Men’s Rugby to Compete in NY State DIII Finals

Univ. Communications – The University of Rochester Men’s Rugby Team is heading to New York City on November 12th for the New York State DIII finals. They are the only team, out of eleven total from Upstate NY, to make it to the finals.

“We played four games in the regular season. We won all of them,” said senior Sam Potter, a neuroscience major, player, and the business manager of the team. The team then went on to win both the quarter and semi finals and eventually the Upstate Championship, giving them a spotless 7-0 record and the title of champions of Upstate New York DIII rugby.

The team is looking forward to the finals this weekend as the pay off for years of commitment from the whole team. The team has been “gradually progressing,” said Potter. His freshman year they were 0-6 at the end of the season, and this year they are heading to the finals undefeated.

Potter, who hails from Scotland originally, has played rugby his whole life and said that the sport is “intense regarding teamwork” because there is no offense or defense, only a team working together toward a common goal. When asked how the team has done so well, Potter commended his teammates saying that rugby takes commitment and that the team has stuck with it.

At the state finals this weekend, the team heads to New York City to face off against the Metro New York DIII champions, Molloy College from Rockville Centre, NY. Potter said that while he and the team don’t know much about Malloy they do know that Molloy has more experience with the championship. “Malloy has been here before; we haven’t,” he said.

The winner of the match will progress on to the New England Division championships. “I’m looking forward to it,” said Potter. “It’ll be interesting.”

Article written by Daniel Baroff, a senior at the University of Rochester and an intern at University Communications.  He is majoring in religion with a minor in Jewish studies.  His main area of study is the involvement of Jews in the American comic book industry, for which he keeps an infrequently updated blog (