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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Middlebury books a place in the Northeast semi’s with a win over Hamilton 51 – 5.  The win is a great bounce-back for Middlebury after suffering their worst loss in recent history to UMass-Amherst the previous weekend.  This young team worked hard all week to correct their mistakes and bring new players up-to-speed.  With injuries plaguing the team some exciting new talent has emerged including 8th man Luke Dauner ’13 and 9 man Dylan Whitaker ’13.  This combined with the return of influential starters, Drew Harasimowicz ’11 at lock and Rowan Kelner ’12 at flank, and high impact sub Nat Kelner ’12, made for a great day of Middlebury rugby!

The  Middlebury tackling is vastly improved after the defensive collapse against UMass – the return of the brothers Kelner and Harasimowicz sparking the Middlebury defense.  The scrumming is also back to its winning ways despite missing front row starters Brett Woelber ’09.5 (hooker) and captain Chris Mutty ’09.5 (loose head prop) through injury.  The game begins as a ping pong kicking battle with the Middlebury playmakers looking for holes in the Hamilton backfield but often finding the Hamilton fullback whose hefty booted response makes for a strong counterattack.  Territorial control of the game falls to the team with the better decision-making and execution in the kicking battle.  Hamilton’s strength comes from their fullback’s distance kicking & counter-kicking; as the game progresses Middlebury learns to keep the ball away from him and varies their attack to make for an unpredictable and exciting attacking force.

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NRU Champions 2008!

MCRC completed another incredible Fall season by winning the North East Championship, beating Coast Guard 41 – 7 in the semi-final and UMaine-Orono 43 – 25 the following day in the final (the same two teams we had just previously overcome to win the New England title). This is our first North East title since the Angus Birchall and Jody Kramer-led side of 2002/03 and sees us qualifying as the #3 seed for the National Tournament “sweet 16″ on April 18 at the Seminole Soccer Complex-Sanford, Florida. This is our 3rd straight appearance at the big show, where we will look to extend our 11 – 0 record. Ike Levine reports on the epic NRU final win at Westpoint:

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