Mens Rugby Team 1979-1980

Front Row: Francis Rizzitano, Brian Caffyn, Jeffrey Johnson, Joseph O’Connor, Peter McNally, Craig Tucker, Timothy DeMello, George Mandt, Craig Gibson, James Belli, Michael Clancy, Stephen Ashekian

Standing: Rory Veevers-Carter, Scott Hagermoser, Kenneth Jasper, Jerome Hanafin, John Carty, Charles Harrington, Kenneth Romanzi, Kevin Maley, James Moriarty, Robert Moss, Randall Kerr, David Mackay, John Roth, Kevin Manning, John White, William Anderson, Marian Sowinski, Brian Bagley, Stephen McDonnell

Team Summary

After a summer of playing Rugby with the Beacon Hill Rugby Club in Boston, MA, returning Junior Tim DeMello began recruiting for a Club at Babson College during the first week of fall semester in September 1979'.  While staked out in prime viewing at Trim Hall, Tim expressed his intentions and the word spread rapidly.  One night later a group of 40 to 50 curious undergrads, including a few graduate students, assembled on the Upper fields across from Coleman Hall.  Only a handful of the bunch had any prior experience with rugby.  The nature of the game, it’s equipment, formations, rules and goals were briefly addressed.  Two nights later, an even larger audience assembled again. Barely a Club as yet, Tim had the first scrimmage scheduled for September 22, 1979 with our mentoring sponsors; the Beacon Hill Rugby Club.

The result wasn’t pretty but it showed a lot of promise in certain areas.  Molding the raw talent of American-made athletes from Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey and Lacrosse was the biggest challenge.  Before long, Professor John “The Duke” McKenzie presented himself to Tim as a resource to help with the coaching and management.  John’s years of Rugby at Michigan State and Amherst College provided a wealth of experience to our education and the winning philosophy of college Rugby. Tim’s intensity for the game and John’s attention to detail enabled the learning curve to improve dramatically.

With fewer penalties to hamper the clubs progress, our competitiveness began to pay off.  On October 6, 1979 at Cleveland Circle, across from the reservoir on the East Side of Boston College, BURC played the Old Gold Rugby Club in two matches.  Old Gold was the BC Alumni Club and they beat the Babson A Team by a score of 12-0.  In the following match however, BURC scored its first points on a try from Ken Jasper, followed by a sideline-angle kick from Tim DeMello.  The match was won by Old Gold 18-6, but the first blood of scoring was drawn.  Try’s were worth 4 points at the time. After another loss against the Beacon Hill Rugby Club B-Side by a score of 8-0, John encouraged Tim to seek matches with collegiate teams instead. And so it was, on a sunny day near the Charles at MIT during Octoberfest Weekend at Babson, that BURC collected the first win of its existence by a score of 26-0.

Invigorated by this win, BURC entered its first official Tournament with a Round Robin contest sponsored by Miller Beer at Tufts University on November 3.  BURC lost its opening match to the eventual winners by a score of 17-0 on a raw sleeting day.  In fact the consolation match for 3rd Place was settled through a Boat Race Drinkoff between a select 5-Side of Ruggers from Babson, versus a similar squad from Trinity College.  The Babson Quintet finished victoriously and Tim DeMello accepted the first ever trophy for BURC.  This win culminated a physically punishing fall season that yielded great promise and enthusiasm if nothing less.

The winter of 1979-1980 saw great recruitment efforts and produced a solid two-team roster for the spring 1980 Season.  Consecutive A and B-Side Wins in the opening three weeks of the Season against Boston College, St. Anselms and Harvard B & C sides provided great energy for the program.  Our singing improved dramatically and our schooling via The Duke had paid fine dividends with our success.  However, returning to Division 1 play with Matches against the recent Mardis Gras Champions, Tufts University proved too much for BURC on a Saturday afternoon during Parents Weekend at the Babson Back 40.  Losing tight matches to Tufts, both A & B-Sides had little consolation to what was rapidly building expectations for an undefeated season.

