Portal:2016 Spring Men

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2016 Spring Men Portal


This season has been one of the busiest spring seasons on record. We traveled to North Carolina, Utah, California, New Mexico and cities within Colorado to compete against the nation’s top-ranked teams (e.g. Cal, Life University and St. Mary’s). In addition, the team traveled to New Zealand during spring break to train alongside teams from the Royal New Zealand Air Force, Lincoln University and the Christchurch Police Rugby Club.

For a video promo on this season see -> [1]. See season photos here -> [2]. Cal game summary (from Cal standpoint) [3], BYU Summary: [4], CSU highlight: [5], Pre-spring break trip to New Zealand - posted on the USAFA site: [6], Utah match: [7]

Team Record

A Side Record
Date Opponent Score Notes
13 Feb Life (Charlotte NC) 0-74 Life rated #2 in the nation
14 Feb Clemson (Charlotte NC) 37-13 T by Moore, Juana Miller, Culver, Burmester and Jace Miller; Kerdikoshvili (2PK, 3C)
20 Feb at Cal Berkeley 12-65 Kerdikoshvili (T & C), Hancock (T)
27 Feb at BYU 8-80 BYU rated #1; Burmester (T), Kerdikoshvili (C)
3 Mar Colgate (Las Vegas Sevens Invitational) 38 - 7 Maschmeyer (2T, PK), K Miller (2T), and Tries by Rothstein, Burmester, Hancock
3 Mar Citadel (LVI) 31 - 14 Maschmeyer (T, 4C), Tries by D'Agostino, Brown, Burmester, Rothstein
3 Mar Delaware (LVI) 14-19 Hancock (2T) Maschmeyer (2C)
4 Mar Notre Dame (OH) (LVI) 24-41 Hancock (3T), D'Agostino (T), Burmester (2C)
5 Mar Lindenwood (MO) (LVI) 26-19 Burmester (3T), J Miller (T), Krtland (3C)
12 Mar CSU 51-28
21 Mar at Royal NZ Air Force "Colts" (U23) 27-24 The final 12 minutes provided outstanding play with the lead changing four times
23 Mar Lincoln University (NZ) 5-38
24 Mar Christchurch Police (NZ) Rugby Club 24-44
2 Apr at Central Washington <score>
9 Apr at Univ of Utah 31-36 Varsity Cup Round 1; B Smith (T)
23 Apr Cal Poly 43-17 D1A Round 1; scores by Tries by Hancock, Higgins, Rothstein (2), Braden Smith (2), Kerdikoshvili (who also had 4 conversions)
24 Apr St Mary's 17-77 24 hours after Cal Poly. Tries by Culver, Bochstruck, Hancock. Conversion by Kerdikoshvili
Season Record xx-yy

B Side Record
Date Opponent Score Notes
14 Feb Clemson B <score> Cancelled
27 Feb BYU B 17-46 Tries by Q. Smith, Hein, Kyles; conversion by Kirkland
5 Mar University of New Mexico 22-12
5 Mar University of NM B vs our C <score>
Season Record xx-yy

Last Name First Name Class
Agmata Christian 2018
Bartholomew David 2019
Beissner Lucas 2019
Bochstruck Chase 2017
Brown Dylan 2017
Burmester Ben 2017
Bush Richie 2017
Byszewski Paul 2019
Carl Joseph 2017
Cobb Marquis 2019
Cochell Mitch 2017
Connelly Ryan 2019
Cornillez Michael 2019
Cox Thomas 2019
Culver Colin 2018
D'Agnostino Alex 2017
Dalton Dominique 2018
Darling Daniel 2017
Fischer Matt 2016
Francoeur Nicholas 2018
Frometa Josh 2019
Geueke Greg 2017
Goirigolzarri Alex 2019
Gonzales Gonzo 2017
Grauer Dane 2017
Griffith Johnny 2019
Grimes Dee 2017
Hancock Hunter 2019
Hanley Grizz 2017
Harold Joshua 2016
Hein AJ 2018
Higgins Elliott 2019
Hoffman Mike
Jaffe Sam
Kerdikoshvili Gregor 2018
Kim Kevin 2017
Kirkland Kirk 2016
Krige Jean 2019
Kuhn Geoffrey 2017
Kyles Jason 2018
Lichtsinn Andrew 2017
Maschmeyr Will 2016
Miller Jace 2019 / 21
Miller Kaiana 2017
Miner Brady 2017
Moore Dallas 2017
Moss Donavan 2018
Nyfeler Peter 2019
Oliver Matt 2019
Parzych Jacob 2018
Pingree Jackson 2019
Reichenbach Heath
Reiss Evan 2019
Rothstein Casey 2017
Smith Braden 2018
Smith Quincy 2017
Stewart Nkozi 2018
Stille Dustin 2019
Thorley McCord 2018
Vargas Connor 2017
Vaughn Cody 2017
Welch Dalton 2017
Wiggins Jordan 2018
Grauer Dane 2017
Basham Ben 2017
LoGrande Anthony

