The University of Scranton Men's Rugby Team, the Scranton Norsemen, begins Fall 2012 campaign in USA Rugby restructured NCAA model conference competition, Mid- Atlantic Rugby Conference (www.marc-rugby.org)

2014–2015 OFFICERS

President- John Connolly
Vice President- Connor Lisante
Treasurer- Sean Durkin
Match Secretary- Dan Crawford
Community Service/Alumni Liaison-John Moran


Faculty Advisor - Bobby Davis
Team Chaplain - Fr. Rick Malloy, S.J.
Director of Rugby - Bill Gregory
Head Coach - Garret Van Beek
Backs Coach - Quinn Conoboy
Forwards Coach- Bill Dempsey

University President Fr. Kevin Quinn, S.J. with coaches Bill Gregory, Garret Van Beek and "Flounder" Bill Dempsey
Norsemen Alumni Weekend University President Fr. Kevin Quinn, S.J. with coaches Bill Gregory, Garret Van Beek and "Flounder" Bill Dempsey

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News Archives


  • Scranton defeats Drexel 34-32

    On Saturday September 27,2014, The University of Scranton Men’s Rugby Club won its match against Drexel University. It was a total team effort showing off the teams hard work and preparation. Thank you to all that came out to support the team.

  • Annual Pink Game- Parents Weekend September 20, 2014

    On Saturday September 20,2014, The University of Scranton Men’s Rugby Club,in association with the Women’s Team and The University Chapter of COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER, will hold our 6th annual “PINK?Rugby Game.

    Kickoff at Southside Athletic Complex at 1PM vs Lock haven University. All “PINK?game jersies are auctioned following the match. Proceeds from auction,are donated to AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY,who will also had an informational tent at the event. This initiative has consistently generated a donation of $5,000 plus to ACS, and has a large fan attendance by family, friends, and Scranton Alumni.

    See the photos from the game

  • 2014 Schedule Released

    August 26 Practice Starts
    Tues. + Thurs. 6-8 PM
    Friday 4-6 PM
    September 6 Away vs. Millersville University
    (Preseason Friendly)
    September 13 Away vs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    September 20 Home vs. Lock Haven University
    Parents Weekend
    Annual Pink Jersey Benefit Match
    September 27 Away vs. Drexel University
    October 4 Home vs. Notre Dame College
    October 11 BYE - Fall Break
    October 18 Away vs. Rowan University
    October 25 Home vs. Villanova University
    November 1, 8, 9 Playoffs and Championship

    Norsemen opened Spring 2014 with several training sessions at Fitz Field, since Southside has been buried with snow?we hosted Lafayette College on March 9 with a friendly scrimmage with rolling subs, knocking the winter rust off of veteran players and giving many new players game condition action?this was followed by hosting a High School match Allentown Blues U19 vs Gregory The Great Academy, with a pregame session by Coach Gregory addressing expectations at the Collegiate level concerning Code of Conduct as well as Concussion Protocol, followed by distribution of informational packages provided by The University Admissions Department to the prospective high school students and parents

    • Post Spring Break commences Tuesday March 25 at Southside on our normal practice schedule: Tuesday/Thursday 6-8PM…Friday walkthrough 4-6PM
    • Saturday March 26 we host SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY, Southside Athletic Complex, A side kickoff 1 PM followed by B side match
    • Saturday April 5 we host Wilkes Barre Breakers Men’s Club, Southside Athletic Complex, A side kickoff 1PM followed by B side match
    • Saturday April 12 we travel to Philadelphia Fairmount Park Pennypack Athletic Fields to compete in the annual PHILADELPHIA COLLEGIATE CUP?.this competition is always the main competitive focus of our Spring campaign, in 2013 we took 2ond place hardware and look to bring home the Tournament Champion Trophy in 2014
    • Saturday April 19 - Easter Break
    • ALUMNI WEEKEND APRIL 25/26/27?commences with Alumni Golf outing at Blue Ridge Trails on Friday April 25 followed by Alumni/Seniors dinner?then the Alumni match Saturday April 26 at Southside, and on Sunday we participate in ROAR Run?more specifics on each event will be posted on our website soon
    • We continue our commitment to Community Service, having completed 3 events to date, with at least 2 more planned for Spring 2014, Cinderella’s Closet and the ROAR inititiative

    After finishing regular season with a 4-3 record, The Norsemen have #6 seed in Mid Atlantic Rugby Conference Quarter Finals.

