Monmouth Day 2017 – This Weekend!

This weekend – Join Monmouth Rugby for our biggest rugby weekend of the year! Celebrate all that is great about Monmouth Rugby with a full day of rugby from our Men’s, Women’s, and Alumni playing sides at Thompson Park followed by our BIGGEST party of the year at the Wilde Rover. We will also induct the 2017 Hall of Fame Class, Rob Morello and Jeff Kaltenbach.  See below for full schedule and ticket info:
Friday @Wilde Rover
8pm – Welcome Happy Hour at the Wilde RoverSaturday @Thompson Park
10:00 Women B Side v Union
11:00 Women A Side v Brooklyn
12:30 Men D2 v Jersey Shore
2:00 Men D3 v Brooklyn
3:30 Alumni v Brooklyn/Jersey Shore B

Saturday @Wilde Rover
4:00pm – Doors Open!
5:30pm – BBQ Dinner and Pig Roast
6:30pm – Hall of Fame Induction
8:00pm – After Party Continues into the Night! – No cover after 8pm
Live Music from 5-9PM!

Wristbands required from 4-8pm
Kids Under 13 – Free
Under 21 – $15
Player and Social Members (Including Mug Club) – $30**
Non-Members – $40
**Members may bring (1) additional guest at $30
***Please purchase wristbands at Thompson Park to avoid the wait at the Rover!

Wristband includes include all of the festivities, game fees, burgers/dogs at the pitch, BBQ dinner and Pig Roast and dessert, live music and activities for the kids. Ticket includes free beer from 4-7pm, cash bar for premium and mixed drinks. Friends, family, and guests are all welcome to join in the fun!

Renegades Top Boston – Advance to Northeast Championship

The Renegades took the field last Saturday versus Boston in the first round of the Atlantic North playoffs.  Having played Boston in previous seasons, the Renegades expected a tough and physical match.  However, the Monmouth sideline showed up strong and helped cheer Monmouth on to an early lead.  The women played great team rugby getting multiple phases from the forwards as well as getting the ball through the back line.  Kate and Florida had notable runs in the first half that helped put Monmouth on the board early. At the end of the first half, the score stood at Monmouth 21 – Boston 5.

Although the heat was affecting both sides, Boston surged in the beginning of the second half.  They took advantage of Monmouth’s mistakes and scored a few breakaway tries.  The Renegades managed to keep the pressure on and were rewarded when the forwards hit Boston with a few hard phases ending with (Liz) Hussey crashing one over the line. As time rolled on late in the second half, Boston scored their fourth try of the game, putting the score at Monmouth 28 – Boston 26.  They kept pressure on the Renegades, but the ladies didn’t falter.  With one minute left, the girls marched down the field and Nicole scored off of a forwards penalty play securing their playoff win and keeping their undefeated record intact.
The women came out of the weekend as the #1 Empire team and will continue their playoff run in Albany against Beantown. If you happened to be in the area, the match kicks off at 4pm at Dick Green Field (50 Frisbie Ave, Albany, NY 12209).
Final Score
Monmouth 33 – Boston 26
Tries: Kate “Florida” Benedit (2), Kate Kelly, Elizabeth Hussey (Russoniello), Nicole Carroll
Conversions: Kelly “Stitch” Rafferty (4)

Monmouth Defeat Syracuse in Mudbath

On a beautiful spring day in Syracuse sixth seed, Monmouth upset the Upstate conference winners Syracuse Chargers in a tight contest on a soft pitch that churned quickly into a mudbath.

On 10 minutes there were contrasting fortunes for each team’s 10 with Monmouth’s Rob Benedetto seeing yellow for getting caught in a ruck and Syracuse’s Justin Melvin converting the penalty for the opening score.

Monmouth came back and started to apply consistent pressure in the Syracuse 22, but the Monmouth’s backs struggled to move the ball through the mud as the field began to deteriorate.

On 25 minutes Syracuse’s lively eight-man Andrew Pelkey picked from a scrum on his 22 and broke deep into the Monmouth half where he linked with his Fullback Matthew Scheemaker to score a try in the right corner and extend the Syracuse lead to 8.

