Category: Men

From the Archives: Monmouth tops Old Blue 5/5/90

A throwback to 1990 as Monmouth topped Old Blue for the first time in club history 24-10.  Brian Harris gives us his wonderful match notes on the triumph and look for name drops of several future Monmouth Hall of Famers.  Again, credit to RJ Bifani and Tom Lyons for the discovery.  Just a taste of some of the surprises coming Monmouth Day as we celebrate our 45th Anniversary!

MRFC Announces New Practice Home at Capelli Sports Complex

Monmouth Rugby is proud to announce our NEW practice home at Capelli Sports in Tinton Falls!  Last night, the Monmouth Men and Women held their first full practice under the lights of the beautiful brand new fields.  As a we settle into our new home, Monmouth Rugby will be hosting a open practice on Thursday, September 28th to introduce the club to the new facility. Players young and old will be in attendance and are encouraged to bring a friend to introduce them to the game we all love.  No prior experience needed, men and women of all experience and fitness levels welcome!

Regular practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Capelli facility on Field #6.  The address of the complex is 1659 Wayside Rd, Tinton Falls, NJ 07712.  Capelli Sports aims to be a premier destination for sport on the east coast, the Capelli Sport Complex offers all services ranging from rentals, leagues, and tournament games to birthday parties, corporate events, and training programs for soccer, lacrosse, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and football. For more information on programs, please visit

Monmouth Rugby would like to extend a huge thank you to Neptune Youth Football, which has been our practice home for the past 5+ years.  Please help to continue to support Neptune Youth program, for more information please visit

Finally, this opportunity would not be possible without the continued fundraising efforts of our players, support from our sponsors, including a generous donation from the Hazell-Dell foundation, and the tireless efforts of club leadership to make this possible.  Please continue to support MRFC in the following ways:
– Become a Social Member
– Join the Wilde Rover Mug Club
– Raffle tickets are currently available though players – $10 each
Social Memberships and Mug Club available now through the MRFC store:
Thank you in advance for all your support and see you at a match this fall!

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

Frank Bricker on the charge

Monmouth win big over Montclair


On a pleasant October Saturday at CBA in Lincroft Monmouth Men’s D2 side put in a seven-try win over Montclair. The Monmouth sideline was boosted by a large group of Old Boys who were rewarded with an entertaining performance.

Coming off an impressive first start last week against Union Ron Brown finished a flowing move to score an unconverted try wide right after four minutes. This was followed on fifteen minutes by an excellent lineout maul from 15 meters out that lead to Chris Sullivan dotting down and the try was converted by Rob Benedetto to leave it 12-0.

5 minutes later Montclair’s fly Daniel Zielke scored a good solo effort under the posts converted by Harold Vazquez to pull the score back to 12-7. Vazquez popped a penalty over to make it 12-10 on 24 minutes but that would be the closest it got as Benedetto scored an unconverted try from close range on 36 minutes followed by an incredible bonus point try by left wing Richie Cicalo that started deep in the Monmouth 22 with a turnover and ended under the Montclair posts to leave the game 22-10 at the half.

Rob Benedetto hits the conversion
Rob Benedetto hits the conversion

The second half started with Monmouth on the front foot again and prop Frank Bricker powered over for a try from 25 meters out after 9 minutes that was converted by Benedetto who was then replaced by Peter Terilli. Shortly after that Richie Cicalo gave Nick Lynch a soft no look pass on the left wing for a try that was converted from the sideline by prop Ken Pape to make it 36-10.

Ken Pape hit the conversion from the sideline
Ken Pape hit the conversion from the sideline

Ron Brown was replaced by Nick Sullivan on 68 minutes. Montclair scored an unconverted try on 77 minutes which was immediately replied to with an expert level of flanker pick-pocketing by Chris Szablowski to leave the final score at 41-15. Man of the Match went to Bricker for his storming play around the park. D3 had earlier dropped the game to Montclair while Doug King made a man of the match return to scrum half.

“This is a young squad and the boys are growing every week. It is great to see new athletes stepping up and dominating. Bricker, AJ and Ron Brown are playing strong.” said Monmouth DOR and Head Coach Pat Moroney. “The team’s work ethic is excellent and the lads are being rewarded for it. We are looking forward to hosting the league leaders Morris in two weeks time at Thompson.”