    We travel to Rowan University for noon kickoff Sat Nov 2 to face #3 seed Rowan, last year's Conference Champion.

    After Fall Break, we played #2 NATIONALLY RANKED Notre Dame College in Cleveland, Ohio on 10/19, going down 58-22 in a match which was much closer than the scoreline indicates. Coach Gregory has stated that the Norsemen played their best rugby of this season in this contest. NDC carries 18 rugby scholarship players, so the Norsemen definitely played UP to a bigger program. On 10/26 Bloomsburg unfortunately forfeited their match due to numerous injuries, the Norsemen played a full intrasquad however.

    We are healthy, we are peaking, and look forward to a great match up against defending Conference Champions Rowan.



    Following a short 2 week preseason camp,the Norsemen opened at home v. California University of Pennsylvania on Sept 7 with a decisive 37-17 win.

    With many returning players bolstered by several new and promising members,the match featured an explosive 5 try offensive performance and stifling defense against a big and tough California squad,which led Scranton 10-12 at half.

    Sept 15 the Norsemen traveled to Lock Haven University,with whom a hard nosed “Rugby Gentlemen’s Rivalry?has been established over the past few season.

    The Norsemen lost 29-20 in another tough matchup with LHU,who placed 3rd in Mid Atlantic Conference in 2012.

    Sept 22 we hosted Nationally Ranked (#9) Indiana University of Pennsylvania,who finished 2012 season #3 Nationally. IUP was true to their ranking status and defeated the Norsemen 50-24, however the scoreline does not reflect the toughness of the match.Both IUP players and coaches stated post match that this was the toughest team IUP faced in 2 years, and there were many positives which Scranton took away. This match was also our Parents Weekend Pink Jersey match benefitting American Cancer Society,and our thanks go to Scranton Women’s Rugby,The Scranton University Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer for helping make the day a success.We had in excess of 400 Parents, Alum, and Fans on the sidelines and bleachers,and in fact the match was the most well attended event of Parents Weekend. It was great to see University President. Fr. Kevin Quinn,S.J.,along with Fr. Rick Malloy S.J. and Fr. Tom Roach S.J. in the crowd,rooting us on and speaking with the many parents,alum,and students. Thanks also again this year to BBQ BY BARRY IN West Pittston Pa,who again DONATED,bbq pork and brisquet ,sold on the sidelines with all proceeds going to American Cancer Society.Thanks also to all of the supporters who purchased the game jersies,proceeds agin to American Cancer Society. Sept 28 The Norsemen hosted Slippery Rock University in an exciting high scoring match with Scranton won 39-24.Our offensive production was clicking,but we hcame away with need for further adjustments in our defensive schemes going forward.

    Oct 5 we travelled to arch nemisis East Stroudsburg University,who have totally dominated us 2008 thru 2011,and who won a controversial match 40-35 last season aided by game clock misfunction wich put an extra 8 minutes in the match.Still stung by the 2012 loss,and in vital need to show more consistency on BOTH side of the ball,which is indicated by the roller coaster of our first 4 matches,The Norsemen finally started clicking on all cylinders and rolled to a 7 try 43-19 victory. We enter Fall Break at 3-2 and currently sit at 4th seed of 14 teams in Mid Atlantic Rugby Conference.We travel to Cleveland Ohio on Oct 19 to face Nationally #6 ranked Notre Dame College, undefeated this season? SO FAR. Then we finish REGULAR season at HOME Oct 26 v Bloomsburg.

  • Fall 2013 Schedule

    August 27 First Practice
    September 7 Home vs. California University of PA
    September 14 Away vs. Lock Haven University
    September 21 Home vs. Indiana University of PA
    Parents Weekend
    Annual "Pink" Benefit Game
    September 28 Home vs. Slippery Rock University
    October 5 Away vs. East Stroudsburg University
    October 12 BYE - FALL BREAK
    October 19 Away vs. Notre Dame College
    October 26 Home vs. Bloomsburg University
    November 2 Conference Quarter Finals
    November 9 Conference Semi Finals
    November 16 Conference Championship
  • Annual “PINK” Game Parents Weekend September 21, 2013.

    On Saturday September 21,2013,The University of Scranton Men’s Rugby Club,in association with the Women’s Team and The University Chapter of COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER, will hold our 5th annual “PINK” Rugby Game.

