The 7s program finished its wildly successful summer yesterday, placing both Mens’ and Womens’ team in their respective cup finals at the Surfside 7s Tournament on the beach in Stone Harbor, NJ.
After storming their way to the final with a 25-0 thrashing of Media, the 3-0 mens’ team encountered a fast and physical Shockers side. Although there was no shortage of effort or physicality in the match, “clean” would not be one of the adjectives to describe this game. Monmouth had, but could not connect on countless scoring opportunities (if you’re sensing frustration in the tone of this, you would be correct). After a long try at the end of regulation by Joe Lucarelli and a clutch conversion by Nick “The Fattest Foot in the East” Lucarelli, MRFC took the game into overtime. However, once again sloppy play doomed the boys, who gave up a try at the end of the first overtime period and were blanked in the second to fall to the Shockers 21-14.
Having not had a legit practice session in weeks, and despite traveling to Stone Harbor with only 7 ladies, the Renegades borrowed a player or two en route to a wonderful run to the final. Athleticism and chemistry were the words of the day as the ladies tackled and crashed their way through their pool and then scored a lovely, hard fought try at the end of the semifinal to defeat rival Morris. However, a spritely Cheseapeake side showed a bit more speed and endurance against our short-handed Renegades, who fell despite a valiant effort.
Robbie’s editorial- Having been through six summer seasons with the club, I speak for all the senior players who played this year in expressing our sincere honor to have been a part of this run. This was, by far, the most successful summer campaign in a long time (quite possibly in MRFC history) both on and off the field. The memories from these last few months will be with us forever, and I am, as always, privileged to have been able to wear the colors and represent the club.
Rockaway 7s Cup Champions
Binghamton Roadkill 7s Cup Champion
Lehigh Valley 7s Bowl Champion
Surfside 7s Cup Runner- Up
Surfside 7s Cup Runner-Up
Now it’s time to parlay this success into a METNY title in the fall. Rest your legs, hit the gym and get ready for a NASTY fall season.