The 2014 season is finally here, and after an offseason dedicated to rebuilding, ‘The Greatest Bar’ Boston 13s took to the field at their new home, The Irish Cultural Center in Canton MA.
Head Coach Robin Peers had selection troubles in the week, there were guys missing but still 25 guys had their hands up for selection. Peers went for a mixture of youth and experience, handing debuts to a number of rookies including key signing and US International, Matt Shipway.
Youngster Ed Guitton was the first to make his mark on the field when a solid run close to the line saw him cross for the first try of the USARL season. Unfortunately the Baltimore defense made their mark on him as he scored, and he left the game shortly afterwards with a severely corked thigh. Only a Conor Leahy sneak late in the quarter added to the scores in the first quarter, as the 13s went into the minor break 8-0 up.
The second quarter was when the 13s’ exciting young backs started to make their mark with Zaak Powers, Ryan Forgione and Mo Mascary impressing. Forgione and Mascary both using their extreme pace to score a try each from inside their own half.
Experienced back rowers Shipway, and newly appointed captain, Marcos Flegmann, were hugely influential in driving the new boys around the park. As too were play makers JR Coleman and Greg Richer, who fed the back line well.
As the Blues tired in the second half, the 13s really found their groove, keeping the score ticking over. A highlight being a 50 yard effort from first grade first gamer Jake Allan.
Blues Captain Joe Pontak led their charge all day, alongside impressive lacrosse convert Robert Guthrie. Guthrie taking home the MVP award for the Blues.
The 13s MVP award was a hotly contested affair with numerous standout performances. In the end though, the ‘Haitian Sensation’ Mo Mascary took home the award for his three try effort on debut.