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Lions defeat University of Scranton Men 40-19 in Division II Opener
The College of New Jersey Men started off their return to Division II play with a dramatic victory.  The Lions were off to a fast start, scoring two quick tries courtesy of PJ Belthoff and Michael DiPaolo.  However, Scranton countered, leaving TCNJ down 12-19 at halftime.  After a few adjustments, superior conditioning and heart routed a 28-0 second half for the Lions.  This victory places TCNJ in a tie for 1st place in the division with East Stroudsburg University.
Thank you for all supporters in attendance at our 2nd Annual "Jump it Up" Hosted by Pump it Up of Hamilton
Pump It Up
Your efforts helped raise over $150 to support your TCNJ Men's rugby team in pursuit of their first ever Division III National Championship.  The event, held on  Tuesday March 15th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm was a blast for all guests.  Your contribution not only defrays our heavy travel expenses for this coming semester, but served as a getaway from the norm and an outlet to feel like a kid again.

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  • Finished Fall 2010 Season at 6-1
  • Led the conference and entire EPRU Division III in points scored, points allowed, and total tries
  • EPRU Division III East Champions
  • NSCRO Division III Elite 8
  • Ranked #8 Nationally Among Division III teams
  • MARFU Division III Third Place

Don't forget to view all of our pictures from past seasons
Visit the pictures link under "The Club" at left

    Welcome to the official site of The College of New Jersey Men's Rugby. TCNJ is located in Ewing, NJ and has been home to Men's Rugby since 1997.  The club started with a simple flyer posted by Ralph Citarella.  The word spread and after the first meeting there were 30 prospective student athletes bound together learning a completely new animal- the game of rugby.  Practices began as a comedy of errors taking place behind ABE dormitories.  Eventually an interim coach was recruited- Chris Kasner of the former Hibernians- who was able to add structure to the practices and single out positional players.  The inaugural fall semester of 1997 consisted of no real games, but served as a season to weed out weaker players and reveal glimpses of future standouts.  Although no official games were played, the team attempted full contact tests on the then astroturf football field.  Several concussions and other injuries later, the team was forced to retire for the upcoming spring season.  With a non-sanctioned match against the Seton Hall Pirates scheduled for the spring, the team started the season with new purpose.  With limited numbers and knowledge of the game, TCNJ struggled to prepare and acclimate themselves to the type of game they were about to jump head first into.  When the day finally came for TCNJ to test their luck in a real live game, they did not have enough players to field a full side.  The Montclair State Norsemen were kind enough to loan enough players to complete a side and this hybrid team took the pitch- inexperienced, but determined.  Michael Perentin is credited with the first try in team history with an 8-man pickup that ended with touching the ball on the post (ironically, several minutes and a referee's explanation were needed since the team was unfamiliar with the rule).  Regrouping in the second half, the team scored a second try but was defeated by the more experienced Seton Hall squad by a 3 point difference.  It will be remembered as a victory for the club however, because TCNJ Men's Rugby had officially begun.
~Adapted from team history

    Today the team consists of a Division III A side and B side that competes in the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union (EPRU Website) each fall.  Our home pitch is located at Green Lane Fields just inside the campus grounds.  Currently, the team hosts two team runs/workouts and two practices per week, with season schedules of at least 6 games/tournaments per semester.  Additional information about our current team, including an unofficial roster can be found at left.  Any questions about our club or the website can be directed to the contact information at the bottom of the navigation menu.  I hope all are able to enjoy the website and stop by frequently for up to date standings and news.

Donald Tran
TCNJ Men's Rugby