    Kickoff at Southside Athletic Complex at 1PM vs Indiana University of Pennsylvania. All “PINK” game jersies are auctioned following the match. Proceeds from auction,along with food sales generated by on field Barbeque,graciously donated by BARBEQUE BY BARRY SMOKEHOUSE in West Pittston, Pa.,are donated to AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY,who will also have an information tent at the event. This initiative has consistently generated a donation of $5,000 plus to ACS, and has a large fan attendance by family, friends, and Scranton Alumni.

  • Norsemen Alumni Weekend 2013 Smashing Success

    With 6 foresomes thoroughly confusing the starters at Blue Ridge Trails County Club on Friday afternoon April 26, the 2013 Alumni Weekend got off to a great start, with Alumni representing several years, decades, and a group with current players took to the links under sunny skies. Every participant miraculously shot even par 72 on the day... not necessarily their TOTAL score, but all took at least 72 shots(not to be confused to shots taken later at Oscars). The highlight of the day had to be the brush fire started on hole #8 by Senior #8 Joe Daly, whose driver head broke off, flew into the scrub area in front of the tee, and incurred spontaneous combustion with the dry meadow grass.Luckily, Joe is returning for a 5th year at The U... as he tried to extinguish the growing brushfire by fanning the flames with his windjacket... BRILLIANT... luckily there were liquids in the golf carts and the town of Mountaintop was saved by quick thinking Norsemen.

    Friday evening saw a beautifully catered top shelf dinner in Brennan Hall hosted by The University’s Alumni Relations Department, with many Alumni sharing a great meal and conversation with current Norsemen Seniors, continuing the tradition of Norsemen Brotherhood. Saturday afternoon produced perfect Spring weather with brilliant sunshine and a sprited rugby match, with many Alumni showing great skill and no evidence of aging or loss of condition. Then the game entered minute #2.

    A great match was played with all Alumni and all current players getting action with rolling subs,with the Alumni coming out on top 35-26,handshakes and bear hugs all around,with everyone talking about plans for 2014.

    Thanks to all the Alumni who planned the event, put together the Black and Green Directory, more on links to that document in June.

  • Norsemen Summer Rugby
    • Saturday, May 18 - Break Em 7s - hosted by Wilkes Barre Scranton Breakers... all day... location ?public fields on Rt 11 in Forty Fort, PA. (Wyoming Ave) behind Pa State Police Training Center.
    • Saturday, June 15 - Tony’s 10’s - hosted by Cortland-Homer RFC in memory of Tony Bistocchi, Scranton Norsemen we all lost last May... location... Buttermilk Fall State Park, Ithaca, NY
    • Saturday, July 20 - Surfside 7
    • Tuesday, August 27, 6 PM - Fall practice starts
  • Norsemen Success At Philly Cup

    Following luxury motor coach to 4 star hotel on Friday night…well…Martz and Motel 6…the Norsemen embarked Saturday morning April 13 on Spring Season goal of winning the Philly Cup.

    Competing in the Premier Division ,on muddy bog pitch at Pennypack Park,Scranton opened the completion with a 4 try Win of 24-10 over Conference rival Villanova.

    Game #2 saw the lead score seesaw back and forth with a come from behind Norsemen Win over another Conference rival Bloomsburg.

    Scranton then entered the Semi-Finals as #2 seed in the tournament,and we drew Empire State Conference power Norwich University, 32 seed in New England Rugby Conference, Nationally Ranked #13 D2, and who are in USA Rugby Collegiate D2 Sweet 16s this Spring. With 6 Norsemen A side starters unavailable due to injury advancing to The Finals was a big ask.

    The Norsemen answered. Tough, hardnosed, grinding play, in third game of the day in energy sapping mud?team depth at some positions and rookies stepping up in others, saw the Norsemen battle from being down 10-14 at with 8 minutes to play,then fight back with everything in the tank to Win the match 18-14.

    This was a great match, with opponents, coaches, refs, and spectators complimenting the quality of rugby demonstrated by the Norsemen Brotherhood,and in Coach Gregory’s judgement was the most memorable match in 10 seasons,since becoming Head Coach in 2008.

    By 5:30 PM kickoff of Game 4 our tanks were dry?we battled Drexel to 0-7 at halftime, we had 2 tries disallowed, and went on to lose to Drexel.

    We brought home some hardware,The Premier Divison Runner-Up Trophy?but our effort and teamwork were Champions caliber.

