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Rugby Club Takes Out Boston University

By Steve Lasher
Team Member

The men's rugby team opened up its regular season against Boston University on Saturday at Briggs Field. Unaccustomed to playing teams with the speed of BU, MIT struggled in the first half. Though the team matched BU try for try, they couldn't quite take the lead due in part to giving up two long scoring runs. However, the experience and size of MIT showed in the second half as the Engineers prevailed 2928.

After the win, MIT's B-Side players competed against BU's B team. The first half opened with a score by winger Nick Lesica '00. BU answered with two tries, but the MIT B's did not let down as the pack drove BU across the try line for a second score. BU came out strong with another score at the start of the second half, but Ben Hellweg G managed to push through BU's defense to tie the game. The next try by BU turned out to be their last. MIT was able to pull away with tries by Christophe Ospelt G, Jeremy Debonet G, Ken Myers '98 and Ben Hellweg G. It was the B team's first victory in almost two seasons.

The Rugby Team will host the second annual Culliton Memorial Tournament this Saturday at Briggs Field. MIT hopes to dethrone last year's tournament champions, the Beacon Hill Dinosaurs, but must first survive the rest of the talented field from all over Boston.