BU vs. Coast Guard and the End of the Fall Season

BU rugby finished up their fall season yesterday with their match against Coast Guard at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, MA.  Despite the loss to a strong Coast Guard team headed for the playoffs, BU played the full 80 minutes with passion and determination.

The final whistle marked the end of the 2014 season for BURFC. Even with only one victory on the year, the boys gave it their all every week in practice and every Saturday to get better and maintain BU’s prestigious rugby tradition.

Throughout the season BU received contributions from a handful of new players and a number returning veterans playing new positions. The season had its highs and it had its lows, but in the end the commitment from the boys for the past three months was unmatched. Next fall season the boys plan to work even harder to make it deep into the NECRC playoffs. BU will return to the rugby pitch again next semester to partake in Beast of the East and the rest of tournament season.

And lastly, thank you to every one who came out to support the team throughout the season. BURFC really does have the best fans and alumni in the league. Thank you.

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BU vs. Norwich Recap

In their first match against Norwich this season, BU battled the nationally ranked team to a 10-10 tie Saturday night on Nickerson Field.

Noticeably dominating in possession early, BU scored first on a try from freshman Matt Stringer 15 minutes into the match. Minutes later, Norwich responded with a try of their own to tie the game at 5.

BU retook the lead with a try from freshman Ryan Incognoli with 14 minutes left in the half, but they could not hold the advantage and the teams went into halftime tied at 10.

Despite strong scoring chances for both teams in the second half neither team was able to put points on the board and the game ended in a 10-10 tie. The tie gives BU a 1-4-1 record on the season and pushes them ahead of both Coast Guard (1-4) and UNH (1-4) in the NECRC standings.

BU will visit Norwich next Saturday for their second and final regular season match-up with the Cadets.

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BU at University of Vermont Recap

BU was on the brink of defeating a nationally ranked University of Vermont team, but in the end they fell to UVM, 28-14.

With strong scrums and great tempo, BU was able to control the pace of the game early. Junior Vinny Celeste picked off an errant UVM pass and returned it for the first try of the game. Carlos Salazar added the kick and put BU up 7-0.  However, UVM would respond with a try of their own and two penalty kicks to take the lead into the half.

The second half started with a bang as a couple great phases from BU’s forwards led to a try for senior forward Peter Johnson. Salazar added the kick and gave BU the 14-13 lead.  BU penalties and a few tough breaks allowed UVM to retake the lead and eventually take the game.

Next Saturday BU hosts Norwich at Nickerson Field in the first match up between the teams this year.

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BU vs UNH Recap

BU got a HUGE victory with their 31-21 win over the University of New Hampshire today.

The boys from BU opened the scoring with a try fifteen minutes into the game. UNH responded with a try of their own and a kick to take the lead. BU rebounded quickly and was able to take the lead, 12-7, going into the second half.

The two teams traded scores to start the half and with 10 minutes to go UNH led, 21-19.

On a hot day in Durham, fatigue began to set in. The boys from BU were able to fight through the heat and get a try from Carlos Salazar, his third of the game, and another from Garrison Doodlesack to bury the Wildcats, 31-21.

Arshan Tarapore played a terrific game and also had a try of his own.

BU will host UNH at Nickerson Field next Saturday for their home opener.

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BU vs. URI Recap

With a lot of new faces in new positions, the boys of BU rugby fought hard in their season-opening match this afternoon, but fell to URI in the end.  For BU, junior Austin Yarnell had the first try of the game, followed by junior Fernando Torres, and senior Arshan Tarapore.  BU showed a high-level of intensity throughout the game and never gave in to the relentless attack of URI. Next week BU will play Coast Guard.

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2014 Fall Schedule

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With a new conference format in place, Boston University Rugby will play every team in the New England Collegiate Rugby Conference twice this fall.  Their schedule begins this Saturday (September 13th) with a trip to Kingston, Rhode Island to take on the defending regular season champion University of Rhode Island.

The following Saturday BU will host their first home game of the season when they welcome Coast Guard to campus with an afternoon match on Nickerson Field.  Coast Guard defeated URI 58-7 in the NECRC title game last year.

Full Fall 2014 Schedule:

September 13th @ University of Rhode Island

September 20th vs. Coast Guard

September 27th @ University of New Hampshire

October 4th vs. University of New Hampshire

October 11th vs. University of Vermont

October 18th vs. Norwich

October 25th @ Norwich

November 1st @ University of Vermont

November 8th vs. University of Rhode Island

November 15th @ Coast Guard

 

Note*: Times for a majority of the matches still TBD

BU Hires Robin Peers as Next Head Coach

Boston University Rugby would like to welcome Robin Peers, current head coach of the Boston 13′s RLFC and assistant coach of the Boston Irish Wolfhounds RFC, as their new head coach.

With his experience coaching and playing in many professional leagues around Boston and Europe, Peers has a great understanding of the game that will bring the BU rugby club to the next level. Peers has also worked at the collegiate level as coach of the Tufts Rugby Club and Lasell Rugby Club.

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BU Defeats Brandeis 46-16

A HUGE 46-16 victory for BU over Brandeis last night at Nickerson Field.

BU got started early with two tries from both Tyler Ierardi and Fernando Torres to take the big lead and they never looked back.

After getting shut out in the first half Brandeis finally scored in the second half, but it was too little too late. Sam Adams and Carlos Salazar each added tries in the second half to bury Brandeis and finish off the game for BU.

Even on the cold and windy night, the dedicated BU rugby fans filled the stands at Nickerson to cheer the team on.

BU looks to build on their early success when they host an always competitive Harvard team next Saturday night at Nickerson.

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BU Today Close-Up

Check this out:

On the attack: Edouard Guitton (SMG’14) (center), Dylan Chung (SAR’15) (right), and BU men’s rugby football club teammates at practice on Nickerson Field October 22. Photo by Cydney Scott

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Final NECRC Fall 2013 Standings

NECRC Fall 2013 Standings

Played W L T Conf PTS For Against Diff
Rhode Island 6 6 0 0 18 178 82 96
Coast Guard 6 5 1 0 16 214 115 99
New Hampshire 6 4 2 0 14 147 150 -3
Norwich 6 2 4 0 10 90 169 -77
Vermont 6 2 4 0 10 103 128 -25
Boston U. 6 1 5 0 8 105 129 -24
Tufts 6 1 5 0 8 64 128 -65