Ultimate History

The club was founded in the Spring of 2004 as the "Woodside Outdoors Club" by Christian Lesnett and Marco Ovando. Coach Lesnett wanted it to be about Ultimate, but co-founder, Marco Ovando, wanted it to be an outdoors club. However, they never did anything but play Ultimate. Starting with 10-12 members everyone learned how to throw and play the game.

In the fall of 2004, they became a club team and wore printed black and white T-shirts. Greg Chappell was recruited to help out as an assistant coach. Woodside lost its first game against Hampton Roads Academy 15-0. The first tournament Woodside ever attended was the 1st Annual Sue Inge Memorial Tournament (Dec 2004). Woodside scored a total of one goal in four games. Paige Sickels caught the one and only score on a huck from Chris Abercrombie against LC Bird. Woodside won the spirit trophy...that was all. In the Spring of 2005 Woodside went to VA States for the first time and won their very first game against YHB JV. Woodside lost every game after that finishing dead last.

Woodside hosted its first tournament in the fall of 2005 at Woodside High School. YHB and CHUFF played in the finals with CHUFF coming out on top. Woodside became much stronger around this time as they were now able to recruit new players by hosting a seminar during the freshmen camp. Many of the top players over the years joined because of the exposure of the camp. Woodside finished 5th at the 2nd Annual Sue Inge Memorial tournament behind Pennsbury, CHUFF, YHB, and LC Bird. Woodside traveled to its first out of state tournament in the Spring of 2006 when they went to the North Carolina State tournament finishing third. Woodside was able to maintain a JV team for the first time coached by Greg Chappell. Woodside finished fourth at the 2006 VA States behind YHB, LC Bird, and St. Christophers.

In the fall of 2006, the Woodside tournament moved to Chickahominy River Front Park and was named Tidewater Tuneup. Woodside finished 4th behind Pennsbury, North Hills, and YHB. Woodside registered their first victories over LC Bird and YHB at that tournament. Woodside then traveled to Richmond for the 3rd Annual Sue Inge Memorial finishing 3rd behind YHB and LC Bird. In the Spring of 2007, Woodside applied for Easterns for the first time, they were not accepted. Woodside went to a tournament in North Carolina that spring hosted by Cardinal Gibbons, making their first finals appearance. Woodside would finish 2nd behind Cardinal Gibbons. Woodside also went to the first YHB Invite and finishing behind Pennsbury, YHB, LC Bird, and Columbia. At the 2007 VA states, Woodside had a disappointing set of losses finishing 4th again behind YHB, LC Bird, and Thomas Jefferson.

Then came the record setting season of the 2007-2008 school year. The freshman that started the team were now Seniors and Woodside bosted over 100 kids trying out for the teams. Woodside added our girls program under coach Barbara Frey. Woodside had enough boys to field two varsity teams, a JV team, and a C team. Woodside also had enough girls for a Varsity and JV team. At the 2nd Annual Tidewater Tuneup, the Woodside boys Varsity X team finished 3rd at the tournament behind Pennsbury and North Hills beating both LC Bird and YHB's varsity teams. The Varsity Y team finished 5th behind YHB. Then, in December, the Varsity X team claimed the first tournament win ever for Woodside at the 4th Annual Sue Inge Memorial tournament. Beating LC Bird in the semifinals and YHB in the finals. The Y-team finished 4th.

In the Spring of 2008, Woodside attended several tournaments as a combined Varsity squad. The first of which was the college tournament hosted by VMI. Woodside defeated VCU in the finals to win their second tournament in a row. The Wolverines then drove to Philadelphia to finish tied for 3rd at Born to Dive losing to Pennsbury in the semi-finals in a hard fought game. The wolverines were accepted to their first ever UPA High School Eastern National Championships (Pittsburgh, PA) where they finished tied for 7th losing to Columbia in the quarterfinals. Columbia went on to win it all. The season culminated in their first ever Virginia State Championship where they were seeded 1st overall. At VA States, Woodside went undefeated, even though they had an extra pool play game on Saturday and had the hardest road to the finals of any team. Wodside played WT Woodson (4th Seed) in the quarterfinals, YHB (3rd Seed) in the semifinals 14-11, and LC Bird (2nd seed) in the finals 15-12. In route to claiming their first state championship.

