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The MCRC would like to congratulate the class of 2012 and welcome them into the ranks of MCRC alumni. The seniors enjoyed a terrific celebration the Friday before Commencement with many family and friends.
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 6 players received their “Blue” on Friday.
Ladies and Gentlemen, your graduates!
Ross Berriman (All-American, Blue)
Tom Campanella (Cum Laude, Blue)
Landers Carnal
Nick Derrico (Blue)
Dillon Hupp (Coaches’ Award & Service Award)
Geoff Kalan (Blue)
Rowan Kelner (Captain, Blue)
Jack Maher (Blue)
Jieming Sun (Cum Laude)
Ben Tabb (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude)
Charlie Weymess-Dunn (Magna Cum Laude)

Midd Alums at the RWC 2011

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.

MCRC at the Rugby World Cup 2011

Robert Gosney '09, Mike Pappa '11, Connor Burleigh '10.5, Neil Danner '09

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.

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The Middlebury College Rugby Club will once again be entering the 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 23rd and will feature competition from all over the Northeast. We invite all current players, alumni, and friends to join us in the competition. The 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 mpappa@middlebury.edu. We hope to see you out on the pitch!


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)

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 fall banquet took place on December 4th at the Kirk Alumni Center. As usual there were over 100 attendees: the 50 plus members of the club in suit & tie and their lovely dates, dressed to the nines, reminding us that when the boys in blue clean up they can attract the absolute cream of the crop.  The MCRC was also delighted to have our two advisors Mike McKenna and Professor Miguel Fernandez ’85 as well as former fullback Andrew Peters ’08.5 and second row former president Blake Hinckley ’10 in attendance.

As is tradition the following player awards were announced that evening (note that player awards cover the calendar year 2010 and the results are based on votes by members of the club):

Rookie of the Year: Allan “The Natural” Stafford ’13.5
Most Improved Player: Dusty Attwood-Dupont ’13.5
Most Valuable Player: Chris Marshall ’11

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The MCRC would like to congratulate James Vandergrift ’73, P’11 on winning the Fall 2010 MCRC raffle. James is an alum from the class of 1973 and the father of current 1st XV prop Chris “Calves” Vandergrift ’11.

Our second place winner is Sue Stasiuk P’13.5. Sue is the mother of utility player Ben “Sturgees” Stasiuk ’13.5, who can be seen in any position ranging from prop to flank to center to wing.

Thanks to everyone who supported the club by buying a ticket–we raised over $9,000 to help cover our championship travel costs and coaching fees. Thank you!

The MCRC Fall Raffle draw will be held on Wednesday, October 27.

You can still buy tickets online till 4 PM on Wednesday, October 27 here:


You can win two tickets to watch Wales take on New Zealand’s All Blacks at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.  The grand prize includes $1,000 towards travel costs and the 2 tickets to the Wales vs. New Zealand game on November 27, 2010.  Tickets cost $25 each (buy 4 get 1 free i.e. $100 for 5 tickets) and the drawing will be held on October 23, 2010 during Middlebury Homecoming.

The second prize is a week-long stay at any Marriot timeshare location in the US (subject to availability and needs to be used before January 23, 2011). Click here for a complete list of resort options:http://www.marriottvacationclub.com/vacation-resorts/index.shtml

Pics from the Alumni game (Alumni 24 – 5 Students): http://mcrcphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/4790

Pics from the A side win (MCRC 41 – 0 URI): http://mcrcphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/4911

Thanks to Erik Fendik ’12.5 and Brendan Mahoney ’11 for these.

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.

Middlebury Men's Rugby Alumni Team 2010

Middlebury Men's Rugby Alumni Team 2010

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!):

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