Baker Field, Columbia University, New York, NY - In preparation for the upcoming National Collegiate All Star Championship June 9-11 in Glendale, Colo., the Northeast RFU College All Stars took the field against Old Blue in New York City, dropping a 25-17 decision.
Considering that his college players had first assembled just two hours prior to the match against Old Blue’s combined Super League / DI side, Northeast Collegiate Coach Mike Hodgins was happy with the result.
“Today was our first assembly in a very busy rugby calendar and I’m pleased with what the team accomplished,” said Hodgins.
Old Blue went out to a 10-0 lead over the Northeast Collegians with tries by Elliott Rechtin and Kevin Kimble in the 12th and 24th minutes. A try by Northeast #8 Bob Mc Mahon (Columbia University) in the 33rd minute brought the halftime score to 10-5.
The Northeast took a 12-10 lead 16 minutes after the restart when flanker Derek Lipscomb (Columbia) touched down the first of his two tries on a pushover from the five and flyhalf Gabe Cunningham (Harvard) converted.
Old Blue responded with unconverted tries by Vincent Duncan-Calendar and former Eagle Mark Griffin to give the hosts a 20-12 lead.
Elliott Rechtin’s second try extended Old Blue’s lead to 25-12 in the 34th minute but a length of the field movement in the 40th, touched down by the Northeast’s Derek Lipscomb, would bring the final tally to 25-17.
Northeast RFU Collegiate All Stars
Player School Position
Tony Aquilina SUNY Cortland Scrumhalf
Mike Burbank Dartmouth Wing
Mike Compton SUNY Cortland Prop
Kyle Corbett SUNY Brockport Hooker
Gabe Cunningham Harvard Flyhalf
Nick Finger Yale Prop
Kyle Harris Syracuse Fullback
Andy Kozak SUNY Stony Brook Flanker
Derek Lipscomb Columbia Flanker
Bryan McCorckle Hobart Fullback
Bob McMahon Columbia No. 8
Colin Murray Iona Lock
Tyler Norris University of Buffalo Center
Matt Papa University of Connecticut Hooker
Phil Pepe Southern Connecticut Wing
Sean Rafferty SUNY Stony Brook Center
Alex Reeves Wooster Polytechnic Flyhalf
Chris Rosa Southern Connecticut Scrumhalf
Aaron Smith St Anselms Wing
Eric Soto SUNY Stony Brook Lock
Landon Turley Brown Lock
Shawn Verma Iona Center