2015 Updates!!!

posted Jan 23, 2015, 1:18 PM by SURFC Alumni

SU Rugby Alumni,

The message below is not brief but there is a lot of important information so please take the time to read and respond as necessary.

45th Anniversary

We are approaching the 45th anniversary of rugby at Syracuse University. If you remember the good time that you had at the 40th, it is time to do it again. If you were not at the 40th, then this is our time to have a more formal event in celebration of the club’s historic past. The weekend is May 1-3. There are a multitude of events to allow you to catch up with old friends and celebrate. These events include:

1.    Friday Golf at Drumlins

2.    Friday night Meet and Greet at J. Ryan’s/Clark’s Ale House

3.    Saturday rugby games

4.    Saturday evening banquet at 6:30pm, Drumlins- Semi Formal Attire- $60/person- includes 3 hours of open bar.

5.    Sunday Morning Brunch - Location TBD (optional)

Hotel room block is available at the Crowne Plaza - Mention Syracuse Rugby when you make your reservation.  701 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13210. Phone: (315) 479-7000

Reserve your spot at the banquet at Drumlins by filling out this form:

AND mail a $60 (per person) check made out to “SURAA” to Treasurer Mark Lowery or make a $60 (per person) payment via PayPal using this link:

The first silent auction item has been posted on the website ( Please email if you would like to make a bid prior to or if you cannot attend the banquet at Drumlins.

New SURAA Board

On November 15, 2014, the SURAA Board held elections. There have been a few changes and the election results are below:

President - Dan Sanderson - C/O 2004

Vice President - Dylan Desimone - C/O 2009

Treasurer - Mark Lowery - C/O 1985

Secretary - Greg Fehrman - C/O 1990

Board of Directors - Barry Glickstein C/O 1983, Matt Sutton C/O 2007, Bob Wilson C/O 1972 and John Mauro C/O 1973



The SURAA is pleased to announce that with the help of alumni members boosting communication in 2014, we raised $5,220 in donations - from 38 donors. Most of this money will reimburse coaching expenses and bring in talented, high level, guest coaches to the club for pre-season training. This past year USA Eagles coach Luke Gross worked with the team’s line outs and rucking, and perennial favorite Gui G. kept the Scrum’s tops in NY State.  Our 2015 Fundraising campaign kicks off this Spring, but feel free to donate anytime via this link (


Upcoming Events

2015 May 1-3: 45th Anniversary, Syracuse, NY

(sign up here:

2015 June 6 (tentative): Scrum for Cancer, Aardvark Park, Rochester, NY

            (click here for more:

2015 July 31 - August 2: Can-Am Rugby Tournament, Saranac Lake, NY

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2016 August 21-28: Golden Oldies, Cardiff, Wales

            (see below)


SURFC Fall Season 2014

The returning players began to convene on August 15th in preparation for a 10 day preseason camp. Several preseason scrimmages included SUNY Albany, Queens University, Ontario, St. Bonaventure and Le Moyne. The camp also included coaching sessions from expert coaches Guillermo (Gui) Gulli and Luke Gross from USA Rugby. Gui is a specialist in the scrum and maul aspects and has helped maintain a high standard of performance in these areas over several years. Luke Gross is the USA Rugby High Performance Manager, who oversees the national team coaches and we were very fortunate to get his expert input into the ruck and Line out. Alumni donations fund these coaching inputs, which have become more and more valuable in the increasingly competitive environment of college rugby. Thank you.

The league season was always going to be a challenge after the loss of 14 seniors and the challenge was compounded by additional injuries that led to 29 different players selected for the First XV. S.U. finished 3rd in the league (3 and 3) and so just missed out on the play-offs. Spirits were lifted as the young team improved and ended on a good win away at Colgate. The club had robust recruitment resulting in some promising new players and a total squad of 60+. The Second XV were a dominant force in their league, which augurs well for the future.

For the second spring in row we will be putting out both Sevens Squad and a Fifteens Team in order to get in as much playing time as possible in the hopes of pushing into the play-off spots for next season.


2015 45th Anniversary SU Rugby Team - Scrum for Cancer / Saranac Lake Rugby Tournament

In 2013, SU and Brockport alumni assembled on Randall’s Island in NYC to play a ‘Scrum for Cancer’ rugby game with fundraising efforts that support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The effort is once again being made to host this game in 2015. June 6, 2015 at Aardvark Park in Rochester, NY is penciled in as the time and location. Please click the link below to receive additional information as the details are finalized.

The A team has been entered into the Men’s division at Saranac Lake. We would like to play competitive rugby at both events. Please make an effort to be a part of the 45th Anniversary SU Rugby Team.

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2016 Golden Oldies

Cardiff, Wales will be hosting the 21st Golden Oldies Rugby Festival on August 21st - 28th, 2016.  SURFC alum John Mauro and his wife, Dolores, have been to several of these, and he is putting together a team to go to Wales from Central New York.  These festivals are attended by over 4,000 players from all over the world, and the main emphasis is on fun.

All area rugby old boys, including SURFC alums, are invited to come.  If you are at all interested, and would like to be put on a list to receive more details, contact John at  The team would enter either the average age over 45, or over 55, depending on the players who sign up.  The minimum age is 35.  It will be a great time in one of the true rugby capitals of the world.

Golden Oldies games are modified with no pressure scrums, no lifting in lineouts, and no kicking.  Players over 60, or with physical limitations, may wear red shorts and may not be tackled to the ground.  Three 20-minute periods are played with free substitution.  The parties go on continually.  Check out their website at: