2020 Minnesota Strike Roster

As part of the PUL application process we compiled a group of 7 founding team members. We're proud to have representation from local Womxn's, Mixed, and Master's teams coming together on Strike's inaugural season roster. These athletes stand out for their play on the field, as well as their contributions to our community as teammates, captains, and coaches, and we are honored to call them our teammates.

Sarah Meckstroth

Cutter

2019 Club: Drag’n Thrust (Captain)
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Mecks has been named coach of the year (NC 2019) and Ultiworld player of the year (2018). She’s a 3-time USAU Mixed National Champion, and 5-time World Champion (U-23 x 2, Mixed Club, WUGC and Beach!). She’s also a dedicated coach and captain, and we can’t wait for her debut in the womxn’s division with Strike in 2020.

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handler

2019 Club: Molly Brown
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Chip has played for Mpls Pop and Drag’n Thrust, served as a MN Ultimate board member, and is winner of the 2018 Kathy Pufahl Spirit Award! On the field, Chip will break your mark with her around backhand, and off the field she’s busy contributing to projects such as Without Limits College Women’s Resource Manual and facilitating equity training. Chip makes us better people, and we couldn’t be happier that she’s on Strike for 2020!

Jenny Gaynor

CUTTER

2019 Club: Surly C.O.U.G.A.R.S. (Captain)
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Gaynor's dynamic cutting helped lead her team to win the 2017 USAU Master's National Championship! In 2018, she won the award for most goals scored at the Master's World Championships, and was the leading goal scorer for Pop throughout the season! We can't wait for her to start racking up the stats for Strike in 2020!

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handler

2019 Club: MSP
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Eva epitomizes our mission to spread our joy for the game of ultimate with others. On the field, she is a strategic handler, and has contributed for three years on the Belgian Women’s National Team! We’re fortunate to have her leadership on Strike 2020.
"Les Belges, petite dédicace juste pour vous!! Tenez-vous prêts à suivre notre aventure!"

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Handler

2019 Club: Pop (Captain)
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When Makella is on the field, she makes everyone else’s job easier! She distributes the disc with exceptional field vision and skill, and brought positive intensity as a captain of Pop in 2019. We can’t wait to be on the line with her on Strike 2020!

 

 

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cutter

2019 Club: Drag'n Thrust (Captain)
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Regan is a 2-time USAU Mixed National Champion, and her aura of positivity spreads to all fortunate enough to be her teammate! In addition to captaining Drag’n Thrust, she’s contributed as a member of their equity committee and as a spirit captain, and we’re thrilled to have her leadership experience in our inaugural season!

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cutter

2019 Club: Pop, Surly C.O.U.G.A.R.S.
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If we had to describe Änna’s impact on the field in one word, it would be: Defense. Known to produce uncanny D line conversion rates, she’s winner of a USAU Master’s National Championship, brings years of ultimate wisdom to the table, and is an experienced captain and coach –  including 2019 HS Conference Coach of the Year! We’re excited for her fierce competitive spirit to light up the field for Strike in 2020!

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We're excited to fill the rest of our roster following tryouts!

Strike Leadership Team

Minnesota Strike Tryouts at St Croix Valley Recreation Center in Stillwater, Minnesota on December 21, 2019

Änna Hagstrom - Owner, Director of Operations, Co-founder

Änna has played competitive ultimate in Minnesota for over 19 years, and is proud to bring Womxn's Professional Ultimate to town!

As Director of Operations, Änna manages the Operations Team, which is comprised of the Strike Co-Founders, Coaching Team, Game-Day Manager, Captains, Committee Chairs, and other supporting personnel as needed.

Off the field, she's a lawyer and business-owner, and enjoys coaching, serving on her city Planning Commission, and being mom to her 4 and 6-year old daughters.
Photo credit: f/go.us (www.f-go.us)

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Eva Maxson - co-founder

Eva fell in love with ultimate in her native Belgium, where she represented her country on the National Team. As an engineer, she works to improve the natural environment in Minnesota.

As Co-Founder of Minnesota Strike she is proud to see her vision of bringing womxn's professional ultimate to Minnesota become reality! As a member of the Operations Team, Eva focuses on player experience, and ensuring that as an organization, we honor our commitment to our mission: visibility, equity and community.

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leslie boey - Operations Manager

Leslie is the Strike Operations Manager, as well as a member of the Game-Day Experience Committee, and has been a player, coach, and leader in the Madison, Indiana, and Minnesota ultimate communities over the past 8 years.

As a scholar and academic advisor at the University of Minnesota, she brings her skills in education, organization, and social justice to the Strike Operations Team. 

Leslie is passionate about building equity through story-telling and is also looking forward to sharing the joy and spirit of ultimate through commentating home games for the Minnesota Strike! You can hear her on our live-stream this spring.

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