Posted: March 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
Name: Zach Stone [Stones]
Home Town: Shrewsbury, MA
Height: 5′ 8″
Major: Business (Marketing)
I had taken a hiatus from playing sports during high school to help balance working and my studies. Which in hindsight was a decision that I wish I did not make. I had played football throughout middle school and it was a sport that I loved. I knew that I could not play football in college because I had not played in high school, this was a disappointing truth that I had to accept. So I made a decision that in college I would make an attempt to play a sport of some kind.
Over the summer going into my first semester I had happened to be surfing through the Class of 2016 group page on Face Book. I noticed a post from an upperclassmen asking incoming freshman what their thoughts on Rugby were, not knowing anything about the sport I did a quick Google search on the sport. My search ended with me watching highlights from the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
After I finished watching I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of. I got in contact with the other members of the team and I was able to attend some of the preseason practices with the members of the team. Instantly the bond of brotherhood was very noticeable and I knew that I had made the right decision to start playing rugby.
Every time I lace up my boots, whether its practice at the Boathouse field, under the lights at Costello or even after a drive to an opposing school, I know I am going to have a great time playing alongside my teammates.
I am very happy with my decision to join the team because I have many people that I can turn to for support. On the team we all help each other with problems that arise, which being a first semester freshmen was something that has helped me greatly with my transition into college.
After college I hope to continue down the path of working in the sales and marketing aspect of the mechanical engineering field. I have always had an interest in how things work, disassembling and reassembling toys when I was younger to helping my father (who works in this field) on his service calls when a flow meter is not working to proper order.
But most importantly I plan on playing rugby for the rest of my life.
Posted: December 19, 2012 in Uncategorized
Tags: college rugby, rugby
Each week a different player will be put up describing his bio, rugby experiences, and potential life goals. It will serve as a good way to see whose really wearing the badge now and representing DA U!!!
Name: Justin Kennedy
Home Town: Townsend, MA
Position: Loose Forward
Year of Schooling: senior
Major: Electrical Engineering
Throughout high school I played football and spent my free time in the gym. I spent a year and a half at Western New England College and had a friend that played rugby. I used to make fun of him for wearing the short shorts and had no understanding of the sport at all. After transferring to DA U, and talking to some friends who were on the team, I decided to give it a try. At first I was tentative; it was very different from any other sport I had played in the past.
When I finally showed up to the Boat House field for my first practice I remembered the only advice Seth Barron (Former Club President) had gave me, “to be good at rugby you need to be a physical beast or crazy.” Most of my time at practice was spent realizing how awesome this sport was while dodging the pot holes and goose poop.
My first game on the turf was under the lights. I felt free without any of my football pads to slow me down. Looking back I remember that I was so confused and lost on the field. Even after two and a half years of playing, I still have a lot to learn about the game. I am so grateful to have been a part of this team and look forward to my remaining seasons. I wish I had been introduced to this sport years before; it is a truly unique and rewarding experience.
Favorite Moments during games:
My favorite moment from playing was this last fall during the Merrimack game. I was rucking over my teammate, when an over ambitious Merrimack player tried to counter ruck me. Despite his best efforts, I didn’t budge. We exchanged a few friendly words about his shortcomings and I limped on the rest of the game. A second favorite experience for me is when the opposing scrumhalf is slow getting the ball out of scrums, and as a Flanker, I get to hit him before he knows what happened.
After graduation I hope to continue my studies of Electrical Engineering as a professional and specialize in either control systems or analog circuit design. I have been experimenting with electronics since 5th grade and knew I wanted to pursue a career in Electrical Engineering since then.
Posted: April 5, 2012 in Uncategorized
This Past Weekend Rugby Northeast held its inaugural 7’s tournament. When you look at the UML roster you would not think that we could put together a highly competitive 7’s team. However through hard work and our brotherhood we were able to accomplish this. At the tournament UML was the only team to bring out a crowd it was 1 hour away yet we had close to 30 guys there 15 of which knew that they would never play in the tournament. When we hit the pitch the noise was deafening from the crowd everybody was just going crazy. This energy never stopped all day and gave the players an undeniable advantage over other teams. The team went undefeated all day and in pool play never once trailed. We had guys step and play in their first Aside game ever and contribute in huge fashion. The heart displayed by all the guys during the day was amazing. We had people playing with all kinds of injuries but not once did somebody say they couldn’t play. That willingness to sacrifice the body for the greater good was the theme of the day. The style of play we used was not fancy or tricky instead it was typical UML rugby, Run straight, Run hard, Tackle. Those three skills won us the tournament. Other teams were more skilled than us but none had the discipline to play good rugby. The faith in leadership was amazing all day we lacked our coaches but not once did we look disorganized or unprepared. Instead we were the only team to take advantage of the fields and use them to warm up on and sequestered ourselves away from the other teams and the focus that gave us could have only resulted in one outcome. The championship match was the most hard fought game all day, at half time we trailed 7-0. During half time there was no finger pointing or blaming yet instead something happened guys began to help each other and a fire was ignited that we used to power us to victory. We scored almost immediately after half time however a missed conversion made it a necessity that we score again. In the final minute of game play our wing broke the line and was brought down through a vicious horse collar. This resulted in a penalty try because he clearly was going on to score. We never gave up and displayed amazing energy and heart. CHAMPS
Posted: February 14, 2012 in Uncategorized
That is the question that the team answered resoundingly yesterday with a strong showing in freezing temperatures. They showed up with a fire and passion that would be expected in the week before the first game not a month away from it. The team ran hard and worked until it was dark outside. They played rugby until passes could not be made due to the darkness but instead of stopping it turned into a lesson in crash ball rugby until the game was over and a winner could be declared. Even though this was just an inter-squad match the hunger to win made it into a well contested 7’s match. Cold weather might be a deterrent to some but to this team it has become a source of pride, the ability to overcome all obstacles that stand in our way is what is going to form this team into a great rugby team. “Most people have the will to win, Few have the will to prepare”