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On a beautiful spring day The MCRC conference foes AIC, Northeastern and UAlbany for the first ever SnowBowl 7′s Tournament. AIC swept aside all challengers en route to the cup, defeating Northeastern 19-0 in the final. In the plate final, Middlebury defeated Albany 21-19, sending Middlebury’s seniors off the field for their final time with a win.

Many thanks to all participants for a great day of 7′s!

On a rainy day in Springfield, Mass, The Blue overcame 1 early defeat in pool play to take home the Plate Championship at the first ever Armory Collegiate 7′s Tournament hosted by AIC.

This was Middlebury’s first 7′s tournament of the spring and marked some of the first ever 7′s action for several players. Led by new captain Laird Silsby ’16, the team played some truly beautiful rugby at times to earn their first hardware of the spring 7′s circuit.

Up next is another East Coast Rugby Conference tournament at UMass on 4/5, followed by the final leg at Middlebury on 4/12. The points leader after the 3 tournaments earns an automatic bid to the ACRC National 7′s Championship in Virginia Beach on May 3-4.

Whether you’ve played rugby for years or if you have never even picked up a rugby ball The Middlebury College Men’s Rugby Club (The MCRC) would like to invite you to join us in the world’s premier contact sport! Having had strong success in Division II (National Champions 2007 and 2009, runners up 2011), The MCRC  moved up to  Division I-AA Collegiate Rugby in the fall of 2011 where we are founding members of the East Coast Rugby Conference (ECRC).  We enjoyed a tremendously successful 2012-2013 season, winning the ECRC and participating in two National Championship events (7′s & 15′s.) Nevertheless this club is about more than trophies and accolades: its a brotherhood that will last you a lifetime!

Here is all the info you will need to get started:

Club Meeting (all new and former players must attend):

  • Every Monday @ 4:30 PM in KENYON LOUNGE      (First meeting is Monday, September 9)

Health Forms & Sports Medicine Clearance (Deadline: Sept 23 @ noon)

BEFORE you can practice you MUST receive clearance from Sports Medicine. The deadline is noon Sept 23 – please take care of this ASAP to avoid issues. You must have submitted the appropriate forms by 9/23 or you will not be allowed to play rugby this semester.

Here is the clearance procedure info:  

http://www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sportsmed/all

Impact (Concussion) Test

Any student that has not taken an impact test at Middlebury, must schedule an appointment with sports med to complete a baseline IMPACT test. Email sportsmed@middlebury.edu or call x5636 between 10am – 2pm.

Fall Practice Schedule:

  • Monday – 4:30 pm Club meeting in Kenyon Lounge followed by practice till 6:30 pm
  • Tues, Wed & Thurs – 4:30 pm – 6:30pm  Practice @ the Rugby Field
  • Fri – Captains’ Practice; Gym session
  • Sat – Game day!
  • Sun – Pool recovery session

Game Schedule:
Check out our game schedule under the Schedule-Results tab at the top of the screen.

Equipment:
For practice please make sure you have the following gear:

  • Mouthguards (available at the bookstore, 4th ‘n’ goal, Olympia Sports)
  • Non-marking running shoes (in case we have to go in-doors due to weather)
  • Rugby or soccer cleats (you can wear football cleats or running shoes until you have an opportunity to get appropriate cleats)
  • Rugby jersey (t-shirt okay until you have an opportunity to get a rugby jersey)
  • Rugby shorts (other sports shorts okay until you have an opportunity to get rugby shorts)

Rugby Field location: Beyond South East end of Peterson Family Athletics Complex on South Main St. (Route 30 South)

USA Rugby Registration: Once you have decided that you are sticking with rugby you need to register with USA Rugby (the governing body for collegiate rugby in the US).  Registration is required to play in matches: https://membership.usarugby.org/default.aspx

 

Please email rugby@middlebury.edu with any questions and to let us know you are interested in rugby so that we can add you to our email list and roster.

Middlebury has been invited to participate in the USA Rugby 7′s National Championship next week in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A&M.  The MCRC will begin the competition on Friday, November 30 in pool play against Cal, Arkansas State, and NC State. You can watch the live match webcast at usarugby.org and of course follow our in-game twitter updates @themcrc.

GO BLUE!!!!

 This Saturday, the boys in blue traveled to Amesbury, MA to participate in the ECRC 7’s tournament.  They played a fantastic brand of rugby, some might even dare to employ the adjectival “champagne” to describe their style.  Led by superlative play from 7’s veteran Dylan Whitaker, and all-world high-stepper Allan Stafford, the Blue run the table in pool play, winning by quasi-absurd margins.  In the playoffs, they blow past UConn 60-0, and then knock off defending 7’s champions BC by a score of 31-5.

 

The finals see the MCRC face off against a Northeastern team hungry for revenge after their loss to the Blue in 15’s just two weeks ago.  The game is more ruck-centric than the speedy MCRC would have preferred.  Northeastern does a good job of slowing down the recycle and not giving our back line the chance to shine.  Much to everyone’s surprise, the game is scoreless at half time.

 

Both teams battle for control in the second half, but the Blue strike first blood.  Whitaker runs a great line and punches through the gain-line before popping off to a streak of light later identified as Allan Stafford.  Under the posts this blast of light races and the boys go up 7-0.

