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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).  The fall of 2013 was our most successful yet as the club went undefeated in league play en route to winning our 2nd consecutive ECRC title and advancing to the National semi-final. 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 8)

Health Forms & Sports Medicine Clearance (Deadline: September 22 @ noon)

BEFORE you can practice you MUST receive clearance from Sports Medicine. The deadline is noon Sept 22 – please take care of this ASAP to avoid issues. You must have submitted the appropriate forms by 9/22 or you will not be eligible 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 team lift
  • Tues, Wed & Thurs – 4:30 pm – 6:30pm  Practice @ the Rugby Field
  • Fri – Captains’ Practice; light 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.

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.) The fall of 2013 was even more successful as the club went undefeated in league play and won our 2nd consecutive ECRC title before advancing to the National semi-final. 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, February 10)

Health Forms & Sports Medicine Clearance (Deadline: February 24 @ noon)

BEFORE you can practice you MUST receive clearance from Sports Medicine. The deadline is noon Feb 24 – please take care of this ASAP to avoid issues. You must have submitted the appropriate forms by 2/24 or you will not be eligible 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.

Spring Practice Schedule:

  • To Be Determined

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’s historic season came to an end on Saturday with a 12-34 loss to Penn State. Middlebury struck first with a converted try from Captain Allan Stafford, and later extended the lead with another try from 8-man Laird Silsby, but Penn State answered both times and the contest was even at 12 points each at the half.  Ultimately Penn State’s size, depth and skill proved too much for The Blue as the Nittany Lions pulled away in the second half to earn a berth in the title match. Our hats go off to an excellent opponent!

Despite the loss it was a special day as it was the first ever National playoff game held at Middlebury, and the campus and community came out to support in record numbers. Nearly a thousand friends and family were on hand to cheer on The MCRC and their shouts surely lifted the Boys in Blue to new heights.

Many thanks to all our alumni, parents and friends who have supported us throughout this incredible season. We wouldn’t be where we are without you!

On Saturday, November 23 Middlebury Rugby will host a National Semi-Final. Perennial powerhouse Penn State will make the drive north to take on the Blue. Kick-off is scheduled for 1pm.

The other semi-final pits Kutztown against Bowling Green, also this Saturday.

The American Collegiate Rugby Championship concludes in South Carolina two weeks later with the National Championship match at Furman University on December 7.

Please come and support The Blue for this historic game!

 

The MCRC crushed Empire Conference Champs Stony Brook University on their home pitch to the tune of 57-3 in last Saturday’s National Quarterfinal. The Blue dictated the action from the opening kick-off and never looked back.

Next up Middlebury will host Penn State in the National Semi-Final on Saturday, 11/23. The match will be the Nittany Lions first trip to Middlebury, and also marks the first time Middlebury will host a National play-off match. Penn State defeated Clemson by 1 point to reach the semi-finals.

Full match report:

Saturday the 16th dawned clear and crisp and full of promise. The Blue woke up rested and eager to take the pitch and would not disappoint. From the opening kickoff from outside center Adam “this IS a beard” Schreiber ’14, Middlebury dominated the play. Terrific defense kept the Seawolves pinned in their own zone and Midd captalized just 2 minutes in with an easy penalty kick. Inside center Jake “Flo” Feury ’16 slots it home to put the Blue in front 3-0.

The next five minutes are indicative of how this day is going to go, as Middlebury refuses to allow Stony Brook to get anything going. The first few scrums of the day are totally dominated by the Blue pack, with Middlebury driving back their opposites 5, 10 and 15 meters. The front row of loosehead Cliff “The Kraken” Hanich ’15, hooker Madison “Plank” Stebbins ’14.5 and tighthead Cole “LPF” Baker ’16 is absolutely savage. Together they take control of the scrum and make it clear that this is going to be their game.  Middlebury’s forward dominance earns another shot at goal which Feury converts. The score is 6-0 after 8 minutes of play.

The next five minutes see the backline start to connect with the pack and Middlebury shows it is a complete rugby team. The backs string together multiple phases, helping one another immensely with rock solid rucking after each tackle. After more constant pressure fullback Alex “Coco” Ruocco ’14 pins his ears back and scores the first try of the day in the corner. The difficult conversion is wide and Middlebury has the lead 11-0 after 14 minutes.

