MIT take down undefeated Amoskeag

Teams:MIT vs Amoskeag RFC
Played:10/05/2019 @ MIT
Score: 57 - 32 MIT win

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, MIT faced off against Amoskeag RFC at Briggs Field. MIT were coming off an embarrassing week where they forfeited to New London due to a lack of players and then were kicked off their practice field by the Lacrosse team due to a scheduling error. Meanwhile Amoskeag came in undefeated, having dropped down from Division II this fall. Amoskeag had already clinched home field advantage in the playoffs while MIT were still searching for a playoff spot.

MIT set the tone right away with pressure defense led by veterans Zach, Frank, and Zane. Outside center Tom had an early tackle that drove the opposing winger back 5 yards. Amoskeag turned the ball over in their own zone and flyhalf James quick-tapped and spun the ball wide to inside center JLB for the opening score. MIT had good line speed and continued to take advantage of Amoskeag’s errors. 8-man Michael cut through the defense and offloaded to flanker Joel right before the try zone to make it 14-0. Amoskeag moved the ball quickly from sideline to sideline in attack. This tactic paid off early as Amoskeag answered with a try to make it 14-5. This was followed by Michael breaking loose again off a successful Agustin to Andrew line-out connection to make it 21-5. Some hard work by the forward pack led to Agustin diving over for his first try with the club. Amoskeag added another score and again MIT responded by going to Michael from a line-out for his second try of the day. The score at the half was 35-10 in MIT’s favor, but with Amoskeag leading the league in point differential, MIT were aware that Amoskeag were capable of putting up points quickly.

As fatigue set in and the line speed decreased, Amoskeag began to mount a comeback. They scored 2 tries to make it 41-22. Scrum-half Inigo then left the game with an injury. Tom moved to scrum-half and Iggy came on at wing. It was looking like Amoskeag might continue on with their comeback, but on the ensuing kickoff, Amoskeag attempted to move the ball wide. Winger Alex S. flew in out of nowhere and intercepted the ball mid-air for the try. Poor tackling let in another try for Amoskeag. James put Alex S. into space for his second try of the game. After serving his time for an egregious yellow card offense, the dirtiest player in the league, John G. kicked a penalty to cushion MIT’s lead. Second-rower Brian, who took the first half off to get his hair just right, cemented the victory with a long, tackle-breaking try of his own.

This game saw the first minutes of the season from Mojo (once he found the right field) and Andreas (once he got his kit on). The 2 helped close out the game for MIT. Henry also came on and delivered some hits once the ref cleared off his illegal headgear prior to the game. All in all, it was a great victory for the rucking beavers as they concluded their regular season.

Men of the match: Tom (backs) and Agustin (forwards)

Next match: Saturday, October 19, 2019: playoffs To Be Determined