Heading into the 2013 season
ranked 28th in the nation; the Pointers
Men’s Club Rugby team is prepared
to put up another impressive year.
The Pointers went undefeated
during the 2012 regular season, but
fell short to their conference rivals,
the University of Wisconsin - Parkside
That postseason loss requires the
Pointers to put their focus on the first
game of the 2013 season.
When the Pointers hosted 5th
ranked UW-Parkside this past
Saturday, there was no doubt that
this game was going to set the tempo
for the season.
“We’re just looking to play a solid
and fundamentally sound game,”
said Pointers Head Coach John
Blakeman before the game.
Blakeman was clear that this
game was going to be a big test for
his team right away in the season.
Senior captain Neiko Levenhagen
knew exactly the type of mentality
the Pointers needed to have going
into the game.
“We’re going to bring our
intensity 150 percent. We should have
beaten them last year,” Levenhagen
said. “We have the talent. We have
With the strong mental attitude heading into the epic showdown
between two nationally ranked teams,
the Pointers were prepared for battle.
UWSP struggled throughout the
first half of the game. The Rangers
dominated on offense and had solid
field position for the majority of the
With the Rangers scoring on three
pickoff passes, the Pointers quickly
found themselves down 21-0 at
Senior captain Ben Geurts said
the Pointers “Felt a little rusty getting
out of the gate.”
UWSP went into the second half
with more energy and showed the
Rangers that there is still plenty of
fight left in them.
The Pointers retaliated by
outscoring the Rangers 19-5 in the
second half. Scoring for the Pointers
were Chris Ferguson, Dustin Thomas,
and Sven Casper.
It was a very strong comeback
for the Pointers, but it wasn’t enough
to knock off the Rangers as they fell
Assistant coach Juan Jimenez said
“I am very proud of my team because
I feel that the team wasn’t pitiful. This
was a big game”
“We didn’t come out hard in the
first half. That was our warm up,
and that can’t be our warm up,”
Levenhagen said. “Second half we
were warm, we were ready and we exploited that.”
The Pointers emphasize conditioning during practice and it
definitely showed in their opener.
They played a very well maintained
speed throughout the game and the
Rangers could not keep up with the
tempo in the second half.
Senior Captain Brady Dallman
explained how the seniors’ role is
essential to the team’s success.
“We are trying to be mentors all
the way around both on and off the
field,” Dallman said.
Despite losing to their rivals,
the Pointers look to rebound and
finish the season strong. Dallman
said the team’s focus is still to, “Win
conference again and get back to that
number one goal of getting back to