As reported in Goff Rugby Report yesterday (link HERE) Colgate Men’s Rugby will join most of the Empire Conference teams in joining a new mega-conference in D1A, with potentially more than 20 teams in three geographies. We will largely keep the same conference opponents, seeing Fordham and Stony Brook shift to a more NY-Metro centric conference, and add Albany and other teams. This new conference consists of successful club programs playing high-level rugby and seeks to maintain the game play standard while reducing travel times and offering other advantages to teams and players. We are very excited about this and look forward to a big Fall ’17! After our (hopefully very successful) Spring Sevens business is concluded, of course.
Photos here: https://goo.gl/photos/dxrUxc8vM1R46Skj8 After a great performance on a beautiful day at USMMA this past weekend, the men were in a positive mind set heading into their conference finale against conference rival Stony Brook University. Needing a win + a bonus point for scoring four tries (you earn a bonus point in the standings for this accomplishment), we knew it was not going to be an easy task. To make the make things more difficult, it was set to rain throughout the match while hovering around freezing temperatures. Regardless, the men knew what we needed to do and how we needed to do it. Electing to kick first, we pinned the Seawolves deep in their own territory. We were able to apply strong pressure for the first couple of phases which would eventually earn us possession. Colgate began attacking and in the 3rd minute Andrew Schwartz ’17 was able to cross-over for the first try of the match. The conversion after this try would become highly contested at the end of the match as, co-captain Eli Brick ’17, would slot the kick, but did not receive credit for it as the official did not acknowledge the made conversion. Regardless the […]
Coming off a much needed win and a bye week, the boys traveled down to Long Island to take on US Merchant Marine Academy as we continue our journey for a conference championship. Although USMMA has been having a tough year, the past two months have proven that there is no easy match in our conference. With a beautiful day on the USMMA campus, the Colgate Rugby club took to the field with an attacking game plan in mind. Receiving the kick-off, the boys went on the offensive hogging possession for the first 15 minutes of the game. Our ability to move the ball during this time turned into points when backs captain, Eli Brick ’17, sliced through the defense for the first try of the game at the 9 minute mark, Brick converted the try. Receiving the ensuing kick-off, the boys went back to work. After a few strong phases, Clay McKee ’18 was able to dot down our second try at the 13 minute mark (conversion no good). USMMA was able to finally get their hands on the ball and work a couple of phases on their own, but our defensive line held firm and earned a turnover. […]
Another September Saturday comes and goes as Colgate men’s rugby takes to the pitch for another ERC match-up. This time we traveled to Binghamton University with the hopes of getting back to our winning ways, but would have to get past a strong Binghamton side. Before the match, both teams came together as a sign of respect as Binghamton had a dedication ceremony for one of their alums who tragically past far to young. This tragedy hits close to home as the family of one of our seniors, Chris Wren ’17, are close family friend’s with the Mead Family. Touching moment shared as both teams came together for a moment of silence. To begin the match, Colgate kicked off to Binghamton and were able to regain possession and attack. Unfortunately for Colgate a series of penalties would halt our attack and Binghamton was able to move the ball down the field and dot down a try to capitalize on our misfortune. Our boys gathered themselves and began applying more pressure. Binghamton again, were able to take advantage of few miscues by us and dot down another try in the 17th minute. The team’s morale would stay positive and it paid […]