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Fall Schedule '15

 

 

Williams College 2015 Fall Schedule

Date

Opponent

Where

Time

9/19/15

Bye

 

 

9/26/15

Wesleyan 

Home

1:00

10/3/15

Univ. New Haven

New Haven, CT

1:00

10/10/15

Connecticut College

Home

1:00

10/17/15

***Bye

 

 

10/24/15

Trinity

Home

1:00

10/31/15

Amherst

Amherst, MA

1:00

11/7-8/2015

Playoff Weekend

TBD

TBD

11/14-15/2015

Northeast Qualifier 

TBD

TBD

11/21-22/2015

East Coast Regional Championship

TBD

TBD

 

 

 

 

*** Looking to find a Friendly Game to play on bye-week 10/17

 

 

Officers '15-'16

 

President: Nick Dyja '16

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Vice President: Will Feeney ‘16

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Line Captain: Tucker Burleigh ‘16

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Scrum Captain and Tour Liaison: Noah Wright '18

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Treasurer: Nate Gruendemann '18

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Secretary: Peter Lugthart ‘18

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Match Secretary: Alex Besser '18

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Alumni Secretary: Forbes Wilson ‘16

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T-Shirt Czar: Paul Redelmeier ‘18

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Quartermaster: Ben Williams ‘17

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Head Recruiter: Matt Hayes ‘17

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Chieftain of Protocol: Taco F.B.

 

Amherst Match Game Time Update

The match against Amherst this Saturday, originally scheduled for 1pm, has been changed to 2pm.  Directions to the Amherst pitch can be found here:

https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/studentgroups/rugby_football/contact_directions

 

MCLA Match Canceled

The match originally planned for this Saturday the 25th against MCLA has been canceled.  There will be no make-up.  The rest of the schedule remains unchanged.

 

Williams College Rugby Takes 2nd in Annual Tournament

     Williams College beat Colby-Sawyer College and the Keene State College B-side to finish first in their pool and play for the championship at the annual, John Donovan Memorial Rugby Tournament for Mental Health, on Saturday, 4/18/15. Unfortunately, Williams lost to the Keene State A-side in the Championship Match and finished in second place out of six teams. 

 

     Williams' first game was against Colby-Sawyer. Williams took an early lead and never looked back. Colby-Sawyer did begin to make it a game in the second half, holding Williams to one try and scoring two themselves. However, Williams was able to hold on and the game ended with Williams up, 22-14.

 

     Williams then played Keene State B-side. The game was very one sided with Williams winning 67-0 with several players scoring their first ever try. 

 

     Head Coach, Jeremiah Madison, said, “Colby-Sawyer has a fine club and they played very well and very hard. They did not give up and could have beat us if they had more time. Keene State B-side was well coached but our experience overall beat them. But you have to give it to them, despite the score, they did not give up and kept their composure.”

 

     Williams then played Keene State A-side in the championship match. Williams gave up their first try after only 8 minutes of play, when a KSC player crashed through a gap right off the ruck and was able to sprint for a try. KSC, continued hammering at Williams defense close to the ruck, and capitalized on Williams defensive breakdowns, scoring five more trys in similar fashion. Williams, however, was unable to do much on the offensive side of things. Williams continued fighting and got within 10 meters of scoring three different times, but was unable to convert. The game ended with Keene State College over Williams College, 39-0. 

 

     “Keene State is coached very well with a very aggressive, physical style. Ultimately, their size, strength, and physicality overpowered us and left us on our backs. We have some things to work on but, our players also grew out there. They are better players because of today and because of that game,” said Madison. 

 

     Team President, and 8-man, Henry Bergman said, “In the four years that I have been a part of this club, we have never placed – till this year. I am not ashamed of second place. It would have been nice to win first, but I can be happy with second.”

 

     Keene State A-side place 1st, Williams College placed 2nd, Colby-Sawyer placed 3rd, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts finished in 4th place, Keene State B-side came in 5th place and Lyndon State College finished in 6th. The tournament itself was to bring awareness to the importance of mental health and it tournament raised over $1200 dollars to be donated to The Brien Center of Berkshire County. 

 

Williams College Rugby Defeats Their Coach's Old Team, Bennington Battle, 36-12

     In both team’s first game of the season, Williams College Rugby was able to prevail against Bennington Battle Men’s Rugby Football Club, 36-12. Williams coach, Jeremiah Madison, founded, played for, and coached the Bennington Battle team before taking over the men’s rugby program at Williams College.

 

     The first score came only seven minutes into the game when Williams’ senior center, Josh Helmkamp, was able to make a 50 meter break to score five points for Williams. Senior flyhalf, Chris Conder, was good on the kick giving Williams the early 7-0 lead. Then all of a sudden, about 2 minutes later, Williams ran the same play, setting Helmkamp up for another 30 meter break, and advancing Williams’ lead. Conder was again good for the extra points attempt, and Williams lead 14-0.  Then, only half way through the first half, Conder punched in his own try and converted the kick making the score 21-0. 

 

     Bennington Battle finally began to find their feet  and the next 20 minutes of the first half became a slug fest with both teams driving down to the others territory just to turn the ball over. Benington refused to go into half scoreless and finished the half by punching in a try of their own. Prop, Sean Morin thumped his way into the try-zone, dragging four Williams players with him, putting five points in Battle’s column. Their extra point attempt was no good and the half ended 21-5.

 

     The second half was almost identical to the first with Williams taking advantage of their overwhelming endurance and speed, breaking for three more trys. Among the scorers was Helmkamp again, giving him a hat-trick on the day. The other two trys were scored by freshman wing, Spencer Thomas, sophomore wing, Sean Spees. No kicks were converted by Williams in the second half. Bennington’s flanker, Sam Brown also punched in one try with flyhalf, Tim Reisler converting Bennington’s extra point. 

 

     “This was a great hard hitting game to prep us for our tournament next weekend,” said Madison. “We won because of our speed, but if we play a college team with similar speed and endurance, it may not go the say way. Bennington gratefully exposed several of our areas of need while bringing ruby season in full force.”

 

     Williams College hosts a Tournament for charity next week called the John Donovan Memorial Tournament for Mental Health. All proceeds from the tournament will go to charity.

 

     Bennington’s next game is April 25th at Black River Rugby Club in Ludlow, VT. For more information about Bennington Battle Rugby go to benningtonrugby.org. 

 

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