USA Rugby Honors Awarded to DRFC Players and Alumni


This past week, USA Rugby released their lists of the Division 1 All-Americans. Three of the DRFC’s own were honored with this title.


Patrick Sheehy received Third Team All-American XVs Honors.


Mason Koch received Honorable Mention All-American XVs Honors.


Mike Weir received Honorable Mention All-American 7s Honors.

Congratulations to these three men. Each of them being leaders on and off the pitch.
On an alumni note, Madison Hughes ’15 and Nate Brakeley ’12 both started for the US Eagles in the tough loss to Japan this past weekend. To have two DRFC alumni representing our country is an incredible accomplishment, and is a testament to the strength of the DRFC.
Our three All-Americans and two Eagles starters made this past week one of great DRFC pride.
With preseason starting up on August 26th, rugby will soon return to our beautiful club house. A new class of ruggers will join our DRFC family, adding to our legacy.

Remembering John Stockholm '60

Jon Stockholm '60 (1938-2019) was a member of the DRFC who played center and was part of both the 1958 tour of England and the 1959 tour of California. Jon passed away in late May and was memorialized with full Navy honors at a family service held on the Navy SEAL base in Coronado California. He was on officer on the first ever Navy SEAL team formed during the Vietnam War and served his country with honor and valor. 

 

The entire DRFC community mourns the passing of Jon and sends our condolences and thanks for his service to the Stockholm family.

 

Following his graduation from Dartmouth in June 1960, Jon went to the Navy's "Officer Candidate School" in Newport, RI.  Once commissioned as an Ensign, he went to the Navy's UDT (Underwater Demolition Team) school in Coronado, CA.  He was one of a 24-man frogman unit in Coronado when in 1962 the Navy decided it needed an elite insurgent force.  The job of creating SEAL Team 1 was given to one of the senior frogmen in Jon's unit, Lt. David Del Giudice, with instructions to pick 11 of the other 23 frogmen to become the first SEAL unit.  Del Guidice not only selected Jon to be one of the SEAL Team 1, but he made Stocks his No. 2 in command . . . and when it came time to sneak a 2-man recon team into Vietnam (the SEAL's very first mission), the skipper picked Jon to go with him.   In a video history of the SEAL program put out by the Navy some years ago, Jon is not only referred to in the video, but he appears at times in person.  Thanks to Mike Murphy's ('61) research, a YouTube link for the video is indicated below for those of you who want to check it out.  And a photo of the memorial service program with Jon's photo is posted below.   

 

This is a very long video history of the Navy's special forces, narrated by Gary Sinese. Jon Stockholm appears in minutes 33 and 35.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl8ck4lJ87A 

CRC squad arrives in Philly

The CRC team arrived late Wednesday night at the hotel. The team has one more training session before matches kick off early Saturday morning, and are going into the weekend with high expectations. The lineup is an assortment of players from all years. The two freshman, Mike Weir and Jasper Green have demonstrated a tremendous on field impact in the past tournaments are expected to play large roles in the Big Green’s performance over these next few days. The senior captains, Struan Coleman, Fuller Winton, and Jack Badenhausen have put the team in a great place for the tournament. Saturday’s matches will be broadcasted from the stadium on ESPN+. Go big green!

Florida Tour Recap

The lads of the DRFC embarked on the Club’s annual Tour March 13th. Tour has long been one of our most cherished and exciting traditions since the late Dick Leisching ‘59 pioneered the first historic journey to England in 1958. This year, the team traveled to the great state of Florida. The trip was divided into three sections, beginning in Key West, followed by a handful of nights in Miami and a final stop in Orlando.

After a nice bonding journey from Miami down to the Keys, the boys took some time to settle in, enjoy the beach, and get some touches in during a little off-the-cuff beach volleyball tournament to get both the laughs and the competitive juices flowing. Training commenced that first evening with 7’s work, incorporating some members from a local men’s club. That Saturday, we fielded two full sevens sides in a tournament at Florida International University, competing against FIU and a skilled, sizable men’s club. Both sides performed well and benefited from the live play. The first side came out victorious.

