Rugby crowned sevens champs Reply

(Left to right) Sophomore Jeff Vautrin, freshman Javier Colon, junior captain Steve Saluti, senior captain and tournament MVP Joe Gately, senior Ricky Hawkes, senior Brian Higgins, and freshman Hugh Ramirez. (Photo courtesy of Alyssa Lajoi)

(Left to right) Sophomore Jeff Vautrin, freshman Javier Colon, junior captain Steve Saluti, senior captain and tournament MVP Joe Gately, senior Ricky Hawkes, senior Brian Higgins, and freshman Hugh Ramirez. (Photo courtesy of Alyssa Lajoi)

Tristan Davis – Sports Editor

The rugby team travelled to rain-soaked Harvard University for the rugby sevens Codfish Tournament, capturing their first ever rugby sevens championship.

The Lasers took down Curry College, UMass-Boston, and Brandeis University in the winning effort. Lasell excelled with strong performances from Javier Colon, Hugh Ramirez, and Jeff Vautrin. Senior Joe Gately was awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player Award.

The Colonels of Curry College proved to be a tough opening match for Lasell, as both teams struggled to find the try zone. As the first half ended, the low-scoring affair left the Lasers ahead after Colon scrambled in for the try. The second half appeared identical to the first as both teams continued a strong defensive showing. The Lasers sealed the victory after some insurance points courtesy of senior Brian Higgins, and Lasell started the day 1-0.

The Lasers were then pitted against an athletic UMass-Boston squad. They took down the Beacons thanks to strong play from Vautrin, who led the team in tries throughout the day. Another impressive defensive effort by the Lasers held UMass-Boston to one try, and Lasell advanced to 2-0.

The final matchup put Lasell against the most formidable opponent in the tournament, the Judges of Brandeis University. Scrums were the theme of the first half, as both teams traded opportunities during the seven-minute affair. Lasell got off to a good start in the second half when junior captain Steve Saluti scored to cap off an efficient Lasers drive. Brandeis was nipping at the heels of the Lasers until Colon broke up the sideline and found Ramirez for the try, giving Lasell its first sevens championship.

“I have been on this team since our first official season in the NERFU league and I have never been more proud of this team until this season” said Gately. “Winning a championship as a captain my senior year was one of the best moments I have had in college and I am happy I got to share it with this year’s team.”

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