Madison Radicals Announce First Players To 2017 Roster
February 2, 2017
This week, the three-time reigning Midwest Division champion Madison Radicals announced their first six roster spots, re-signing team veterans Peter Graffy, Pat Shriwise, Andrew Meshnick, Tom Annen, Dave Wiseman, and Andrew Brown for the 2017 season.
The individuals named to the Radicals roster have formed one of the most successful cores in league history. Five of the six players have been with the franchise since day one, winning 52 regular season games in four years together, the second highest total of any team over that span. The team has qualified for the final four every year of their existence.
And although Graffy did not join the team until the 2014 season, he ranks as the Madison career leader in blocks with 102 over three seasons of play, including leading the league during the 2014 and 2016 seasons with 49 and 41 blocks, respectively; teammate Meshnick tied for the league lead at the end of the 2015 season with 32.
Peter Graffy getting the block and the goal for the bookends against the Minnesota Wind Chill in 2016.
Brown and Annen have been one of the most potent throwing tandems in the league during their tenures with the Radicals. Their complementary skill sets have been the fulcrum for a Radicals offense that has been as consistent and balanced as it is productive, finishing as a top five scoring offense in every season. While Brown has been known for his precision and reliability as a distributor, completing the second most passes in league history (1957) at an unparalleled 97 percent rate, Annen has often been tasked with engaging the field with his deep throws, racking up the second most assists in team history (105).
Tom Annen putting a perfect pass into space for the assist.
Shriwise and Wiseman have had stellar careers as hybrid players in the Madison offense. Big with his throws and play downfield, Wiseman has been the most productive scorer in Radicals history, owning franchise records for both assists (127) and goals (108). Possessing one of the most balanced all-around games, Shriwise ranks among top five all-time on the team's leaderboards for assists, goals, blocks, completions, and points played.
Pat Shriwise finds Dave Wiseman with the backhand assist for the score during the 2016 semifinals against the Seattle Cascades.
The Radicals finished 2016 regular season a perfect 14-0—the first undefeated season in franchise history, and just the third team in the AUDL to reach that mark—before falling to the Seattle Cascades at home during the semifinals.