SPRING 2016 ---RETURN TO BEAST ...ALUMNI WEEKEND
The Norsemen schedule is set for Spring 2016 as follows:
- April 2 HOME vs Neumann University
- April 9 HOME vs Millersville University
- April 15-16-17 BEAST OF THE EAST...Newport, Rhode Island
- April 23 HOME vs Harrisburg
- April 29/30 ALUMNI Weekend
Alumni Weekend will again feature Golf Outing Friday April 29 at Blue Ridge Trails in Mountaintop,followed by top shelf catered dinner/banquet at The U,sponsored by Alumni Development office at The U….followed by Alumni match on Saturday April 30.
Norsemen Chasing 2015 Mid Atlantic Playoffs
The Fall 2015 MARC (Mid Atlantic Rugby Conference) USA Rugby D2 Campaign started with practices as soon as school opened in August, mindful of work ahead with graduation of 13 seniors in 2014. Coaches Van Beek and Conoboy had the 40 plus 2015 Norsemen off to a fast start, as we took on Empire Conference Champs Ithaca College in a preseason match of 4 controlled 1/2 hour sessions on August 29. All returning players got A side rotation, and all new players saw game action. Of to a good start, as Scranton "won" each period of preseason play.
Sept. 12 we hosted Lehigh, the Norsemen went into the match overconfident from Ithaca, and underestimating a totally rebuilt Lehigh program, losing 30-5 and eating a very large dose of "humble pie".
Sept. 19 we hosted East Stroudsburg University, this being Parents Weekend, and our 7th Annual "Pink Jersey" Match, with fundraising from post match jersey sales donated to the American Cancer Society. Lesson learned from week 1, The Norsemen stormed to a 6 try 39-20 win over ESU. Parents packed the sidelines, the Scranton Women's team, following their own match, stayed on and cheered the Men's team, "Colleges Against Cancer" had tents and tables set up, and the famous Scranton Food Truck-Southwest Savory Grill all added to the festive atmosphere, and $2000 was raised for the cause.
Sept. 25 was a league Bye, and Oct. 3 away at Bloom was cancelled due to Hurricane forecast, however Southside was playable, so the Norsemen took on Men's side Wilkes Barre Breakers in a last minute fill in match, with the Norsemen and Breakers playing a hard and bruising exhibition match.
Oct. 10 the Norsemen hosted Indiana University of Pennsylvania, losing big, 75-17, indicative of IUP deserved National Ranking in USA Rugby D2,however Scranton played well, better than scoreline indicates, with much of IUP scores coming from Scranton errors. The result left the Norsemen determined rather than dejected, and ready to move to next task.
Oct. 13 we travelled to Bloomsburg for the Oct. 2 makeup game, and The Norsemen showed better form, with a 4 tray 22-5 win.
We go into a well deserved, and healing, Fall Break weekend. We travel west on Oct. 24 to take on Slippery Rock University, then south on Oct. 31 to play long time rival York College, in what is shaping up to be a cracking match which will determine the last playoff spot for either side.
Off the field, The Norsemen have been very active in Community Service Projects, and continue to represent both the game of Rugby and The University as examples of The Jesuit tenant "Men For Others"
Spring 2015 Recap
A long snowy frozen never ending winter kept Southside through all of March, but we came out of the gates under the lights on April 1 with joint practice and modified scrimmage with East Stroudsburg, indicative of the Brotherhood and Camaraderie which characterizes Rugby. Returning from Easter Break, we hosted MARC rival York College on April 11 and came out on top with a 17-12 win which could have gone to either side into the final whistle.
Preparations were now in place for our Spring goal...taking hardware home from our first ever entrance into "THE BEAST OF THE EAST", the oldest and largest collegiate rugby tournament in the United States, held annually in Newport, Rhode Island. Friday, April 17, 9 hours on Martz Trailways, a restless night of sleep at the Marriot Newport, and The Norsemen were prime to hit the field and put Scranton ON THE MAP. Saturday, April 19 the Norsemen played a flawless opening match, scoring a try off the opening kickoff, and continuing onto a 22-0 victory over University of Rhode Island. Match #2, played later in the afternoon, pitted Scranton against a BIG...LARGE...Massachusetts Maritime Academy squad...the Norsemen continued to hit on all cylinders, running in 7 tries complimenting a stifling defense, en route to a smashing 41-0 victory.
Day 1 - Scranton Norsemen 63.....THE BEAST 0
Saturday evening the team enjoyed a celebration dinner in team hotel, recognizing our Scranton Seniors with NORSEMEN 30th ANNIVERSARY traditional golf shirts, and standing applause for our graduating Brothers and their 8 seasons of Southside Blood.
Congratulations John Connolly, Sean Durkin, Conor Lisante, Ted Dowd, Justin Triccoli, Jonathan Mejia, Daryl Lynch, John Moran, Manual Lara, Matt Cantwell, Ted Marino, Dan Crawford, Joe Vaghi....you have enriched the lives of all your teammates....not to mention orthopedic surgeons, trauma nurses, neurologists, and several unnamed bartenders at Oscars and cultural interpretive ballerinas at The Diamond Club.
Day 2 - Sunday, April 19...back to business with quarter final draw vs. perennial New England D2 contender Sacred Heat College. Again, the Norsemen clicked on all phases distributing 5 tries between forwards and backs, and exhibiting the 30 year Norsemen trademark bone shattering defense, Scranton 29-Sacred Heat 12. Mid Day semi final matched Scranton vs. Rugby Northeast and defending Beast Champs Bryant University. The Norsemen got first blood at 14 minutes, with Bryant returning the favor at halftime and the push to hardware was game on second half. The slugfest continued with matching scores and crushing hits, with Bryant on top 19-12 at the final whistle, with the Norsemen literally camped on the Bryant goal line. Bryant went on to roll UConn in the subsequent battle.
