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Alumni Rugby Team Loses in Finals, Falls Short of Jim Culliton Trophy

By Randy Myers
Team Member

The men's rugby club fielded three of the six teams participating in the Jim Culliton Tournament this past weekend. In addition to the A-side and B-side teams, the MITOld Boys, comprised of alumni, came out to support the charity event. Babson, the Lowell Highlanders and the Beacon Hill Dinosaurs were the other participants.

The A-side started off the day with a match against Lowell. MIT got out to a fast start with Todd Nightengale '00 scoring on a miscue by the opponent. Lowell quickly erased the deficit and then took the lead on two tries and a conversion. Just before halftime, however, Steve Lasher G knifed his way through the Highlanders back line and cut the deficit to 1210.

At the beginning of the second half, MIT capitalized on an early Lowell penalty with a kick from the fly-half and took the lead to stay at 13-12. A late score off a scrum from Nightengale produced the final score of 1812.

Game two pitted Tech against the MIT Old Boys. The first try was scored by Dave Stracher '79 who had miraculously recovered from a gardening accident one month ago. The A-side put up a fight but eventually lost 186 to the alumni team.

Saturday also marked the season debut of the MIT B-side as an independent team. Despite their intense play, the B-side lost two heartbreakers to Babson and Beacon Hill. The Dinosaurs went on to beat the MIT Old Boys 183 to take home their second straight Culliton trophy.

The second annual Jim Cullition Rugby Tournament raised over $700 for the American Cancer Society. The late Jim Culliton was a member of the MIT athletic department as well as a great friend of the rugby club.