Middlebury Ends Perfect Season Perfectly
Saturday May 2, 2009 in Amateur Competitions Division II Colleges(Numina Photo)
May 2, 2009 – Middlebury are the DII men’s college champs after handing Wisconsin a 27-11 loss at Steuber Rugby Stadium in Stanford Saturday.
Middlebury looked the more poised and the more together side most of the day, running out to a 15-3 lead in the first half with tries from wings Ed Cahill and Spencer Paddock and a penalty and a conversion by center threequarter Brian Sirikia.
Sirikia scored a try early in the second half to give his side a 20-3 lead. But after wing wing Webster Schelble’s second penalty brought his side within 14, Wisconsin scored a try after some sustained pressure – Ben Knight going over.
Wisconsin looked to have made it even closer with a diver over the line, but were adjudged to have knocked the ball on. From there, Middlebury methodically worked their way downfield and as time wound down scrumhalf Max Levine scored the killer blow.
“We all played together,” said Levine. “No one player was a star. We spread the ball around and I am so proud of how the guys did. We rebounded from Wisconsin almost scoring and we kept our composure. It’s just the culmination of what we’ve been working toward. This is our first perfect season.”
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