The following Saturday saw an equally difficult contest against another Division 1 powerhouse, Brown University.  Proving to be the strongest collegiate club faced to-date, Brown grabbed two matches from BURC by undefeated scores of 19-0 and 9-0.  As April drew to a close and the season wound down, BURC traveled to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for the New England Rugby Football Union championships. As a newcomer club, BURC played in the second division of schools.  Playing in three matches over Saturday and Sunday in the midst of 40 clubs at Umass was the crowning achievement of BURC’s first year of play.  This winning season set the Club on a roll that included many successive years of winning seasons and propelled BURC to the forefront of interest on campus.

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Team Roster

Graduation YearLast NameFirst NameFromPostions
1980BagleyBrian  Wing
1980ChickeringMark  Outside Centre Wing
1980KerrRandall  Inside Centre
1980MaleyKevin  Lock
1980McNallyPeter  Prop
1980MoriartyJames  Scrum Half
1980MossRobert  Lock
1980SowinskiMarian  Wing
1981BelliJames  Prop
1981CaffynBrian  Wing
1981CartyJohn  Number-8
1981ClancyMichael  Hooker
1981DeMelloTimothy  Number-8
1981GibsonCraig  Wing
1981HanafinJerome  Wing
1981JohnsonJeffrey  Hooker
1981KerstenRobert  Lock
1981MandtGeorge  Scrum Half Fly Half
1981ManningKevin  Lock Number-8
1981McCaffreyVincent  Inside Centre
1981O’BrienLeo  Wing
1981O’ConnorJoseph  Inside Centre
1981PetreckiMark  Prop
1981TuckerCraig  Full Back
1981WhiteJohn  Flanker
1982JasperKennethRockland, MA Wing
1982JohnsonKarl  Lock Flanker
1982NoelPeter  Prop Lock
1982RomanziKenneth  Fly Half Inside Centre
1982VolanteJohn  Flanker
1982WilliamsChristopher  Flanker
1983AndersonWilliam  Flanker
1983AshekianStephen  Wing
1983HagermoserScott  Lock
1983HarringtonCharles  Fly Half
1983KerwinJoseph  Wing
1983MackayDavid  Prop
1983McDonnellStephen  Wing
1983RizzitanoFrancis  Wing
1983RothJohn  Wing
1983VazzaMichael  Wing
1983Veevers-CarterRory  Wing

Team Leadership

FordwardsTimothy DeMelloTimothy DeMello
BacksGeorge MandtGeorge Mandt
President Timothy DeMelloTimothy DeMello
Vice Presidents Craig Tucker
Match SecretaryTimothy DeMelloTimothy DeMello
TreasurerTimothy DeMelloRobert Moss
SecretaryTimothy DeMelloRobert Moss
Public Relations Peter McNally
EquipmentTimothy DeMelloTimothy DeMello
Social / Choregus  

Schedule & Scores

DateH / AOpponentDivisionA ResultA ScoreB ResultB Score
Sep 22 1979HomeBeacon HillMen’s ClubLost0-21  
Feb 12 2019       
Oct 27 1979AwayM.I.T.1Won26-0  
Oct 6 1979AwayOld Gold Rugby ClubMen’s ClubLost0-12Lost6-18
Oct 20 1979HomeBeacon Hill – B’sMen’s ClubLost0-8  
Nov 3 1979Away [A]Tufts University – A1Lost0-17  
Nov 3 1979Away [A]Trinity: (Drinkoff)1Won3rd Pl  
Mar 19 1980HomeBostonCollege1Won26-4Won4-0
Mar 22 1980HomeM.I.T.1Cancelled due to weather   
Mar 29 1980AwaySt. Anselms2Won7-4Won12-0
Apr 5 1980AwayHarvard B, Harvard C1Won6-4Won22-0
Apr 12 1980HomeTufts (Parents Wknd)1Lost11-10Lost6-4
Apr 19 1980HomeBrown University1Lost19-0Lost9-0
Apr 26 1980Away [B]University of Vermont (?)1    
May 4 1980       
May 4 1980AwayHarvard 7’s Tourn (?)     
May 4 1980 Harvard 7’s Tourn (?)     

Note [A] : Tufts University – Miller Beer Tournament

Note [B] : NERFU Tourney @ Umass – One Division Only