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Mustachioed MIT get waxed in OT of NERFU Cup final

Teams:MIT vs Boston Irish Wolfhounds
Played:05/03/2015 @ Newport, RI
Score: 18 - 23 MIT loss

On May 2, 2015, MIT traveled to Fort Adams in Newport, RI to defend their title in the NERFU cup. The team continued their annual tradition of growing moustaches for the weekend tournament. Not all moustaches were created equal but all were appreciated. What was not appreciated was having to play their first tournament game at 8:45 AM on a Saturday. MIT first faced off against North Shore, a team they were familiar with having played them just weeks earlier. MIT defeated North Shore 12-5.

Short on players and time, MIT B’s fall to Freedom RFC

Teams:MIT vs Freedom RFC B
Played:04/25/2015 @ Amesbury, MA
Score: 5 - 12 MIT loss

On April 25, 2015, the MIT B’s were defeated by Freedom RFC. Short a few numbers at the start, MIT borrowed players from North Shore RFC. As the game started and MIT tried to get acclimated with the new faces, Freedom took advantage of the disorganization and scored the opening try. MIT responded and Toro, working his usual Saturday overtime shift in the front row, threw a beautiful pass to Gus, who outpaced the defense to make the score 7-5. Diego continued to show his versatility as he played his 3rd position in the backline in as many weeks.

MIT win DIII NERFU championship

Teams:MIT vs Freedom RFC
Played:04/25/15 @ Amesbury, MA
Score: 33 - 12 MIT win

On April 25, 2015, MIT defeated Freedom RFC in Amesbury, MA for the NERFU Division III championship. Prior to the kickoff, MIT were forced to change jerseys as both teams arrived wearing white. This was not the only change MIT had to make before the start, as Galen was ruled out of the game with a case of old man’s back. After sorting out the “fashion don’t”, Freedom got off to a quick start. MIT turned the ball over in their own half and Freedom attacked the weak side. Their wing found a hole in the defense for the opening score just minutes into the game.

MIT B's shut out North Shore

Teams:MIT vs North Shore RFC
Played:04/18/15 @ MIT
Score: 27 - 0 MIT win

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, MIT showed their depth with a B-side win over North Shore. The game featured hard tackling and long runs from the MIT B’s. Coach Sean was pleased with the effort as several players put their hands up for selection to the A-side. The scoring started when fly-half Aaron ran through a gap in the defense and went the remaining 50 meters basically untouched. Chris L. followed that up with a long run of his own after breaking a few tackles but was unable to break the goal line.

MIT advance past North Shore

Teams:MIT vs North Shore RFC
Played:04/18/15 @ MIT
Score: 30 - 16 MIT win

On Saturday, April 18, 2015, MIT faced off against North Shore RFC in the NERFU semi-final playoffs at Briggs field. MIT finally got some beautiful spring weather but still could not get off to the start they wanted. MIT turned the ball over early and were put under pressure as they had to defend in their own 22. MIT defended well and worked their way out of their half with the help of the leg of their star kicker John G. MIT and North Shore continued to feel each other out and the game remained scoreless for the first 20 minutes of the half.

Saratoga springs to victory over MIT

Teams:MIT vs Saratoga Rugby Club
Played:04/04/15 @ Waterford, NY
Score: 10 - 45 MIT loss

On Saturday, April 4, 2015, MIT traveled to Waterford, NY to take on division II side Saratoga Rugby Club. It was another wonderful spring day in the northeast. The match was played on a rain soaked field that quickly turned to mud. There were also fierce winds blowing throughout the game which made for a cold, wet day for everyone. Saratoga started with the wind at their backs and got off to a fast start. MIT failed to match their intensity from the opening kickoff. MIT’s defensive line was slow and unorganized.

MIT kick off spring season with dominant win*

Teams:MIT vs Portland RFC
Played:03/28/2015 @ MIT
Score: 37 - 24 MIT win

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, MIT kicked off their spring season with a dominant win over Division 1 side Portland RFC. MIT and Portland met on a beautiful spring day on the wonderful artificial turf at Steinbrenner Stadium. MIT showed no signs of rust as they exploded with intensity from the opening kickoff. MIT controlled possession in the first half and did not make a single handling error or miss a tackle, possibly aided by the perfect weather conditions. The scrums and lineouts were in mid-season form.

Schedule for Spring 2015 season

3/28 Portland @ MIT
4/4 MIT @ Saratoga
4/11 Bye
4/18 North Shore @ MIT (playoffs)
4/25 Playoff Final (Neutral Venue)
5/2-5/3 NERFU Cup (Newport, RI)
5/16 Playoffs v's NY winners (Albany/Saratoga)
5/30-5/31 USA Rugby Playoffs
6/13 USA Rugby Finals