On another spectacular fall day the MCRC fought through the gusting winds and ran to a 37-12 victory over conference foe AIC. Playing into the wind in the first half, the Blue battled the headwind and handling errors but still made it to halftime with an 18-7 lead. The Yellow Jackets would capitalize on the kickoff to start the 2nd half, scoring an unconverted try just 2 minutes in to narrow the lead to 18-12, but Middlebury seized control of the game from there scoring 3 tries (2 converted) and dominating both territory and possession. Outside center Jake Feury ’16 led all scorers with 17 points (1 try, 2 penalties and 3 conversions). #8 Laird Silsby ’15 had an absolute stormer, scoring 1 try and completely wreaking havoc all over the pitch. Other try scorers include flanker Griffin Jones ’16, and Captains Allan Stafford ’13.5 and Ben Stasiuk ’13.5.
Up next Middlebury travels to Boston to take on Northeastern on 10/28 at the Irish Cultural Center, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, MA. NEU is 1-1 (lost to AIC, defeated UMass). The first side kicks off at 1pm with the second game beginning roughly 2:45pm. Middlebury currently stands alone in first place in the ECRC with 2 bonus point wins.
Full Match Report:
In what seems to be the trend of the season so far the MCRC battled AIC on a spectacular fall day, coming out on top with a 37-12 victory. Starting out fighting into a vicious headwind the Blue capitalized early on with outside center Jake “Point Man” Feury ’16 converting a very nicely struck penalty kick. Just a few minutes later Feury stepped into the line, intercepted a sloppy Yellow Jacket pass, and stung AIC with a 50 meter try under the posts. The man from New Jersey converts his own score to make it10-0 MCRC.
After a chippy period of play and some spectacular scrummaging from the Blue pack, AIC struck back and sent the ball wide into the Midd try zone. They convert an absolute gem of a kick from the touchline to tighten the match to 10-7. Middlebury maintained the pressure and earned another penalty in front of the post. Feury ’16 slotted the easy kick to give the Blue a six-point lead.
Before the half was over the MCRC enjoyed the phenomenal kicking skills of Adam “Golden Boot” Schreiber ’14, and some outstanding runs by both Allan “Roy Hobbs” Stafford ’13.5 and Sam “Do You Even Lift Bro?” Schwarz ’16. Middlebury camps out in the opposition’s half and the forwards keep pounding the fringes. The half ends with Griffin “Plow Horse” Jones ’16 ripping through the Yellow Jacket defense and touching down. The winds continue to wreak havoc and the conversions is no good. Halftime score is 18-7 Middlebury.
At the beginning of the second half AIC capitalized on Middlebury’s mishandling of the kickoff with an unconverted try just two minutes in to make it 18-12. Fortunately for the Blue, this is AIC’s final score of the day.
The Blue began to work more efficiently and once a team becomes efficient they become productive, and productive they were. After a great push up the field Captain Ben “The Bee Tamer” Stasiuk ’13.5 hammered down upon the Yellow Jackets with an unconverted try. Then just minutes later, with complete disregard for human safety Laird “Poetry In Motion” Silsby ’15 FLEW into the try zone after a brilliant individual run to put the boys up 30-12 with 13 minutes left in the game. As the game clock wound down the boys would keep the ball in the AIC half with just pure aggression and tremendous line strength. Finally ending the game in the most natural way possible, Allan “El Natural” Stafford ’13.5 took the ball in for an easy try under the posts, which Feury converted with joy.
FIRST XV: Cliff Hanich ’15, Sam Finkleman ’14.5, Cole Baker ’16, Ben Stasiuk (C) ’13.5, Tom Lynch ’14, Devin Risinger ’14, Griffin Jones ’16, Laird Silsby ’15, Alec Mackenzie ’15, Adam Schreiber ’14, Dave Stillman ’14, Jake Feury ’16, Julien Miller ’17 (First Start), Sam Schwarz ‘16
RESERVES: Mike Wysota ’14, Madison Stebbins ’14, Charlie Kunze ’15, Henry Thompson ’17, John Hawley ’14, Vince Mariano ’14, Tucker Hopkins ’16, Alex Ruocco ‘14