Joe Meixell | Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Notre Dame opened Chicago Area Rugby Football Union (CARFU) play this weekend with a pair of one-sided victories over the University of Illinois-Chicago and Northern Illinois. In the opener, the Notre Dame A side defeated UIC 33-0 behind a balanced scoring attack. Senior Chris Brown scored two tries, while graduate student Don Greiwe and seniors Chris Harrington and Luis Melendez each had one try. The final six points came on two field goals by Greiwe.
In the second contest against UIC, The NDRFC B side defeated the UIC B side, 34-0. Freshman Pat Griffin led all scorers with three tries, while single tries were posted by Mike Johnson, Patrick O’Toole, and John Liedl. Freshman Sean Mitchell converted both of his conversion attempts to account for the remaining four points.
The Irish crushed Northern Illinois 38-0 in the finale. Andrew Mullen, sophomore Bob Huguelet, Mitchell, Harrington, Melendez, and senior Stephen Barbera each scored a try. Greiwe was three of four on conversions and Mitchell one of two to complete the scoring.
The first two Irish CARFU league matches this season represent the first official matches played by the club on campus in more than 12 years. The A side sports a 3-1-1 record while the B side’s victory came in its first match of the year. The club will travel to Northwestern next week.