That year Woodside would also send 2 players to the USA Under 20 team tryouts for the first time.

In Coach Lesnett's last season as head coach, the Woodside Wolverines had the following results. 4th and 5th place finish at 3rd Annual Tidewater Tuneup (X and Y squads). Tied for 1st place finish with YHB and LC Bird (defeating LC Bird, but losing to YHB) at the 5th annual Sue Inge Memorial Tournament. In the Spring of 2009 at the YHB Invite, they finished 4th losing to Pennsbury in the Semifinals and YHB in the 3rd place game. They then traveled to Philadelphia for the Born-to-Dive tournament finishing 7th losing to Columbia in the quarterfinals. The team then traveled to Columbus, Ohio to compete in the UPA HS Eastern National Championships where they finished 11th losing to North Hills in the pre-quarters. They then went back to Richmond as the reigning State Champions for the 2009 VA State Championships. Woodside beat LC Bird in pool play 13-5 on Saturday and won their pool. Woodside lost to YHB in a hard-fought semifinal. YHB went on to lose to LC Bird in the finals and Woodside beat WT Woodson to finish 3rd.

The first year after coach Lesnett Woodside would have tremendous talent and mixed results. Woodside would finish outside the Championship game in Tidewater Tuneup, they would follow it up by winning Sue Inge. In the spring they would lose in the Finals of YHB Invite to YHB, then travel to Born to Dive where they lost in the semifinals. Culminating the year at the Virginia State Tournament Woodside would lose in the semifinals and finish 3rd overall.

For the second time Woodside would send 2 players to the USA Under 20 tryouts and would be represented by Carter Mize on the 2010 USA Under 20 National Team.

In Woodsides first tournament of the year, under new coach Richard Rudnicki, Woodside would finish Tied for 5th at Fall Brawl in Princeton, NJ. Going 4-4 Woodside would suffer loses to Pennsbury (the tournament winner), West Windsor North and twice to YHB. Woodside would follow that up with one of their more disappointing Tidewater Tuneup's ever in terms of results finishing 7th, and would use that as motivation as the year progressed. Tuneup saw Woodside host 23 teams in the 2 divisions in a highly successfull tournament overall.

To start the spring season Woodside played in their Inaugural Woodside Invite - College Edition and would host and compete against 19 college teams. Woodside would win 1 game and drop 2 close ones in route to a 17th place finish. Next Woodside headed to Arlington for the YHB Invite where they had a solid tournament losing on Universe point to YHB in the Semi-finals and finishing 4th overall. The team next went to Born to Dive, where they would face stiff competition and every stronger weather. In rain and winds pushing 40 mph the the team fought their way through the tournament ending up in a tie for 7th. All this preparation led the team to the VA State Tournament in early May. Woodside would roll through pool play on Saturday going 3-0, before rain would again have an effect, causing the tournament to be pushed onto just 2 fields for Sundays play. Woodside would take down Thomas Jefferson in the quarter finals setting up a matchup with LC Bird. Woodside and Bird would trade points throughout the game with no team ever having a lead of more than 2, Woodside would received the pull and walked down the field on a flawless offensive possession to win the game 13-12. Woodside would played YHB in the finals on a short 20 minute rest and would put up a valiant effort before falling 15-6.

Woodside had John Kennedy and Chase Snead named 1st Team All State and Richard Rudnicki was named Coach of the Year.

