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Middlebury 15′s Back In Action

Before last night, two things had never happened. There had never been a night rugby game played at Norwich University and there had never been any rugby game played in their new turf stadium. Middlebury had the proud honor of being a part of both of those firsts as the spring developmental 15′s side finally kicked off the first live game action of the season, defeating the hosts 22-12.

Playing through steady rain, many players got their first ever taste of rugby and by all accounts are thoroughly hooked. The team played solid defense and despite the wet and slippery ball were able to link together for some nice phases.  It was an outstanding effort and performance all around. The future looks bright!

Many thanks to Norwich for hosting a great night of rugby.

FIRST XV: Patrick Devereux ’15, Miller Judge ’16, Chad Kahn ’16, Colin Larsen ’17, John Dukes ’17, Luke Carpenter (c) ’16, Raouf Belkhir ’17, Kyle Dickey (c) ’17, Paul Molloy ’17, Tucker Angier (c) ’16, Shak Mullings-Sandy ’16, Ian Bowery ’17, Forrest Wallace ’17, Jesse Jimenez ’16, Colin Macintosh ’17

RESERVES: Georgios Katsaounis ’16, Asher Talerman ’16, Rishav Kapoor ’17, Greg Bowe ’17, Roberto Barbier ’17

Try Scorers: Forrest Wallace, Raouf Belkhir (2), Luke Carpenter

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:  


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.

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.

This week The Blue travels south to Long Island to take on the Seawolves of Stony Brook in a National Quarterfinal match-up. Kick-off is scheduled for Saturday, 11/16 at 1pm.

The address of the pitch is 350 Circle Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11790.

Please come support The MCRC!

The MCRC is pleased to announce the match schedule for the Fall 2013 season.

Sunday, September 8: Granite Cup (@ Dartmouth – 2 50-minute games)

Saturday, September 14:  UMASS

Saturday, September 21:  AIC (noon kick-off)

Saturday, September 28: @ Northeastern

Saturday, October 5:       BYE 

Saturday, October 12:    UCONN  (Fall Family Weekend)

Saturday, October 19:   @ UAlbany

Saturday, October 26:   @ Boston College  (Homecoming)

November 2 & 9  Make-up dates (if necessary)





Congratulations Graduates!!

Congratulations to our four graduating seniors!! All four earned their Blue which they received at the end-of-season banquet in December. Thank you all for your years of hard work and Congratulations!!

Nate Brown

Luke Dauner

Don Song

Dylan Whitaker



On Saturday, April 27 The MCRC took the pitch for the Round of 16 National Championship match against St. Bonaventure. Both teams were making their debut in the DI-AA National playoffs, and both teams were looking to make their mark.

Middlebury came out strong and dominated both possession and territory, but were unable to convert their dominance into many points. The score at halftime stood at 13-5.

The Blue opened the second half scoring to go up 18-5, but St. Bonaventure would respond with 19 unanswered points to take an 18-24 lead with 13 minutes remaining. Middlebury reclaimed the lead 25-24 at the 31 minute mark, and extended the advantage to 28-24 with only 3 minutes left to play. Unfortunately St. Bonaventure would have the last say, scoring a try to move in front 28-29 and claim the victory.

FIRST XV: Cliff Hanich ’15, Aaron Yappert ’16, Cole Baker ’16, Tom Lynch ’14, Ben Stasiuk (C) ’13.5, Griffin Jones ’16, Nate Brown ’13, Laird Silsby ’15, Don Song ’13, Dusty Attwood-Dupont ’13.5, David Cromwell ’16 (First start – competitive), Dylan Whitaker (C) ’13, Jake Feury ’16, Ted Benge ’16 (First start – competitive), Allan Stafford ’13.5

RESERVES: Luke Dauner ’13, Graham Shaw ’16, Devin Risinger ’14 (Jones), Miller Judge ’16, Blake Shapskinsky ’15 (Stasiuk), Alec Mackenzie ’15 (Cromwell), Sam Schwarz ’16 (First cap (Attwood-Dupont)), Geoff Genova ’15 (Mackenzie)

SCORING:     Jake Feury:  13 points (3 penalties, 2 conversions)

Allan Stafford: 10 points (2 tries)

Cliff Hanich: 5 points (1 try)


On Sunday, April 28 Middlebury took on Pitt who fell to Dartmouth the previous day. Both teams were looking to finish with a win, and Middlebury had a very different line-up from the previous day after losing 6 players to injury. This would mark the final game for The Blue for four Seniors: Captain Dylan Whitaker, Don Song, Luke Dauner and Nate Brown

The Blue was in control throughout, and altho the rain and slippery conditions prevented both teams from linking multiple phases Middlebury was able to punch thru more often. Final score Middlebury over Pitt 20-7 and the seniors finish their Middlebury careers with an impressive victory on the national stage.

