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Rugby Club Trounces Boston Gentlemen in Wild 49P0 Rout

By Chris Sununu
Team Member

The gods of rugby looked favorably down upon the MIT pitch this week as the men's rugby club chalked up another win against the Boston Gentlemen. With a dominating 490 victory, MIT re-established itself among the elite in the Boston Social Division.

The Beavers did not look like their usual selves before the game as three starting backs sat on the sidelines with injuries. Their coach Steve Wilhelm had also been hurt in a pottery accident earlier in the week and was unable to attend. Such adversity had not stirred this team before, and that game would be no different. MIT showed their depth as Dave Stracher made only his second appearance of the season after his year-long recovery from a sprained ankle.

With a disappointing third place in last weeks tournament, the Rucking Beavers came out firing at the Gentlemen right from the start. Hard hitting on the opening kickoff set the tone for the game as MIT quickly pushed over Boston and scored on Niko Mol's 10-meter run.

It wasn't long until MIT was on the attack again. Dominating scrums led by Fernando Vargas G allowed the ball to get out quickly to the backs and it didn't slow down until Mol placed it into the try zone for his second and third scores of th e day. The crowds roared as Mol set an MIT record for the fastest hat-trick in club history.

"He was running like a gazelle with sneakers," said Mike Fife G . "I don't think his feet ever touched the ground."

The MIT forward pack got into the scoring mix as well with their quick, hard play. Their New Zealand-style rucking kept the Gents on their heels. Steve McHale G and Dave Zuckerman combined for two tries in the first half off the pack's 4th and 5th phase ball.

By halftime MIT had run up a 340 lead, but they weren't done with the boys from Boston by a longshot. While the Gentlemen's game did step up a notch in the second half, they didn't count on the defensive skills of fullback Brett Masters G or the unyielding foot of Dan McCarthy. Twice McCarthy blasted the ball out of his own 22-meter zone, one of which he chased down for a 60-meter try.

MIT finished off their scoring with a second try by Zuckerman as he snaked through the Boston pack and carried two backs into the zone with him.

"Dave may look big, but he moves like a ballerina," said wing forward Jeff Holly.

The highlight of the afternoon came on the game's final drive as Boston was granted a penalty play on MIT's 1-foot line. The forward pack of MIT held strong as Boston was still unable to barrel in, securing the shutout victory.

MIT will try to keep their winning streak alive next week as they travel to New Hampshire to face the mysterious Old Boys of Hanover.