Elizabeth Victoria Jones came to Northeastern to pursue her dreams of meeting some of the coolest people she'll ever know, her really awesome super cool hawaiian friend, Judy, and other frisbee people. An ultimate person on and off the field, Lizzie helped the Valkyries become the team it is today. With her time on the valks, she was a 6' dynamo handler, one of the toughest defenders to break, and a go-to universe point player when it came down to it. A leader since her freshmen year, Lizzie captained the B team, organized and coordinated the Valks for 3 years as president, and spent her final year at NEU captaining the 2013-2014 team to nationals alongside Kate flood and Mellis. She's currently doing chemistry things across the bridge (Cambridge), traveling hundreds of miles to see the Valks, and still plays competitive womens ultimate.
|#5 Lizzie "Meatball" Jones '14|
Name: Lizzie Jones
Graduation year: MS 2014
Occupation: Synthetic Chemist, Ensemble Therapeutics in Cambridge
Club Team(s)?: Vice 4 years
Years with the Valks: All 5 years :]
Favorite Valks moments:-Freshman year, Philly Classic (now Keystone). It was about 35-40 degrees, downpouring in buckets with strong wind--still to this day the worst weather I've played in-BUT we still managed to have a blast. Someone (Kate? Lava?) played in a T SHIRT.
-B team 2011, where I'd say 75-80% of the team knew the Nicki Minaj rap in Monster.
-Leaving Grace in Pennsylvania. Repeatedly.
-Our costume game at Huck-a-Hunk 2012/2013 was on point
-Any extra days spent at tournaments were always worth it and full of great memories. Jacksonville for FWC 2014 probably the top among them.
-Proudest moment: beating UCF at Nationals 2014. It felt like we could do anything."
Who taught you frisbee/got you hooked?:Family friend swayed me into playing, but its Valkyries that hooked me. As a doe-eyed freshman the Valkyries offered me everything I was looking for in an extracurricular but turned into so much more than that. Kayla Burnim was the coach then and definitely gets a lot of the credit as to why I was so invested my first year. That and I just wanted to be friends with everyone...
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This week we'd like to introduce Allison McAndrew (Aka Tall)! Tall came to the Valks from Williams as a grad student in the Law program here at NEU. At Williams, Tall was a rival of the Valks, helping to give the '08 team their closest game at Regionals. On the Valks, Tall worked hard to transition into the Valks' system, consistently dominating the deep game. She was a key contributor to the Valks' repeat Regionals win and Nationals appearance in 2009. After playing for the Valks, she coached the Balks and is now out in Oakland, CA!
|#30 Allison "Tall" McAndrew '12|
Name: Allison McAndrew
Nickname(s): Tall, Tall from Williams
Graduation year: 2012
Major: Law (NUSL)
Occupation: Standup Comedian, Marketing Coordinator at the Trust for Conservation Innovation
Club Team(s)?: none
Position: deep cutter
Years with the Valks: 2008-2009
Favorite Valks moments:The 2009 Regional final against Dartmouth where we were down 3-8 at halftime and Jason said "if you guys are gonna give up, give up, and let's start thinking about what we're gonna do against Harvard" and we came back to win it 15-10 or something like that (idk it was a long time ago and I'm old)
Who taught you frisbee/got you hooked?:I got hooked playing at Williams College for undergrad but arguably I didn't *really* know how to play frisbee until I had Jason Adams as a coach.
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This week in our alumni profiles, we introduce 3 year captain, Kim Tooker . I very vividly remember my first Valkyries meeting, and that has a lot to do with Tooker. Tooker had an incredible balance of lovable goofiness and an intense desire to do well and win. She was the first to welcome a new member and worked on continuing to make them feel a part of the team. Tooker was a huge influence on me, and I'm really grateful we got to captain together for one season. I should also mention... some of the biggest layouts I've ever seen!
|#25 Kim Tooker '07|
Name: Kim Tooker
Graduation year: 2007
Major: Chemical Engineering
Occupation: Project Engineering IV
Club Team(s)?: My knees are too bad to play anything really competitive, or at all anymore.
Years with the Valks:Five
Favorite Valks moments: That is a really difficult choice. Probably the williams(?) tourney where there were five kim tookers at the party(burrows, bowman, kat, arker and myself). That was the time burrows and bowman competed for the name Chelsey. Burrows hated it, and will probably hate me bringing it up again, but it was by far one of the most entertaining competitions I have seen. That whole tourney was amazing.
Who taught you frisbee/got you hooked?: Suzie and Colleen taught me how to play and I was hooked after my first layout. It was freaking amazing to go flying through the air and come up with the disc. I knew I wanted to do that over and over again, despite the occasional whip lash.
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