Jersey Shore Rugby Tournament 2004

Tournament Summary by Matt Knox '04 and Patrick Pierce '04

On Saturday, August 28, the Georgetown Old Boys traveled to Sea Girt, New Jersey to compete in the Jersey Shore Rugby Tournament. The team featured players spanning a full decade of Hoya ruggers, including two current undergrad players. After a disappointing second place finish last year, the Hoyas recaptured their title while dominating their opponents on both sides of the ball.

In their first match of the day against Monmouth B, the hosts of the tournament, the Hoyas were eventually able to take home a 19 - 0 victory, despite a sluggish start and problems knocking the ball on. In the second game against Montclair, the Hoya defense was again strong as the squad posted its second shutout winning 26 - 0. The backline, enlivened by two undergrads and a Belgian friend of the team began to gel and proceeded to run all over a Montclair team that was clearly overmatched. Using a rotating pack to give everyone playing time kept the Hoyas fresh and the big boys clearly dominated the Montclair team in every phase of the game.

Entering the Championship match with the Hoyas was an East Stroudsburg University Alumni team which also had not given up a point during the tournament. The Hoyas opened the flood gates almost immediately as they racked up try after try with gritty work by the forward pack and constant bursts of speed and strength by the backline. Georgetown completely demoralized the ESU team. The Old Boys used a stingy defense to suffocate ESU, who hardly reached the Hoyas' end all game. When all was said and done and the tries had stopped pouring in, the Georgetown Rugby Old Boys walked away with a dominant 47-0 victory and first place in the tournament's Men's Club B Bracket.

Organizers rated the weekend as a huge success and look forward to more opportunities to meet the undergrads. Everyone should check the website (www.georgetownrfc.org) for upcoming events this fall, including Homecoming (October 9-10) and an undergrad/alumni game at the end of the season (November 13) to celebrate a PRU championship.

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Tournament Championship Roster

Forwards:
Dan Oldroyd '00- Hooker/Prop
Chris Westrick '98- 2nd Row
Matt Knox - '04 2nd Row
Tim Kennedy - '95 Flank
Harald Krause '98- #8/ Flank
Will Levay '94- #8/ Flank
Justin Petrancosta '03 - #8/ Flank
Mike Woods '00 - Flank/ prop/ hooker
Dan Williams '03 - Prop/ Hooker
English James Hill '01 - Prop/ Flank
Scott "Huggies" Champagne '97 - Prop
Jean-Baptiste Selliere '00 - Flanker

Backs:
Pat Pierce '04 - Halfback
Jeff "Bronco" Bronikowski '92 - Fly/ Fullback
Matt "Bam-Bam" Johnson '98 - Center
Garrett Fitzgerald '03 - Halfback
Chris "C Side" Dopp '98 - Center
John Coyle '94 - Halfback
Greg Suellentrop '05 -center
Ben Purcell '05 - wing