For the first time ever, UMBC will be hosting a U-19's 7's tournament called UMBuC U-19's Stud Cup. Cost of entry is $125 per team and will be held at UMBC's home pitch, Walker Field at UMBC. We also have a backup field set in place in case of poor field conditions. There will also be a burgers and hotdogs grilling up all day as well as gatorade and water at the stand. Teams are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles as there is a spigot on the side of the clubhouse (located right at Walker Field).
If you have any additional questions, email James Park (firstname.lastname@example.org) and you'll get a response within 24 hours.
Pay Entry Fee
Cost: Per Team $125.00
Once you pay, please add your Name, Team Name and Contact Info (email + cell number)
IMPORTANT: PRINT OUT A RECEIPT AFTER YOU PAY AND BRING IT TO THE GAME
After their Night of Debauchery, the old men dusted off their old boots and kitted up at their old field. There were plenty of reunions and surprise visits before the game, with a turnout of over 100 current players and alum, as well as their family and friends.
The game went exactly as you can imagine a "friendly" between the alumni and currently players would go - plenty of big hits all around. That's what happens when you pit 2 UMBuC teams against each other on the field! There were some questionable calls by the alumni referees, and at several times there were upwards of 18 players on the alumni side of the field. But all is fair in love and war, and the alumni beat the current team 17-12 when the final whistle blew.
Afterwards, there was plenty of eating and drinking with the alumni as everyone caught up and reminisced over a very successful year. There is a lot to be happy about from the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 season. In the fall, UMBuC made it to the semifinals in the playoffs, losing only to the national champion runner-ups. In the spring, UMBuC repeated their championship wins at the Frostbite and Rocky Gorge Cup tournaments. In addition to our on-the-field success, 2013 was the first year that UMBC rugby and the alumni went on a day of service, giving back to the local community. We hope to continue and expand that tradition next year.
Matt Parks was awarded the Haud Callumi scholarship for 2013, continuing the tradition started last year with the first scholarship awarded to a current team member and student athlete by the Alumni Association. An official plaque engraved with the names of the scholarship recipients was graciously donated by the alumni for the clubhouse.
UMBC RFC and the Alumni Association have big plans for next year's season. We are sad to see our graduating seniors leave, but happy to see them join and improve the already awesome Alumni Association.
Many thanks to our sponsors, SAP NS2. This was our first year with an official sponsor so there were a few bumps in the road getting things going, but you stuck with us the whole way and we are proud to call you our sponsor.
Check out the full albums from the alumni weekend on the UMBC Rugby Alumni Association Facebook page, and give it a like to keep up with the old boys. Like UMBC Rugby on Facebook while your at it, and follow us on Twitter, @UMBCMensRugby.
Keep checking back on the website for information about our U19 Sevens tournament this summer, the first annual UMBuC "Stud 7's" Tournament.
Game 1 - At 9:10am, UMBC was ready to go, but Montgomery CC was a no-show. A disappointing start to the day; although UMBC was given a free win, there would be a wait of almost two more hours before the first hits of the day could be made.
Game 2 - Finally at 10:50am, UMBC took the field against Towson's B-side. UMBC started strong with quick breaks in the backline and powerful runs by the forwards. Scoring early and often, UMBC retained possession of the ball for a majority of the game with good support and set-piece play. When the final whistle blew, UMBC came out on top 38-5, earning their first real win of the day.
Game 3 - The last of the guaranteed games of the day, UMBC was up against George Mason. Both teams were 2-0 at the time, so the winner would take first overall in the bracket and secure a spot to compete for the trophy. Again, UMBC scored early and often, keeping GMU on their back foot. Powerful scrums gained UMBC excellent field position to attack the retreating GMU defense. UMBC's defense never wavered this game, as the final score was a shutout, 27-0.
Game 4 - Finishing (3-0) with the best point differential, UMBC earned the 1st seed in the playoffs. The semi-final matchup would be against the 4th seed, Mary Washington. A brutal and physical game ensued, as both teams fought for their spot in the championship game. UMBC struck early with runs that broke through the MW defense, followed up with good support. Again, powerful scrums from the UMBC forwards led to several tries. Despite a try and a penalty kick for MW, UMBC kept up the attack the whole game, leaving the field victorious; 22-10.
