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Middlebury takes on Harvard in a pre-season warm up game at Middlebury. In the spring the MCRC made the trip to Harvard and lost on a muddy field 12-20. Harvard returns the favor this time and will travel to the home of the BLUE on what should be a beautiful sunny day…perfect day for rugby.

MCRC merchandise will be on sale–A side game at 1 PM followed by B side at 2:30 PM–bring your friends and families!

This game could feature a two faces to The MCRC side: South African freshman Cameron Wilson ’14 and London boy Devin Risinger ’14. This game also sees the return of 4 former Middlebury A side players from abroad: Drew “Mouse Jr.” Harazimowicz ’11 in the second row, Zach Bills ’11 in the back row, scrum half Michael Hodge ’11 and center Ben Cmejla ’11.

After a heartbreaking 4 point loss to Miami of Ohio in the round of 16, Middlebury will need to pick themselves up and get ready for a big game today against a tournament favorite Cal Maritime. Cal Maritime were beaten by NC State 17 – 28 in their sweet 16 game. Despite being knocked out of the competition both teams will be looking to come away from this weekend with a win so should be giving their all today…and the game is not for nothing – the winner will earn their region better seeding in next year’s competition; that being said the bigger incentive is likely to be some good old fashioned pride and after their sterling second half near comeback in yesterday’s game Middlebury has shown they have that in abundance.

Kick-off is at 10 AM EST and the game is being streamed live at http://www.ustream.tv/USARugbyIII

Likely Line-up: Pappa, Powers, Vandergrift, Hinckley, N. Kelner, Harrison, R. Kelner, Dauner, Berriman, Sirkia, Withers, Durfee, Leanos, Campanella, Stafford

Spring Warm Up Games Set

Here we go again – it’s the beginning of spring and we are heading back to Florida for Act 1 of the big show: the Division II Men’s Collegiate National Championship Sweet 16.  In preparation for another run at the title The MCRC will be playing 3 warm-up games on March 20, 27 and April 3 against Boston University, Yale (an annual fixture on our spring schedule) and Harvard respectively.  The MCRC is still working on getting several more B side games on the schedule as we look to develop the exciting young talent that has recently joined us.  Check the Schedules & Results page for more details.

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″.

The #2 seed Middlebury will play #3 Stony Brook University in the NRU Semifinal, 2 PM kick-off at UMass-Amherst.  Stony Brook beat BU 31 – 29 to reach this stage.  In the other semifinal #4 UVM will play top seed UMass-Amherst.  Both winners of the semifinal games will automatically qualify for the national tournament in the spring, the losers will fight for the 3rd spot on Sunday.  Championship game and 3rd place playoff will be played on Sunday at UMass-Amherst. Click here for directions to UMass-Amherst

It will be interesting to see which 15 Middlebury plays on Saturday as some of the 9 starters who did not play this past weekend due to illness and injury may return for this big weekend.

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.

Due to the restructuring of NERFU following the breakaway of the Ivys to form an Ivy league, The MCRC will not have a regular season game coming weekend (October 3rd).   However, we will be playing Division I side UConn as we aim to keep the team firing on all cylinders and to work some new combinations.  Please note that the A side kick-off time is 2:30 PM (not 1 PM as previously advertised).  UConn is coached by former Middlebury coach Ward Patterson and this should be an interesting contest as the two teams have never met before.  Lots of changes to the Middlebury line-up  with several players out through injury and other commitments.

The MCRC “A” Squad: (see below)

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Rugby fever is once again upon us…in the words of Coach John Phillips: “How great is that?!”  After 5 days in preseason camp and a week of training with classes back in session The MCRC begins the 2009-2010 season with a warm-up game against the Division I Boston College Eagles.  As much as this may be a “warm up game” it is not an exhibition match; both sides will be looking to put out full strength squads.  BC will not have forgotten their 52 – 0 loss to Middlebury last spring and The MCRC is fully aware that they are facing a very different BC team…and they themselves are a very different Middlebury team after graduating several starters, younger players beginning to step into their own and inheriting some very exciting new talent.   Kick off is 1 PM at the Middlebury Rugby Field (behind the Peterson Family Athletics Complex on Route 30 South).  The A side game will be followed by a clash of “Killer B’s” as Midd’s B side takes on BC’s B side.

So come out and support The BLUE!  Some great merchandise will be on sale including our National Championship Sweatshirts, Caps & T-shirts.

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