The University of Scranton Men's Rugby, The Norsemen, compete in USA Rugby Division 2, although school size and NCAA guidelines place us in D3...this to "play up" and to assure we get continuing competition for our B side and new players. We dominated the BEAST, losing by a try vs. Rugby Northeast Conference and defending Beast champion, in an even match that was ended only by the whistle. The Norsemen travelled 300 miles each way with full roster of 50 team members, even though roster was restricted to 23.....we dominated the BEAST, we certainly made all 84 teams present aware of where Scranton was "ON THE MAP "
Norsemen 30th Anniversary Alumni Weekend
A beautiful, cold, bright sun greeted 30 Norsemen Alumni and current student athletes as we embarked on our annual Alumni Golf Outing at Blue Ridge Trails in Mountaintop on Friday, April 24. A great day of golf and camaraderie, dubious scorekeeping, numerous mulligans, and most of all, Norsemen Brotherhood was topped off by a formal top shelf catered banquet in Brennan Hall, attended by 60 Alumni, 13 seniors, representatives from The University, and our coaches.
The Reverend Thomas J. "Bat" Masterson, S.J. award was presented to Norsemen Alum Matt Brennan, 1991, in living life as a "Man for Others" and in recognition of his efforts and support of Norsemen sustainability.
The Charles Heeran Award given annually in honor of Norsemen Alum Charley "Tuna" Heeran, Norsemen 1996-1998, who lost his life in WTC terror attack September 11, 2001 is awarded annually to a Norsemen senior who lives life to the fullest, with an endless pursuit of excellence, both on and off the rugby pitch, and with a genuine respect for the game of rugby, it's principles, and traditions. The 2014-15 recipient of this honor is John Connelly.
As the banquet ended, in anticipation of following days match of Alumni vs. Students, all adjourned to various pregame strategy meetings...the locations and content of such are highly secretive, as they usually last into the wee hours of Saturday, and all manner of challenges and solutions are undertaken. Saturday morning, following breakfast prayer service at St. Oscar's, both sides being fortified by the spirit, took their respective places at Southside, jersied up, and readied for the bare knuckles brawl that determines yearly bragging rights, along with much poetic license in retelling of the day's action. In what can only be described as a challenging afternoon for the Ref, a great rugby match unfolded. The Alumni side showed great desire, surprising fitness (numbness), an ageless guile (cheating), TOTALLY schooling the young Norsemen in tactics of intimidation, strategy, inventiveness, and most notably, in the hallmark legacy of Norsemen Rugby---hard hitting. The 2014/15 Norsemen responded with hard return hits, speed out wide, and youthful enthusiasm, the match being deadlocked 12-12 at halftime. After a 10 minute hydration halftime break, stout hitting, exciting scoring, near fisticuffs, ref warnings, sideline cheering and good hard rugby highlighted the second half. Several bleeding gouges were treated with traditional Irish Medicine, and at the final whistle the score stood Norsemen Alumni 35 Young Norsemen 25. HOWEVER, upon film review by TMO, game film revealed that the Alumni had 20 men on the pitch vs. the required 15 for 3 of their scores, resulting in final adjusted score of Alumni 20 - Young Norsemen 25.
A final epic mid field circle cheer of "NORSEMEN ---ON 3 "concluded a beautiful afternoon of rugby, with post match church services, networking, and cultural activities planned well into Sunday.
Scranton defeats Drexel 34-32
On Saturday September 27,2014, The University of Scranton Menâs 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 Menâs Rugby Club,in association with the Womenâs Team and The University Chapter of COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER, will hold our 6th annual âPINKâ?Rugby Game.
Kickoff at Southside Athletic Complex at 1PM vs Lock haven University. All âPINKâ?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
Tues. + Thurs. 6-8 PM
Friday 4-6 PM
||Away vs. Millersville University
Away vs. Indiana University of Pennsylvania|
||Home vs. Lock Haven University|
Annual Pink Jersey Benefit Match
||Away vs. Drexel University|
||Home vs. Notre Dame College|
||BYE - Fall Break|
||Away vs. Rowan University|
||Home vs. Villanova University|
|November 1, 8, 9
||Playoffs and Championship|
SPRING 2014 UPDATE
Norsemen opened Spring 2014 with several training sessions at Fitz Field, since Southside has been buried with snowâ?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 actionâ?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 6-8PMâ¦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 Menâs 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 CUPâ?.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 25/26/27â?commences with Alumni Golf outing at Blue Ridge Trails on Friday April 25 followed by Alumni/Seniors dinnerâ?then the Alumni match Saturday April 26 at Southside, and on Sunday we participate in ROAR Runâ?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, Cinderellaâs Closet and the ROAR inititiative
NORSEMEN START MID ATLANTIC PLAYOFFS SAT NOV 2
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.
MID SEASON UPDATE
NORSEMEN HOT IN MID ATLANTIC PLAYOFF RACE
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 âRugby Gentlemenâs Rivalryâ?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 Womenâs 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 seasonâ? SO FAR. Then we finish REGULAR season at HOME Oct 26 v Bloomsburg.
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- Please see details of the Scranton Norsemen fundraising initiative. Click here to read full letter.
- 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.