Boston Club Downs Men's Rugby TeamBy Eric Oliver
The men's rugby team took a 1-1 record into last Saturday's match against the Irish Wolfhounds, a Boston men's club with a lot of size and experience. Those factors helped the Wolfhounds earn a 22-12 decision.
The game was scoreless until late in the first half when a well executed play let to MIT's first score. The ball was taken out of the scrum by Ben Paul G near midfield on the right sideline. Rolling out towards the sideline, he pitched the ball to the scrum half, who reversed direction and passed the ball to fly half Chris Perry G. Textbook passing and running by every back got the ball to wing Matt Cutler '95 across the field, who pitched it to a looping Perry, who scored a try in the left corner. This broke the ice for the Wolfhounds, who scored two unanswered tries (connecting on one conversion kick), and at halftime MIT was behind 12-5.
Momentum continued for the Wolfhounds, who scored a three point penalty kick, and another try with a conversion to take a 22-5 lead. However, the MIT defense held strong throughout the rest of the match, and scored a try of its own when Guy DeBelle G picked up a kick deep in the Wolfhounds end and flipped a pass to Mark Johnson G who scored. A Chris Perry conversion kick closed the scoring and the match ended with a 22-12 loss.
The B-side match featured strong play by MIT's relatively inexperienced side. The first half was a defensive struggle, with a Wolfhounds try being the only score. Since the conversion kick failed, MIT went into halftime down only 5-0. MIT exploded to start the second half, with Tom Wagner G scoring on a 25 yard run. The conversion kick by Eric Oliver G gave MIT a 7-5 lead. The Wolfhounds played hard for the next 15 minutes, but could not put the ball in the end zone. They managed two penalty kicks and took an 11-7 lead. An MIT charge was thwarted, and the Wolfhounds came back with a try and kick to take an 18-7 lead. With a few minutes left Brian Meyer '95 scored on a five-yard run off a penalty play, and Oliver's conversion kick chopped the lead to 18-14. With seconds left, a brilliant passing play by the backs brought the ball within ten yards of the goal, but a great tackle and change of possession ended the threat and the game.