Men's Program

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Overview

Men's Rugby logoHome of the Red Ruggers - Established 1963

Our men’s rugby club enjoys an outstanding level of competition and national exposure playing in the DIA Liberty Conference. League opponents include Northeastern, UConn, Fordham, Boston College, URI, Tufts, and UMass. 

In its more than 55-year history, Fairfield Rugby has built a powerful legacy of excellence on and off the field. Our players, coaches, administrators, and alumni are a formidable team in support of the program, and each other. 

Fairfield Men’s Rugby Program Features:

  • Division I program
  • Professional coaching
  • Comprehensive fitness program with professional trainers
  • Historic Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field
  • Rugby scholarships
  • Dynamic rugby special events and extensive University support
  • Active alumni network
  • Corporate sponsorship
  • Service opportunities

 

Coaching Staff

Head Coach Austin Ryan joined the Fairfield Men’s Rugby Club in 2019. His background at Fairfield Preparatory College and Marquette University prepared him for a victorious coaching career with Fairfield. He believes that rugby is the purest team sport in which anyone who wants to work hard enough physically and mentally is rewarded.

Email Coach Ryan at  aryan3@fairfield.edu.

Marc Downes joined the Fairfield University coaching staff in August 2014. Marc has played and coached on both the local and international level of elite rugby play. Marc brings with him a wealth of rugby knowledge and a true love of the game.

Email Coach Downes at mdownes1@fairfield.edu.

Roster

Austin Ryan
Coach

Marc Downes
Coach

Salvatore Esposito Jr. ’18
Coach

Zach Ahlin ‘21
Wilmington, MA
Hooker/Flanker

Ryan Boggio ‘22
Hinsdale, NH
Center

Charles Bonaparte ‘20
Ridgefield, CT
Wing

James Broderick ‘20
Monroe, NY
Flanker

Sean Callaghan ‘22
Baldwin, NY
Second Row

Jack Cahill ‘23
Milton, MA
Prop/Second Row

Carlos Calderon ‘22
Queens, NY
Wing

Nicholas Costanzo ‘21
Buffalo, NY
Wing/Flyhalf

Benjamin Dean ‘22
Dedham, MA
Wing

Joseph DeCaro ‘20
Winchester, MA
Flanker

Nick Dodge ‘22
Braintree, MA
Prop/Hooker

Matthew Dziuba ‘21
Bondville, VT
Prop

Ben Ehlers ‘23
Fairfield, CT
Wing/Fullback

Brendan Gately ‘22
Westborough, MA
Prop

Colin Garvin ‘22
Sudbury, MA
Wing

Zachary Gounaris ‘22
Eldersburg, MD
Second Row

Ryan Handelman ‘20
Madison, CT
Second Row

Sam Harris ‘23
Belmont, MA
Fly Half/ Inside Center

Luka Heinrich ‘20
Millburn, NJ
Flanker

Andrew Jobson ‘20
Wilbraham, MA
Inside Center

Patrick Kerins ‘20
Madison, CT
Second Row

Nick Lapponese ‘23
Pelham, NY
Second Row

Brady Lewis ‘23
Weymouth, MA
Center

Sam Lindemann ‘23
Dedham, MA
Hooker/Flanker

Joe Liucci ‘23
New Haven, CT
Fullback/Wing

Theodore Loquet ‘22
River Edge, NJ
Second Row

Logan Mascia ‘22
Manalapan, NJ
Flanker

Brendan McCarthy ‘20
Abington, MA
Prop

Jack McCarthy ‘21
Media, PA
Outside Center

Kevan McDonald ‘22
Massapequa, NY
Flanker

Michael McNamee ‘22
Lowell, MA
Scrumhalf

Eric Mengel ‘22
Fairfield, CT
8-Man

Cole Middleton ‘20
Babylon, NY
Wing

John Minogue ‘22
Orchard Park, NY
Flyhalf

Joe Minopoli ‘21
Stratford, CT
Wing

Eddie Mitchell ‘22
Baldwin, NY
Wing/Fullback

Patrick Mitchell ‘22
Baldwin, NY
Wing

Mike O'Neil ‘21
Lancaster, MA
Forward

Christopher Oddo ‘21
Massapequa, NY
Flanker

Andrew Pearl ‘20
Plainville, MA
Fullback

Joe Pisano ‘22
Manhattan, NY
Prop

Nick Pisano ‘22
Manhattan, NY
Hooker

Leo Ramirez ‘20
New Rochelle, NY
Wing

John Rehill ‘23
Roxbury, CT
Flanker

Connor Rinklin ‘23
Andover, MA
Fly Half

Adam Russell ‘22
Media, PA
Scrumhalf

Douglas Rutnik ‘22
Slingerlands, NY
Scrumhalf

Stephen Ryan ‘23
Tuckahoe, NY
Hooker

Nizar Sakly ‘22
Fairfield, CT
Prop

Chris Schiavello ‘22
Port Washington, NY
Inside Center

Mike Schiavello ‘21
Sands Point, NY
Flanker

Maximilian Steffen ‘21
Westfield, NJ
8 Man

Jack Stroud ‘20
Eastchester, NY
Wing

Jake Szelest ‘20
Slingerlands, NY
Wing

John Thompson ‘23
Arlington, VA
8 Man

Ted Tomosivitch ‘22
Needham, MA
Second Row

Patrick Tunney ‘23
Maspeth, NY
Inside Center

Joe Viale ‘22
Belmont, MA
Scrumhalf

Alex Walker ‘23
Mount Vernon, NY
Fullback/ Inside Center

Matt Waters ‘22
Yonkers, NT
Center/Wing

Victor Zurowski ‘23
East Aurora, NY
Fullback/ Outside Center

Schedule

Date Opponent Location Results
Sep. 7 Yale Home  W 57-12
Sep. 14 Boston College Home  L 40-27
Sep. 21 UMass Amherst Home  W 55-7
Sep. 28 Northeastern University Away  L 17- 7
Oct. 4 Tufts Away W 41-3
Oct. 12 UConn Away W 37-15
Oct. 19 Fordham Home L 36-32
Oct. 26 Bye Bye ...
Nov. 2 URI Home W 51-5
Nov. 9 Iona Away
Nov. 16 Liberty Conference Bowl Semifinal TBD

History

The men's rugby club at Fairfield University was founded as a club sport in 1963. The home rugby pitch of the Red Ruggers is the Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field. Donated by the Grauert family (Chris Grauert ’68, FURFC President), the field is named for Chris’s brother, Lt. Hans Grauert, a Naval Aviator, whose plane was lost at sea during a combat mission in Vietnam. It is the first pitch built expressly for rugby on an American college campus. With its natural amphitheater and beautiful surroundings, Grauert Field is a jewel treasured by Fairfield ruggers and visitors alike.

Rugby Alumni

Those who wear the Fairfield Rugby colors form a special bond with one another that generally lasts a lifetime. Ruggers push each other to excel in training, persevere in the most intense competitions, celebrate victories, and remain united in adversity – even long after they have graduated.

Perhaps the greatest testimony of the power of Fairfield Rugby is its alumni network. Over 1,500 Fairfield Rugby alumni and friends passionately support the program. This includes our annual Rugby Fest & Homecoming in October, “Ruck and Roll” tailgates at away games, rugby networking nights, and more. Our alumni network extends into every corner of the business and professional community. Rugby alumni make significant annual financial contributions to the University and the men’s and women’s teams.

Friends of Fairfield Rugby

Through our non-profit, Friends of Fairfield Rugby, hundreds of members support the program and players, even with career advisory and placement. For more information, visit www.friendsoffairfieldrugby.org

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