FIRST XV: Cliff Hanich ’15, Aaron Yappert ’16, Cole Baker ’16, Tom Lynch (VC) ’14, Blake Shapskinksy ’15 (First start – competitive), Devin Risinger ’14, Nate Brown ’13, Luke Dauner (VC) ’13, Don Song ’13, Jake Feury ’16, David Cromwell ’16, Dylan Whitaker (C) ’13, Timmy Macrae ’16 (First cap, first start – competitive), Taran Veerman ’15, Allan Stafford ’13.5

RESERVES: Graham Shaw ’16 (First cap – competitive. (Baker)), Miller Judge ’16 (First cap – competitive. (Yappert)), George Katsaounis ’16 (First cap – competitive. (Dauner)), Astor Nummelin-Carlberg ’13.5 (Lynch), Sam Schwarz ’16 (Song), Tucker Hopkins ’16 (First cap – competitive. (Macrae))

SCORING:    Jake Feury: 20 points (2 tries, 2 conversions, 2 penalties)


Kick Off Times Changed

USA Rugby announced slightly modified kick off times for the playoff action this weekend in Pittsburgh.

Middlebury will kick off against St. Bonaventure at 12:30pm on Saturday, April 27.

Sunday’s match time is 10:45am, against either Dartmouth or Pittsburgh.

On a sunny but cold and windy day The MCRC traveled north to St. Michael’s College. The Middlebury B and C sides faced off against St. Mike’s A and B sides over 120 minutes of rugby (three 40 minute periods). The Boys in Blue ran in 10 tries on the day, converting four, while holding St. Mike’s to 1 first period score. In the end, Middlebury’s fitness and depth at nearly all positions allowed the Blue to keep the collective foot firmly stomped on the gas pedal and pull away as the match progressed.

1st period score: 10-5

2nd period score: 21-0

3rd period score: 27-0

Final score: 58-7

The action marked the final tune-up before the National Playoffs next week in Pittsburgh. Many thanks to St. Mike’s for hosting and for a great day of rugby!

National Playoff Brackets Set

USA Rugby has announced the playoff brackets for the 2013 DI-AA National Playoffs.

Middlebury will play St. Bonaventure at 12:30pm on Saturday, April 27 in the Round of 16, while Pitt and Dartmouth square off at the same time.

The winners of the Saturday matches meet in the National Quarterfinal on Sunday, April 28 at 11am. The consolation match is held at the same time.

See the full bracket here: http://rugbymag.com/index.php/men’s-di-college/7778-di-aa-playoff-bracket-set.html

MCRC Romps to 53-7 Victory

The MCRC played a depleted Burlington Men’s Rugby Club yesterday, and ran in eight tries en route to a dominating 53-7 victory. Captain Ben Stasiuk ’13.5 scored the lone forwards try, while five different backs touched down for scores. High School All-American Jake “How’s my hair?” Feury ’16 led all scoring with 23 points, scoring 2 tries, 1 penalty and 5 conversions.

Extra snaps go out to five Middlebury ruggers who suited up for Burlington and played outstanding rugby all day: Graham Shaw ’16, Miller Judge ’16, Timmy Macrae ’16, Tucker Hopkins ’16 and Geoff Genova ’15.

Up next The Blue sends the B-side to St. Michaels on Saturday, April 20 for the last chance to tune-up before heading to Nationals in less than 2 weeks.

FIRST XV: Cliff Hanich ’15, Aaron Yappert ’16, Charlie Kunze ’15 (First start, non-competitive), Ben Stasiuk (C) ’13.5, Tom Lynch ’14, Griffin Jones ’16, Devin Risinger ’14, Luke Dauner ’13, Sam Schwarz ’16 (First start, non-competitive), Dusty Attwood-Dupont ’13.5, David Cromwell ’16, Alec Mackenzie ’15, Jake Feury ’16, Taran Veerman ’15, Allan Stafford ’13.5

RESERVES: Nate Brown ’13, Blake Shapskinsky ’15, Ethan Vorel ’14.5

SPOTTED AT THE GAME: Chris Vandergrift ’11, Drew Harasimowicz ’11, Brian Sirkia ’12.5, Nat Kelner ’12.5, AC Jones ’12.5

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