Front Row:  Fran Rizzitano, Joe O’Connor, Kevin ____, Ken Jasper, Craig Tucker, Tim DeMello, Jeff Johnson, Jim Belli, Mike Clancy, Ed Sheehy

Standing: Dick Dubois, Eric Brossler, Chris Williams, Joe Kerwin, Jon Carty, Steve Libbey, Dave Mackay, Steven Popper, Bob Wahlert, Steve McDonnell, Joel Williams, JD White, Greg Fontana, Jerry Hanafin, Charlie Harrington

Team Summary

Recruiting was the key to growth for BURC in this second full year of existence.  Having graduated a number of key players in the spring, the roster needed some adjustments.  Spots were filled by existing players and rookies who demonstrated the ability to step up to the level of play necessary. With an early count of 35 players, BURC ranks swelled to over 50 as word got out.  While that number moderated to around 40 after a few weeks, it was repeated again in the spring and necessitated a ‘C’ game to field all those who wanted to play.

Ever the competitor, Tim DeMello lined up a tough season that included matches against Ivy and Small Ivy clubs in New England.  Tim’s goal was to compete for the NERFU Championship in the spring and he knew we needed to beat the best to do so.  The season started strong with A and B-side shutout romps over St. Anselm’s that provided a good warm up for the following week.  Brown University ended up the victors in the hard-fought A-Side match by a score of 11-0, but the BURC’s B’s pulled out a 3-3 tie.  The following week, we traveled to Amherst College to face last year’s NERFU #2 team.  BURC’s A-Side stunned Amherst at its own field by a score of 20-18, while the B’s gave up a tough match by a score of  3-10.  In a rematch at St. Anselms the following week, BURC A’s faced a much improved squad but still emerged victorious on the A’s.  The B’s once again put up a tough fight but couldn’t hold back the tide.

For Homecoming weekend, Colby traveled to Babson and put up two tough matches.  However, BURC emerged victorious in both accounts to please the hometown crowd.  One week later, BURC traveled to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine for two more shutout victories.  The A-Side match was highlighted by an injury to senior Chuck Fitzsimmons, and the strategic decision by DeMello to not substitute for him, thereby allowing Fitzsimmons to rejoin the match when he was able.  Babson played a man down for much of the first half but held tight under pressure.

In the final week of play for the fall, BURC played at Tufts on a cold wintry day, with snow and sleet pelting the field.  At one point in the match when the weather was harsh and teams were preparing for a scrum, a Tufts rugger exclaimed ‘this aint no party’, to which a BURC rugger replied ‘this aint no disco’, to which anyone in earshot replied ‘this aint no foolin’ around’, in a reprisal of the Talking Heads lyrics from Life During Wartime.  A good laugh was had by all.

And while Tufts carried the day in both matches, the social was a memorable one.  BURC’s combined record for the season was 9-5-1 and by most accounts, it was a huge success once again to be winning and competing well with the best teams in New England after just 15 months of existence.

The Spring of 1981 was a time of change as DeMello orchestrated the first orderly transition of Club Management.  While he and George Mandt remained captains on the field, the business of the club was handed over to new officers for the first time.  As for the schedule, we were still playing DeMello’s picks that he lined up in the fall, but BURC’s reputation had rapidly grown and we were getting calls from numerous teams to get on their schedule.

The first two sets of matches were played in March that year and BURC fielded A, B and C teams each time.  Against Providence College and St. Anselms, BURC quickly amassed a 5-1 club record.  Experienced players had great fun watching the C games as recruiting had drawn in some great players who were showing unbelieveable skills in these first few matches.

The following two weeks were tough to take as we lost both A and B-Side matches to a dominant Harvard club (NERFU #1 Rank) on Parents Weekend in front of a considerable home town crowd.  Throwing salt on the wound, we gave up a qualifying match against Coast Guard the following week, which dropped us into the NERFU 2nd division for the spring tournament.  The match against Coast Guard was especially disappointing due to BURC’s flat performance.  It was an easily winnable game but Coast Guard took the day.

The following two weeks saw shutout victories against WPI and consecutive wins against Colby.  That left us 9-4 going into the NERFU tournament, where we met Bridgewater State College in the first round.  In a scary-tight game, BURC won 9-8 and later that day, BURC beat Central Connecticut 12-4.  On Sunday we met Wesleyan and lost in the final match by a score of 7-4, finishing the season at 11-5.

DeMello put together a squad for the Harvard 7’s tournament a week later but results from that effort are not readily available.  All in all, it was a great season and an exciting first two years of BURC.


Year Name From Position
1981 Belli, James Prop
1981 Boss, Stephen Inside Center
1981 Caffyn, Brian Wing
1981 Carty, John 2nd Row
1981 Clancy, Michael Hooker
1981 DeMello, Timothy Fly Half, Inside Center
1981 Fitzsimmons, Charles Inside, Outside Center
1981 Fletcher, Mark Wing
1981 Gibson, Craig Fullback
1981 Hanafin, Jerome Wing Break
1981 Johnson, Jeffrey Hooker
1981 Mandt, George Srum Half, Fly Half
1981 Manning, Kevin 2nd Row, Eight-man
1981 O’Connor, Joseph Outside Center, Wing
1981 Petrecki, Mark Prop
1981 Pierce, Dwight 2nd Row
1981 Tucker, Craig Fullback
1981 White, John Wing Break
1982 Dubois, Richard Wing
1982 Forest, Peter Back
1982 Foster, Joel Outside Center
1982 Jasper, Kenneth Wing, Fullback
1982 Johnson, Karl Flanker, 2nd Row
1982 McNaughton, Thomas Outside Center
1982 Sheehy, Edward Wing
1982 Tuygil, John Outside Center
1982 Williams, Christopher Eight-man
1983 Anderson, William Flanker
1983 Ashekian, Stephen Wing
1983 Brady, Robert Wing Forward
1983 Brosler, Eric Wing
983 Daltorio, Mark Prop
1983 Farmakis, William Wing Forward
1983 Hagermoser, Scott 2nd Row
1983 Harrington, Charles Srum Half, Fly Half
1983 Kerwin, Joseph Scrum Half
1983 Levy, David Wing
1983 Liston, John Wing
1983 Mackay, David Prop, 2nd Row
1983 Mackey, Russell Inside Center
1983 McDonnell, Stephen Prop, 2nd Row
1983 Murphy, Tim Eight-man
1983 Reilly, Mark All purpose Back
1983 Rizzitano, Francis Wing
1983 Roth, John Flanker, Hooker
1983 Sabbag, Lewis Prop
1983 Vazza, Michael Wing
1983 Veevers-Carter, Rory All purpose Back
1984 Allen, Randolph Wing Break
1984 Basler, Frank Back
1984 Ecclestone, Edwin Prop
1984 Fontana, Gregory Fullback
1984 Galvin, Sean Wing
1984 Hathaway, Nichols All purpose Back
1984 Lawler, John Wing
1984 Libbey, Stephen Prop
1984 Lukaska, Kenneth Outside Center
1984 Mandell, Jeffrey All purpose Back
1984 McGill, Jeffrey All purpose Back
1984 Moran, Brian Hooker
1984 Mucklow, Russell Scrum Half
1984 Muller, Hunter Prop
1984 Perez, Andres 2nd Row
1984 Popper, Stephen Hooker, Scrum Half
1984 Powers, John Wing
1984 Roth, Mark Wing Break
1984 Russo, Peter Wing
1984 Smith, Jim Wing Break
1984 Smith, Bryden Wing
1984 Vivas, Carlos Wing, Outside Center
1984 Wahlert, Robert Wing Forward