Post Season Experience/Records

Portal:2016 Spring Men/Post Season



Head Coach - Denny Merideth '73 [[8]]

Assistant Coach - Paul Emerick IV

Assistant Coach - James Paterson

Assistant Coach - Karl Kennedy

Assistant Coach - Jim Donovan

Assistant Coach - Jaron Maynard

OIC - Col Gary Heldfeldt '88

OIC - LtCol(s) Jeff Ulmer '01

OIC - Capt Mike Kerschbaum, '05

OIC - Capt Mike Hoffman

CIC - Matt Fischer

Trainer - Bonnie Anderson

Manager - Rachel Duff


C1C Matt Fischer

C2C Ben Bermester


Front Row: Bonnie Anderson (Trainer) McCord Thorley, August Hein, Thomas Cox, Jace Miller, Will Maschmeyer, Matt Fischer (Co-Captain), Ben Burmester (Co-Captain), Andy Lichtsinn, Kaiana Miller, Larry D’Agostino, Eliott Higgins, Dylan Brown, James Paterson (Coach), Second Row: Col Gary Helfeldt (OIC), Matt Oliver, Michael Cornillez, David Bartholomew, Alex Goirigolzarri, Jason Kyles, Joe Carl, Grigor Kerdikoshvili, Mitch Cochell, Hunter Hancock, Gilbert Gonzalez, Braden Smith, Brady Miner, Dallas Moore, Quincy Smith, Greg Geuke, Dalton Welch, Maj Jeff Ulmer (OIC), Third Row: Heath Reichenbach, Johnny Griffith, Marquis Cobb, Christian Agmata, Jacob Parzych, Evan Reiss, Josh Frometa, Ryan Connelly, Geoff Kuhn, Colin Culver, Chase Bockstruck, Jackson Pingree, Dane Grauer, Casey Rothstein, Jean Krige, Nicholas Francoeur, Peter Nyfeler, Denny Merideth (Head Coach), Missing: Paul Byszewski, Dominique Dalton, Daniel Darling, Grizz Hanley, Mike Hoffman, Sam Jaffe, Kevin Kim, Kirk Kirkland, Donavan Moss, Nkozi Stewart, Dustin Stille, Jordan Wiggins

Spring Break in New Zealand

Christchurch Police

Click here for more 2016 Spring Men Pictures

Memorable Events

Most Improved Player of the Year - Lawrence D'Agostino

Ironman of the Year - Benjamin Burmester

Rookie of the Year - Hunter Hancock

Inspirational Teammate Award - Quincy Smith

Murph Award - Elliott Higgins

Koehn Award - William Maschmeyer

Academic All Americans - Chase Bockstruck, Ben Burmester

Team Scoring leaders

Keridikishvili, Grigor 204

Burmester, Benjamin 70

Smith, Braden 50

Hancock, Hunter and Maschmeyer, William with 40

Culver, Colin 35

Higgins, Elliott and Moore, Dallas with 20

Fischer, Matthew, Miller, Kaiana and Rothstein, Casey with 15

Darling, Daniel, Goirigolzarri, Benjamin, Hein, August and Miller, Jace with 10

Bockstruck, Chase, Carl, Joseph, Cochell , Mitchell, Gonzales, Gilbert, Hanley, James, Kuhn, Geoffrey, Miner, Brady, Moss, Donavon, Thorley, McCord with 5