Posted in Alumni, Awards, Events on May 30th, 2011
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:
Posted in Awards, Events on Dec 21st, 2010
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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Posted in Events, Raffle on Oct 28th, 2010
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!
Posted in Events, Raffle on Oct 26th, 2010
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
Posted in Alumni, Events, Photos on Oct 20th, 2010
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.
Posted in Alumni, Events, Match Reports on Oct 17th, 2010
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
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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Posted in Alumni, Events on Oct 13th, 2010
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.
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Posted in Events, Parents, Photos on Oct 13th, 2010
This past weekend Middlebury held it’s annual Fall Family Weekend, a chance for parents and siblings to see first hand what life is like for their students on campus. The MCRC was fortunate enough to have a great turnout of parents at the game against St. Mike’s on Saturday. Several hours after the game we held a small reception in the Atwater Library. This great event gave parents the opportunity to meet and talk with each other, several players and the coaches and after this year’s success we will look to host a similar event each year! Thanks to all the parents and sons who attended.
Thanks also to seniors Mike Pappa ’11 and Mike Hodge ’11 for organizing this reception. Here are some pics from the event courtesy of resident photographer Erik “Escobar” Fendik ’12.5:
Posted in Events, Merchandise, Raffle on Oct 11th, 2010
The MCRC Fall 2010 raffle is here and 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.
We have added a second prize of a week-long timeshare 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
You can also buy tickets from members of The MCRC. If you win and cannot make the Wales trip you can pick the alternative prize of $1,000 (there will be an MCRC merchandise alternative prize for the timeshare trip). Proceeds from the raffle go toward helping cover championship travel expenses and coaching salaries. Support Middlebury Rugby as we make another run at the Division II North East Championship and the National Championship!
Stay tuned for details and please feel free to contact us at email@example.com with any questions.