Posted in Alumni, Championships, D1, ECRC, Events, Information for Players, Match Previews, Parents, Sevens, Supporters, Uncategorized on Oct 3rd, 2012
This Saturday, October 6, Middlebury will compete in the ECRC 7s tournament at Amesbury Sports Park, 12 South Hunt Rd., Amesbury, MA. Please come out and support the boys in blue. Click here for directions.
Middlebury will be in Pool B with Southern Connecticut, Albany and AIC. Pool A will consist of Defending Champs BC, Northeastern and UMass-Amherst, and UConn. 4 points for a win, 2 points for a tie, 0 for a loss. The winners and runners-up of each pool will advance to the semi-finals and the winners of those games will meet in the final. The winner of this tournament will advance to the USA Rugby Collegiate 7s National Championship.
10 AM: MCRC vs. Albany
12 PM: MCRC vs. Southern CT
1:20 PM: MCRC vs. AIC
3:20 PM:Semi-Final #1
3:40 PM: Semi-Final #2
4:20 PM: FINAL
This Saturday, November 5, Middlebury will compete in the ECRC 7s tournament at Amesbury Sports Park, 12 South Hunt Rd., Amesbury, MA. Please come out and support the boys in blue. Click here for directions.
Middlebury will be in Pool A with Southern Connecticut, Northeastern A and UConn. Pool B will consist of UAlbany, BC, Northeastern B and UMass-Amherst. 4 points for a win, 2 points for a tie, 0 for a loss. The winners and runners-up of each pool will advance to the semi-finals and the winners of those games will meet in the final. The winner of this tournament will advance to the first ever USA Rugby Collegiate 7s National Championship.
The MCRC Team: Laird “Gojira” Silsby ’15, John “Scooter” Hawley ’14, Sam “Fireman” Murray ’13, Devin “The Firm” Risinger ’14, Sebastian “Anglo” Damberg-Ott ’12.5, Madison “Madman” Stebbins ’14.5, Don “Shoes” Song ’13, Jack “on Jacks on Jacks” Maher ’12, Adam “The Boot” Schreiber ’14, Alec “Heavyweight” Mackenzie ’15, Sander “Hotstepper” Mora ’15, Emile Landers “Sanders” Carnal ’12
10 AM: MCRC vs. Southern Conn
11 AM: MCRC vs. Northeastern
12:40 PM: MCRC vs. UConn
2:40 PM: Pool A winner vs. Pool B runner-up
3 PM: Pool B winner vs. Pool A runner-up
3:40 PM: FINAL
Posted in Championships, Match Reports on Apr 30th, 2011
Middlebury squeezes out the win to advance to the DII National Championship Final against UW-Whitewater. Salisbury come out firing, Middlebury bounces back and wins the first half through great running by their backline. 26 – 14 at halftime. Intense pressure by Salisbury forces errors out of Middlebury but the boys in blue do enough to hold on, desperately but effectively, for the win: 29 – 26.
The final will be at 2 PM tomorrow at Founder’s Field.
You can watch replays of today’s game and tomorrow’s live game online at http://www.ustream.com/usarugby.
Posted in Championships, Match Previews, Media on Apr 29th, 2011
Middlebury takes on Salisbury in the DII National Championship semi-final at Founders Field in Pittsburgh, PA. These two teams met in the corresponding fixture in 2007 in Sanford, FL. Middlebury, eventual national champions, beat Salisbury in that game 49 – 14. Four years on and anyone who played in that game has now moved on.
All of the DII men’s and women’s semi-final and final games will be streamed online at http://www.ustream.tv/usarugby.
Kick-off for the Middlebury semi-final is at 3:15 PM.
Posted in Championships, Match Reports on Apr 21st, 2011
Back in 2009, Middlebury beat USF in the quarterfinal of the National Championships 32 – 17. Two years later in the same fixture, the DII National Championship quarterfinal, Middlebury once again dispels a formidable USF side with an almost identical score line: 38 points to 14. The MCRC comes out slugging, with a ravenous hunger and determination that this writer cannot attest to having witnessed before. The defense is doggedly unrelenting – the attack is innovative and turbocharged. The unorthodox, incomprehensible genius that is Head Coach John “Chipolati” Phillips takes another roll of his magic 28 sided die and up pops the idea to move his scrumhalf back to flyhalf–after having moved him from scrumhalf to flyhalf at the beginning of the fall and back to scrumhalf at the end of the fall–the timing of such a change? “Madness”, one might (and some do) say–”lucky”, one might (and some do) refute–”brilliant”, no one can deny.
