MIT fall to Old Gold in opener

Teams:MIT vs Old Gold
Played:09/12/2015 @ MIT
Score: 18 - 24 MIT loss

On September 12, 2015, MIT kicked off the 2015 fall season at home vs. Old Gold. A last minute kickoff change left both teams with an extra hour of anticipation on the beautiful sunny day. Once the game began both teams showed signs of offseason rust. MIT’s defense was put under pressure early, but was able to stop a threatening attack inside their 22. MIT got on the board first after an Old Gold penalty led to 3 points from flyhalf/slug/fullback John G. About 5 minutes later, another Old Gold penalty led to another 3 points for John G.

MIT were unable to hold onto possession at key moments in the game, one of which led to Old Gold’s first points. Old Gold kicked into MIT territory and the ball was fielded beautifully by Hacksaw, who then launched a counterattack. An MIT handling error allowed Old Gold to pick up the ball and score a converted try to make the score 7-6. Old Gold followed that up with a penalty kick of their own to add to their lead making it 10-6. Just before the half, MIT struck back. The artist formerly known as KatieN’Marc spotted an overload on the weak side of a ruck and James and Cody put the ball through the hands to John L. who scored in the corner. Old Gold threatened again when one of their players broke through the defense for a long run that looked like a sure try. Unfortunately for him Hacksaw tracked him down and tackled him just short of the goal line and James hustled back to win turnover ball for MIT. MIT went into the half leading 11-10.

The second half saw more of the same from MIT, as their carelessness with the ball led to more points for Old Gold. 14 minutes in, MIT seemingly won the ball in a lineout but Old Gold stripped the ball while the jumper was on the way down. They quickly spun the ball wide to the backs and their fullback was able to speed through for the try and the lead; 17-11.

It wasn’t all bad in the second half, as MIT’s set pieces saw improvement, with Cody and Brendan both doing some solid work as jumpers. The scrums were also getting better as the roommate tandem of Nick and Toro worked with non-roommate Zack to anchor the scrums. The second half also saw some good defensive work from newcomers Matt and John F.

“Energy is incredibly fundamental to life.” – Ruaridh.

Having apparently listened to his own article headline quote, Ruaridh made sure to bring some energy off the bench when he came on for Marc at scrum-half. After the forwards worked the ball into Old Gold’s 22, Ruaridh quickly fed the ball to John L., who used some of his own energy to sneak through the defense and score under the posts to make it 18-17 with 10 minutes left. Old Gold responded 5 minutes later. An MIT knock-on gave Old Gold the ball in MIT’s territory. Old Gold worked the ball through their forwards until one of them found a hole around the breakdown to score what would be the game winning try. MIT had one last chance, as an Old Gold player received a yellow card in the last minutes of the game, but they were unable to take advantage before the referee blew the final whistle.

MIT travels to Framingham next Saturday, September 19, 2015

Man of the Match: John G.