In their second meeting of the year Middlebury again overcomes a resilient UVM team in a nail-biter. Despite missing several regular starters due to injury The MCRC get the “W” and go on to the New England Final tomorrow. Forwards captain Chris Mutty scores a try from a quick tap early in the game. Sirkia converts and goes on to hit 3 penalty kicks maintaining his almost 100% record for the year (he has missed 1 penalty kick this year). UVM scores 2 unconverted tries – one in the first half and another in the second as they rallied. Final score 16 – 10.
In the other New England Semi-Final UMass-Amherst comes back from behind to beat Boston University 22 – 12 (5 – 12 at the half). This sets up a Middlebury vs. UMass final at 1 PM Saturday, November 1 at the Tree Farm fields in Essex Junction (click here for directions). UVM will play BU at 11 AM to determine seedings for the North East playoffs and with home field advantage at stake both games are crucial – number 1 & 2 will play at home next weekend – 3 & 4 will have to travel. Head to head and then point difference will be used to decide the #2 seed from the two teams that end up with 1 win & 1 loss over this weekend – so UVM and BU can still win home field advantage for next weekend.