Portal:2016 Fall Men

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2016 Fall Men Portal

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D1A Western Conference Champions!

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Team Record

A Side Record
Date Opponent Score Notes
17 Sep Utah 66-26 Kerdikoshvili T and 8 C; Tries by B. Smith (3), Burmester (2)and Culver Griffith, Lyons and Kyles.
24 Sep Utah State 29-17 Kerdikoshvili 1 T, 1 PK, 3 C; Tries by Higgins, Hein, and Bostruck
30 Sep Navy 32-31 Kerdikoshvili 1 T, 3 C, 2 PK, Rothstein 2 T, Miller 1 T
8 Oct CSU 26-30 Kerdikoshvili 1 T, 3 C, Rothstein 1 T, Smith B 1 T, Cochell 1 T
15 Oct at Wyoming 47-28 Smith B 4 T, Rothstein 2 T, 1 C, Cochell 1 T, Bostruck 1 T, Brown 1 T
22-23 Oct West Coast 7s at Treasure Island W vs Cal Poly, 19-5, Lost to Western Washington 19-20, UCLA 14-24, Utah 14-23, and San Diego SU 5-22 Rothstein 5 T, Higgins 2, Moss, Welch, Kyle and Smith B one. Smith B 8 Cs
29 Oct at CU 24-17 Chase Bockstruck was selected by CU as the Man of the Match; Ts by Smith B, Miner, Griffith, Cochel, 2Cs by Rothstein
4 Nov at West Point 19-62 7-43 at half; "Varsity vs club program" T -Hanley, Hein, Culver, C by Rothstein
19 Nov UNM 61-5 Ts by Cochell (4), Carl, Welch, Thorley, Hinnant, Bochstruck, Waterman, Smith; 3 Cs by Brown
Season Record 6-2
B Side Record
Date Opponent Score Notes
3 Sep School of Mines 17-41 T by Welch, Mose, Johnson; C by Welch
10 Sep Colorado Mesa 71-10 C (8) by Bartholomew, Tries by Moss (3), Frometa (3), Hinnant (2), Nye, Connelly, and Agamata
11 Sep Metro W by Forfeit Merged with their few players for scrimmage
8 Oct CSU B 48-15 Goirigolzarri 4 C, Hinnant 3 T, Tries by Mechikoff, Nye, Waterman, Miner, Munekata.
8 Oct C side at UCCC 10-37 Tries by Bartholomew and Menser
14 Oct C side vs CC 5-46 Try by Kim
15 Oct Montana St at Laramie 14-38 Munekata 1 T, Goirigolzarri 2 C, Moss 1 T
22 Oct at Western State 12-40 , Ts by Munekata and Hinnant, Gorigolzarri C
29 Oct CU B 17-34 , Ts by Smith Q, Cox, Connelly, C by Goirigolzarri
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Season Record xx-yy
Last Name First Name Class
Adams Rod 2020
Agmata Christian 2018
Arnaud Antoine 2020
Aro Michael 2019
Bartholomew IV David 2019
Belyeu Tyler 2020
Bockstruck Chase 2017
Boyd Liam 2020
Brandt Curran 2019
Brown Dylan 2017
Burmester Ben 2017
Busuttil Christian 2020
Carl Joseph 2017
Chester Payton 2020
Cobb Marquis 2019
Cochell Mitch 2017
Connelly Ryan 2019
Cornillez Michael 2019
Cottam Jack 2020
Cox Thomas 2019
Crotts Michael 2020
Culver Colin 2018
D'Agostino Alex 2017
Dalton Dominique 2018
Delgado Cole 2020
Dunbar Tristan 2020
Dvali Nodar 2020
Dyson Ryan 2020
Eadie Tommy 2019
Ellis Brad 2020
Frometa Josh 2019
Galbraith Conner 2020
Geueke Greg 2017
Goirigolzarri Alex 2019
Griffin Trey (?steve) 2019
Griffith Johnny 2019
Guerrero Brian 2019
Hancock Hunter 2017
Hanley Grizz 2017
Hayes Colton 2020
Hein A J 2017
Higgin Elliott 2019
Hinnant Koby 2020
Hughes Jake 2019
Johnson Connor 2020
Jonasen Colin 2020
Kerdikoshvili Gregor 2018
Kim Kevin 2017
Kyles Jason 2018
Lavery Nate 2020
Lichtsinn Andy 2017
Lunasin Hunter 2019
Lyons Austin 2018
Mechikoff Michael 2018
Menser Eric 2019
Miller Kaiana 2017
Miner Brady 2017
Moss Donavan 2018
Munekata Adam 2020
Nagle Noah 2020
Nye Jett 2019
Pingree Jackson 2019
Pontzer Luke 2020
Quiros Jon 2019
Reiss Evan 2019
Romero Christopher 2017
Rothstein Casey 2018
Smith Braden 2018
Smith Liam 2020
Smith Quincy 2017
Stewart Nkozi 2018
Stille Dustin 2019
Swenson Connell 2020
Thorley McCord 2018
Troxell Tate 2020
Vaughn Cody 2017
Walker Nick 2020
Waterman Nick 2019
Weaver Ben 2017
Welch Dalton 2017
Wyatt JJ 2020
Zhang Han 2020
Zorn Dylan 2020

