MIT fall short against defending league champs Maccabi

Teams:MIT vs Boston Maccabi
Played:09/08/2018 @ MIT
Score: 12 - 37 MIT loss

On September 8th 2018, MIT lined out against defending league champions Boston Maccabi for their first game of the fall season. Captain Alex inspired the troops prior to kick off by channeling his inner Rabbie Burns with a short ode to the joys of fall in New England. Early exchanges were tense, with both teams still working through some early season rust. Maccabi controlled territory, but were held at bay by strong defensive work in the open field from Eric and Erik. Eventually, the first of many penalties at the ruck, led to an easy scoring opportunity for Maccabi, who converted to go up 3, and then followed shortly thereafter with the first try of the game.

With the experienced hands of John and John leading the team from halfback, MIT fought their way back, with Caleb, Frank and Erik all crossing the Maccabi line from close quarters, only to fail to clearly touch the ball down. Eventually, a long period of strong attacking play from MIT was rewarded when a scrappy pass came to fullback Paul on the short side, who calmy collected and delivered to winger Ike who touched down in the corner.

Two Maccabi tries on either side of half time gave the visitors a lead of 20-5, as they generally looked more cohesive with ball in hand, and conceded far fewer penalties. MIT again fought back, and built on strong scrummaging from the front row of Nick, Dad Evan and Zach, effective lineout jumping from lock Matt A, and smart tactical kicking from scrumhalf John, to control possession and territory. This pressure led to Caleb fighting his way in close quarters to score by touching the ball against the base of the post.

A series of well executed tackles from rookie Michael, grizzled stalwart Frank, Eric, and Alex S helped keep the pressure on Maccabi. MIT looked for a while like they had clawed their way back into the game, before Maccabi began to move the ball more efficiently around the park, and eventually scored three tries in the closing 15 minutes to put the game beyond doubt.

A disappointing result for Tech overshadowed some stellar individual performances, but the team will hope to make amends next week against North Shore.
Try scorers: Ike, Caleb
MotM: John L