The lads have just finished their preseason and are gearing up for what it set to be an exciting season. Training camp began on August 15th, and players began getting into shape to get ready for the upcoming season. The men who were here during training camp had a chance to prove themselves in our early test against Harvard (9/3). Harvard finished last year ranked nationally, so it was the perfect test for the dogs to have an early statement win and show the rest of the country how Northeastern plays rugby. NU pulled out a 30-12 victory over Harvard, with tries from Andres De Stefano, Sean McElhinney, Nick Wells, and Nick Bisio. Ryan Crowe converted two penalty kicks and also went 2 for 2 on conversion kicks, making him responsible for 10 of the dogs 30 points that afternoon. Crowe led the team in points scored last year. Man of the Match for the Harvard game went to Andres De Stefano, as the Argentinian brought the physicality and aggression to the pitch to help the lads secure victory. Special shout out to Dave Chan (P’20) who came out and took photos for the Harvard game, you can check out those photos here.
At Fall Fest, recruiting did a great job as we received over 70 signups. This saw training jump from numbers in the 20s during August to 80+ in early September. This prompted coach Edward Tubridy to schedule a game against D2 side Providence College (9/10) during our previously scheduled bye week. The players all received the news Friday morning, and on short notice headed down to Providence with a full A and B side and took care of business. Both sides pulled out victories (40-12 and 24-13, respectively) with tries scored by familiar and fresh faces alike. This game was a testament to the summer training regiments, as the dogs didn’t let up when Providence was starting to get tired and slow down. Some Northeastern players played 100+ minutes between the two games, and kept a high motor running during every last minute that they were on the pitch. Man of the match for the A side was Matt Parlon, as the seasoned vet was everywhere on the field, dictating the pace of play amongst the forwards. B side Man of the Match was Alex Tiarks, a new freshman who impressed coaches and players alike playing outside center for the B side.
With the preseason in the rearview mirror, the dogs turn their attention to New England College as they square off with them on 9/17 at 1pm. You can follow us on twitter @NUHuskyRugby to follow along as both games will be live tweeted. Follow us on our FaceBook page here and look out for us on Instagram @nuhuskyrugby. See everyone next week with a recap of NU Rugby’s game against NEC.
Lads Freddie Fennessey, Matt Larouche, and Nicholas Wells show some potential recruits how to execute a perfect lineout at Fall Fest
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