Fairfield, CT- The X-men Rugby squad took to the pitch last week for their first practice of the 2019 Fall season. This year marks an exciting one for the club as new head coach Dave Lyme, looks to lead the X-men to a conference championship. The team had lost a lot of players due to graduation last spring, and look for major contribution from the younger class, who are more than willing to oblige. The team has done away with their old practice time of 3:00pm and instead hits the field at 7:30 am to start the day fresh and get the most out of their practices. Senior captain, Jack Connelly, commented on the recent switch to early morning practices and said this: “It’s good. It’s keeps people committed. It enables you to make better decisions, and most importantly, it holds you accountable.” When asked to describe the first week of practice, Connelly said: “In a word, running. Coach has been making sure to implement as much running as he can. It starts with fitness, because the game is much easier and a lot more fun when you're in shape.”
With a great mix of new guys and seasoned veterans, this squad is looking very optimistic to make some noise early. Junior captain, Aaron Such, commented on the squad so far: “Obviously having so many returners is great because it gives you a solid base, but having such a turnout of young guys gives us a lot of hope for the future of this program. I’m confident in the success of this team on and off the field as you can already feel the new bonds between all of us and that will be important down the stretch to remember we are a family through thick and thin.”
Sacred Heart's Men's Rugby team opens the season on September 21 at 1pm as they visit conference opponent, Hartford University.