A new wrinkle has been added to the alumni game meaning now these men of legend are pitted against each other on alumni and student mixed teams – as the score suggests this makes for a much more competitive affair. The White team dominates contact through MVP Zach “Business Casual Jr.” Bills ’11 and Chris “Shark” Marshall ’11. Flyhalf John Moretti ’95 distributes the ball amongst his skilled backline with poise. The Blue team rallies in the dying minutes, under the auspices of Craig “Sparta” Wilson ’07, Chris “Calves” Vandergrift ’11 and Josh “Pipes” Hendrickson ’07.5, with two impressive tries but it’s too little too late.
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Sign up for our reunion on October 22: http://go.middlebury.edu/rugbyreunion!
Whether you are a former player, past or current parent, or friend of Middlebury Rugby, we want you to join us! This annual event is one of the highlights of our year and we are hoping to have strong representation from folks affiliated with every class of Middlebury rugby from 1972 right through to 2011. We’ll be playing the annual alumni game (so dust off your cleats) and a new feature of the weekend will be the alumni dinner, which I hope you will attend:
Date: Saturday October 22, 2011
Venue: Middlebury College
• 11 AM – The highly anticipated Alumni Game
• 1 PM – Support The MCRC 1st XV vs. UConn (Division I League Game) – BBQ during the game
• 6:30 PM – Dinner ($20 plus cash bar) at the Crossroads Café (in McCullough)
Housing on Friday and Saturday night available at Bread Loaf ($35 per night)
Please register online here at your earliest convenience so we know our numbers for the game and the dinner (guests are welcome): http://go.middlebury.edu/rugbyreunion
And rally your former teammates, family and friends to join us for this rugby celebration!
Middlebury Rugby has a strong contingent at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand including Epeli Rokotuiveikau ’04, Spencer Paddock ’09, Alex White ’09, Max Levine ’09, Robert “BoGo” Gosney ’09, Neil Danner ’09, Mikey Pappa ’11, Dylan Whitaker ’13 and Tom Lynch ’14.
Some of the boys have already run into Zimbabwean born USA winger Takudzwa Ngwenya and several other Eagles at a bar after the Russia game. Rumor has it Ngwenya tried to trade his scrum cap for Spencer’s tour shirt!
But the crew is not just in New Zealand watching rugby – they went to play! Paddock’s US team the Missoula Maggots–a DII men’s club–have a touring social side in New Zealand and some of the Middlebury boys joined them in their September 24 game against the Wellington University Old Boys RFC. Max Levine, former MCRC captain, two-time DII collegiate national champion and US Maccacbee, picked up a try in the game.
The MCRC would like to congratulate the class of 2011 and welcome them into the ranks of MCRC alumni. The seniors enjoyed a wonderful banquet the night before Commencement with many family and friends, followed by a lovely Vermont spring day for Commencement.
In 2008 a tradition was started by Head Coach John Phillips: “Earning your Blue.” A player earns their “Blue” by appearing in five (5) competitive A-side games over the course of the college career. The are presented with their official MCRC jersey to keep at graduation. This year 8 players received their “Blue” at the saturday banquet, and a special “Blue” was presented to Club President & Coach Darragh Hurley for his outstanding contributions to The MCRC.
Ladies and Gentlemen, your graduates:
- Zach Bills (Cum Laude, Blue)
- Ben Cmejla (Magna Cum Laude, Blue)
- Andrew Durfee
- Phil Ehrlich (Cum Laude)
- Drew Harasimowicz (Blue)
- Sam Harrison (Blue)
- Mike Hodge (Cum Laude)
- Darragh Hurley (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, MCRC President, MCRC Coach, Blue)
- Dan Khan
- Brendan Mahoney
- Chris Marshall (Captain, Blue, All-American nominee)
- Mike Pappa (Magna Cum Laude, Blue)
- Dane Steel (Blue)
- Chris Vandergrift (Magna Cum Laude, Blue, All-American nominee)
Great weekend with Middlebury Rugby alumni in town! We had around 25 alumni from the past 3 decades reliving the glory days both on and off the field. Captained by fly-half Brian Napack ’83 the alumni team had a great showing for the game against the students, which the alumni won 24 – 5. With the students having two games against URI and several students being away for fall break the alumni had to loan the students 3 players to make it 15 on 15. Those younger alumni, namely Chris Goodrich ’10, Sam Tormey ’09 and Nick Fager ’09 did not hold back against their alumni counterparts and made it a much more competitive match. The students also benefited from the timely return of retired senior Harry Mwaki Magotswi ’11 who is a member of the Kenyan line that has so greatly impacted Middlebury rugby over the past decade. The game was officiated by Chris Mutty ’09.5, former MCRC captain and now New England certified ref.
