Men's ruggers bury Orono and Farmington
The last two Saturdays have seen two monumental victories for the lads
of Bowdoin's premiere club sport: men's rugby. They continued their championship
season with dual destructions of the University of Maine-Orono and the
University of Maine-Farmington.
Offensive mastermind and head coach Rick Scala encapsulated the team's
successes, saying, "This is the best rugby team I have seen in years.
They may be small, but they hit harder, play harder, and are a hell of
a lot tougher than any other team in the league. It is my greatest pleasure
to watch these boys obliterate the competition."
Scala was not alone in his praise for the team. Senior Torry Lidell,
whose rough style of play can be traced to a youth misspent in NYC's toughest
neighborhoods, offered some keen insights into the team's recent victories.
"We were worried about Orono; they beat us last year and are always
a physically huge team," he said. "In the end, our fine-tuned
discipline prevailed. They might've been big, but they couldn't have organized
a little girl's tea party.
"As for Farmington, well, they came out strong and with a lot of
heart," Lidell continued. "However, we ran over them with our
superior skills, consequentially breaking their hearts."
The morning of the Orono game was sunny, cool and crisp, but the ruggers
barely even noticed the weather. Their pure and simple determination for
victory was evident with the first hit of the game. Juniors Tim Yanni-Lazuras
and Dave McDonald made their presence felt with powerful and effective
rucking that guaranteed black possession of the ball.
The real power in the front was the dynamic duo of pack captain Billy
Soares '02 and Kris Bosse '02. "For those first few minutes of the
game, I just wasn't playing at my usual level. I felt really boxed in,
you know like someone padlocked me in a dark room," Bosse said. "Then
suddenly I exploded. It felt like I'd broken out of a box and I laid waste."
His sentiments were echoed by fellow forward Ryan "Goat" Brawn
'03. The Goat was similarly tentative in the opening minutes, seeming
to toy with the opposition. "Yes, I was initially just playing with
them, but when they started to get feisty, I knew I had to lock them down,"
he said. "I mean, they couldn't go anywhere. It really made them
mad. I'm glad they don't know where I live."
Under the leadership of club president Rob "Capt. Brownstar"
Mandle '02, the back row was unstoppable. Sophomore Ryan Chisholm joined
Capt. Brownstar in smearing many an Orono back, much to the horror of
the Orono coaching staff (whose constant whining and complaining annoyed
both friend and foe alike).
The real hero in the back was junior Dennis "Stumpy" Kiley.
Despite suffering several cracked ribs and other, unmentionably hideous
traumas, Kiley provided the key stamina in bringing the final score to
a climactic 35-10.
Game conditions at Farmington were the exact opposite of those in the
Orono match. Instead of the pristine serenity of Pickard Field, renowned
throughout the New England Rugby Football Union for its amazing beauty
and history, the boys in black were forced to slog it out in the rain
and mud down by the rivers of Farmington. In the brutal struggle that
ensued, only the strong survived.
A small but scrappy team, Farmington came out incredibly hard. Yet the
lads of Bowdoin quickly adjusted. Senior fast forward Aryeh "Flabio"
Jasper intimidated the Farmington pack in those crucial first few minutes.
Saying that he had "missed breakfast," Flabio managed to rip
a leg off the Farmington scrum-half and devour it on field. This gruesome
display of manly prowess caused consternation amongst many, especially
in light of Flabio's recent censure for his infamous and lethal "belly-flop
Junior Dave Kirkland also delivered some strong hits. Kirk, who has been
known to have trouble identifying friend from foe, directed his fire at
the opposing team with devastating results.
When asked on Saturday night about his play earlier that day, he explained
the source of his fire. "On the first hit, someone tried to sit on
my head. No one is allowed to try and sit on my face. So I got my revenge
and they paid," he said.
Senior golden boy Michael "Doza" Carlson stepped up to fill
the critically-injured Kiley's shoes. Famed for his ability to play for
the crowd, Doza ran into the try-zone numerous times, and was later heard
to exclaim that this game was "more fun than the Coleman common-room."
Though his meaning was unclear, Doza's game was definitely at its peak.
A sterling performance was delivered by rookie scrum half Tom Hazel '05.
Utilizing his pasty white complexion, Hazel actually managed to blind
the opposing team, allowing some amazing tries to be scored. The boys
in black finished with a 36-12 victory.
This weekend, Bowdoin faces the lads of Bates. Many Bowdoin ruggers are
eager for what looks to be another step on their road to the championship.
However, Bates is a physical team, and should not be discounted. Pickard
Field is sure to be the scene of an intense and brutal struggle.
The words of head coach Scala capture it best. "I've told these
guys that we can be the national champions if we want to," he said.
"We have that level of skill. I think we want it."
So bring your folks out behind Farley tomorrow. Not only will you see
the Denunzio Family's fleet of armored limousines specially flown in from
Sicily, but you'll also witness another victory in rugby's championship
season. Go Black!