1969 Men's Team



1969 Men's Team
The 1968 Fall season featured a competitive schedule that included matches against New York Metropolitan Rugby Union First Division sides Columbia Business School, Manhattan and Old Blue, along with some of the top collegiate teams on the East coast. The club had a number of A side players returning from the previous year including Bob "Beef" Smith, Tom Krenn, Bob Maney, Bill Connolly, Steve Carre, Tom Crowley, Joe Sindt and Steve Ryan. The team was captained by Tom Crowley and Quinnie Murphy. It opened the season by reeling off four straight victories before losing to the powerful Manhattan Rugby Club by a 0-3 score. Victories over Holy Cross and Villanova followed; both were highly regarded teams who entered their matches with Fairfield undefeated.

The Stags took a 6-1 record into a Homecoming showdown with Old Blue, the #3 ranked team in the nation. A large, enthusiastic crowd witnessed a stunning 14-5 Fairfield victory over the senior club team. Steve Carre's brilliant 70-yard dash for a try earned him the games Most Valuable Player award. The Stags took their regular season 7-1 record - allowing only 20 points in their first 8 games - into the first New England Collegiate Championship invitational tournament in Worcester, Massachusetts. They were considered one of the favorites to win the championship, only to be bounced from the tournament in the first round by a strong Brown University team, finishing their season with a 7-2 record.

The Spring season featured victories over another Met Union Club team, Westchester and Fordham along with an 8-0 win in Washington DC against a strong Georgetown side which had handily beaten Fairfield the year before. The match was won on the strength of a try by Tom Crowley who bolted through the center of the field past two Hoya defenders to touch down between the posts.

The highlight of the Spring season for the Club and the University was the opening of Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field. After a moving celebration honoring Hans Grauert and thanking Mrs. Leila Grauert and the Grauert family, Fairfield won an emotional, come-from-behind 14-6 victory against the University of Pennsylvania, a top Ivy League side. Mark Feeley scored the first ever try for Fairfield on its new home pitch and Tom Krenn was named the game's Most Valuable player. Fairfield's attempt at an undefeated spring season was quashed in its final game against Manhattan, leaving the Stags with a 5-1-1 spring record and an overall record of 12-3-1 for the year. This outstanding record was accomplished against one of the strongest schedules the FURFC ever faced.

The 1969 team made its mark by building on the legacy established by the original 1963 side; it competed successfully on the pitch, it introduced the game to a group of underclassmen who would become some of the best players in the club's history and organized a memorable dedication of Grauert Field. The team included: Bob "Beef" Smith, Al Salomone, Frank Santulli, Paul Flanagan, Tom Crowley, Bill Connolly, Paul Basirico, Jerry Salomone, Bruce Klastow, Tom Krenn, Tom Larkin, Chuck Dombeck, John "Quinnie" Murphy, Bob Maney, Bill Sweeney, Carl Sachs, Jack Zorski, Tom King, Joe Postich, Willis Reinke, Kurt Schlichting, Jack O'Mara, Bob "Fatty" Maher, Mark Feeley, Bob Trainer, Bill Geraghty, Pat Burke, John Langan, Bill Frese, Steve Ryan, Steve Carre, Chris Galvin, Jim Casey, Mike Kenefick, John O'Neill and many more players and supporters.

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