The Northeastern Men’s rugby club has returned from their North Carolina business trip as third place finishers in a field of eight.
Whilst the competition was only a part of the pre-season for the club, they’ve gotten off to a great start in preparation for the ultimate goal of the nationally televised Collegiate Rugby Championships in July.
The Huskies played five games on the day, finishing with a record of 4-1, and defeating state-based rival American International College (AIC) in their final match.
The Maddogs won their first game of the day against the University of Virginia, 19-14, with stand out performances from Captain Chris Frazier and Diego Maquieira, both scoring tries to lead the Maddogs to victory.
The second game against Virginia Tech was the Huskies’ only loss for day. The game saw the Maddogs lead 17-0 at half time, only to lose 17-19 by the end of the game, a slip up which dampened the spirits of the boys for the rest of the day.
The third game for the Maddogs was a friendly game between Northeastern second stringers and North Carolina State’s second stringers. A double from Peter Madden would see the Maddogs win 19-7, and in doing so, showing sufficient and talented roster depth, a great sign for the rest of the season.
The fourth game was a walloping of Wake Forest, 33-10, which saw a Chris Frazier 80-meter try, as well as an Aaron Reich double and a masterful single from South African import and self-proclaimed speedster, Franco Liebenberg.
The final game would see AIC face Northeastern, both teams from Massachusetts, yet playing each other in North Carolina. Northeastern came out on top 22-19. AIC will host the first leg of the ECRC 7’s Series on March 29th.
Northeastern finished with eight individual try scorers in North Carolina. Captain Chris Frazier finished with five tries, Aaron Reich scored three, Diego Maquieira had two, whilst Aaron Smith, Franco Liebenberg, Gerry Tam, Matthew Murphy, and Jason Yau all had one respectfully.
The team’s next tournament is on the 29th of March, hosted by American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts
Looking ahead to the end of the 7s season, tickets for the Collegiate Rugby Championships in Philadelphia are on sale now, available for purchase through the club.
The Maddogs are posed to improve on their national rank of 13th in last season’s CRC, and they need the support of students, alumni and all fans to cheer them on.
As always, GO NU!