William Shaw ’15 Named 2014 Ultimate Frisbee Offensive Player of the Year
June 13, 2014
Will Shaw ’15 of Bacchus (Lewis & Clark Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team) was named the Ultimate Frisbee Offensive Player of the Year at the the 2014 USA Ultimate D-III College Championships in Westerville, Ohio.
One Nationals player termed Shaw “the Dylan Freechild of DIII Ultimate” or ‘D-Threechild,’ if you will. It’s clear from watching Shaw run the Lewis & Clark offense that he played on Portland Rhino with the 2013 Callahan winner.
Shaw finished Nationals with 35 combined goals and assists, frustrating some of the best defensive teams at the tournament. The handler was involved in 6 of the 10 points against Bentley, 6 of 12 against Carleton GoP, and 7 of 11 against Richmond.
His understanding of opposing defenses paired with his phenomenal break throws and quick first step made him a terror near the goal line. His hucks, particularly to Ben Whitenack ’16, were clicking throughout Nationals making him the best-rounded offensive handler at the tournament.
Shaw was one of the main reasons that Lewis & Clark almost took down Puget Sound a handful of times this season and only a junior this past year, the Northwest will have to struggle to guard Shaw for yet another year.
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