Monmouth responded well, and their attack results in a series of lineouts in the Syracuse 22. Monmouth captain Andrew Poulson won a well worked set piece and released Nic Lucarelli for a thunderous try to bring the score back to 8-5.

Syracuse again tested the Monmouth fringe defense with numerous one out runners and they made inch by inch progress in the mud but could not break the well connected Monmouth line. The half ended with Syracuse holding a 3 point lead.

Monmouth started the second half well attacking the firmer end of the field. After 9 minutes Monmouth was striking close to the Chargers line but knocked on. From the ensuing scrum Monmouth’s scrum half Kieran Walsh caught Pelkey. The Chargers forwards did not deal with the pressure from Monmouth’s aggressive rucking and lost the ball behind their line. Poulson reacted quickly and reached over the pile to touch down and put Monmouth in the lead for the first time. Ryan Puck replaced the hard working Christian Szablowski at flank for Monmouth following the score to bring some freshness into the Monmouth back row.

Syracuse ramped up the pressure and again brought their big forwards into play with unrelenting one out runners, but the middle of the field had deteriorated badly at this point, and any attack through this quagmire was challenging. Syracuse did attempt to move the ball through the backs, but Monmouth’s line speed smothered their progress and frequently pushed them back to lose ground.

Both teams had chances late with the Chargers Melvin missing a harsh penalty from 35 meters in the swirling wind and following a pinpoint kick by Walsh to the Syracuse corner flag Monmouth failed to convert a lineout win in the corner as Pelkey picked up a loose ball to relieve the pressure.

Monmouth’s stout defense held firm to the end and Monmouth progress to the next round against the Village Lions on April 22.

Monmouth Head Coach Pat Moroney was satisfied afterward saying “Our forwards were outstanding in defense and consistently repelled the Chargers tight running forwards. We have spent the past three weeks working hard in practice on our defensive connections and line speed. The backs did not get a chance to express themselves today but did everything that was required. The lads worked hard for each other and overall our discipline was outstanding. Rob’s foot got caught by a forward in the ruck, and he was unlucky to see yellow for trying to extricate it. A couple of silly penalties late gave the Chargers a chance, and we will have work to do on that over the next two weeks. Playoff rugby is about fine margins, and I would like to thank the players that traveled but did not get in, the work they have done on the practice field is huge. My coaching team is working hard, Ken Pape and Chris Wagner really making progress with the lads particularly on the set piece and defense.”

Monmouth Rugby
#1 – Bricker, Frank (FR)
#2 – Lucarelli, Nicholas (FR)
#3 – Sullivan, Christopher (FR)
#4 – Greenwood, Ryan
#5 – Russoniello, John
#6 – Szablowski, Christian
#7 – Iadisernia, Anthony
#8 – Poulson, Andrew
#9 – Bighorse, William
#9 – Walsh, Kieran
#10 – Benedetto, Robert
#11 – Cicalo, Richard
#12 – Pritchard, Calvin
#13 – Crumedy, Matthew
#14 – Sullivan, Nicholas
#15 – Lynch, Nicholas
#16 – Ernst, Christian (FR)
#17 – Minenna, Jonathan (FR)
#18 – Frayko, Brian (FR)
#19 – Begen, John
#20 – Bogner, Itay
#21 – Puck, Ryan
#22 – King, Douglas
#23 – Oliveira, Carlos


3rd Annual Shamrock Shuffle

The 3rd Annual Shamrock Shuffle is set to take place on Sunday, March 26th in Thompson Park (Lincroft, NJ).

Registrants can look forward to a fun and scenic 5k run/walk loop, followed by a 1 mile Fun Run for kids 12 and under. After the running concludes, an awards ceremony will be hosted for our top runners in each age group.

The fun doesn’t end there! All registrants will receive a swag bag from our sponsors, an exclusive invite to our St. Patrick’s Day themed after-party (picture Guinness, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Live Music and raffle prizes for both kids and adults!) and so much more!