Woodside Ultimate started their fall season at Pennsbury Fall Brawl in Princeton, NJ, the team battled through strong winds and injury over the course of the weekend going 3-3. Next Woodside would host 15 teams for Tidewater Tuneup 2011 in Carrollton, VA. Woodside finished the weekend with just 1 loss, losing in the Quarterfinals to Fox Chapel, who wound up losing in the finals to the Woodside Alumni team, making them the highest finishing HS team. Woodside wrapped up its fall season with Carrollton Clash, a new college tournament Woodside hosted for the first time. The team won 2 games in pool play, and played several other close games over the course of the weekend.

To start the spring season Woodside hosted the Woodside Invite for the second year, a college tournament. Woodside would win 2 game and end up losing 2 others on universe point, a strong showing against college competition. Woodside next traveled to YHB Invite where they went 4-2 losing to the eventual champion in the semifinals and tying for third place, another strong showing. Woodside then traveled to Wilmington, NC for HS Easterns, the team would combine with JV and split into X/Y teams for the tournament. In a stormy weekend that saw play get stopped both days and the schedule shortened, Woodside teams went 2-2 and 1-3 and were in the bracket for 5th at the stoppage of play Sunday. The Woodside JV team along with a couple of the teams Juniors went the Shore Tour for the 4th year running and went 4-1 on the day, finishing second. The Girls team also attended the tournament and ended the day by avenging a loss from earlier in the day to go 3-1 and win the Girls Division of the tournament.

The season would end with the VA State Championships which Woodside hosted for the first time in its history. Woodside would cruise through pool play going 3-0 and giving up just 8 points before losing a hard fought game against YHB to end the day Saturday. Woodside would close pool play Sunday morning with a win before entering the Championship Bracket. In the bracket Woodside made quick work of the quarters and semis setting up a rematch of their only loss and of the 2011 State Finals against YHB. In a defensive battle full of long points and multiple great defensive plays YHB would eventually come out on top 10-8 in a game played to the time length. The game was described by many of the long standing coaches from other VA schools as the best state final they could remember. While not the result the team wanted for the season State Runner-up for the second year in a row was a strong result to end the season.

Woodside had Paolo Yalung named 1st Team All State, Ryan Ayres, Will Ward, Chase Snead, and Trent Cooper named 2nd Team all State and Richard Rudnicki named Coach of the Year. For the Girls Haley Hammond was named 1st Team All State.

Woodside Ultimate started the year with just 5 returning players, after moving the entire JV team up to Varsity there was a lot of work to be done. The team made a strong first showing at Jersey DEVYL finishing 6th, followed a few weeks later by our home tournament Tidewater Tuneup where the team finished 4th. The team also had a solid showing in Carrollton Clash the college tournament Woodside hosts.

To start the spring the team traveled to Raleigh, NC for Wolfpack Invite. It proceeded to snow the first day stopping play before Woodside even played a game, the following day all the remaining games were played in a shortened wind hampered format which saw Woodside go 4-2. The team had 2 more good showings against college teams in the spring in both versions of Woodside Invite. Woodside next headed to YULA Invite (formerly YHB Invite) the team would finish 7th losing 3 games on universe point during the weekend. The team next played the VA State tournament where they would eventually finish 3rd. The team got behind in pool play and semifinals early but battled back both times coming up just short.

The team would end the year at High School Southerns. After having pools changed on Saturday morning as the team arrived, Woodside would play Independence in the first game, taking them down to upset the number 1 seed in the pool. Next the team played CHUF, this would be the fourth time during the season the 2 teams faced with CHUF winning all 3 previous games by 1 point, this game would end the same way. This would give Woodside a rematch from the State tournament against Yorktown, Woodside would again give up several points early, then fight back to within 1 point before seeing the game end in the cap. After another 1 point loss the team would end the tournament with a win to finish 14th.

Woodside had Chase Snead and Trent Cooper named 1st Team All State, Andrew Irving and Randy Higgins named 2nd Team All State. For the Girls Haley Hammond and Madison Reed were named 1st Team All State.