From there, the squad relocated to Miami, got in some solid lifts, and settled back into a two-a-day schedule, which has served the team very well historically, throughout pre-seasons and Tours. In a rare Thursday match, the First XV took on UCF. Having met last spring in the DIAA playoffs, an intense match was anticipated. It became a rather chippy encounter shortly after play began, but the boys were intent on availing themselves of the opportunity to get back into the fifteens rhythm. Dartmouth conceded a penalty early on, leading to UCF’s only points of the match resulting from the proceeding penalty kick. Skipper Struan Coleman ‘19 broke open scoring for the Big Green with a try in the corner after breaking through two tackles on a ball out the back from Mikey Weir ‘22. A few minutes later, Weir danced through the defense for a score of his own under the sticks. Credit to the forward pack for strong running in the opposition 22, which contributed to the scoring platform throughout the match. A barreling run up the middle from Malcolm Robinson ‘22 set Jack Badenhausen ‘19 up for a try off a penalty 10 meters out. Co-Captain Fuller Winston ‘19 touched down the next one off some play through the hands by the backs in the wide channel. Charlton McArdle ‘21 scored next off quick cross-field ball movement from a dominant Dartmouth scrum. In short order, Dartmouth found themselves deep in the UCF half. Mason Koch ‘20 pushed through the defense and connected with JM Seibert ‘19 on a supporting line for the final try of the match. Big credit to the Dartmouth defense, who put in a number of big hits and a strong shift to shut down the UCF attack. Final score 34-3, with conversions coming from Pat Sheehy ‘20 and Mikey Weir. The final day of tour saw an intense conditioning and training session back at UCF in the Florida sunshine.

As always, Tour is the result of months of collaboration and effort at all levels of the DRFC, from the generosity and support of alumni to the lads putting in the work throughout the year. Congrats to Tour Director Dylan Burke ‘19 who shouldered the majority of the work to make this trip a reality. We would like to extend our utmost thanks to all those parents, alumni and friends of the Club who brought the boys out for meals, arranged for training locations, and lent hands in a variety of other ways down in Florida, especially Dick Berlin, Jamie Goodman, Tom Perelli, Mike Murphy, the Burke’s (P‘19), and the Seibert’s (P‘19).

We turn our attention now to a packed spring season, which will see friendly matches against UMass opening for the New England Free Jack’s, Ivy Sevens, the DIAA Playoffs, and the CRC. Stay tuned for more as the boys look to leave a legacy in the coming months.

Florida Tour 2019

Next week, the lads of the DRFC will embark on one of the Club’s most cherished traditions—Tour. This year’s trip will see the squad to Florida, with training and matches in Key West and Miami. Tour Director Dylan “Noodle” Burke ’19, and a.k.a. self-proclaimed ‘Supreme Leader’ for the next two weeks, has worked tirelessly over the past months designing what promises to be a superb experience for the fellas. He’ll have something of a legacy to live up to after Peter Badenhausen’s '18 2018 Tour of Northern California.

The DRFC comes off a weekend of strong performances in Las Vegas, with the first squad winning the collegiate tournament, a successful XV’s season in the fall, and a winter of consistent hard work both in the weight room and on the training pitch. Big goals for this year’s tour include preparation for the DIAA Spring XV Championship and the Sevens season, which culminates with the CRC in June.

Dartmouth will compete in a sevens tournament at Florida International University on March 16th, a friendly XV match against the University of Central Florida on March 21st, and a friendly XV match against Eckard College at UCF on March 23rd.

Many thanks to Bob Phillips ’60 who hosted the boys for an end-of-season banquet Wednesday evening in Hanover. The alumni dedication to the Club never ceases to impress. We look forward to seeing our Florida alumni and family in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates from Tour!

End of Year Coach's Letter

Dear Family & Friends,

 

The fall of 2018 chapter closed this past November, culminating with the DRFC winning its 11th consecutive Ivy Championship defeating Brown in trying conditions, 37-7. This result was the product of months of hard work and dedication from the students and staff. We set out in late August to write a new chapter, a chapter not complete yet, but definitely has a promising foundation all due to the consistent hard work and effort from the students.

 

A great deal is spoken about leadership and developing leaders. Something the DRFC has done since its inception in 1951, with the student involvement being crucial in the daily running of the program. This year has been no exception with a particular emphasis, or possibly lack of emphasis on the term “leader”.  Early in pre-season we spoke as a squad about leadership and what that means and how the traditional approach can imply that by calling certain students’ leaders, we imply that others are not. With this in mind we spoke about leading being the ability to make those around you better, a skill that we all have, regardless of experience or class year.

 

Using this approach and the weekly training environment we worked to provide decision making, problem solving and peer driven feedback opportunities throughout the weekly process.  From players scouting opposition film to player driven conversations on the training pitch the rate of development and level of understanding is continuing to improve. With incredible direction and example coming from the senior class the returning students have done a phenomenal job of welcoming and integrating the newest members.

 

This Fall along with the first XV and second XV we set out to provide more games for development players, entering a 3rd team in a local New England Rugby Union competition. This providing crucial experience to our younger players. Playing a total of 16 games for all sides across the fall season, Including approximately 17 new first side appearances, 9 new first side caps from the class of 2022.