The alumni forwards work rate was characteristic of Middlebury rugby: exhaustive! Led by flanker John “Duke” Wellington ’83 the all star forwards crushed their opposition…often by diving onto them in the rucks, which the ref continually penalized the alumni for but with little effect on actually stopping them from using this intimidation tactic. The writer having been at the bottom of such a ruck can attest to the fear it arouses! Great pick and drives and offloads in the tackle by the alumni forwards kept the momentum going forward.
Match analysis by player below (in alphabetical order–all complete!):
Join us October 15 – 17 for our annual alumni & supporter’s weekend on campus. We would love to see as many alumni, parents, siblings and friends join us for an incredible weekend featuring the all important Alumni Game where we get to relive our glory days on the rugby field. Please encourage your former rugby teammates to come.
Despite three losses The MCRC still enjoyed a good day out at the Newport 7s tournament. The MCRC struggled to put together consistent and fluid 7′s style play but improved with each game and by the third match we were poised to be a strong competitor. Our first game was against eventual tournament winners: The Darkside, a highly talented 7′s team that featured two former Middlebury rugby greats: Epeli “Fiji” Rokotuiveikau ’04 and Matthew Volz ’07. Our second game was against CT Collegiate Sevens and we lost a close 3rd game to a tough New London team and were unfortunately eliminated. Alumnus Dan Richards ’95 was a force to be reckoned with on the field with strong runs and even stronger tackles. Future MCRC hopeful Parker Gilbert (now entering his senior year in high school and hoping to start at Midd in 2011) led the team strategically much of the day alternating between scrum half and fly half. Steve McKenna ’13.5 found himself at home on the wing making great tackles once he got used to the different flow of 7′s rugby. We would also like to thank Dylan Whitaker for supplying us with a few extra players that he knew at the tournament to fill out our ranks. All in all it was a great day and we look forward to another run next year.
The Newport 7′s Team: Michael Pappa ’11, Sam Harrison ’11, Parker Gilbert, Drew Harasimowicz ’11, Steve McKenna ’13.5, Dylan Whitaker ’13, Dan Richards ’95 (with cameos from: Matt Volz ’07 & Epeli Rokotuiveikau ’04)
Spotted at the Tourney: Linda Pappa P’11, Elsie Menicucci, Danielle Kearns.
The Middlebury College Rugby Club will once again be entering the 2010 Newport 7′s Rugby Tournament being held this summer in Newport, Rhode Island. The tournament will take place at Fort Adams State Park on July 24th and will feature competition from all over the Northeast. We invite all current players, alumni, and future players (last year’s tournament witnessed breathtaking play by Dylan Whitaker before he had even begun his freshman year) to join us in the competition. The $400 cost of entering the whole team will be split between the participating players. If you are interested or have questions please contact Michael Pappa ’11 at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you out on the pitch!
For more information on the Newport 7′s tournament visit http://www.newportrugby.com/tournaments.php.
After the alumni game on Saturday, October 17 The MCRC drew the winner of the annual fall raffle – congratulations to Dennis and Nancy Meany, parents of former A side prop Sean “El Real” Meany ’08 and current A side center Colin Meany ’11. Former forwards captain Luke “Moose” Yoquinto drew the winning ticket before an expectant crowd of ticket buyers.
The Meany’s have won 2 return plane tickets from Boston (Logan) to Dublin, Ireland, 3 nights hotel accommodations in Dublin and 2 tickets to the Ireland vs. South Africa game on November 28, 2009 but still have the option of choosing to take the alternative cash prize of US$1000.
Thanks to everyone who supported The MCRC through buying raffle tickets – major thanks to Deb Anderson in the Middlebury box office for working with us to make the raffle tickets available online. Look out for our next raffle in the spring – details to come.