Mens Rugby Team 1981-1982

Team Summary

The Fall of 1981 was the first year without Tim DeMello and many of the guys that built the team in the last two years.  We had great players returning but the feel was very different.

Buzz on the campus was tremendous from our returning squad and we had great success in recruiting once again.  Rugby was a winning club with great team camaraderie, great stories, and a loyal following of fans to make the games fun.  We knew we had a strong returning squad and we could compete at any level within New England.

Injuries took their toll on some of the stalwarts of the club over the course of the season, including our biggest body in the line Bill Anderson, and just prior to the NERFU tournament, Russ Mucklow our scrum-half.  However, the club was deep with talent and others stepped up repeatedly to fill the shoes of injured starters.

We entered the First Division NERFU tournament that fall undefeated with an opening tie against Tufts, followed by wins against Mass Maritime, Central Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, Wesleyan, and Amherst College.  We drew an unfortunate seed against UMass Amherst in the first round and struck early with a try to make it 4-0 Babson.  UMass went on to win 31-4, then blank its three next opponents to win the Northeast Championship decisively.  Babson went on to beat Boston College in the consolation division that afternoon.

Records aren’t clear about whether another game was played on Sunday.  The following week saw a match at Williams that was more like a scrimmage. Williams couldn’t provide a referee so they had a rookie player ref the game.  It would have been nice if he knew the rules….. The spring started strong with BURC’s first Spring Break International Trip for a tournament in Bermuda sponsored by Amstel; a new beer company at the time.  Fairfield sent half a team and two other teams never showed.

So we lined up a match against the Bermuda Police.  With less than the full complement of A-team players, and a couple who’ve never played before, we took the field against a much larger, more physical, better trained, and better conditioned squad and got our butts kicked.  It was great.  We also enjoyed a liberal treatment from the locals for the remainder of our trip which was greatly appreciated.

When we returned to school, we started strong again with wins against URI, St. Anselms (our favorite social team), a disappointing forfeiture (win) because Plymouth State just didn’t show, and Colby.  Then came the silly season.  The Beacon Hill Rugby Club (BURC’s founding sponsors) challenged area colleges for a match, and so Babson along with other area schools assembled an all-star team to play.  Beacon Hill prevailed by a score of 18-6 in a match that tested the good-will of such a game.

Next up was the First Annual Alumni Game.  BURC seemed to have it in the bag until a late second half pass in the outer line was intercepted by Joe O’Connor ’81 and run back for a try to tie the score.  Tim DeMello converted for the kick and shortly thereafter the match was over.  Alumni won by a score of 7-6 and the match ensured that future games would be played each spring.  Joe hung up his cleats after the game declaring that he’s going out on top.

The following two weeks saw difficult losses against Amherst College and a poorly reffed match against WPI, leaving the season on a down-note, but playing an 8-game season once again. Graduating seniors knew they were giving way to an even stronger crew, as next year’s team would be lead by the first four-year/eight-season group of players.

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Team Roster

Graduation YearLast NameFirst NameFromPostions
1982DuboisRichard  Wing
1982JasperKennethRockland, MA Inside Centre Outside Centre Full Back
1982JohnsonKarl  Lock Flanker
1982McNamaraBrian  Full Back
1982McNaughtonThomas  Full Back
1982NoelPeter  Lock Flanker
1982RomanziKenneth  Flanker Inside Centre Outside Centre
1982SheehyEdward  Outside Centre
1982TuygilJohn  Full Back
1982WilliamsChristopher  Number-8
1983AndersonWilliam  Flanker
1983BradyRobert  Flanker
1983BroslerEric  Wing
1983DaltorioMark  Prop
1983FarmakisWilliam  Prop Flanker
1983HagermoserScott  Prop Lock
1983HarringtonCharles  Fly Half Inside Centre
1983KerwinJoseph  Scrum Half
1983KnottThomas  Outside Centre
1983LevyDavid  Wing
1983ListonJohn  Wing
1983MackayDavid  Lock Number-8
1983MackeyRussell  Outside Centre Wing
1983McDonnellStephen  Prop Lock
1983McManusDaniel  Full Back
1983ReillyMark  Inside Centre Outside Centre Full Back
1983RizzitanoFrancis  Wing
1983RothJohn  Hooker Flanker
1983SabbagLewis  Prop Lock
1983VazzaMichael  Wing
1983Veevers-CarterRory  Full Back
1984AllenRandolph  Flanker
1984FontanaGregory  Full Back
1984GalvinSean  Wing
1984GuemesJulio  Flanker
1984HathawayNichols  Inside Centre Outside Centre Full Back
1984LawlerJohn  Wing
1984LibbeyStephen  Prop
1984LukaskaKenneth  Outside Centre
1984MandellJeffrey  Full Back
1984McGillJeffrey  Full Back
1984MucklowRussell  Scrum Half
1984MullerHunter  Prop
1984PopperStephen  Hooker Scrum Half
1984RothMark  Flanker
1984VivasCarlos  Inside Centre Outside Centre
1984WahlertRobert  Hooker
1985BarnesTom  Wing
1985GaffneyJohn  Full Back
1985GordonDavid  Hooker Flanker
1985KageleiryPaul  Flanker
1985O’SheaCharles  Hooker
1987SimpsonJames  Lock Flanker

Team Leadership

FordwardsChristopher WilliamsChristopher Williams
BacksKenneth JasperKenneth Jasper
President Kenneth JasperCharles Harrington
Vice PresidentsChristopher WilliamsStephen McDonnell
Match SecretaryKenneth JasperDavid Mackay
TreasurerEdward SheehyJoseph Kerwin
SecretaryCharles HarringtonKenneth Lukaska
Public RelationsStephen McDonnellFrancis Rizzitano
EquipmentDavid MackayStephen Popper
Social / ChoregusSean Galvin 

Schedule & Scores

DateH / AOpponentDivisionA ResultA ScoreB ResultB Score
Sep 18 1981AwayTufts University1Tie4-4  
Sep 26 1981HomeMass Maritime Academy Won25-0Won9-0
Oct 3 1981HomeCentral Connecticut Won14-12Lost3-10
Oct 10 1981AwayUniv. of Rhode Island Won12-4Lost7-10
Oct 11 1981AwayWesleyan [A] Won6-0  
Oct 17 1981AwayAmherst College Won19-7Lost0-3
Oct 24 1981AwayUmass Amherst [B]1Lost31-4  
Oct 24 1981AwayBoston College1Won15-14  
Oct 31 1981AwayWilliams College [C] Lost18-3Lost8-6
Mar 20 1982AwayBermuda Police [D] Lost   
Mar 27 1982HomeUniv. of Rhode Island Won9-0Won 
Apr 3 1982AwaySt. Anselms Won8-0 (?)Won24-0
Apr 10 1982HomePlymouth State WonForfeit  
Apr 17 1982HomeColby Won6-0Won8-0
Apr 18 1982AwayBeacon Hill [E] Lost18-618-618-6
 HomeAlumni Game [F] Lost6-76-76-7
Apr 24 1982AwayAmherst College Lost   
May 1 1982AwayW.P.I. Lost   

Note [A] : Qualifying Game for NERFU Tournament @ UMass

Note [B] : NERFU Tourney @ Umass – Championship Div. (4th Umass Tournament – Switched to Fall)

Note [C] : Disputed due to Player Referee from Williams

Note [D] : Travelled for Tournament that never transpired

Note [E] : Greater Boston College All Stars Select Team

Note [F] : 1st Annual Alumni Game