University of Cincinnati

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Cincinnati will play Stony Brook at the ACRC Bowl Series on Nov. 21. The Cincinnati head rugby coach is Mark Heidrich.

The University of Cincinnati Rugby Club, founded in 1974, carries a roster of 30-40 members and competes across the nation in both 15's and 7's, against elite level competition. 

Cincinnati defeated #13-ranked Bowling Green on Oct. 24, a highlight of an excellent fall 2015 season for the Bearcats. Louisville and Miami University number among the other Mid-American Conference rivals to fall to Cincinnati in recent weeks. 

2015 Team Vitals

Head Coach: Nick Lauterbach
Assistant Coaches: Michael Barret, Jeff Bender, Kyle Merk, Justin Vincent
Captain: Jacob Moore (2017, Cincinnati, OH)
President: Ben Bell (2016, Cincinnati, OH)

Q&A From Captain, Jacob Moore

What key games, strategies or moments on the pitch define your Fall 2015 season?

  • Beating Miami.
  • Beating BG.
  • Played Wheeling Jesuit early in the season.
  • Beat Xavier University who is ranked in the top 25 for DII.

What characterizes your style of play?

Focus was on fitness, catching/passing, and tackling. Once we focused our skills, we could play in whatever dimension of the game we needed to.

Who are your two standout players?

Eric Lalley (Cincinnati, OH)
Position: Leading scorer #8

Jimmy Forde (Cleveland, OH)
Position: Fly Half
Directing the backs and making crucial plays/kicks.

Previous Success

At the 2014 ACRC7s in Virginia Beach, the Bearcats went 1-4 with losses to Kutztown, St. Joes and Old Dominion (2x) and a victory over E. Tennessee State. 

In the 2012-2013 season, the team elected to move to Division I Rugby, competing in the MAC conference. 

With the move to division one, Cincinnati is developing high-level skills playing against some of the best teams in the country.