NERFU League Play Ends/NEC Headed Back to Nationals

NERFU League Play Ends/NEC Headed Back to Nationals

November 20, 2013


NERFU fall league play wrapped up this past weekend with some highly anticipated clashes. Men's D1 featured the battle of the unbeaten as NYAC made the trip north to battle Boston, both clubs had remained undefeated throughout the course of the fall campaign, setting up an epic clash. Men's D3 featured the championship battle between New London County and Seacoast, while New England College hosted the NSCRO Northeast Regionals, hoping to punch their tickets for next springs national championships.

Men's D1 Club
Old Blue 84-25 Middlesex

NYAC 28-26 Boston
Match Report Filed by Referee Miles McIvor:
A perfect fall day in Amesbury, MA (low 50s) for a clash between the two unbeaten clubs in the North East. Both sides came out of the gate at 100% which made for some hard hitting, exciting Rugby for the large number of fans that were on hand. Players got a little over-heated in the first 10 minutes, but after a quick chat to the captains, both sides went back to what they do best which is play Rugby.
The second half read the same as the first, both sides passing the lead back and forth. Bostons #10 was exceptional slotting 4 penaltys and converting both of Bostons trys but at the end of the day NYAC were able to dot down 4 trys while Boston only managed 2. I would have liked to see more open, expansive play in the second half but too much ball slowing and penaltys at the break (by both sides) stifled any continuity. Nevertheless, a thrilling game to be a part of with this matchup of two top class sides. Best of luck to Boston and NYAC and they look to take the North-East D1 title.
Article on RugbyMag here

Men's D3 Championships
Match Report Filed by Referee Christopher Picard
New London County 28-45 Seacoast
Wonderful match to referee, player from both sides left everything on the field. Ended regulation at a tied up at 28. In the OT periods, Seacoast took control and pulled away.
Tip of the hat to both sides for such an enjoyable match to referee.

NSCRO Northeast Regional Championship
Semifinal #1--NEC wins over Central Conn
Semifinal #2--Salve Regina 34-19 Union College

Championship Final:
New England College 21- 0 Salve Regina

Summary From Twitter:
On a cold and rainy muddy pitch NEC and Salve Regina played a hard fought battle 0-0 at half. After 50 minutes of play the score was still 0-0. Following a 5 meter scrum in the Salve Regina end zone, Anthony MacQueston kicks one over for a 3-0 ice breaker.

Shortly after #13 Jay Muniz steals a pass and going the distance for the Try!! Adding the 2 extras made the score 10-0.

Less than 4 minutes later #15 Ky Young with an amazing run passing it off to 14 Conner Fantasia for the Try! Kick was wide left making it 15-0 over Salve Regina!

5 minutes later Slave off-sides. Penalty kick was good by Anthony MacQueston 18-0 NEC leading with time ticking down.

Another penalty on Salve Regina with 3 minutes left in the title match. Anthony MacQeston's kick was good. Final: NEC 21-Salve Regina 0.

NEC will return to the NSCRO Small College National Championship to be held at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado on April 26-27, 2014