When the "WES-U-Bees" won their first game, against UCONN in April of 1975, it was the beginning of a long and continuing tradition of Ultimate excellence, stretching back to the earliest
days of the game.
The early Bob Lacy, Bob Bischoff, and Bill Ritchie-led team was re-invigorated with the arrival of Chris Heye and Nick Donahoe in the fall of 1977. Suddenly, practices involved actual running up and down the field. Fortunately, Spike Berry was there as a calming influence to prevent the young turks from making the team into a complete bunch of hard asses.
By 1979 the team, still known as WES-U-Bee, was a solid performer in the fast-growing New England college Ultimate scene. Williams College was the closest college rival, with the Dukes of Disc reigning as the Connecticut club bad boys. Two new players joined the WES-U-Bee team, players who would bring the team to even greater success: Steve "Moons" Mooney and a guy from Pittsburgh called David Garfield -- universally known as "Nietzsch".
Mooney, a giant of an athlete, quickly became a dominant deep threat and one of the first "big" handlers in the game. Donahoe realized he had a kindred spirit in the Moon man, and pushed the team even harder in practice. Vomiting ensued. Wins quickly followed. Although Mooney, Heye, and Donahoe never made it to Nationals (a separate college division was not created for Nationals until 1984), they joined some of their former rivals from Williams to create the first "super-team", the world champion Rude Boys, in Boston.
As for Nietzsch himself, he was an unassuming player, most often described as "deceptively fast." He would come blazing off the pull or out of the stack to outrun surprised defenders for the quick huck, a play practiced by Heye and Donahoe years earlier. Garfield got the disc time and time again because he wanted it more than the other guy did. This became the "Nietzsch Factor" -- that ineffable difference-maker that has defined the team over the decades.