MIT Rugby Team Wins Regional ChampionshipBy Darren Waughn
The men's rugby club travelled to Philadelphia on April 24 for the Eastern Regional Championships. MIT won the championship with resounding victories over Columbia Medical School and Uniformed Services University, capping off a fall and spring season record of 14-1.
In the semifinal match against Columbia, the MIT team completely dominated its opponents. The forwards, playing as a tight unit, won the majority of both the first and second phase possessions. The backs made several crashing runs and kept control of the ball, which kept Columbia pinned back in its own territory.
This combination enabled MIT to outscore Columbia five tries to one, with Darryn Waugh G, Alec Jessiman G, Ben Paul G, and Warren Brown G scoring. Chris Perry G completed the scoring with a penalty goal and a conversion kick, and MIT won the match 30-8.
The final game pitted a fired up MIT squad against USU. The forwards dominated the first 25 minutes and denied USU any lengthy possession of the ball. Dan McCarthy G opened the scoring when he completed a good forward movement and scored a try in the corner. MIT continued to score uninterrupted, starting with a penalty goal by Perry and scoring runs by William Buckland G and Jessiman. USU tried to respond with a score of its own but with the backs playing solid defense, it could only score a penalty goal. MIT led 22-3 at half-time.
USU opened the second half with a try, cutting the Engineer lead to 22-8. But an excellent backline passing play led to a Guy Debelle G score and Perry kicked another penalty goal. Minutes before the end USU scored for the last time, and the championship belonged to MIT by the score 30-13.