-de-lis.

Dallas Roughnecks

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The Roughnecks were an immediate success, finishing 14-0 in the regular season on to defeating the Seattle Cascades 33-27 in the championship game. They ended the season 17-0. Their success can be attributed to their superstar roster including 2 former Callahan winners, Jimmy Mickle (Colorado) and Dylan Freechild (Oregon). Neither of which played in the 2018 season, as Mickle was in Australia and Freechild was participating in the active AUDL boycott. The 2018 season ended in the AUDL Finals with a loss to the Madison Radicals.

Games are streamed live online by Game On Sports Productions. Broadcast by play-by-play announcer Emi Fitzgerald, color commentator Paul Burt, and sideline reporter Paige Shnorbach.

Forward Madison FC

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Madison, Wisconsin

Madison is the capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the seat of Dane County. As of July 1, 2017, Madison's estimated population of 255,214 made it the second-largest city in Wisconsin by population, after Milwaukee, and the 82nd-largest in the United States. The city forms the core of the Madison Metropolitan Area which includes Dane County and neighboring Iowa, Green, and Columbia counties for a population of 654,230.

Madison was named the capital of the Wisconsin Territory in 1836, incorporated as a village in 1846, and became the capital of the state of Wisconsin when it was admitted to the Union in 1848. That same year, the University of Wisconsin was founded and along with the state government, the two became key pillars of the city's rapid growth. Madison chartered as a city in 1856 on an isthmus between Lake Monona and Lake Mendota. Known for its progressive culture and Democratic politics, Madison has been a historical epicenter of political activity, protests, and demonstrations.The city is home to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Camp Randall Stadium, the Wisconsin State Capitol, State Street pedestrian mall, Henry Vilas Zoo, lakes, and an extensive network of parks and bike trails. Madison is a growing technology economy and the region is home to the headquarters of Epic Systems, American Family Insurance, American Girl, Sub-Zero, Lands' End, a regional office for Google, and the University Research Park.

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Minnesota Wind Chill

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Pittsburgh Thunderbirds

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Raleigh Flyers (AUDL)

This article is about the ultimate team, for information on the defunct soccer team see Raleigh Express.

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San Jose Spiders (AUDL)

The San Jose Spiders are a professional ultimate team based in Los Altos Hills, California. The Spiders are members of the West Division of the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL). The team was founded in 2014 when the league expanded to the west coast. The Spiders won the national championship in their first season and became the first team in AUDL history to win consecutive titles when they defeated the Madison Radicals in the 2015 championship game.

Seattle Cascades (AUDL)

The Seattle Cascades are a professional ultimate team that competes in the Western Division of the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL). During the season, the Cascades play 14 regular season games, with up to four post-season games dependant on results. The team is named after the mountain range that runs through the Pacific Northwest and their mascots are gender-neutral Sasquatches (a.k.a. Big Foots), named Casey and Kid Casey, both colored blue and gray respectively.

In 2015 the team placed 2nd in the West Division, losing in the final round of the playoffs to eventual champion, the San Jose Spiders.

In 2016 the team beat the San Francisco Flamethrowers to win the West Division and advanced to AUDL Championship Weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. There the Cascades staged a victory against the hometown favorite Madison Radicals and advanced to the championship game, eventually losing to the undefeated Dallas Roughnecks.

East Division
Midwest Division
West Division
South Division
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