 

This Fall also saw the addition of Mike DeRosier as athletic trainer Hamish McCallion as our resident Kiwi rugby and S&C specialist, along with Peter Sickle who assisted with all teams. All who added significant value and embodied all the values that we hold dear.

 

The DRFC would not be what it is without the support of our Alumni, friends and families. A special thank you to Dan Kenslea whose tenure as chairman of the board of governors has come to an end. His contribution to the program and student athlete experience had been extraordinary. We would also like to extend a very special thank you to the parents, led by Carolyn Badenhausen, the organization and support week in and week out has been incredible (it would be no exaggeration to state that we are the best fed team in the county!).

 

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you all this spring.

 

Best,

 

James Willocks

Nate Brakeley '12 Named To USA For Fall Internationals

Nate Brakeley ‘12 has just been added to the roster for the USA Eagles’ November internationals. The lock will be looking to add to his 16 caps against the Maori All Blacks, Samoa, Romania, and Ireland. Currently, he is playing for Rugby United New York which will joining Major League Rugby this January for its inaugural season. Before playing for RUNY, Brakeley played for the New York Athletic Club and Cambridge University. In other news, Brakeley was also recently named the new Chairman of the DRFC Board and will be replacing Dan Kenslea '75.

Be sure to cheer on Nate and the USA this weekend as they take on the Maori All Blacks in Chicago for The Rugby Weekend which you can stream on FloRugby.

Preseason: Week 1 Report

The members of the DRFC reconvened in Hanover last week for pre-season training camp. Nearly 40 players completed their first week of camp this weekend, rounding out a strong initial showing from all classes. The boys have been putting in shifts on the pitch, in the weight room and in the film room in preparation for another big season for the Club.
 
This week started on Sunday evening with a meeting to overview the rest of the week. Monday saw the players run a Bronco (endurance test), and a 20-meter and 40-meter spring for testing. Two-a-day sessions continued through Wednesday and on Thursday there was a rest with only one practice in the afternoon. Friday was back to two practices, but Saturday had just a morning session. The team lifted in Levrone on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. There was a much-rumored Sunday morning session, but when the players showed up, there were pleasantly surprised to hear that they were going paintball shooting instead which was a great team-building activity. 

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New team trainer Mike Derosier and coach/strength intern Hamish McCallion of New Zealand made their first appearances at Brophy this week. Fortunately, Mike did not have to deal with many injuries, but Hamish got right into the swing of thing by leading stretches, coaching the backs, and helping lead team lifts.

Pre-season training weeks and matches have historically provided the DRFC with a strong base moving into regular season play, and the bar has only been set higher with last year's performances. The boys are looking forward to the exciting road ahead, especially as the Class of 2019, led by Struan Coleman (Captain), Jack Badenhausen (Co-Captain) Fuller Winton (Co-Captain), embark on their penultimate year with the Club and are on the hunt to leave their mark.

Incoming Freshmen Class of 2022

The incoming freshman class is certainly one of the strongest that Dartmouth has ever had. While the club relies heavily on recruiting from within Dartmouth to get athletes who have never played rugby before, increasingly the DRFC has managed to attract some of the top high school rugby players in the US and overseas. The class of 2022 is internationally represented with two players from the UK and one from Jamaica who attended school in Canada. Additionally, two players have represented the USA with the High School All-American Team in international competition.

 

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Dartmouth Well Represented at Collegiate All-American Camp

Coach Willocks will be assembling the top players in the country next week when the Collegiate All-American team holds its selection camp at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO.

Also attending the camp will be Oliver Engelhart '18. He finished his senior season on a strong note by being named to the Collegiate Rugby Championship Dream Team and as a Collegiate All-American 7s Honorable Mention. As one of the best 7s players in the country, he'll be looking to achieve the same honor in 15s and represent the USA.

Tom Kindley did a fantastic job this past year as the strength and conditioning intern for the team. His last experience in the states before returning to New Zealand will see him fill the same role at the selection camp where he'll be in charge of preparing the best collegiate rugby players in the country.

For more information check out the USA Rugby press release.

Madison Hughes '15 to Captain USA In Rugby World Cup Sevens

As the USA hosts the Rugby World Cup this upcoming weekend, Madison Hughes '15 will be captaining the home side in their attempt to win their first 7s World Cup. Hughes injured his knee earlier in the year at Sydney 7s and made his return to the Sevens World Series at London 7s during the last leg of the season. Now that he is healthy, Madison will play a key role as the main playmaker for the Eagles. 

