Article By: Colin Mackintosh
This past Saturday Middlebury hosted New England College, newcomers to the ECRC. Middlebury came into this game at 1-0 with a win over UCONN the previous week, but without injured backs Jake Feury ’16.5 and Jackson Yank ‘17. New England College was 1-1 coming into the game, beating Fairfield the previous week and falling to AIC in Week One. The game appeared as if it would be a close one, and that held true throughout the first half. NEC started out the game strong, taking advantage of Middlebury penalties. Within the first ten minutes, NEC converted two penalty kicks to lead six to zero. After the second penalty kick, Middlebury started to find a rhythm, and Jackson Bock ’18 soon converted a penalty kick to cut the deficit to three. Middlebury maintained possession well for the next couple minutes and solid offensive play was rewarded when Sam Schwarz ’16 broke through NEC’s defense to give Middlebury a ten to six lead. The game went back and forth after Schwarz’s try for much of the remainder of the first half, but NEC started to gain momentum at the end of the half. NEC first broke through Middlebury’s defense and, after a brief goal line stand by Middlebury, were able to score the try. The first yellow card of the was awarded to Middlebury about two minutes later, and with the man-advantage NEC scored another try to take a 18-10 lead into the break.
Coming out of halftime, NEC kept the momentum and continued to take advantage of Middlebury penalties. Still a man up, NEC scored a couple more trys to push the lead to 32-10. Middlebury kept hurting its on cause, and was given two additional yellow cards throughout the second half. These yellow cards, along with thirteen penalties for Middlebury during the course of the game, made it hard to mount a comeback. Middlebury’s lone second half try came off of a good pass from Schwarz to Adam Markun ’17, with Markun beating a couple NEC defenders on the outside. An NEC try as time expired put the final score at 42-17.
Next weekend, Middlebury will travel to Boston to face off against Boston College. BC has looked strong so far this year, and comes into this game at 2-0, having yet to concede a point this year. Middlebury, at 1-1, will look to improve upon their penalty-plagued match against NEC, and hopes to get their third consecutive win against BC. It will surely be a hard-fought match, and any available MCRC alumni in the Boston area should come out in support. The game will be played at 129 Lake Street, Boston, MA, and the MCRC will begin their battle against BC at 1 PM.