The Shamrock Shuffle is sponsored by the Monmouth Rugby Football Club. Proceeds from the Shamrock Shuffle will go to support Mary’s Place by the Sea & Fisher House. Mary’s Place by the Sea is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women who are receiving treatment for cancer.  They provide services that complement their medical treatment, including oncology massages, nutrition education, individual counseling, writing for health, reflexology, Reiki, guided meditation, prayer, and yoga…all free of charge. Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.


Play Rugby

MRFC HS Boys/Girls Registration – Spring 2017

Calling all High School athletes! Monmouth Rugby is registering boys and girls for the 2017 Spring Rugby season. No prior experience is required and athletes from all backgrounds are welcome.

Rugby is one of the fasted growing sports in the country and recently debuted in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The sport offers a high level of competition while forming life-long friendships as well as an opportunity for recruitment and play at the college level.

Registration dues are $150 for new players and $100 for returning. Registration includes weekly practices from March – May, with 4-6 matches on weekends. New players will receive rugby shorts, socks, and a practice ball with their registration. Spring players will also be invited to play in the Summer 7’s season and the Fall 7’s series.

Please contact the MRFC Director of Youth Rugby, Val Rogers at with any questions.


Players may also register online here!

Renegades Thankful For A Great Season!

The Renegades the took the pitch on an unseasonably warm November day last weekend against the Village Lions. The first time Monmouth played the lions this season was one of the most anticipated games of the fall. Back in early October both teams battled under the skyscraper backdrop of New York City and the Renegades gave the lions what would be their first and only loss of the season; until they met again.

The Renegades knew the Village Lions would be traveling to Thompson Park with a vengeance and this game was the only thing that stood between the Monmouth Women and an undefeated fall season. The Lions showed early on that they were not going to back down and some penalties by Monmouth led to the Lions scoring the first try of the match. However, the Monmouth Women quickly pulled it together and answered with a few tries of their own. Overall the level of play that the Renegades exhibited was a huge improvement on the season and many of the tries scored were ‘textbook’ team tries. The forwards did a great job at securing ball and quickly getting it out to the backs who took advantage of the opportunities to score on the outside. The first half ended 20-14 with Monmouth in the lead.

The Renegades would hold on to that lead for the remainder of the match wrapping up the 2016 fall season with no loses. Going into Thanksgiving week the women have a lot to be thankful for. Ending one of the longest seasons they have seen in years, the support they had all season long from their amazing coaches, the rugby club and their dedicated fans truly helped them to push through and come out on top! The Monmouth women were happy to have accomplished many goals set back in August and are looking forward to their spring tour in Savannah! Come April stay tuned, the Renegades will be taking the pitch for a crossover playoff match with a team from the North East Rugby Football Union. See you all in the spring!!

Final score 32-19. Tries by Nicole Carroll, Kathleen Kerwin (2 tries), Taryn Sievers, Becca Moose and Kate Kelly.
Kelly “Stitch” Rafferty- 1 conversion

Andrew Poulson v Morris

Monmouth Men’s D2 Defeat Bayonne, D3 Falls to Brooklyn

After a well deserved Bye week, the Monmouth Men’s D2 and D3 sides headed north to Bayonne looking to finish strong in the fall season.  In the opening match of the day, Monmouth Men’s D3 took on Brooklyn.  The match showcased some strong individual performances and great team intensity for 80 minutes but ultimately fell short.  Unfortunately momentary lapses in the defense led to long runs and points on the board for Brooklyn.  However several of our developing players and rookies put in big hits and hard runs as they build into the final match of the fall against Princeton.  Brian Frayco earned Man of the Match honors.

The Men’s D2 finished the day with a 25-22 triumph over Bayonne, avenging an early season loss and tightening the standings.  Captain Andrew Poulson returned to the pitch with big hits and a try off a 5 meter scrum drive.  The forwards absolutely dominated the set pieces stealing multiple line-outs and overpowering the Bayonne scrum.  Ryan Puck opened the scoring with a break through the centers and Frank Bricker powered his way to another score.  Nick Lynch earned man of the match honors with 2 tries, the first off a pick following a Rich Cicalo break and later in the second half on a grub kick from flyhalf Pete Terilli.

Monmouth closes out the season this Saturday in Princeton.  D3 kicks off at 1PM D2 follows at 3PM