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The 'Ultimate' Opportunity

For the second time in four years, the Colorado College women’s ultimate frisbee team will compete for a national championship over Memorial Day Weekend.

Fifth-seeded Lysistrata’s Tools, also known as Strata, upset the University of Texas and Texas A&M in Tulsa, Okla., last weekend to finish as regional runner-up and emerge as one of 20 squads in the country to qualify for Division I college nationals later this month in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“It’s incredible,” said team tri-captain Elisabeth “Lisi” Lohre '14, who went to the tournament as a freshman in 2011. “I’ve dreamt about being able to make it back again. How realistic that was, I didn’t know. But we just have a really dedicated group of girls. It’s been so much fun.”

The men’s team fell one victory shy of qualifying after dropping two of three decisions to Texas A&M last weekend.

CC is one of only three women’s teams from small liberal arts institutions to earn berths in this year’s tourney, where Strata will join Carleton College and Whitman College in competition against large state schools such as the University of Michigan, University of Oregon, and University of Washington.

Strata tied for fifth place in its previous appearance back in 2011.

Lohre, who shares captain duties with Christina Maruyama '14 and Maggie Bailey '15, caught the winning pass in Sunday’s 13-11 victory over Texas.

“I usually dish out assists as a handler (passer),” she said. “Once in a while, I get to make a catch like the cutters (receivers) do. I caught the winning score and everyone rushed the field, screaming and yelling ‘We’re going to nationals!’ Everyone was excited.”

Lohre also is a nominee for the 2014 Callahan Award, which recognizes the top female college ultimate player in the country based on talent, sportsmanship, and leadership.

View the video that accompanied Lorhe’s nomination: