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September 22, 2010
Rugby survives near collapse, earns first Division-I victory Jeff Nowak sports editor
After beating back attempt after attempt towards the Southern try zone for a go-ahead score by Fordham University, the team was able to hold on for a victory, a result that captain Pat O’Connor said has the team feeling great about their chances going forward. “We look at it like this, we’re playing D-I teams, and these guys are very fit,” said O’Connor. “Then we look at ourselves and were coming from D-II and D-III the year before, and that means a lot that we can hang with these guys.” Southern won by the score of 26-21, but not without a dramatic ending. After being up 26-7 midway through the second half, Southern substituted four players at once, a move O’Connor said was probably a mistake. Shortly after the substitutions, Fordham pushed across into the try zone to bring the score to 26-14. Southern had their chance down the field, but off of a ruck, Fordham made a pass and streaked down field again towards Southern’s zone. After initially stopping the attempt Fordham took a line out and off two passes made it into the zone bringing the margin to only five points. “At the half I think we kinda got a little cocky,” said O’Connor. “We should have waited to spread out [the substitutions] a little longer because these D-1 teams come back in a flash.” It was anything but a flash as Fordham was attacking the line for the equalizing and possible goahead score. Fordham, no more than 10 yards from the goal line for most of the last five minutes of the game, were plowing into Southern’s defenders, being taken down and forced to ruck. They would then pass back only to plow into the line again, seemingly getting closer and closer every time. Southern caught a break with an injury to a Fordham player, in the sense that they were able
Sean Meenaghan | General Assignment reporter
Senior second row player Nick Amaro gets a lift from his teammates as he goes up to recieve a line-out pass in the second half of Sunday’s game.
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A Greek Life tailgate, serving pizza, soda and rally towels combined to draw an above average size crowd to the Southern Connecticut State University’s rugby home opener Sunday. ”We usually get a good amount of people, but this was definitely a lot bigger than we [expected],” said Rugby captain Pat O’Connor. The first 200 people were given rally towels, which could be seen waving on the sideline throughout the game. The team’s sponsor, Blake Street Pizza catered the tailgate, which was hosted by Greek Life, the Men’s Lacrosse Team and the Public Health Society. O’Connor said Kaitlyn Hoffman of OZP, was the main organizer for the event. Hoffman said everyone wanted to show the team support. “I had help from the men’s Lacrosse team and the Public Health Society had a few people who helped out,” said Hoffmann. “We had 200 rally towels, and then pizza from Blake Street [Pizza] and soda, it was fun.” O’Connor said it was cool to have all the fans going for them, but they came back down to earth after a Fordham interception in the second half, when the game began to get close. Hoffman said she does not know if there will be any further events like this in the future, but she would like to if it is possible. “It’s big, they’re D-I now, so they deserve it,” said Hoffmann.
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Volunteers from campus groups served free pizza and soda to fans at game.
Southern has kicked off a new season of intramural sports for students who may not like the competitiveness that comes with playing for a Division II team. F lag football and softball have begun and will continue until the end of October. In the fall, indoor season begins with basketball, indoor soccer and dodgeball. “It’s relaxed, but there’s a level of competitiveness and it’s a lot of fun,” Assistant to the Director of Student Life Eric LaCharity said. “We had close to 1,400 students last year and that was the most we’ve seen in a while. It’s growing and we love to see students come out and encourage them to try and if they don’t like it, there’s not a lot of commitment.” There are currently 14 softball teams and 20 flag football squads. Over 400 students in total are participating for the two sports. LaCharity said he hopes a Frisbee tournament is made possible but there is no definite date set yet. A golf tournament, however, will take place at the Sleeping Giant Golf Course in Hamden. It
will be five dollars for students to enter. Other games will take place on Jess Dow Field. According to LaCharity, the field will be split in half for softball games, and flag football games will play with a full 100-yard field. Indoor games will take place at Moore Field House. Softball will play five games while flag football will only play three. There will be a playoff and a championship at the end. Senior Cornerback Richard Kirkland, one of the captains for the Owls, will referee for the flag football games. Kirkland said he makes most of the calls, dealing with anything that goes on inside the box while also keeping track of the game clock. Even though flag football is not as intense or rigorous as playing for the Owls, Kirkland said he still keeps an eye out for future recruitments, just in case. “Hey, you never know what you may find in the student body,” Kirkland said with a laugh. LaCharity said anyone who wanted more information should head to the campus recreation office in the Adanti Student Center’s room 227.
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