Post Season Experience/Records

Portal:2016 Fall Men/Post Season



Head Coach - Denny Merideth '73 [[1]]

Assistant Head Coach - James Paterson

Assistant Coach - Karl Kennedy

Assistant Coach - Zach Kennedy

Assistant Coach - Jim Donovan

Assistant Coach - Jaron Maynard

Assistant Coach - Justin Mitchell

OIC - LtCol(s) Jeff Ulmer '01

OIC - Joe Dan Cox, '98

Assistant OIC - Major Mike Hoffman


Trainer - Bonnie Anderson

Manager - Rachel Duff


C1C Ben Bermester (injured), C1C Mitch Cochell


Winning the Shea Cup back from Navy

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Memorable Events

All Conference Teams

West Back of the Year

Mitch Cochell, Air Force:

The Zoomies were dealt a difficult blow when it lost 2015 1st-Team center and captain Ben Burmester to an injury at the beginning of the season. Air Force’s season could have spiraled into mediocrity, but Cochell’s emergence as the new captain and primary playmaker in the midfield redirected the team’s path towards a Conference Championship.

West Academic Achievement Award

Chase Bocksturck, Air Force & Sam Jacobs, Wyoming:

Bockstruck nearly missed out on the All-Conference team for his play as an eight man, but still finds his way on the list of the West’s best for his diligence away from the pitch. Bockstruck scored three tries for this Zoomies this year, but even more impressive is his 3.69 GPA while majoring in Management and minoring in French.

First Team

Joe Carl, hooker: Carl throws lineouts like darts and is known for creating turnovers at the breakdown. Still, the senior earned 1st-Team accolades for the excellent work he did in attack that isn’t always expected of hookers.

Austin Lyons, lock: New to rugby, Lyons’ hard work earned him a starting position just before season’s start and he made good on his coaches’ confidence in him. Lyons didn’t miss a tackle and you can bet when he ran into contact he did so with both quality strength and technique.

Braden Smith, wing: Smith has an extra gear that he used to his advantage to run past opposing wingers and propelled the junior to more tries than any other Zoomie this fall.

Casey Rothstein, full back: As Air Force’s last line of defense, Rothstein’s tackling was so sure-handed the Zoomies still might have won a match or two this season if he was their only line of defense. If that wasn’t enough, Rothstein also recorded the second-most points for Air Force.

Second Team

AJ Hein, prop: The anchor of Air Force’s scrum, Hein scored a try against Utah State and was named Man of the Match in the Zoomies’ win over New Mexico.

McCord Thorley, prop: Thorley, a junior tight head, ran through a lot of attempted tackles and often stuffed opposing ball-runners – especially near his own goal line.

James Hanley, lock: As Air Force’s biggest body, Hanley added a lot of muscle to the Zoomies’ scrum and was the team’s best lifter in the lineout. Hanley would have had a shot at being placed on the 1st-Team had he not missed a couple of games due to his duties as a participant of the National Constitutional Lam Competition.

Dylan Brown, scrum half: The quick ball Air Force received in attack this season can be greatly attributed to Brown’s consistent play. Loaded with a fast and accurate delivery, the senior also delegated duties around the ruck very well.

Lawrence D’Agostino, fly half: Playing one of the deepest positions in the conference, D’Agostino’s 2nd-Team selection is a good indication of just how strong the fly half position was in the West this season. The senior was the orchestrator of Air Force’s attack, often spotting weaknesses in defenses and exploiting them.

Ref: http://d1arugby.com/news/forty-four-from-west-recognized-on-all-conference-teams/

Goff Rugby Report D1A Backs of 2016

Dylan Brown (SH), Lawrence D'Agostino (FH), Mitch Cochell (Center), Braden Smith (wing) and Casey Rothstein (fullback).

Men’s Collegiate All-American Camp

Dylan Brown (SH) and Mitch Cochell (Center)