Hughes got his first start for the USA 7s in the 2014-15 season as a junior at Dartmouth, and the next season he was named the youngest ever US captain as a senior. He is the most recent Dartmouth alum on the list of USA 7s player which includes Al Dekin '87, Kevin Whitcher '99, Alex Magleby '00, and Joe Killefer '06. 

There will be an alumni meetup in San Francisco on Saturday between 12 pm and 3 pm at Tres (130 Townsend Street) for tacos and refreshments. If you would like to attend please RSVP as soon as possible to bob.brown@vxcapital.com.

To follow Madison and USA, you can view the games live with the schedule below.

2018 RUGBY WORLD CUP SEVENS TV SCHEDULE

Friday, July 20

4 pm: Olympic Channel

7 pm: NBCSN

Saturday, July 21

12:25 pm: Olympic Channel

3 pm: NBC

5 pm: Olympic Channel

6:30 pm: NBCSN

Sunday, July 22

11:55 am: Olympic Channel

2:30 pm: NBC

5 pm: Olympic Channel

7 pm: NBCSN

DRFC Finishes the Season as One of the Top 7s Teams in the Country

The DRFC gave a strong showing at the CRC this weekend, taking two and drawing one of their three matches in pool play on Saturday to advance to the elimination rounds on Sunday. The day started against Iona where the Big Green responded strongly in the second half to make up for a rusty first half. Dartmouth was unable to score a third time which ended the match at 12-12. The second game was against highly favored Kutztown. However, the boys came out strong and controlled the entire match and won 36-12. The final contest of the day was against Temple. While the Big Green got out to a comfortable initial lead, Temple came back in the second half but the Dartmouth reserves were able to hold off the treat. Although the Day 1 results reflected the team’s strong play and execution, it came at the cost of some key play-makers, Coleman (’19) and Bienstock (’20), who were made unavailable for Sunday’s competition due to injuries.

Today, the reserves filled in seamlessly and contributed to the squad’s early lead against UCLA in the quarterfinals. Dartmouth got out to a 21-7 lead at the half thanks to strong play by Oliver Engelhart, Jack Badenhausen, and Fuller Winton. However, a few breaks let UCLA come back into the and the Bruins took the dramatic match in sudden-death overtime, having tied the score with a try in the last seconds of regulation play. It was UCLA that got the last score to advance to the semi-finals.

Dartmouth did pick up some awards this weekend though. Oliver Engelhart was named to the tournament Dream Team while Fuller Winton was an honorable mention.

In all, the DRFC has had a successful, though very long, year of competition, taking the Ivy League title in the fall, playing a few friendly and test XV’s matches during a tour of the Bay Area in late March, and working through matches in Kansas and North Carolina to return to the West Coast for the DIAA Championship Final. 

It’s been an exciting but trying year for the Class of 2018, who has led the Club through an important, formative, and promising several months. The DRFC has a saying, “Leave the Club better than you found it,” which the ‘18s have certainly done. The team is in a strong place which it will surely use as a springboard moving into the 2018-2019 seasons, and they owe that, in large part, to the leadership and legacy the seniors have offered. Hats off to the ‘18s. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors and hope they will return to Corey Ford Clubhouse in the fall to see the fruits of what they have helped build over their tenure unfold. 

The Club is certainly looking forward to a big year beginning next fall. 

Special thanks to our Class of 2018:

Peter Badenhausen
Brendan Buckley
Ollie Englehart (Co-Captain)
Ben Goodman
Benji Hannam (Captain)
Steve Hinshaw (Co-Captain)
Julien Johnson
Ian Sullivan
Andy Werchniak


 

DRFC Squad for CRCs

Dartmouth Rugby headed down to Philadelphia this Wednesday to begin final preparations for the Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC). The squad made a rapid and seamless transition into Sevens training this spring, having closed out a hard-fought XV’s run in the USA Rugby DIAA Championship tournament just a few weeks ago.

Twelve players have made the trip for the DRFC, with seven of them making repeat appearances in the CRC. Coleman (’19) and Bienstock (’20), who both played last year, will look to bring the physicality from forwards. Engelhart (’18) is set to lead the squad once again, directing play from scrumhalf, as usual. Pat Sheehy (’20) and Jack Badenhausen (’19) bring the boots for the Big Green, while Winton (’19) and Brevnov (’20) add lightning speed to Dartmouth’s attack.

Lewis (’21), who has made the roster as a freshman, and Goodman (’18) add a valuable element of shift ball-movement and running to the team’s arsenal. Peter Badenhausen (’18), Steve Hinshaw (’18), both of whom have earned their first appearances at the tournament this season, and Hannam (’18) round out the DRFC squad as three hard runners and exceedingly physical players on both sides of the ball.

