Northeastern University Rugby Club

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Northeastern Rugby Club
NURugby logo current.png
Full name Northeastern University Rugby Football Club
Union Liberty Rugby Conference
Nickname(s) Maddogs
Founded 1984
Ground(s) Parsons Field
Brookline, Massachusetts (Capacity: 4,000)
Coach(es) Edward Tubridy, Alex Miccio, Bob Carroll
League(s) Collegiate Division 1-A Rugby
Team kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.northeastern.edu/nurugby

The Northeastern University Rugby Football Club (or NURFC or Maddogs) is a college rugby union team representing Northeastern University. The club competes in the Liberty Conference of Division 1-A Rugby and is governed by USA Rugby.

The Northeastern Maddogs has approximately 70 members from all over the United States, and from countries all over the world, including South Africa, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, China and Japan. The Maddogs field a competitive team every year, and have been nationally ranked.[1][2]

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

Maddogs logo, used from 1985 to 2011

The club was founded by a Northeastern University student and rugby enthusiast named Bob Hubbard in 1984. He, along with 14 other students were the first team ever fielded by the Northeastern University Rugby Club. This first incarnation was not affiliated with Northeastern University, its only connection to the school was its players being students. The team's practices were held on a small triangle of dirt on Huntington Avenue across from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which is now the Wentworth Institute of Technology athletic complex.

In 1985, the club became more organized as another key leader named Tony Kalaijakis emerged. Kalaijakis turned the rag-tag group into a team, under him the club drafted a constitution and elected leaders yearly. The team lobbied for school recognition, hoping to become an official Northeastern club, but was denied. Disappointed by the university's decision, but wishing to maintain a connection with the school, the team chose as its mascot, the MadDog; instead of the traditional mascot of Northeastern University, the Husky.

NERFU (1987-2010)[edit]

In spring of 1987, aided by Northeastern University Professor Peter Eastman, the team became an official club of Northeastern. The club then hired its first coach, Jay Dacey of the Mystic River Rugby Club. Competing in its first Beast of the East Tournament, the Maddogs went undefeated and won the 1987 tournament. The following fall the Maddogs joined NERFU Division I and made the play-offs in their inaugural year.[3]

The NURFC competed in New England Rugby Football Union College Division I from 1987 to 2010, playing against teams such as Army and Boston College. Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale competed in NERFU until fall 2009, leaving to join the new Ivy League Conference.[4] In the years since its creation, Northeastern Rugby often competed in the Beast of the East rugby tournament, winning it multiple times in recent years including in 2005 with a 21-0 win over Buffalo in the tournament final.

ECRC (2011-2016)[edit]

In 2011 Northeastern along with Boston College, UMass Amherst, University of Connecticut, Middlebury College, UAlbany, and Southern Connecticut State University joined to form the East Coast Rugby Conference. In their inaugural season, Northeastern went undefeated scoring an average of 37 points and allowing an average of 4 points per game. Their undefeated season led them to the National Championship Round of 16, where they lost to Stony Brook University 24-22.[5] Northeastern's fall 2012 season resulted in a 5-2 record, with losses to Boston College and Middlebury, to finish 3rd in the conference.

Northeastern, as the winner of the 2012 ECRC Sevens Tournament, qualified for the USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships, in College Station, Texas. Assigned to Pool A with Life University, Colorado State, and Wisconsin, Northeastern went 2-1 with their only loss coming from the reigning champion Life University, to advance to the bowl bracket.[6] Northeastern was eventually knocked out of the tournament by Cal Poly.[7] After their strong showing at the National Sevens Championships, Northeastern received an invitation to the 2013 Collegiate Rugby Championship tournament at PPL Park in Philadelphia, broadcast live on NBC. Northeastern finished as winners of the bowl in their first appearance at the CRC's. In 2014, Northeastern finished as a runner up for the plate at the CRC's which represented an improvement on the year prior.[8]

After 2014 the club lost many of its talented players and went into a rebuilding stage. Head coach Edward Tubridy was hired to lead the maddogs. In 2016, the maddogs accepted an invitation to play in the Las Vegas Invitational rugby sevens tournament. The Maddogs played against teams from across the country and posted a 2-3 record on the week. In the year following they returned to Las Vegas and posted a 3-2 record beating Wheeling Jesuit University, Utah Valley University and Montana State University. After this tournament the Maddogs continued to build in confidence and reached the final of the Armory Sevens at American International College beating University of New Hampshire, University of Connecticut and University of Massachusetts Amherst. They missed out on a bid to the USA Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championships by losing to American International College in the final. Northeastern finished the season 21-7-3.

