by Mike Davies
edited by Casey Willams
Franklin Pierce University’s men’s and women’s rugby teams participated in the Beast of the East Tournament on April 17 and 18 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
Both teams did not get the results they were looking for, after the men’s rugby team finished with a 0-2 record and the women’s finished with a 2-2 record.
The women’s team made it to the semifinals of the consolation matches, playing in the Division III bracket. However, the men’s team was not as fortunate and had an early exit from the tournament.
The women’s team got a win against Fordham University and received a victory from Trinity College via forfeit, but suffered losses to Babson College and Mount Holyoake College. Although the women’s team did not win the tournament, the players still felt as though their hard effort paid off.
Allison McNeany, president of the women’s rugby team, participated in her first ever Beast of the East tournament and thought the tournament went well. “We played more experienced teams because we are a division four team and we did better than I expected,” said McNeany.
On the other side, the men lost to Castleton State and Colby College in the Division II bracket. Corey Lawson, head coach of the men’s and women’s rugby team, has impressed by how the men played. “The men played two teams that were higher division and only lost by one score,” said Lawson. He also mentioned that it was some of the best rugby both teams have played since he took over as head coach.
The Beast of the East tournament is the largest collegiate rugby tournament in the world. In total, 61 teams from the northeast participated. Both Franklin Pierce teams expect to participate in next year’s tournament.
The Beast of the East tournament was the biggest outing that the Franklin Pierce University rugby teams will have until the fall. Both teams will continue their remaining Spring schedules in preparation for the Fall season.