2015-2016 OFFICERS

President - Sam Bauer
Vice President - Ciaran Lynch
Treasurer - Thomas Queally
Match Secretary - Michael Dombrowski
Alumni Liaison - Brian Ferrandi

ADVISORS

Faculty Advisor - Bobby Davis
Team Chaplain - Fr. Rick Malloy, S.J.
Director of Rugby - Bill Gregory
Head Coach - Garret Van Beek
Backs Coach - Quinn Conoboy
Forwards Coach- Bill Dempsey

ARCHIVES


  • Norsemen in Mid Atlantic Quarter Finals, Saturday

    On Oct 27th, Scranton lost to ESU, 40-35, in a controversial decision, with ESU scoring on the final play of match, at the 88 minute mark. Both the ESU Coach and Scranton Coach had Scranton winning 35-33 at regulation 80 minute mark, but the ref claimed he had 8 minutes of injury time, which had coaches, players, and spectators all scratching their heads in confusion. Nonetheless, Scranton led the entire match and gained 3 Bonus points due to scoreline. On November 3rd, the Norsemen finished the regular season with a hard fought 13-7 win vs York.

    With a 5-2 regular season record, the Norsemen are #4 seed in the Mid Atlantic Conference.

    The Playoff schedule is as follows:

    Saturday, November 10th
       #6 York at #3 ESU
       #5 Drexel at #4 Scranton

    Sunday, November 11th
       Lower seed winner Round 1 at #1 seed Rowan
       Higher seed winner Round 1 at #2 seed Lock Haven

    Come to Southside Athletic Complex on Saturday, November 10th for a 1PM kickoff and support The Scranton Norsemen in their playoff opener!
  • October 20 Away v Lafayette

    Returning from Fall Break and having a vigorous week of practice, The Norsemen travelled to Lafayette with a "One Win at a Time" mentality as the second half of MARC season begins. A Scranton try 46 seconds into the match started off the day, with the halftime score at 13-0, and Lafayette playing tough rugby. At 9 minutes in second half Lafayette capitalized on consistent pressure and the match was played very tight at 13-5… however, The Norsemenn started to hit on all cylinders, scoring 4 tries from the 58 minute mark thro 71 minute mark,improving MARC season to 4-1 with a final score Win of 36-5. Again this week, we were able to use tactical substitution and used 20 of 23 available roster spots. The "Killer B's" continued to roll, as an abrieviated round of Sevens and Tens were played due to numbers issues with our hosts,but nevertheless,our B side continues to learn and mature,giving continued depth as demonstrated in A side results. A tough week of training awaits as we eagerly anticipate our upcoming match with perennial power East Stroudsburg, away on Oct 27, as The Norsemen continue driving toward post season play.
  • Mid Season Recap

    The Norseman entered fall break with a 3-1 record, with only 3 points in opening loss to Lock Haven (39-36) separating us from an undefeated start. The team has overcome the loss of several starters to injury, as the talent is deep across the board, with all starting positions up for grabs each week. As of mid season, Scranton is #4 of 12 teams in the Mid Atlantic Rugby Conference, the top 6 making playoffs. All 6 playoff spots are tightly bunched in the MARC table points scoring system (www.marc-rugby.org). Players and coaches are committed to putting forth maximum effort at practices, training, and matches, as the crucial, tough second half of the season begins and our push to the playoff contention continues.
  • October 10 Home v Lehigh

    “Wednesday Night Lights” had Lehigh visiting Southside Complex to close the first half of the season. The Norsemen tallied 9 tries is a 58-10 win. Lehigh is to be commended for playing hard until the final whistle. Scranton used 23 players in this match, with many B side players moving into A side roles as we prepare for the second half of the season and our push to the playoffs.
  • September 29 Home v Villanova

    The Norsemen overcame an early 0-8 deficit to hold on, and defeat, a tough Villanova side 19-15 in a bruising battle featuring numerous defensive goal line stands. A record Parents Weekend “Pink Jersey” crowd of 400 family, friends, and spectators generated a lot of noise as they cheered the Norsemen to victory. Sales of gear and great food (donated by B3Q SMOKEHOUSE in West Pittstown, PA), plus our annual post match auction of pink jerseys, resulted in a $5,000 contribution to the American Cancer Society. Special thanks to Scranton Women’s Rugby and The University Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer.
  • September 22 Home v Bloomsburg

