Boston College Bounces Back From Late 2017 Start – Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  – March 23, 2017  – With the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship only a few months away, the Boston College Men’s Rugby Football Club just had what their Head Coach, Robert Conway, referred to as their, “most successful fall season in the club’s history.” The season’s final tally was nine wins and one tie, which took place in the East Coast Rugby Conference championship match; the game ended 29 vs. 29 against the American International College, although due to seasonal bonus points AIC came away with the conference title.

“On one side we’re building a great program and we’re building a great team. The problem we’ve had, like most probably here in the northeast anyway, is we go through yet another bad winter and our outdoor fields are shut down,” explained Conway.

The team was scheduled to start its 2017 season on January 18, however due to snow and cold conditions BC was delayed by four weeks. Their first practice was February 22 and the team had its first match of the year only three days later. These were unofficial scrimmage with Harvard and Northeastern universities, where Boston College’s A-side played Harvard’s A and B, and Boston College’s development side played Northeastern in a close game.

“Without much field time, we have been focusing on our fitness and strength in the weight room,” said Daniel Schatzman, BC’s vice captain. “We’ve been having morning workouts starting in mid-February to start getting our fitness back after the long off-season from the fall as well as some ball work and passing in the close quarters we have. We’ve had a lot of faith in our guys to do workouts on their own whenever they can to try and make up for the lost time.”

Boston College Builds Momentum towards their 2016 CRC Appearance

Another challenge has been a variety of cancellations from matches they would normally participate but have either been cancelled or moved to an unsuitable date. Coach Conway explained:

  • Coast Guard 7s – Canceled and Moved Venue
  • ACC/ACRL/Atlantic Coast 7s (vs Clemson, Virg. St., W Virg., Maryland, etc) – Canceled
  • ECRC at UMASS – Canceled
  • ECRC at NEC – Moved Date
  • ECRC at AIC – BC’s Alumni Day
  • West Point 7s – BC’s Graduation Weekend

Meanwhile, the team that will represent BC in Philadelphia this June will have changed a lot from the CRC last spring. There are only two surviving players from last year’s squad, so there are a lot of new players on the team, in addition to students who were studying abroad this past. However the team does have some seriously experienced players like Captain Willliam Hock, who was selected to attended the USA Rugby Identification Camp at the Chula Vista Elite Athletic Training Center this past January.

“This year will be my third year playing at the CRC and I hope it will be as exciting as the last two years. I think one of the standout highlights in my mind was earning a starting role in the game against Indiana last year. There were so many good players on the team last year, so being named as one of the top seven players on that team was an honor,” said Hock, Boston’s captain.

Boston College remains confident and excited that after it’s fall success, it will be able to bring some serious competition this June.

Note photos are by Janet Demakos of coolrugbyphotos.com.

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