It was a season to build on for UConn Men’s Rugby. The team finished with a 2-6 record on the season. The team faced a tough conference schedule including matches against teams such as #1 AIC, #21 Boston College, #46 New England College, and #47 UMASS. With this tough conference schedule, an abundance of injuries, and the loss of a brother this season the only word that can truly describe this season is brotherhood. Over the course of the season it was clear to see that the team was coming together and has the chance to be something special moving forward. A rough first match against a very good UMass team in which 5 starters left the game with an injury forced new faces to step up and make an impact. These new faces filled in the following week in a shootout against Middlebury that ended with a 43-39 loss. The next week was when the team truly started to come together for a full game. UConn dominated Fairfield in time of possession and field position en route to a 22-12 victory for their first win of the year. The following week was a loss to Northeastern where UConn jumped out to an early lead but could not hold on falling 35-30 in the first home match of the year. Going into the toughest part of the schedule of NEC, AIC, and BC in a three week period some new faces truly began to shine and play solid minutes for the first side panel. UConn did not pick up a win in these three games, but did score the second most points in conference against #1 AIC and #21 Boston College. The season ended on a high note with the team firing on all cylinders beating Albany 72-15. This was the highest scoring season for the team, since joining the ECRC which scored a total of 240 points. The next largest amount that UConn had scored in the ECRC for a season was 83 points last fall. The team appears to have come together and found its offensive groove, and will look to improve its defense and build on what it accomplished this season when it takes the field again in the spring.
Senior Jake Pesci (Eight Man) and Sophomore Joe Phillips (Fly Half) were both named to the ECRC Honorable Mention Team for 2015.