    Returning with a vengeance from the narrow defeat at Lock Haven,The Norsemen scored 5 tries en route to a 34-24 victory over the visiting Huskies. Brutal hitting was the menu of the day,with the Norsemen holding several desperate Bloomsburg comeback attacks in the second,finally securing the win with a try and conversion at the final 80 minute mark of the match. The Killer B’s came from behind to win 12-10 and continue an impressive cohesion of new players and experienced ruggers. The Norsemen attained the maximum bonus points and are well positioned in the playoff standings,even though the season is just starting.
  • September 15 Away at Lock Haven

    The Norsemen opened with a back and forth 39-36 loss to MARFU D3 Champion 2012 Lock Haven,who proved they now belong in division 2. The Norsemen outscored LH 6 tries to 5,however the home team connected on some long penalty kicks and held off 2 late Scranton breaks to escape with a win. Scranton still came away with 3 bonus points which will be important in Conference standings at playoff time. Killer B’s with many first time rooks came away with a 12-5 win. All in all a good day ,we were left with fire in our guts on the long and luxurious Martz bus trip home.
  • Second Half of Fall 2012 begins this Saturday October 22 away at East Stroudsburg University, with an 8 PM Saturday Evening Kick Off. ESU field is located at 200 Prospect St. East Stroudsburg, Pa. 18301
  • Fourth Annual Pink Jersey Breast Cancer Benefit Game Set For Parents Weekend – Saturday, September 29, 2012

    The tradition of playing Villanova University for this charity event continues in 2012. Both Catholic institutions' rugby teams are committed to community service and a friendly rivalry has developed between these teams. Once again, match jerseys will be auctioned off after the match, all proceeds to American Cancer Society. We will have an on-field barbeque, with all proceeds from food sales to American Cancer Society.
  • USA Rugby Restructuring of Collegiate Competition

    Fall 2012 begins a radical departure from the traditional “union” based geographical organization of rugby competition and administration. While senior men and women competition will remain in the “union” structure, high schools will migrate to SBRO (State Based Rugby Organization, similar to PIAA); Colleges will migrate to NCAA model of conference play. The University of Scranton Men's Rugby will participate in the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference, a collegiate DII competition. Although varsity sports at the university compete in Landmark DIII conference, or Empire 8, depending upon the sport, Men's Rugby has exercised the option provided by USA Rugby to “play up” to DII level competition.
  • Committment to Community Service
    The Scranton Norsemen are committed to be a leading organization in performing service in our community in the Jesuit tradition of conducting ourselves as “men for and with others.” From Freshmen Move-in to our Pink Benefit for American Cancer Society, to Santa and the Easter Bunny, and much more, the goal of the Norsemen is to participate in service as part of the fabric of our organization.

HIGHLIGHTS of 2011


  • In July,The Scranton Norsemen won the Collegiate Men’s Division of The Surfside Sevens, compiling a 4-1 record on one long hot Saturday. See photo below. The Norsemen met 428 West in our 9AM opening match, and through the magic of bracket play with 20 Collegiate teams participating, defeated the same 428 West in the 7PM Championship match. A long and rewarding day…rugby fields next to the beach and all that beautiful seaside scenery!! 428 West are composed of teammates of the late Josias Sterling, who played for St. Joe Prep thru 2008 and Temple U in 2009. Josias was lost in a riptide the day before he was to play in 2009 Surfside Sevens, his spirit and friendship was evident in this Final Championship Match. The Norsemen will participate in The Josias Sterling Memorial “Apple Pie” 7s on Friday November 25, 2011. This event raises funds for The Josias Sterling Aquatic Education Program, which funds enrollment of 100 at risk youth per year in a 6 week swim program. See www.josiassterling.org for more information.
  • Norsemen Alumni 2006 Bill Dempsey has joined us as Coach, and his constant yells of “HOT BALL” have resounded at every game and practice, his relationship with our players is outstanding, and his commitment to coaching is yet another positive step forward
  • We have one of the largest rookie class in many years, with 18 of 46 registered team members getting first blood as Norsemen. These rooks have been learning fast, and are already challenging the veterans for playing time, and bode well for continued success of our program.
  • 2 early season losses to TCNJ and Villanova were both hard fought matches, with The Norsemen leading at halftime. All players gave max effort, and as the second half of our season begins at ESU this Saturday, with the assimilation of new faces and unit game time, we anticipate a winning trend into the playoffs in November.
  • On Sept. 8, 9, 10 The University of Scranton Men's Rugby again hosted The IRFU (Irish Rugby Football Union) Training Manager, Colin Moran, for 3 hour practice sessions and rugby teaching. Colin was given a Scranton jersey and was made an Honorary Norseman. Colin coached and developed many of the current players on The Ireland National Team and it was a privilege to host him, both on and off the field. Colin really has developed a bond with The Norsemen and looks forward to a return visit.