Tune in this Saturday, June 2, as the DRFC kicks off pool play against Iona at 10:55AM EST on ESPN 2. Following pool matches: v. Kutztown, 1:20PM EST; v. Temple 3:15PM EST on ESPN+. The Big Green looks to move into elimination play on Sunday.

 

2018 Dartmouth CRC Team:

Struan Coleman ’19

Luke Bienstock ’20

Fuller Winton ’19

Oliver Engelhart ’18

Patrick Sheehy ’20

Jack Badenhausen ’19

Gyorgy Brevnov ’20

Benji Hannam ’18

Peter Badenhausen ’18

Steven Hinshaw ’18

Ben Goodman ’18

Jarrett Lewis ‘21

CRC Schedule of Events

Dear DRFC Friends

It is an exciting time of the year, as the CRC's are just a week away. After a few tough weeks of training, our team is looking very strong, and we would love to have as many people as possible come out and support the boys. 

There will be a Friday night get-together, Saturday morning tailgate, as well as Saturday evening reception following the matches. All friends, family, and alumni are welcome and encouraged to attend these events. Please see below for the details of each event: 

Friday Night: Get-together at the sports bar Fox and Hound, 1501 Spruce Street in Center City.

Saturday Morning: The tailgate starts at 8:30AM in parking lot B, near the playing fields. Look for the Dartmouth banner and tent. 

Saturday Evening: Reception at The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, 247 S 17th St (corner of Locust St), Philadelphia from 7:30-10:30PM. It will be in an upstairs private room and include light food and a time-limited open bar (followed by cash bar).

If you cannot attend the CRC this year you can follow along on ESPN.

The 2018 Penn Mutual CRC television schedule:

Saturday, June 2: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Sunday, June 3: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Sunday, June 3: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET on ESPNews

All of the other matches featured in-stadium will be covered live on ESPN+ or you can follow us on Twitter

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Philadelphia this weekend, and best of luck to the boys in green!

Sincerely,

Pat O'Neill '20
DRFC Alumni Chair

Upcoming DRFC Reunion Dates

50th reunion - Saturday, June 9th from 4-5 pm

55th and 60th - Wednesday, June 13th from 4-6 pm

All others - Saturday, June 16th from 11am-3 pm

 

Come to the Corey Ford Clubhouse to meet up with other rugby alums and their guests. There will be refreshments at each reunion. On the June 16th reunion, there is often touch rugby played. This information will also be on the reunion program.

 

San Francisco Tour Vlog

Day 10:

The final day is game day and the Big Green took on Cal on Witter Field. For a full recap of the game check out the match report. Despite a loss, the DRFC looked strong against one of the best teams in the country. After the match, the team had a meal with the Cal players which was a great experience. The players and coaches packed into the vans and headed off to the airport afterward to catch the redeye back to the East Coast.

Day 9:

After a walk through session at the hotel in the morning, the DRFC went to Cal in the afternoon for a captain's practice.

Day 8:

The morning started with a recovery session in the hotel pool in the morning and some film. In the afternoon the boys drove around the Marin area and saw places like Muir Woods and Stinson Beach. In the afternoon the team trained in Marin and interacted with the Marin Highlanders youth rugby club.

Day 7:

The team had most of the day free to explore the city and in the evening was a scrimmage versus San Francisco State. All 37 players saw playing time in a strong performance leading up to Cal.

Day 6:

The DRFC had a morning conditioning session at Ocean Beach San Francisco. In the afternoon, the team had the day off to explore the city.

Day 5:

The team got a lift in at the Boss Barbell Club before going to Stanford to practice in the afternoon. That evening the squad went north to San Francisco for the next leg of the trip.

Day 4:

After a light recovery session in the morning, the team had the day off. This included an alumni lunch hosted by the McAdam family and later a dinner hosted by the Hinshaw family.

Day 3:

Down at UC Santa Cruz, the A-side had an "intensity session" practice with UCSC while the B-side played a match. The team looked strong with good performances from underclassmen and juniors returning from their quarter off. The DRFC came out with a 55-5 victory.

Day 2:

The DRFC headed to Stanford to get in two training sessions in preparation for the B-side match versus UC Santa Cruz the next day. Not pictured in the video is the team dinner later at Buca di Beppo.

Day 1:

After spending the night with host families in the Palo Alto area, the DRFC got ready for its first day on tour. In the morning, the team went to the Boss Barbell Club for a lift led by Coach Goonan. In the afternoon, the boys went over to Rich May Field where they had a fitness and install session.