Steve Gillissie named Honorable Mention All American
BOULDER, Colo. – Stephen Gillissie of the University of Rhode Island has been named to the 2013-14 Men’s Collegiate Honorable Mention All-American team, honoring men’s college rugby players from across the country.
The Men’s Collegiate All-Americans completed a brief summer tour with victories in 2 matches against Cambridge University and a loss to the Ontario Blues. Although the team was dominated by players from primarily Division 1 colleges while URI plays in Division 2, Gillissie participated in trials in May and was selected for official team practices in June, but did not compete in the tour matches. “It was a great experience and I learned a ton,” Gillessie commented after the training camp. “The level of competition was incredible and really helped me develop as a player. “
Recipients will receive commemorative certificates to mark their accomplishment. “Collegiate rugby continues to improve and produce high-level talent,” Men’s Collegiate All-Americans Sevens team coach Tony Pacheco said. “These student-athletes were the best of the best this year and are deserving All-Americans.”
URI Head Coach Warren Boothman says “this is a great compliment to Gillie’s hard work and dedication, and terrific compliment to the URI rugby program.”
Men’s Rugby Wins 4 Leafs XVs Rugby Tournament
The University of Rhode Island Men’s Rugby Team opened its spring season by winning the 4 Leafs XVs rugby tournament on Randalls Island in New York City on Saturday, March 22. The Rams dominated their opposition all day, outscoring their opponents by a total of 198 to 10. Rhode Island won both games in morning pool play, 38-0 over Devils Rugby and 71-0 against American University. In their semifinal match, the Rams defeated Seton Hall 60-5, and dispatched Ithaca, 29-5, in championship game. Tom Morini led the scoring with 44 points on 6 tries and 7 conversions. Adam Feszli scored 5 tries in the 4 games, Louie Franzese 3, Haverty, Jake Bobba, Sav Varca, Brad Leusner and Steve Gillissie 2 tries each. Phil Winn, Zack Scuncio, Ryan Malloy, Orett Douglas-Prawl, Vinnie Liguori, John Andalaft and Fred Jacobs each added a try to the scoring. Anthony Kennedy scored 25 points on 11 conversions and 1 penalty kick, and Ryan McLarney added 2 conversions for 4 points. Pat Haverty and Pat McNamara were chosen as the URI Men of the Tournament.
Win over Yale as spring season continues
The URI men’s rugby team continued it’s strong opening to its spring season by defeating Yale on soggy Yale Upper Athletic Fields in New Haven last Saturday. Playing in a light rain initially, URI got on the scoreboard early with an Anthony Kennedy penalty kick 2 minutes into the game. Six minutes later, Sav Varca ran for a try, with Kennedy converting for a 10-0 lead. Tom Morini broke a long run for another try at the 14 minute mark, again converted by Kennedy to push the lead to 17-0. As the first half wore on, the Yale club mounted a strong attack and spent most of the rest of the half in the RI end of the field, but were only able to convert one penalty kick to make the score 17-3 at halftime. Early in the second half, yellow cards were given to two separate URI players, forcing the Rams to play shorthanded for almost 15 minutes, and down 2 men for 5 minutes. Despite playing shorthanded, URI struck again, with John Andalaft scoring a try at 53 minutes to make the score 22-3. And Sav Varca completed the scoring with his second try of the day 30 minutes into the half to make the final score 27-3. Fred Jacobs was chosen the URI Man of the Match. The URI JRams continued their winning ways as well in the second side match, prevailing 28-0. Nick Saccoccio, Will Coris, Chris Pizoli, Jack DeLeo and Darryl Brroks all scored tries for the JRams, while Ryan McLarney added a penalty kick. The Rams return host the Rhody and Hoder Cup competitions in Kingston April 5.
URI Men’s Rugby, Fall 2013
The URI Men’s Rugby Club had an outstanding fall season. The club went undefeated in conference play. In their first 3 games, the Rams avenged all 3 conference losses from the previous fall, including a 17-10 victory at home over defending conference champion U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Although hard-pressed by former conference champion Boston University, the Rams finished with decisive victories over Tufts and a greatly-improved New Hampshire club to finish conference play 6-0, and continued with a dominant victory over Norwich University in a conference semifinal before falling to Coast Guard in the conference championship game. And the JRams once again dominated their opponents, shutting them out in 4 of 7 games including the last 3 in a row, while compiling a 6-1 record, the only loss a close match with Coast Guard.
The University of Rhode Island Men’s Rugby Club competes in the New England Collegiate Rugby Conference (Division 2, USA Rugby). Thanks to an outstanding group of coaches, we have established a culture of hard work and coaches recognize effort and talent. Playing time is earned through diligence at practice and performance on the field, and the competitive atmosphere brings out the best of all players, top to bottom.
NECRC Conference Standings (regular season)
Practice Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 4:30pm-6:30pm. Players are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow time to practice individual skills prior to team practice.
The club plays games generally on Saturdays from September to early November in the fall and mid-March through April in the spring. Practices are held on the club’s dedicated fields 3 times/week in-season and 2-3 times per week during preseason (late January to mid-March) in the Mackal Field House or gymnasium. We have players from every type of athletic background- football, hockey, track, wrestling- and more are welcome. If you are interested in more information about URI Rugby, please contact one of the club officers or coaches (see Recruiting or Coaches pages)