Game 5 - The championship. Winner takes all. Beat up and sore, with several players out from injury, UMBC remained focused on one thing - redemption. The matchup was UMBC vs Towson's A-side, the same side which handed UMBC a painful loss earlier in the spring season. But UMBC was focused and would stop at nothing for a win. Right from the kickoff, which went out of bounds, UMBC forwards proved that this game would be different. The scrum center was driven deep into Towson territory, and after several ensuing phases, UMBC scored first. From there, they would not lose the lead the rest of the game. Incenter Matt Parks scored twice on impressive runs through the Towson defense. Graduating senior hooker James Park scored on what would be his last game against Towson playing for UMBC. Captain Erik Anderson also scored a try, as well as Flanker Ricky Johnson. Two conversions from Flyhalf Richie Campbell gave UMBC 29 points. Towson was held to 7 points until they scored on the last play of the game, with the final whistle blowing to give UMBC the championship 29-12.
UMBC celebrated with respect as they were awarded the 2013 Gorge Cup Championship trophy. Speaking from personal experience, the feeling was unreal. The trophy meant more to the club and to the players than another tournament win, it symbolized the team's hard work and dedication paying off in an unforgettable victory. Coach Hanibal Gnahoui was also given an MVP plaque to award, which he gave to the forwards for their consistently dominating performance the whole day. The tournament wins put UMBC at (12-4-1) for the spring season.
UMBC would like to thank its fans and alumni who came out and supported us, Rocky Gorge for hosting the tournament, our sponsor SAP NS2, and our coach, Hanibal Gnahoui. UMBC is one step closer to their goal of building a team to dominate in the Fall season of 2013.
Two groups of volunteers set out Saturday morning, one to the Sandtown Habitat for Humanity and the other to the Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity. Working in conjunction with volunteers from other colleges and organizations, along with the wonderful staff, UMBC Rugby helped put in the needed man-(and woman-) power to build affordable homes that will help a family in need and bring together the local community. Groups tackled different tasks, ranging from demolition to cement laying to building a brand new deck.
It wasn't all work and no play though. Current players enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work with alumni, who shared war stories about the glory days of old. The alumni also enjoyed seeing that the team they left behind still has some sense of pride in their organization and school, and were genuinely surprised when college students would willingly get out of bed that early to do anything that wasn't playing rugby.
UMBC hopes to make this day of service an annual tradition. With proper planning, ruggers could donate their time to other charities who may need some brawny guys to boss around. Those alumni and players who unfortunately couldn't make it to this day of service, don't worry, you will just have to work twice as hard next year.
Check out all the photos from both sites on our Facebook page. Check out Habitat for Humanity if you are interested in donating your time to a local charity and like to get your hands dirty.
Big hits were delivered right from the initial kickoff, as both teams had something to prove after their regular season meeting last fall. Early on in the first half, the ball popped out of a scrum where Wing Matt Phillips picked up the ball and ran 50 meters down the sideline, offloading to Scrum-half Matt "Ziggy" Zvitkovitz for the first try of the season.
Shortly thereafter, Ziggy would find the try zone again after an offload from Lock Tyler Tippett to Wing "Shadow" Mariko set up a ruck at the GW goal line. A quick dummy-pass to the forwards drew the defense outside, which left a hole big enough for Ziggy to put UMBuC up 10-0 with his second try.
After the ensuing kickoff, the ball was swung out to Tippett, who delivered a crushing blow to the GW wing and the ruck formed drew a penalty in favor of UMBC. From the tap-and-go, the UMBuC backline showed off their hands and speed by punching through the GW defense. Inside Center Matt Parks broke through a tackle and dove for the try zone to put UMBC on top 15-0.
GW wouldn't let the scoring go unanswered, with 2 tries in the second half. Their quick hands, solid offloads, and hard running centers were able to find holes in the UMBC defense twice. GW also converted both of their kicks, leaving them one point off the lead, 15-14. But UMBC stayed resilient and pushed back the GW attackers with good kicking and setpiece play. After a series of forward crashes, Lock "Highlander" McQueeney scored his first A-side try by driving back the opposing GW forward enough to touch the ball down.
Neither side managed to score again before the final whistle. The final score was 20-14, an excellent game from both teams. There is plenty for both teams to be happy about and plenty to improve on as well.
It's back to practice Monday for UMBC, as we prepare for next week's match. Stay tuned!
History was made with UMBC's first opponent, Neumann, as it was the clubs first ever 15's match. While it wasn't a full match due to the 25-minute games played, UMBC was still glad to welcome in the team to the rugby community. Both teams had some kinks to work out on their first games, with sloppy penalties and knock-ons giving the forwards plenty of scrummaging practice. UMBC would eventually get into the groove and score 4 tries, giving them a 26-0 victory to start the day.
After a short break, UMBC took the pitch against Susquehanna. Both teams were in good spirits and had a great time playing. UMBC finally worked out its offensive ball-handling mistakes to lead effective back plays which pressured the Susquehanna defense constantly. Good crash balls and rucking proved to be too much for Susquehanna's pack, who couldn't keep up with the well-conditioned UMBC forwards. With several good runs from forwards inserting into the back line, UMBC would go on to score another 4 tries, and get their second win 24-0.