 

With two minutes left, a series of strong runs by Northeastern sends their winger around the corner and under the posts.  The game is knotted at 7 as the teams head to a sudden death overtime.

 

In OT an unfortunate call and a tough bounce end threats generated by Stasiuk’s promising run and Sirkia’s cheeky kick.  Both teams are utterly exhausted as possession changes hands back and forth, but Northeastern manages to overlap on the far sideline and touch down in the corner moments before Stafford can get there.

 

An inch here or an inch there and the MCRC are ECRC 7’s champions, but heads are held high.  Coach John Phillips consoles the team, saying that they came here to prove they can play at a high level and that they have “made the rest of the league take notice.” The team will look to take increased ball skills and a better understanding of how to recognize and exploit space from this excursion into 7’s.  If they can bring this form into the rest of the 15’s season, they have a chance to do something truly special.

As for this past Saturday, the boys left absolutely everything they had on the field and had a blast doing so.  You can’t ask for anything more than that; truly a special day for the MCRC.

 

 

The day’s roster: Brian Sirkia (C), Ben Stasiuk (VC), Allan Stafford, Dylan Whitaker, Adam Schreiber, Alec Mackenzie, Vincent Mariano Alex Ruocco, Geoff Genova, Aaron Yappert, Don Song, Nate Brown, Luke Dauner, Madison Stebbins, and John Hawley.

This Saturday, October 6, Middlebury will compete in the ECRC 7s tournament at Amesbury Sports Park, 12 South Hunt Rd., Amesbury, MA. Please come out and support the boys in blue. Click here for directions.

Middlebury will be in Pool B with Southern Connecticut, Albany and AIC. Pool A will consist of Defending Champs BC, Northeastern and UMass-Amherst, and UConn. 4 points for a win, 2 points for a tie, 0 for a loss. The winners and runners-up of each pool will advance to the semi-finals and the winners of those games will meet in the final. The winner of this tournament will advance to the USA Rugby Collegiate 7s National Championship.

Schedule

10 AM: MCRC vs. Albany 

12 PM: MCRC vs. Southern CT
1:20 PM: MCRC vs. AIC
3:20 PM:Semi-Final #1

3:40 PM: Semi-Final #2

4:20 PM: FINAL

The Fall 2012 Schedule is now available! Please click here to check it out: http://sites.middlebury.edu/rugby/schedule-results/

Please note The MCRC ALUMNI WEEKEND  is October 19-21, and that The MCRC is away on Fall Family Weekend, October 5-7.

In the first East Coast Rugby Conference 7s tournament the MCRC makes it to the semi-final, where they lose to the University of Albany 7 – 12. Boston College ends up overall winners after they pull out the performance of the tournament beating favorites Northeastern. Great day of rugby for all teams involved and Middlebury Rugby would like to extend a very big thank you to the Middlesex Barbarians for hosting the event, to John Durant, UAlbany coach, for organizing a very well run tournament and to the Harrison family for hosting our entire team!

Middlebury starts the day off at a disadvantage having lost influential back Jack Maher ’12 the day before leaving them with a man fewer than the other teams. Still, spirits are very high amongst this young team and they are more than up to the task of representing Middlebury Rugby. The 11 man side is led by scrum-half Don “The Shoes” Song ’13 and opens their tournament with a convincing win over Southern Connecticut 19 – 7.

Full report below:

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This Saturday, November 5, Middlebury will compete in the ECRC 7s tournament at Amesbury Sports Park, 12 South Hunt Rd., Amesbury, MA. Please come out and support the boys in blue. Click here for directions.

Middlebury will be in Pool A with Southern Connecticut, Northeastern A and UConn. Pool B will consist of UAlbany, BC, Northeastern B and UMass-Amherst. 4 points for a win, 2 points for a tie, 0 for a loss. The winners and runners-up of each pool will advance to the semi-finals and the winners of those games will meet in the final. The winner of this tournament will advance to the first ever USA Rugby Collegiate 7s National Championship.

The MCRC Team:  Laird “Gojira” Silsby ’15, John “Scooter” Hawley ’14, Sam “Fireman” Murray ’13, Devin “The Firm” Risinger ’14, Sebastian “Anglo” Damberg-Ott ’12.5, Madison “Madman” Stebbins ’14.5, Don “Shoes” Song ’13, Jack “on Jacks on Jacks” Maher ’12, Adam “The Boot” Schreiber ’14, Alec “Heavyweight” Mackenzie ’15, Sander “Hotstepper” Mora ’15, Emile Landers “Sanders” Carnal ’12

Schedule

10 AM: MCRC vs. Southern Conn
11 AM: MCRC vs. Northeastern
12:40 PM: MCRC vs. UConn
2:40 PM: Pool A winner vs. Pool B runner-up
3 PM: Pool B winner vs. Pool A runner-up
3:40 PM: FINAL

Middlebury had a good outing at the Newport Sevens this past Saturday winning their opening game and losing the next two games by small margins. The team comprised several current players and young alumni and finally this Middlebury group has begun to adapt to the sevens style: moving the ball and avoiding contact on offense. Amazing job by team captain Michael “Renaissance” Pappa ’11 in organizing and leading the team.

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