    On April 20 we had a mixed side Friendly with all players (majority of A team sat out) vs. a combined side of half Lafayette/half Wilkes Barre Breakers players, with much high level game action seen by our younger and inexperienced Norsemen, then got ready for 7s season with a 4 game roundrobin against D1 Stoneybrook at Southside on Sunday.

  • Regular Season Fall 2012-Spring 2013

    Sep. 15, 2012Scranton36Lock Haven39
    Sep. 22, 2012Scranton34Bloomsburg24
    Sep. 29, 2012Scranton19Villanova15
    Oct. 10, 2012Scranton58Lehigh5
    Oct. 20, 2012Scranton36Lafayette5
    Oct. 27, 2012Scranton35East Stroudsburg40
    Nov. 3, 2012Scranton13York7
    Nov. 11, 2012 MARC PlayoffsScranton24Drexel31
    Mar. 16, 2013Scranton17Lock Haven12
    Apr. 6, 2013Scranton22West Chester5
    Apr. 13, 2013Scranton24Villanova10
    Apr. 13, 2013Scranton17Bloomsburg13
    Apr. 13, 2013Scranton18Norwich14
    Apr. 13, 2013Scranton0Drexel26

    Overall Academic Year

    2012-2013 Overall Record 10 - 4

    Points scored : 353

    Points allowed :262

    Community Service Accomplished

    6 Service initiatives:

    • Fall Move in
    • Safe trick or Treating
    • Breast Cancer Awareness “Pink Jersey?match
    • Cinderella’s Closet
    • Southside Cleanup
    • Awareness day/ fundraiser for Salvation Army Camp Ladore in Carbondale, serving local underprivledged kids.

    KUDOS to THE SCRANTON NORESEMEN…both on and off the pitch?Jesuit “Men for Others?

  • Strong Start to Spring 2013 Leading Up to Philly Cup April 13 2013

    The Norsemen started Spring 2013 with vigorous February of indoor high performance weight and cardio training at New Breed Athletics, an elite training center in Scranton.

    After a controlled situational scrimmage vs DeSales University in the Southside Snow on Wed., Apr. 13, we opened vs MARC Conference finalist Lock Haven on April 16.

    At end of regulation 80 minutes(again in the snow!) and the score at 12-12, both teams agreed on sudden death overtime,in which the Norsemen were first to strike to earn a 17-12 victory.

    Following 2 weeks off for Easter/Spring Break,we traveled to old nemesis West Chester University (D1AA) on Saturday April 6, and secured a sweet win over the Golden Rams 22-5, coming within 4 minutes of a shutout.

    Both the Lock Haven and West Chester matches saw several rookies stepping into the Scranton A side, emphasizing the depth we showed in our successful Fall 2012 campaign.

    This Saturday April 13 we look forward to competing for Championship Hardware at the annual Philly Cup Collegiate Tournament.We compete in the Premier Division, with a 9:20 AM kickoff vs. Mid Atlantic Rugby Conference rival Villanova, followed by a 12:40PM kickoff vs D1AA power Millersville. Semi finals kickoff at 3:30 PM with the Cup game kicking off at 5PM. Field location is on the Delaware River in Pennypack Park in Philadelphia.

    Mapquest address is 7901 State Road Philadelphia, PA 19136 (entrance to complex is adjacent to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility).

    Saturday April 20 we are at Southside vs MARC opponent Lafayette Collge, followed Sunday April 21 at Southside with Scranton 7's Round Robin; among participating teams are Stoneybrook Unin of NY, Lafayette DeSales: Each club will be putting out 2 sides, so an exciting afternoon (NOON-4PM) of round robin 7s for players of all abilities will be served up.
  • Alumni Weekend APRIL 26/27

    The NAA (Norsemen Alumni Association) expects a strong turnout for this re-union weekend. We start with a Golf Outing Friday April 26 at Blue Ridge Trails in Mountain Top,followed by a catered dinner in DeNaples on Friday evening, where Norsemen seniors have a chance to network with Alum and get some much needed mentoring on the post U work world journey ahead.Saturday April 26 at 1PM sees the Alumni vs Current team match, renowned for creative attempts at rule bending and the fantasy to recapture the glory days of youth at Da U. More details to follow.

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  • The largest need of fundraising is for bus transportation to away games, and of course the playoffs and championship matches we are planning on winning. Transportation is a safety and liability issue that must be addressed.

Community Service Archives Community Service Update

Norseman at Inauguration Mass of University President FR. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.

Thank You Letter from The Junior League of Scranton for the Norseman's support of Cinderella's Closet.


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