UMBC's final match of the first day was against Ursinus, who came out and immediately put the pressure on the UMBC defense. However, UMBC held firm and kept the ball out of the try zone during several close calls against the monstrous Ursinus forwards on pick-and-go's. Good kicking and offensive plays from the backline relieved the pressure but the game was scoreless at halftime. After more back-and-forth action, UMBC finally got a scoring opportunity off of a penalty and capitalized to go up 3-0. For the last 2 minutes of the game, UMBC forwards kept ball-in-hand with a series of crashes which left the pack exhausted, but ultimately victorious. UMBC ended the day 3-0 and were not scored on.
Getting up even earlier on Sunday was more brutal than imagined. However, UMBC was focused on finishing what they started and getting their championship trophy. At 8:00 am they kicked off vs Susquehanna in a rematch where both teams had something to prove. A much tougher, smarter, and more disciplined Susquehanna team held well defensively and made powerful offensive runs. UMBC struck first when a ball popped out of a ruck, and the hooker grabbed the ball on the go and ran 20 meters down the sideline to score. A beautiful angled point-after would put up UMBC 7-0. Susquehanna answered after halftime, with a run off a penalty to tie the game at 7-7. Despite both teams' best efforts, neither could get the ball over the posts or in the try zone until the final whistle, ending the game in a 7-7 tie.
This meant that in order to become champions, UMBC had to win their final game vs Neumann. Hurting for numbers, UMBC asked several new players to step up, and they did very well. Experienced with several games under their belt, Neumann had several offensive attacks where they were poised to score. However, UMBC's defense held their ground with poaches and counter-rucks. Excellent counter-attacking and good support runners gave a total of 5 tries for UMBC. With a 29-0 win, UMBC finished the tournament 4-0-1. Afterwards, UMBC took a photo with Neumann to commemorate the club's first opponent on the pitch. There were plenty of laughs and congratulations all around in true rugby fashion.
UMBC's 4-0-1 record (13 points) barely edged out Ursinus's 4-1-0 (12 points) to give UMBC its second consecutive Frostbite Tournament Championship. In the trophy presentation, tournament director Tom Hallowell spoke about the club, saying,"You boys are a blast [to play with]... and represent the best in sportsmanship."
UMBC would like to thank its players who woke up early and came out the the games, especially the new players who had never even seen a game of rugby before. We hope the tournament shows what rugby is all about - dedication, sportsmanship, and love for the game. And maybe being a bit crazy too.
Plenty of recovery and practice is in order after the win, to prepare for the first home game of the season this Saturday.
In the meantime, UMBuC Rugby has been practicing for its first tournament of the season, Frostbite! As defending D2 Men's Champs, we will have to win another trophy and secure our title against a new batch of challengers. Hard practices in frozen mud and bitter cold wind have conditioned the team to the bone chilling temperatures of PA. UMBC is looking stronger and more confident than ever with new players stepping up to fill in the holes left by recent graduates. New guys will have a lot to prove and plenty of opportunities to prove it this weekend. Our schedule is as follows...
- 8:30am - Farifax CC
- 10:00am - Susquehanna
- 11:30am - Lafayette
- 8:00am - Ursinus
- 10:30am - Neumann
We will have to arrive at Frostbite bright and early for a morning of hard hitting rugby. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter, as well as the website, for game results and summaries. Go UMBuC!
Tomorrow is one of the last Varsity Basketball fundraisers, and it's a big one! A double-header starting at 1:00pm in the RAC is a great opportunity to get your fundraising dues in for this semester! Come out and cheer for UMBC and have a great time with the team heckling the opponents' inferior skills and ugly faces.
If you haven't checked out our Spring Schedule yet, click the "Schedule" tab and see our big plans for this semester! 3 tournaments, plenty of scrimmages, an awesome trip to Florida and some community service will keep us busy on Saturdays. We appreciate all our fans who come to support us during our events, and can't wait to see you all this semester!
Special thanks to our sponsor, SAP NS2! We have an excellent new look we plan to show off this semester, one with your name on it! We're very excited and proud to have your logo on our jerseys so the other teams can appreciate it as we run past them and into the try zone!
Gonna be a great semester for UMBuC Rugby, especially for our Seniors who will be leaving us at the end of the semester. Let's put in the work this semester and make it one to remember!
The official spring schedule will be released when it is finalized. UMBC looks forward to competing in several tournaments and scrimmages to prepare current and future A-side players for the Fall 2013 season. We aim to further add to our trophy collection; 2 were added last spring from Frostbite and Rocky Gorge tournaments and we hope to improve upon that number this spring.
More updates to come soon!