Northeastern Wins Scott Milley Memorial Tournament

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April 6, 2013

This past weekend, the Huskies competed in the Milley Memorial 7s Tournament hosted by the University of New Hampshire. Entering with two teams, the men from Northeastern had one goal in mind: NU1 vs. NU2 in the final. That goal truly showcases the depth of the program, and the high standards set by both the athletes and the coaches.

The second side went 0-3 in pool play, showing flashes of brilliance, including a close loss to AIC’s A side. In the knockout round, they played Norwich University, who they had lost to in the last game of pool play. Not to be deterred, the second side stood tough and beat the Cadets with tough defense and aggressive ball movement.

The first side ended the day with different results. Starting the cold, windy morning against UNH B after a long van ride, the Huskies blew out the opposition, with fantastic offensive play from all 12 players on the panel. The men’s tackling was vastly improved compared to their last 7s campaign against Boston College two weeks earlier.

The second game of the day would see the Huskies facing off against AIC B, and once again the scoreboard showed a very lopsided result. Tries from a myriad of players helped push the men past another opponent. The team rebounded well when they committed penalties, and refused to give the other team any breathing room.

Just as the weather began to warm up and the sun began to shine, Northeastern stepped onto the pitch against Mass Maritime and again did not disappoint. With a final score of 48-0, the Huskies focused on working the ball across the entirety of the pitch and attacking when opportunities presented themselves. Against a heavy Maritime squad, the tackling remained superb and the Northeastern defensive effort was referred to by some as an “iron curtain.”

Going into the knockout rounds, confidence was high. The men of Northeastern took on UNH A in the first round of elimination. UNH had been described as structured and fast. The Huskies were sure to immediately provide a stifling defense, so the Wildcats would not be able to move the ball around effectively. As was the case all day, 12 players stepped on the field and each one played a huge role in the victory.

Going into the cup final against AIC A, Northeastern had not allowed a single point all day long. The Huskies would be tested in this match, but flyhalf Dimitri Efthimou put the first points on the board and the team led 5-0. AIC responded quickly with a long run up the sideline, tying the score. Northeastern would see another try by Brian Ustas, with a blistering charge up the middle of the pitch from 60 meters out. 10-7 NU. AIC responded with a try of their own, putting the Huskies down a try in 7s for the first time since facing Life at the National Championships. However, through the quick feet of Dimitri Efthimou, Northeastern got two tries back while AIC scored three tries of their own, making the score 22-26 AIC. With no time left on the clock, the Huskies stole an AIC lineout through the big man Chris Frazier. After patiently working the ball downfield, scrumhalf Franco Liebenberg picked the ball out of a ruck and went to the weak side, fending off two defenders in the process. Try NU and the conversion is good, making the final score 29-26 NU and the cup champions were crowned. A solid defensive effort and fantastic ball movement won the day for Northeastern.

Tries were scored on the day by Aaron Smith, Dimitri Efthimou, Brian Ustas, Chris Frazier, James Sue, Ty Taylor, Shane Tyksinski, Franco Liebenberg and Jason Yau.

Don’t forget to support NU 7s in the CRCs June 1-2! Buy your tickets here: www.usasevenscrc.com/tickets/northeastern

Come support the Huskies in 15s this weekend as they take on Boston College in the first game of the Beanpot! The rematch from the fall is sure to be a barnburner. For more information on the Beanpot click here.

 

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