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UB Rugby Celebrates Alumni Weekend '23

UB Rugby celebrated the past and looked forward to a very bright future at our 2023 Alumni Game hosted by the UBRAA this past weekend in Buffalo.

Alumni and undergrads after the 2023 UB Rugby Alumni Game

2023 UB Rugby Alumni Weekend


This years event saw over 60 alumni in attendance, representing 40 plus years of UB Rugby. All told, this year's alumni weekend had over 120 ruggers participate making it one of our most successful weekends ever.


The weekend began on Friday afternoon as the UBRAA Board hosted a lunch for this year's graduating seniors and to present them with their UBRAA Membership pins. The 2023 grads are a special group that steered UB Rugby thru nearly two years lost to the pandemic.

UBRAA board members posing with the UB Rugby Class of '23 graduating seniors

UBRAA Board with the UB Rugby Class of '23


Saturday is a rugby day, and as is usually the case, the undergrads were no match for the powerhouse alumni side, but were gracious in defeat. This year's game may have been the first time in UB Rugby history that a father lined up against his son when Scott Lefkowitz scrummed down opposite his son Michael.

Highlights from the 2023 UB Rugby Alumni Game


Post match, everyone gathered at Jack Rabbit restaurant to enjoy an evening of food and drink and to induct the 1998-2003 UB Rugby team into our UBRAA Hall of Fame.

Post-match dinner and HOF Induction at Jack Rabbit restaurant


UBRAA President Pete Mancuso welcomed '98-'03 UB Rugby members Jake Clancy, Ben Geiss, Tommy Herbert, Russ Hicks, Nick Ingrao, Steve Lanzone, Joe Sadden, Cory Stalker, Boris Weinstein, and Tim Wetter into the UBRAA Hall of Fame. The team accepted the HOF plaque and raised a toast to Trevor Miller '01 who we lost two years ago.

"The highlight of the weekend for me was inducting the UB Rugby teams of 1998-2003 into our Hall of Fame. These men hold a special place in my heart as they were the elder statesmen when I arrived at UB as a freshman in 2003. They taught me the game, looked out for me, and have become my life long friends." - UBRAA President Pete Mancuso

Thanks to UBRAA board member Fred Bressette and UBRAA member and HOF Inductee Tim Wetter for the photographs. The full set of pictures will be posted to our social media accounts and can also be seen at https://www.pottedpalmproductions.com/Sports/Rugby/UB-Rugby/2023

The UBRAA wishes to thank everyone who attended the event and financially supported the weekend. If you attended and would like to make an additional contribution, or could not attend and would like to donate, simply click the "Donate" button below to get started.

 

The UBRAA is registered with the New York State Department of State as a not-for-profit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.


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