Men's Rugby Club

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Home of the Red Ruggers - Established 1963

Golden Anniversary

On the weekend of October 4-6, 2013 the Fairfield University Rugby Football Club celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding durng  the fall of 1963. The 4 year planning strategy was implemented by the Friends of Fairfield Rugby (FURFC) in coordination with the Fairfield University Office of Alumni Relations.

A sun drenched Saturday enveloped The Lt Hans Grauert Memorial Field where 4 matches began the day's festivities. Both the Fairfield women's and men's alumni played spirited matches on the pitch. Over 600 spectators were in attendance, as finding an open spot on either the hill or the stone wall was not an easy task. As the alums competed, the comaraderie felt by all was once again on display as it was back in the "good ole days" when the participants were students at Fairfield.

While maybe only the players  kept  score on the field, those on the sidelines talked, laughed, cheered on and encouraged the competition throughout the matches. Following the alumni games, the Fairfield University women's club defeated Hofstra while the men's side dropped a hard fought decision to Marist College. Later that afternoon, a celebratory mass was held at the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola.

The highlight of the weekend of celebration was Saturday evening’s gala dinner on the Bellarmine Lawn. Over 850 alums, friends and families attended the dinner, welcomed by Fairfield University President, the Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx S.J.

In appreciation of their continued allegiance with the university, the Friends of Fairfield Rugby presented the university with a gift totaling $100,000.00. Inclusive of this gift, Mr. Chris Grauert, '68 presented a $30,000.00 contribution on behalf of the Grauert family, dedicated to the maintenance and upkeep of the Lt Hans Grauert Memorial Field.

The Department of Recreation sincerely thanks both the Friends of Fairfield Rugby and the Fairfield University Office of Alumni Relations for presenting such a special event.

Previously, in April, 2013,  Mr William Connolly, '69  was inducted into the Fairfield University Department of Athletics Hall of Fame. Connolly was a four-year member of our Fairfield University Rugby Football Club and helped mold the program into one of the top clubs in the college ranks. On the field, Connolly helped lead FURFC to one of its best years in school history when the 1968-69 squad went 12-3-1 and was a co-recipient of the Doug Ciacci Memorial Most Valuable Player Award

As team president during that historic run, he made his mark by organizing the dedication of Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field, the first collegiate field in the country that was dedicated to the sport of rugby. After he left Fairfield, Connolly remained active in the sport, founding the Essex Rugby Club in 1970 and serving as team coach. He also remained connected with Fairfield, serving as the chairman of the Fairfield University President's Circle and as a Trustee from 1992-98 and as a founding member and officer of Friends of Fairfield Rugby.

The home Rugby Pitch of the Red Ruggers is the Lt. Hans Grauert Memorial Field. Christopher Grauert '68 and his mother, Leila B. Grauert, donated the rugby pitch to Fairfield in 2003 in honor of his brother Lt. Hans Grauert, who was a naval aviator lost at sea during the Vietnam War.

During the dedication ceremony at the FURFC 40th Anniversary Celebration, Grauert read a letter written by his mother to honor the players and the esteemed tradition of hard efforts on and off the field of the Red Ruggers.

In the letter, Grauert's mother wrote, "Like everyone else in this room, Hans possessed the traits which personify every rugger - athleticism, good sportsmanship, and a zest for life. This rugby pitch resides in the softest part of my heart and will always remain 'God's Little Acre' to me!"

The tradition of Fairfield Rugby continues.


Fall 2014 Schedule


Date Opponent Site Time
September 7 Montclair State Away TBD
September 14 Sacred Heart University Home TBD
September 21 Hofstra University Home TBD
September 28 William Patterson Away TBD
October 5 NJIT Home TBD
October 12 Seton Hall Away TBD
October 19 Molloy College Home TBD
October 26 DII Conference Quarterfinals TBD TBD
November 2 DII Conference Semifinals TBD TBD
November 9 Conference Championships TBD TBD




Fall 2013 Season

 Place Conference Teams W L T Pts For Pts Against Pts Difference Bonus Total
1 Marist 6 0 1 234 88 146 4 30
2 Fairfield 5 0 2 226 117 109 6 30
3 Seton Hall 5 2 0 206 119 87 6 26
4 Vassar 5 2 0 285 136 149 5 25
5 Molloy 4 2 1 207 157 50 7 25
6 William Paterson 3 5 0 180 193 -13 6 18
7 Sacred Heart 1 6 0 95 248 -153 1 5
8 Hofstra 0 6 0 43 248 -205 1 1
9 New Paltz 0 6 0 59 219 -160 0 0


2013- 2014 Officers

Alex Cucchi 2014 President
Anif McDonald 2016 Vice-President
Justin Furtado 2013 Match Secretary
Greg Bukoski 2014 Treasurer
Euroy Smith 2015 Alumni Rep


2013 - 2014 Roster

Last Name First name Class City State
Bates Aaron  2016 Cohasset MA
Bishop Tyler 2016 Orange CT
Boudreau Jacob  2015 Basking Ridge NJ
Brochhausen James  2017 Stowe VT
Bukoski Greg  2014 Shelton CT
Carlisle Ben 2016 Medway MA
Castle Chase 2017 Potomac MD
Cucchi Alex 2015 Waltham MA
Daugherty Mark  2014 Allenwood NJ
DeLeo David  2017 Stamford CT
Delgado Daniel  2017 Queens NY
DeMeo Joe 2015 Dobbs Ferry NY
DiRico Joe  2015 Bellerose Village NY
Doherty Max 2016 Hingham MA
Duffy Kyle 2016 Williston Park NY
Elmlinger Chris  2016 Elmsford NY
Fitzgerald Danny 2015 Medfield MA
Forgione Ryan  2015 Haverhill MA
Fossella Dylan 2017 Staten Island NY
Furtado Justin  2014 Warwick RI
Gerwatowski Daniel  2014 Franklin MA
Goger Robert  2014 Flushing NY
Gonzalez Dan  2014 Hamden CT
Howley Richard 2014 Dedham MA
Hughes Christian 2016 Malvern PA
Johnson-Connolly Kevon 2015 Huntington NY
Kang Gabriel 2016 Tewksbury MA
Kempfle Jordan 2014 Cos Cob CT
Kueny Patrick  2015 Richboro PA
Lanzi Jared  2016 Bernardsville NJ
Leigh Thom 2015 New York NY
Massey Reed  2016 Boston MA
McDonald Anif  2016 St. Roslindale MA
Neugebauer Steve 2015 Waldwick NJ
Nezvesky Aaron  2015 Newtown CT
Nowosadko John  2016 South Glastonbury CY
O’Connor John  2017 Frackville PA
O’Neill Connor  2016 Ho Ho Kus NJ
Park Richie 2015 Orange CT
Randazzo Sandro 2015 Moorestown NJ
Riordan Michael  2017 Brielle NJ
Sanchez Carlos  2017 Mineola NY
Scott Patrick 2014 Norwalk CT
Simeone Alphonse  2014 East Haven CT
Smith Euroy  2014 Brooklyn NY
Strang Phil 2017 Monroe CT
Thompson Gregory 2014 Hanover CT
Ubaldi Brett 2016 Peham NY
von Uffel Joseph  2016 Cold Spring Harbor NY
Wallace Christian  2017 New Haven CT
Welter Matt 2016 Madison NJ
Zuhusky Ben  2014 Southampton NY


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