Rugby defeats Maine rival

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Co-Captain Quill Yates ’17 takes on a UNE defender.

The Colby Men’s Rugby team started their season on September 20 at home under the lights against the University of Maine Farmington. A large crowd filled with parents, friends, and professors supported the Mules as they opened their season. Jonathan Cabour ’17 scored the first try of the 2015 fall season for the Mules as they fell 29-5 to a tough University of Maine Farmington team. A few key Colby players went down with injuries fairly early in the game. Starting scrum-half Jack Sears ’17 left the match in the first half with a foot injury, while eight-man Kiernan Somers ’17 went down with a shoulder injury in the second half. Cabour received Man-of-the-Match recognition for his effort in the backline and Co-captain Brendan Paquette ’16 received the same nod as a forward.

After the home loss, the team regrouped and got ready to face Maine Maritime Academy in their second match of the season on Saturday, September 27. In this closely contested game, the Mules fell 19-12 to the Mariners. Paquette scored once for Colby and Co-Captain Quill Yates ’17 added another try for the Mules in a hard-fought battle that ended with them falling just short of a win on the road. Yates received Man-of-the-Match recognition for the backs, and Ben Wardwell ’17 received the honor for the forwards.

Having suffered two tough losses in as many weeks, the Mules were ready for a win and blew the doors open in a big way on the road against the University of New England. Paquette, Sears, Yates, and Lucas Graham ’19 all scored for the Mules, with Paquette and Graham accounting for two trys each as Colby went on to defeat the University of New England 31-3 at UNE. First-year Graham received Man-of-the-Match for the backs after accounting for a large chuck of the Mules’ points and fellow first-year Jake Young ’19 received the award for the forwards because of his great runs and tackles throughout the match.

“It was high-key a great win,” said wing-back James Burlage ’18 after the match on Saturday. “We finally got a win under our belt mainly due to everyone’s passion…we wanted to make sure [we started the night off right] with a road win”

The game was a great first win on the road for Colby as they look ahead to this weekend’s clash with their arch rivals, the Bowdoin Polar Bears. The Polar Bears are ranked second in the division, but Colby looks to bring their momentum from last weekend onto the field down in Brunswick on October 11 at 1 p.m.

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