Men’s Rugby Club Vanquishes LowellBy Samuel D. Mertens
On April Fool’s day the men of MITRFC started their season with two victorious games against Lowell. A successful practice campaign in Spain during Spring Break proved very valuable as the rucking beavers showed great form and readiness. This allowed them to dominate all aspects of the game despite a large size disadvantage.
After the kick-off MIT drove Lowell hard, but did not get compensated by a try. Instead, a judgment error on a drop kick,caused an interception resulting in a converted try for Lowell against the run of play. This invigorated MIT and it was clear that the visitors were not going to be able to hang onto their lead. The beaver back line was as fiery as the hair of its scrum-half Marc Ueberle G. So it did not take long before fly-half Stephen Lasher ’99 opened the MIT score with a nice run through Lowell’s leaky defense. This was followed by outside-center James Partridge stepping through Lowell’s back line and dishing off the ball to Johnny Robinson who scored on wing. This was only the start of the Partridge show as he managed to score two more tries before the half dummying his way to the try-line. Lowell managed to answer with one try seconds before the half-time signal bringing them back to 20-12, but this was the last time the visitors put up a fight.
MIT was happy to control the game, certainly after Thomas Leurent G scored a try putting Lowell more than two tries behind. Stephen Lasher and Adam Golden ’03 managed to extend the lead by finishing two perfectly executed back-line moves.
William Kreamer ’98 managed to convert the last try bringing the final score to 37-12 in favor of the home team. This could have been a far more decisive victory as one of the substitution wingers forgot to run the ball in for a certain try. MVP of the day John Paul Shen ’02 had to comment “The A-side brought its A-game today, no wonder we won.”
B-side team rookies surprise Lowell
The B-side also had its first game and it proved more of a nail biter. This inexperienced side suffered a setback when Lowell scored on a penalty, but the B’s came back with a try from Robinson. Lowell came back with two tries of its own to regain the lead. But two late tries by Samitha Samaranayake ’02, who flashed past Lowell’s defense, settled the score in favor of the beavers. Trei Fleming ’01 converted one of the tries to secure the win at 17-13. The B-side showed great fighting spirit and the rookies looked like weathered vets after only one half of playing.
These victories show that the rucking beavers have the talent and heart to make it during this, their 50th anniversary season.