This week, meet Judy Arnobit ! Intro written by Lizzie Jones:
In 2008 a brave little Hawaiian coconut packed up her life and set forth by paddle board to a distant land known as "Boston." The Valkyries were not prepared for such a ball of radiant international sunshine, but quickly embraced this goof and molded her into a stud of a handler. Captaining for the both the B team and the A team in her 5 year tenure at NEU, Judy was a natural leader for the Valks and helped them return to Nationals her senior year. Judy is legend for her flick and hammer fakes, always being down for a good time and ALWAYS showing up looking fabulous. Now, someone has let her be an adult and she is engineering in Kendall Sq. She fills her spare time with coaching our own Valks B, improving on her strong selfy-game, and getting scratch-and-sniff fruit tattoos. She is also a proud mother to a fluffy spawn of satan, and half of an up-and-coming cat-capella group with fellow Valkyrie Elizabeth Jones. Be sure to catch their debut album "A Mewment Like This" on cassette and vinyl everywhere Summer 2015.
|#33 Judy Leigh Arnobit '13|
Nickname(s): J, Ju, Asian Morgan, Hawaiian Magician
Graduation year: 2013
Major: Civil Engineering
Occupation: Engineer- Water Resources
Club Team(s)?: Vice
Years with the Valks: 5
Favorite Valks moments:Favorite valks moment would be my freshmen year laying out for the first at nationals to catch a D that the other team knocked down. Most terrifying and thrilling experiences of my life.
Other favorite valks moment even though the game didn't end so well would be scoring the upwind point against colorado college in 25mph winds. Zone O all day, patience, and a lot of careful decisions made that point possible. We ended with a loss, but being able to score an upwinder during that game was the most gratifying feeling yet. "
Who taught you frisbee/got you hooked?:Tall taught me how to be a sideline frisbee person. Arker taught me how to get into shape (fear works really well for running groups). Cedro taught me the hammer, the most important throw of my life. And everyone on the team got me hooked by welcoming me with open arms into a city and sport that I hadn't really known.
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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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