The Middlebury College Rugby Club
The 2017 Fall Season has Begun!
MCRC’s 2017 season is off to a hot start! Our first game in the new Rugby Northeast Conference was against St. Mike’s. The team made the short jaunt to Winooski, Vermont where the MCRC last faced St. Mike’s two years ago. This year the MCRC won the season opener in a decisive victory. The blue pack started off strong and setup flanker Alex Hogenhouis (‘19) for the first Blue try of the season. The MCRC followed it up with another try off a Cooper Babbit (‘18.5) chip to winger Lukas Cesena (‘19) who touched it down for his first career try. The next points came after a terrific line break from Kwame Mukasa(‘19) and Munya Munyati (‘20) that was finished off by inside center Mike Hayes (‘20). The blue scored 5 more tries: 2 for Trevor Hopkins (‘20), 1 for Senior Feb Captain Ben Manoukian(‘17.5), and 2 for Kwame Mukasa (‘19). Munya Munyati (‘20) coolly kicked conversions for the blue this weekend while the MCRC defense refused to let the Purple Knights in the try zone for the whole match. The final score was 46-0 for the MCRC pushing them up to the top of the Rugby Northeast standings.
Week two saw the MCRC take one of their longer trips of the year down to Providence College to face the Friars. The Friars are an entirely new opponent but the Blue made them play their game. The MCRC set the tone early with a try from winger Lukas Cesena(‘19) in the opening minutes of the game and a clean conversion from Kwame Mukasa (‘19). Sophomore Trevor “Two Tries” Hopkins (‘20) upgraded his moniker to “Triple Try Trev” after scoring three of the team’s six tries. Lukas Cesena (‘19) scored another try and Senior prop Matt MacKay (‘17) also got in on the action. Kwame Mukasa (‘19) added another three points with a penalty kick. The MCRC gave up just one try and a penalty kick to the Friars for a final score of 39-10.
The 2-0 MCRC is now moving into their home opener this Saturday, September 30th facing off against Bryant University.
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