Fresh faces help make up for loss of busted face

Teams:MIT vs Burlington RFC
Played:04/13/2019 @ MIT
Score: 51 - 7 MIT win

On April 13, 2019, MIT welcomed Burlington RFC to Briggs Field on a beautiful spring day. Kickoff time was pushed back to 3:00 PM so Eric G. could work on his tan and watch some exciting ultimate frisbee action. Caleb S. took great joy in Eric’s early arrival, as Caleb showed up on time, at the correct field, and in the correct state for a change.

MIT threatened early but Burlington held them out of the try zone for the first 10 minutes. Centre Alex S. got MIT on the board as he spun away from 3 defenders for the try. Lock Andrew then stole a line-out inside Burlington territory and scrum-half James fired the turnover ball to flanker Michael. Michael broke through the unorganized defense to make the score 10-0. Burlington were frequently penalized around the breakdown and MIT were able to take advantage with quick-taps. After one such penalty, scrum-half James quick-tapped to fly-half LBJ, who slipped through the corridor of power untouched and passed it back to James for the try. James smiled as he touched down for the try. This would be his last smile with an unbroken face. On the ensuing kickoff MIT worked the ball wide to fullback Inigo, who drew in his defender and put winger Nate into space. Nate had nearly scored earlier but was tackled out of bounds short of the goal line. Nate would not be denied this time as he scored his first try with MIT to make it 24-0. MIT added another score before the half when Michael had a long run down the sideline for his second try of the game. MIT had a 31-0 lead going into the half.

In the second half, Burlington repeatedly targeted front-row Agustin on kickoffs, as if they had been provided with a scouting report that had listed kickoffs as one of his weaknesses. Unfortunately the scouting report mistakenly identified one of Agustin’s strengths as he caught kick after kick to set up the MIT attack. Everybody knows that Agustin’s only true weakness is for his side bae, Jake. Burlington finally changed tactics and kicked off to Brian. Brian used his superior strength and speed (which all Northeastern graduates possess) and ran through half the team before offloading to newcomer Connor for the try. Brian was heard commenting that it was the first time he ever passed. Ion now has new material to yell whenever he makes his return to touch. “He sometimes passes!” Football convert Cole utilized his running back skills and scored 2 tries in the second half. It was another pyrrhic victory for the club, as they lost their captain and scrum-half James to an injury. Fellow captain Alex A. immediately began working on his massage skills in order to rehab James back to 100%.

Burlington and MIT played a B side game of 10 on 10 after MIT’s A-side victory. Newcomer Alex scored after solid runs from Daniel and Bobby. Connor had a long breakaway run but failed to execute the pin drill and the ball went to the ground. Justin put in big hits around the breakdown. Brian finally scored his hat trick for the day, it just took him 2 games to complete it. His conversion attempt was not as successful. Burlington ended the game with a rare D-3 towering drop goal.

Burlington’s man of the match: the one guy who showed up at Whitney’s

MIT is off next weekend and will then travel to Monadnock, NH on April 27, 2019