MIT rugby dominates Williams 13-8
By Marcos Esterman
and Tienie van Schoor
The men's rugby club avenged last year's loss to Williams College and improved their record to 2-1 in the process by defeating the Ephmen, 13-8, on a muddy field Saturday.
Despite the poor field conditions and the strong first-half wind the Beavers were facing, MIT dominated the game.
The Beavers scored first on a cross-field kick by Cliff Federspiel G. Dan McCarthy recovered the kick and after a good supporting play, Elmo Pratt scored the try. The conversion of the try by Grant Schaffner '89 gave MIT an early 6-0 lead. Unfortunately, Federspiel was injured on the play and had to leave the game.
A few minutes later, Williams answered back with a try of their own, but failed to make the conversion. After MIT spent much of the remaining half in Williams' end of the field, Schaffner kicked a penalty that gave MIT a 9-4 halftime lead.
The Beavers' lack of fitness became apparent in the second half, but MIT used the strong wind at their backs to stay in the Ephmen's end. Later in the half, MIT got its second wind and was soon rewarded with a try by Schaffner, set up by a strong run up the middle by Warren Brown '89.
Before the game was over, Williams scored one more unconverted try to yield the final score of 13-8. In the B-side game, MIT lost a scrappy game to a combined A/B Ephmen side, 14-8.
The Beavers opened up their season with an 8-0 defeat of the Boston College Eagles, but lost a game over Spring Break to Vassar College, 16-7.
This weekend, the rugby club will host an Alumni weekend, which will showcase the team against the Boston Rugby Club tomorrow at 1 pm and against the MIT Alumni on Sunday at 1 pm. The team will travel to Philadelphia on April 21-23 to represent the New England Rugby Football Union at the Eastern Rugby Graduate School Championships.
(Editor's note: Marcos Esterman G and Tienie van Schoor G are members of the men's rugby club.)