Captain Brian “Downtown Dagger” Sirkia ’12.5 is once again more than apt in front of goals and has that old spark to his step with ball in hand. Allan “El Naturel” Stafford ’13.5 puts in another m-o-m worthy performance, showing my good friend speed what quick really is; and just in case speed was not convinced by El Naturel, Dane “Juan En Don” Steel ’11 gets in on the velocity act. Hitmakers Sam “Overlap” Harrison ’11 and Zach “Business Casual Jr.” Bills ’11 get the party started on defense and keep the hits coming all game long: the defensive performance by Middlebury, as led by Bills and Harrison, is possessed. All that said, the true orchestrator on offense and defense is scrumhalf Don “Oye Mi Canto” Song ’13 – playing through an early injury Donny directs the team to a definitive victory.
Full match report below:
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Posted in Championships, Match Reports on Apr 17th, 2011
Middlebury beats St. Joseph’s University of Philadelphia 34 – 5 in the Division II National Championship Round of 16. Middlebury led from the beginning thanks to an almost flawless kicking performance by captain Brian Sirkia ’12.5. In the first half Brian went 5 for 6 including a bomb from 45 meters out and about 10 meters from the sideline – easily the play of the game. St. Joe’s threatened to make a comeback as the first half closes but the second half is one way traffic on the scoreboard. The boys in blue have played better and credit to St. Joe’s for frustrating Middlebury for stretches, not allowing the blue backline much ball. However, in the second half, fitness and patience turns to tries for Middlebury. Geoff “King” Kalan ’12.5, Ross “Bo$$” Berriman ’12 and Ben “Stunners” Cmejla ’11 each touching down.
The writer is not one for handing out man-of-the-match nods but if one is forced to single out a Middlebury player or two Sirkia and winger Allan “El Naturel” Stafford ’13.5 would be on the shortlist. Stafford is key on defense, making several crucial tackles to quell St. Joe’s resurgence and when he’s on the ball he is a spectacle. Stafford is unlucky not to add his name to the scoreboard after he gets the ball near the sideline. He leaves his opposite man for dead with a purely malevolent in-and-out step, he throws a fend-off to finish and it’s off to the races. From everyone’s perspective he does a phenomenal job of staying in the field of play…everyone except the man who counts: the touch judge. He raises a late, controversial flag to end Stafford’s run prematurely.
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Posted in Championships, Match Reports, Media on Apr 16th, 2011
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Posted in Championships, Match Previews on Apr 13th, 2011
Tomorrow The MCRC gets on a plane to sunny Florida to take on St. Joe’s in the National Championship Round of 16. The game is at 2 PM this Saturday, April 16 at the Austin Tindall Regional Park (click here for directions.) Game is on Field 6. This is the first meeting between these two teams.
Saturday’s winner will go on to the Sunday quarterfinal game where they will meet the winner of the Bentley vs. University of Southern Florida game (1 PM kick-off at the same venue.)
First round of the Div II Men’s National Championship playoffs will be on April 16 (sweet 16) and April 17 (quarterfinal) in 2011. The semis and final will happen over the April 30 – May 1, 2011 weekend. The venues were just announced – back in Florida for the first rounds; a new location in Pittsburgh for the semis and finals:
April 16-17: Sweet 16 & Quarterfinals – Seminole Soccer Complex Sanford, FL
April 30-May 1: Semi-finals and finals – Founders Field Pittsburgh, PA
For more information on the Championship venues for all divisions check out the rugbymag article:
Posted in Championships, Match Reports, NRU on Nov 14th, 2010
The MCRC are the Northeast Champions! Another superb performance by the boys in blue. Captains Brian Sirkia and Rowan Kelner are presented with a plaque and 8th Man Chris Marshall gets the game ball as man-of-the-match.
Full report below.
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