The game is still young and both teams have worked hard to be here. Stony Brook stormed through the Empire Conference en route to an undefeated season and nobody expects them to roll over. They attack in Middlebury’s half, but are undone by loose passes and knock-ons. With The MCRC firmly in control of the scrum the attacking opportunities are few and far between for Stony Brook. After a series of phases the Blue defense stands firm and clears out of danger. Solid work from all 15 players sees the Blue march confidently down the pitch and into the red zone. Feury takes a pass and despite being triple-teamed does what he has done all season long: score. The big man fights thru several defenders and then turns the corner on them showing a (un)surprising turn of pace. Feury converts his own try and after 24 minutes Middlebury leads 18-0.

Mention must be made of the season of Mr. Jake Feury. In this his first full season with the team, Feury played both inside and outside center and had a torrid campaign. Jake led all try scorers in the Conference with 13 tries, and also all scorers with an amazing 110 points (thru 6 games.) This total was nearly TRIPLE the next closest scorer and higher than the cumulative season point total of three teams in the ECRC. Needless to say, Feury presents opposing defenses with countless problems and his day was far from over.

Stony Brook knew that it was now or never and they came out clawing at the subsequent kickoff. The two teams duked it out, but the home side is unable to break thru. Rock solid defense from lock Tom “Deep Heat” Lynch ’14 and flyhalf Captain Allan “El Natural” Stafford ’13.5 set the tone. Stafford is unbelievable making tackle after tackle, while Lynch is relentless at the breakdown clearing one ruck after another. Fellow senior flanker John “Escuter” Hawley ’14 is totally dominant at the lineout, and one almost starts to feel bad for the hosts. Almost.

Stony Brook earns a penalty at the breakdown near midfield and takes the rare chance for points. The kick is good from over 40 meters and the score is 18-3 after 32 minutes. These would be the Seawolves only points on the day.

Middlebury swept the ECRC by taking advantage of opportunities and always answering back after a score. The Blue kicks off and immediately puts Stony Brook under pressure. Middlebury earns a penalty and kicks to touch, gaining valuable ground. The forwards win clean ball and drive it up with loosehead Hanich pounding thru the defense. Quick ball sees Stafford free and he unselfishly pops to roommate and fellow captain lock Ben “Firenuts” Stasiuk ’13.5 for the easy try under the posts. It is a beautiful and well-earned team try, which Feury, of course, converts. 25-3 with five minutes remaining in the half. The play also demonstrates the growth and maturity of Stafford who is used to scoring tries. The career fullback made the switch to flyhalf mid-season and continues to improve each week. “El Natural” finished the regular season the 2nd leading try scorer (and 4th leading scorer overall) in the conference, but this simple pop pass shows he more than just a pretty face and a try scoring machine. Allan Stafford is a rugby player.

Feury converts one more penalty just two minutes later and Middlebury goes into the break with a 28-3 lead. Midd knows it is their game to lose and the focus remains laser-like. Injured 8-man Silsby challenges his teammates to bring a renewed energy and the team returns the pitch ready to go.

As expected, Stony Brook comes out of the gate with new life. The teams trade blows for nearly 20 minutes with neither team able to turn opportunities into points. Middlebury knows it needs to weather the storm and they do so brilliantly with shutdown defense and lethal counterattacks. Middlebury penetrates deep into Stony Brook’s territory and attempts to pound it across the goal-line but the ball gets buried underneath a pile of bodies and the referee blows the whistle. Scrumhalf Alec “Beefcake” Mackenzie ’15 and flanker-turned-8-man Griffin “Gym Rat” Jones ’16 link up for what looks to be a picture-perfect try, but the exchange is ruled forward and the scrum is given to the Seawolves. No matter, as the Blue pack steals the put in, drives them back, and Jones is able to touch down for the try. Feury converts and the lead is 35-3 with 21 minutes remaining.

Middlebury takes advantage of its depth and Jones comes off with flanker Miller “I need a nickname” Judge coming on to flank and Hawley taking over the #8 duties. Hanich also gets to rest, with Baker moving to the #1 spot and tighthead Mike “Traps” Wysota ’14 coming on with fresh legs. Sam “Gluten Free” Finkelman ’14 takes over the hooking duties for Stebbins, and Middlebury shows what it means to have a true squad.

A few minutes later the Seawolves have an opportunity inside Middlebury’s 22 but the ball is turned over by openside flanker Devin “I’m so glad he’s on my team” Risinger ’14. Risinger has been a force all day, nay, all SEASON, at the breakdown and his breakdown work sets free the backline who counterattack roughly 75 meters down the field. Stony Brook, penalized repeatedly at the breakdown, finally commits one infraction too many and earn a yellow card. Feury drives home the penalty kick and Middlebury stretches the lead to 38-3.

