Providence, Rhode Island
September 4, 2010

Brown defeated the University of Connecticut in its first fall 2010 match 28-5 but the score belies the difficulty the Bears encountered in winning this match. Fortunately hurricane Earl, which threatened New England, deposited little rain on the field on Friday night, leaving a picture perfect late summer Saturday, but with a strong wind to contend with.

With the exception of a spectacular play by newly minted freshman Manfredo Koelliker’14, Brown was threatened throughout the first 40 minutes by UConn’s size and physical pressure in every aspect of the game. As well, the referee was a stickler, assessing yellow cards (10 minutes in the “sin bin”) to Brown lock Martin Bell’11.5 and co-captain Andrew Alvarez’11which certainly disrupted Brown’s ability to compete. UConn also suffered a yellow card at the 12 minute mark.

At 11 minutes of the first half, Brown downed a ball in goal for a 22 meter drop out. Left wing “Manny” Koelliker caught the ensuing kick in full stride and broke away. He was chased down just short of the line but made a timely pass to supporting scrum half Taylor Peak’12 who gladly accepted the try. Fullback and co-captain Sam Rabb converted and Brown lead 7-0.

The balance of the first half was played in the Brown half as UConn, playing with a strong wind behind them, threatened the line. However, to Brown’s credit, excellent defense, timely poaches and UConn’s impatience and mistakes, kept the Huskies scoreless.

Brown had just concluded a rigorous pre-season and team fitness and the strong trailing wind was the difference in the second half. Seven minutes into the half, Rabb put a tactical kick into the corner and then Brown’s lock, Mike Wharton’12 won the lineout, which was driven over the for flanker Chaney Harrison’11 to score. Rabb converted from a wide angle for a 14-0 Brown lead.

At 55 minutes with Brown breaking for another try, a Brown obstruction call turned the ball over to UConn, who immediately scored, and suddenly Brown’s lead was 14-5.

At this point in the match, UConn’s lack of fitness was revealed as Brown began to dominate offensively and turn over a good bit of UConn ball on defense. At 60 minutes, #8 Greg Karwaski’11 took a ruck pass and broke 40 meters, then passed to center Dow Travers’12 for a try, converted by Rabb and Brown led 21-5.

At 70 minutes, Wharton stole a lineout, took it forward, then taken by Harrison to a ruck where Karwaski repeated his previous break, scoring himself from 25 meters. Wing Ian Clancy’12 converted for the final points and a 28-5 victory.


The scrimmage referee was Art Morales

1. Mohammad Abdalah’11
2. Daniel Levine-Spound’12
3. Andrew Alvarez’11(yellow carded at 31 minutes and replaced by Will Rulifson’11 for 10 minutes)
4. Michael Wharton’12
5. Martin Bell’12 (yellow carded at 7 minutes), replaced by Ian Fields’12 at the half.
6. Chaney Harrison’11
7. Zach Long’13 ( off for the 10 minute Alvarez yellow card) replaced by David Dean’11 at 76 minutes
8. Greg Karwaski’11
9. Adam Engel’12
10. Taylor Peak’12
11. Manfredo Koelliker’14
12. John Goddard’13
13. Dow Travers’12
14. Jeff Weinreb’12, replaced by Ian Clancy’12 at 29 minutes, replaced by James McGinn’12 at 75 minutes, replaced by Rob Bentleyewski’12 at 76 minutes
15. Sam Rabb’11, replaced by Ian Clancy at 75 minutes

The Brown second XV, severely depleted due to pre-season squad injuries, gave a lot of rookies a chance for their first taste of rugby, however, two UConn converted tries, one in each half, spoiled the Bears first match of the season.

1. Mike Donnell’12
2. Cory Freeland’13
3. Will Rulifson’11
4. Nate Bishop’13 replaced at the half by Sam Plotner at the half
5. Josh Schenkken’14
6. Kevin Durfee’11
7. Sam Plotner’14, replaced by Kevin McCoy’11
8. David Dean’12, replaced by Chaney Harrison’11 at 45 minutes..
9. Taylor Peak’12, replaced by Manfredo Koelliker’14 at the half.
10. Ben Baker’10
11. Henry Bruce’12
12. Robert Bentleyewski’12
13. Brent Zajaczkowski’12
14. Ari Nakos’12, replaced by Evan Jacobs’11 at the half.
15. Zach Long’13

The match referee was Danny Saccoccio