Liberty Conference (2017-present)[edit]

In 2017, Northeastern were invited to join the Liberty Conference; a new competitive league of Division 1-A Rugby teams. The conference includes 18 different Universities from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. The conference itself has 3 sub-conference divisions; Empire, New England and I-95. Northeastern compete in the New England division against University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Connecticut, Tufts University, University of Rhode Island and Fairfield University. Northeastern stepped up and produced one of their best records in program history. The Maddogs finished 5-0 in conference play winning the Liberty Conference New England Division. Outside of conference play, Northeastern beat Boston College by 3 points in a very close match and came out on top against the University of New Hampshire by 61 points. To end the season, Northeastern faced SUNY Cortland in the Liberty Conference Challenge. SUNY Cortland had just won the Liberty Empire division and proved to be a tough opponent to the Maddogs. However, Northeastern had an impressive performance which saw them win the game by 32 points. The Maddogs took home the bowl trophy to cap off an impressive season which saw them finish with a record of 8-0 and a national ranking of 32.

Season by season records[edit]

Past seasons[edit]

Year Conference Div GP W L D PF PA PD Conf Ranking
2017-2018 Liberty New England D1-A 8 8 0 0 350 104 246 1
2016-2017 ECRC D1-AA 7 2 5 0 133 195 -62 6
2015-2016 ECRC D1-AA 8 4 4 0 194 297 -103 5
2014-2015 ECRC D1-AA 6 1 5 0 72 198 -126 6
2013-2014 ECRC D1-AA 6 3 3 0 150 142 8 4
2012-2013 ECRC D1-AA 7 5 2 0 211 121 90 3
2011-2012 ECRC D1-AA 6 6 0 0 226 27 199 1
2010-2011 NERFU D1 6 5 1 0 151 106 45 1
2009-2010 NERFU D1 - - - - - - - -
2008-2009 NERFU D1 7 0 7 0 - - - -
2007-2008 NERFU D1 - - - - - - - -
2006-2007 NERFU D1 7 4 3 0 215 118 97 -
2005-2006 NERFU D1 7 3 4 0 120 142 -22 -
2004-2005 NERFU D1 7 4 3 0 121 124 -3 -
2003-2004 NERFU D1 7 6 1 0 161 110 51 -
1989-1990 NERFU D1 5 5 0 0 89 46 43 2

Team accomplishments[edit]

Divisional championships[edit]

Tournament championships[edit]

Individual player accomplishments[edit]

Collegiate All-Americans[edit]

Player Name Class 7s or XVs Year Team Reference
Dimitri Efthimiou 2012 7s 2013 Honorable Mention [13]
Chris Frazier 2014 7s 2014 1st Team [14]
Sean McElhinney 2019 15s 2017 1st team all D1A

All-Conference / Regional selections[edit]

Player Name Class Conference Year(s) Team(s) Reference
Nino Balduzzi 2001 NRU 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 First Team XVs
Mike Bruce 2011 NERFU 2010 First Team XVs [15]
Tom Budravich 1989 NERFU 1988 First Team XVs
George Chacharone 2005 NRU 2004 First Team XVs [16]
Paul Coste 2016 ECRC 2014 Second Team XVs [17]
Ryan Crowe 2018 Liberty Conference 2017 Liberty Conference All Stars
Tim Cummings 1990 NERFU 1989 First Team XVs
Gil Danaher - NRU 2004 First Team XVs [16]
Chris Frazier 2014 ECRC 2013, 2014 First Team XVs, First Team 7s [18][19]
Josiah Herbert 2005 NRU 2004 First Team XVs [16]
Franco Liebenburg 2016 ECRC 2014 Second Team 7s [19]
Rudy Machacek 1989 NERFU 1988 First Team XVs
Diego Maquieira 2014 ECRC 2013, 2014 First Team XVs, First Team 7s [18][19]
Bob McCarthy 1989 NERFU 1988 First Team XVs [20]
Dave McDermott - NRU 2005 First Team XVs [21]
Greg McInerney 2013 ECRC 2013 First Team XVs [18]
Mark Phillips 1989 NERFU 1988 First Team XVs [20]
Aaron Reich 2014 ECRC 2014 Second Team 7s [19]
Mike Schoelch 2007 NRU 2005 First Team XVs [21]
Scott Sivak 2004 NRU 2004 First Team XVs [16]
Nick Smit 2011 NERFU 2010 First Team XV [15]
Aaron Smith 2015 ECRC 2014 Second Team 7s [19]
Michael Strouch 1990 NERFU 1989 First Team XVs
Ty Taylor 2013 ECRC 2013 First Team XVs [18]
Alex Throssel 2011 NERFU 2010 First Team XVs [15]
David Tobias 2013 ECRC 2013 First Team XVs [18]
Sebastien Voigt 2013 ECRC 2013 First Team XVs [18]
Luke Wallin 2006 NRU 2005 First Team XVs [21]

Professional Representation[edit]

Player Name Class Club Position Caps Debut League Reference
Diego Maquieira 2014 Houston SaberCats Hooker 1 01/06/18 Major League Rugby

National representation[edit]

Player Name Class Country Caps Debut Date Reference
Dimitri Efthimiou 2012 United States United States (7s) 1* 2010–11 IRB Sevens World Series 21 January 2010 [22]
Mikhael Shammas 2009 Lebanon Lebanon (Rugby League) 2 Lebanon v British Armed Forces XIIIs 3 July 2006
Kyle Winter 1999 Indonesia Indonesia 3 Indonesia v Guam 1 July 2009 [23]

(*) denotes tournament appearances

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