Support Monmouth Rugby by shopping on Amazon Smile . Just purchase as you normally would at the same low prices but login via (not or the mobile app). Monmouth Rugby will benefit 0.5% of all eligible purchases.

You can also support Monmouth Rugby on your phone doing what you normally do by downloading the Good Cents app or visiting the website.

(Photos Patti Benedetto) 

Monmouth Tops Montclair

Saturday’s heat, although an obstacle, would not get in the way of this Monmouth squad’s opening day victory as the men cruised to a 39-14 win over Montclair. Great defensive pressure and quick pace saw Monmouth scoring early and often with tries scored by forwards Chris Sullivan and Chris Szablowski.  The scoring continued late in the first with a very well executed set piece put away by Matt Crumedy.

Smartly placed kicks and great support led to a Nick Lynch try 3 minutes into the second.  Monmouth continued to pour on the pressure without hesitation. Immediately following the kickoff Nick Lynch found himself in the try zone after some fancy footwork and a burst speed as Nick Sullivan opened the field of play. Montclair clawed one back after several hard fought phases to land on the scoring sheet. Szablowski punched through in quick fashion for his second shortly followed by Nick Sullivan’s first try for the season. Montclair took one back with 3 minutes left of an already decided game. The men travel north next to face opponent Morris.



2016 Men’s Fall Preview

Men’s Fall Preview
Men’s D2 team has bounced back in great fashion after a disappointing Fall season last year, which left Monmouth narrowly missing playoffs.  With Spring tournament championships in the Jersey Shore Invitational and Delaware’s Son of a Beach, this revamped Monmouth team entered into the summer a stronger, determined, and more cohesive group.  Summer 7’s provided an excellent run of form from the men as they took second in the overall Empire series and earning the first place trophy from their very own home tournament.  Since the end of the summer, the team has come together in training on and off the pitch. Led by returning captain Andrew Poulson and with the help of Monmouth Rugby alum, Kevin Kustelski and Monmouth Crossfit, this men’s team has put in the work and preparation to make Monmouth a very dangerous and relentless team this fall.

On the D3 side Itay Bogner takes the helm as captain and will lead a group of rising young talent and will be joined by several experienced veterans.  Strong recruiting efforts throughout the spring and summer have boosted the player pool and expect several players to make the jump to D2 as they develop this fall.

Both the Men’s D2 and D3 kick off the fall on the road this Saturday against Montclair.  D3 kickoff is scheduled for 1:30pm with D2 to follow at 3pm.


Full Schedule Here:

Men’s Schedule

Announcing the 2016-2017 MRFC Mug Club!

Join the 2016 MRFC Mug Club!

Coming to the Wilde Rover this ’16-17 season: The MRFC MUG CLUB!  Here’s what it’s all about.The Mug Club features a 16 ounce collector sport glass mug with MRFC’s Crest on the front (see below). There will be different artwork each year to make them unique. The first year, again, if you weren’t paying attention is the MRFC Crest. When you become a member of the Mug Club, you get one of those mugs of your very own with your number to designate it as your own right there on the mug.  Here’s what you’ll get:

  • – When you come in just tell us your name or your mug number and we will retrieve and fill it for you.
  • – More of Your Favorite Brew – At every post game social or when ordering anything on tap, instead of those boring plastic cups, you’ll get your beer in your very own mug! Then, when you’re finished, we’ll wash the glass and put it right back over the bar in its cozy little space to wait for your next visit.
  • – At the end of the year, you take the Mug home to rest on your mantle, trophy case, or headboard of your bed as a remembrance of a fine year at the Rover.
  • – Special events – Your membership in the Mug Club will get you in to special events like beer tastings throughout the year, in addition to discounts to club events such as Monmouth Day and the Awards Banquet

Mugs will be available starting with the first home match in mid-September.  Join the Mug Club now price for just $45/year, and, my friends, that’s a bargain! Your beer just got bigger and classier and you’ll help support all the great things that Monmouth Rugby does on and off the field!

The Mug Club is limited so don’t wait – Click Here to Join!!!

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 12.11.01 PM