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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:
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.
A commanding performance by the Blue today as they defeated Bentley by 44 points to 17 in the Northeast Semifinal. Not only did this win secure Middlebury’s place in the NRU final tomorrow (Saturday, October 14) but it also ensured Middlebury’s qualification for the National Championship sweet 16 in the spring.
The new look Middlebury offense with captain Brian Sirkia ’12.5 at 9 and Dusty Attwood-Dupont ’13.5 at 10 is clicking; this recent change allows Ross “Bo$$” Berriman ’12 to return to the loose trio and means Middlebury has the luxury of bringing forwards captain Rowan Kelner ’12 off the bench–with that sort of depth they should be calling the Blue the Deep Blue Sea. Tries by Nat “Sheed” Kelner ’12, Ross “Bo$$” Berriman ’12, Zach “Business Casual Jr.” Bills ’11, Geoff “King” Kalan ’12.5, Chris Marshall & Sam Harrison ’11. Sirkia converts two penalties and four conversions.
In the Northeast final Middlebury lost to UVM by 4 points. Middlebury comes back from 3 – 14 to lead by 1 point with 20 minutes left. With 10 minutes left UVM scores a good try spreading the ball wide from a turnover midfield just inside the Middlebury half.
Both teams had played tough games the day before in miserable weather, Middlebury beating Stony Brook 11 – 0, UVM coming back in the final quarter to beat New England Champs UMass-Amherst 15 – 10. Beautiful weather for the NRU final and both teams coaches met an hour before the original kick-off time to discuss delaying the game to get a better, playable field. The 3rd clash of these Northeast titans is delayed for 1 1/2 hours.
One of the two UMass-Amherst’s field is unplayable so kick-off is being delayed till 1:30 PM (after the DI women’s collegiate Northeast final).
The 3rd installment in the Vermont teams’ rugby saga: once again Middlebury will play their northern neighbors UVM in this 2009 – 2010 DII men’s collegiate rugby calendar. Middlebury has won both of the last 2 encounters by close margins: 20 – 14 in their regular season game and 16 – 10 in the New England Championship Semifinal – both games were played at Middlebury. This game will be for the Northeast Championship, one of the 3 titles Middlebury picked up last year. Having already lost the New England Championship to UMass-Amherst, Middlebury will be eager to add some silverware to their cupboard before going onto the national tournament. Both teams have already qualified for the the national championship “sweet 16s” in the spring but the winner of this game will earn the higher seed and, theoretically, the “easier” road to the national championship (but seedings are often proved wrong especially at the national level). The weather is set to be warmer and drier than it was yesterday, which will allow for some better flowing rubgy but the field is likely to still be muddy, saturated and pretty torn up after the rain and games yesterday. Kick-off is at 1:30 PM EST.
UMass-Amherst will play Stony Brook in a 3rd place play-off at 10 AM – this game is crucial for both sides as the winner will earn the 3rd northeast spot in the national championship “sweet 16″.
In the New England Championship Final Middlebury lost to UMass by 34 points to 3.
UMass scores early in the first half and shows absolute dominance in the scrum, which continued throughout the game – the Midd pack were only able to win 1 or 2 of their own scrums let alone compete on UMass’ scrums. Middlebury responds with a penalty kick and with less than a minute left in the second half the score is 3 – 5 to UMass – anyone’s game…but the Middlebury defense falls asleep in the dying seconds of the half and lets a fast UMass backline run from one end of the field to the other and then use their powerful forwards to punch home the converted try: 3 – 10 at halftime. That late 1st half try swung the control of the game wholly in UMass’ favor.
Poor tackling from Middlebury in the second half and strong running from the UMass team saw the floodgates open and Middlebury struggled to stay in the game. The Middlebury players fought all game and despite the loss their are some positives to take away…many lessons to learn.
As difficult as this loss is The MCRC has to move on and move on quickly as they will be playing a knock-out game this coming Saturday in the North East Quarterfinal against Hamilton followed by the North East Semis & Finals the following weekend. A loss this coming Saturday will be the end to their season and goodbye to a 4th consecutive Nationals run in the Spring – the next two weeks will be a true test of Middlebury’s character.
This weekend Middlebury will host Boston University, UMass-Amherst & UVM in the New England Rugby Division II Collegiate Men’s Championship. On Saturday Middlebury takes on UVM at 11 AM followed by #2 seed BU against the #3 seed UMass at 1 PM – both games will be held at the Middlebury College Rugby Field and look to be crackers!
On Sunday the losers of Saturday’s games will play each other in the 3rd place play-off at 11 AM followed by the Championship final at 1 PM. These games will be played at the Tree Farm Facility in Essex Junction (click here for directions) as the Middlebury field is likely to take a pounding from the rain and Saturday’s games.
All 4 teams will progress to the North East Quarterfinals and a chance at one of the 3 North East spots in the National tournament in the spring. This weekend will determine who gets home advantage for those quarterfinal games and who has to make the long trips to New York to take on the other North East teams. And of equal importance the New England Champions will be crowned! Middlebury has won 7 of the last 8 New England Championships; Yale broke the streak in 2004.
Unfortunately, we were misinformed. The highlights show was only for DI men’s and women’s – not DII. Oh well.