Smelling the blood in the water, The MCRC moves in for the kill. Risinger scores a forward’s try off a beautiful driving maul which Feury pushes just wide from out wide. New assistant coach Junior Tuiqere (long time head coach of the Burlington Men’s Club) has helped take the forwards to another level, and the maul is the finest example. It is a well-earned try and gives the Blue a 40 point lead.

The Blue strike again quickly, with young Canadian winger Julien “Why is it so cold?” Miller ’17 turning on the jets and finishing off another attack in the host’s try zone. Feury converts and the lead is 50-3 with roughly 10 minutes remaining. Stony Brook’s player returns from the sin bin and his absence has been a costly one for the home team as Middlebury tallied 15 points in those 10 minutes.

Lock Charlie “What does the fox say?” Kunze ’15 relieves teammate Lynch and immediately announces his presence with authority thru several crushing tackles. The fresh legs in the forwards keep the Seawolves on their back foot and they are called for another penalty. Middlebury kicks to touch, wins the lineout, and attacks. Stafford looks for space, but it isn’t there, but Stasiuk is and he is not to be denied. The big captain muscles through several would-be tacklers and pounds down the ball for his second try of the day. Schreiber slots the conversion to extend the lead to 57-3 with just minutes to play.

The final whistle blows and Middlebury has a convincing victory and first ever Division I playoff win. It is an unbelievable team effort and well-deserved celebration for the club. Many thanks to Stony Brook for hosting and for a hard-fought match. We have no doubt we will see this team again in the future!

FIRST XV: Cliff Hanich ’15, Madison Stebbins ’14.5, Cole Baker ’16, (C) Ben Stasiuk ’13.5, Tom Lynch ’14, John Hawley ’14, Devin Risinger ’14, Griffin Jones ’16, Alec Mackenzie ’15, (C) Allan Stafford ’13.5, Sam Schwarz ’16, Jake Feury ’16, Adam Schreiber ’14, Julien Miller ’17, Alex Ruocco ’14

RESERVES: Mike Wysota ’14, Sam Finkelman ’14, Miller Judge ’16, Charlie Kunze ’15, Henry Thomson ’17, Vince Mariano ’14, Tucker Hopkins ’16, Max deJong ’17

SCORING: Feury – 25 points (1 t, 4 p, 4 c), Stasiuk – 10 points (2 t), Alex Ruocco 5 points (1 t), Griffin Jones – 5 points (1 t), Devin Risinger – 5 points (1 t), Julien Miller – 5 points (1 t), Adam Schreiber – 2 points (1 c)

 

On a windy day in Beantown The Blue avenged last year’s narrow loss to BC and soundly defeated the Eagles 35-15. Middlebury won it’s sixth straight match, all bonus point wins, to finish the regular season a perfect 6-0. This marks Middlebury’s first ever undefeated regular season in D-IAA and is the team’s second straight ECRC Championship.

Middlebury now prepares to meet the winner of the Empire Conference in a National Quarterfinal on November 16.

For the second year in a row Middlebury has won the East Coast Rugby Conference title! After soundly thumping Albany 78-22 the MCRC kept an eye on the twitter feed of the Saturday evening match up between AIC and Boston College. Although AIC was in front the entire match, BC punched thru a late try to close the gap and be in position to earn the losing bonus point. AIC, however, responded with a try of their own in the final moments to win the match 20-10. Neither team earned a bonus point which benefited The MCRC.

The weekend’s results leaves the standings with Middlebury alone in first with 25 points (5 bonus point wins) after 5 games played, AIC in second with 24 points after 6 games played and their regular season complete, and BC in third with 14 points after 4 games played.

By virtue of the conference title Middlebury has qualified for the National Quarterfinals to be played Saturday, November 16 (location TBD).

Middlebury’s final regular season game is Saturday, October 26 against Boston College at 1pm. Please come cheer on the Boys in Blue!!

Pitch Address:

LAKE STREET & ST. CLEMENT’S FIELDS (BRIGHTON CAMPUS)

From Downtown Boston: Follow Commonwealth Avenue to St. Johns Seminary (Enter on the 4th Right after Foster Street). Follow the road until you see the parking area on your right. The field to your right is St. Clement’s field and the field ahead and to the left is the Lake Street field.

 

The MCRC traveled to New York for it’s penultimate regular season fixture and ran riot past UAlbany 78-22. Jake Feury led all scorers with five tries and six conversions. The Blue now stands alone atop the ECRC with 25 points.

Up next is BC on 10/26.

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