Short-handed Pygmies exposed

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A depleted New Mexico Tech men’s rugby side was hammered by the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque Saturday 90 points to 7. The Lobos took full advantage of a Pygmy team with only one substitute and several players in unaccustomed positions to score 48 unanswered points in the first 40 minutes before cruising home in the second half.

Tech’s only score came 25 minutes into the second half when center John Mark Stiles was brought down in a head-high tackle just short of the try line. Referee Jay Livingston judged that but for the illegal play Stiles would have scored and awarded a five-point penalty try. Jordan Fastle’s two-point conversion kick connected but Tech would move the scoreboard no further as UNM went on to amass a staggering 15 tries (touchdowns) against the hapless Pygmies.

Freshman wing Andrew Mascareñas of Questa was named Tech’s Man of the Match for his courageous play in the face of overwhelming odds. The loss leaves New Mexico Tech with one win out of three matches against Rio Grande Union collegiate opponents in the fall 2013 semester. The University of Texas at El Paso fell to Tech in Socorro 19 to 17 on September 14, but New Mexico State surprised the home team Pygmies 38 to 22 the following Saturday. UNM emerged as the only undefeated team going into the spring semester season, when the four teams will square off again at alternate venues.

The Pygmies will meet up with their female counterparts for a doubleheader at home on Saturday, November 9. The men take on Santa Fe’s Santos at 1:00 pm and the Queens square off with Red Mountain Rugby Club at approximately 3 p.m..