Alumni Weekend 2017

Dead Pheasants are flocking to NU,


Here are the 57;

Brendan White 2013

Matt Giuliano 1979 “Mad Matt”

Tom Netzer 1980

Steve Debruyn 1981

*Dennis Sugrue 1981 “Sheik, Debruyn, Ruzzi, and Dombrowski, will accept for our dearly departed Pheasant.”*

Mike Shield 1982 “Sheik”

David Erias 1982 “Animal”

Dave Piraino 2013

Chris Dietz 2011

Tim Kennedy 1996

Dan Weingarten 2014

Mike Flannigan 1980

Bill Despres 1979

Chris Karl 2009

Zenaid Marra 2016 “ZEE”

John Shea 1991

John Ward 1980-maybe

Nick Battey 2013

Davey Phillips 2014

Kirk Lagonegro 1981

Albert Wager 1980 “Chip”

Bill McQuown 1980 “Bildo”

Andrew Colangelo 2014

Bill Klan 1983 “Willie”

Stephane Wetterwald 2010

Evan Castellani 2016 “Buckeye”

Jake Lange 2016

Ethan DeCicco 2016 “Chico”

Christian Hess 2016

Joe Monnin 2010

John Shine 1977 “Jiggs”

Jim Donovan 1980 “Porky”

Tom Kolb 1981

Mike Cagney 2009

Chris Cochran 2012

Brad Allen 2007

Bill Crowley 1980

Mo Zeidan 2015

Mike Impaglia 1995   

Mark Giglio 2004

J.Liriano 2015

Isaac De Los Santos 2015

Lawrence Blaber 2000 “Junior”

Vin Orsi 2006 maybe

Sean Higman 1982

Peter Caputo 2015 Sat

Alyn Simpson 2012 Fri1

Ryan Murray 2010 maybe

Zach Koenig 2012

Bill Loftus 1963 “Mr Big”


Invited guests,

Fr Maher, NU President

Fr Levesque, NU past President

Howard Morgan, NU Alumni Director

John Spanbauer, NU Club Sports Moderator

Gene Adams, NU Men’s Rugby Head Coach

Matt Agugliaro “Googs” Asst Coach maybe

Ernie Scales, NU Rugby coach, 2003-2012




DEAD PHEASANTS now hear this,

Now less than 3 days until we all gather as Purple Eagles and Dead Pheasants to celebrate 41 years of rugby at Niagara University, here is the latest, if you have any questions, then contact me immediately. -Animal


1-all Dead Pheasants reading this are asked to forward to all your mates, so we can keep us all connected.

2- Bring your NURFC Alumni Weekend fee of $100 with you, too late to mail.

41st Annual NURFC Alumni Weekend April 28 – 29th, 2017

Niagara University, New York USA


Here is the breakdown of activities we have slated and will confirm soon:

Friday April 28:

1pm to 4pm Golf, NU Alumni Director -Howard Morgan, will set this up, if enough call his cell 
(716)417-7584. (this is not included in our $100 fee.)

Friday April 28: 

4pm to 8pm Alumni Rugby Practice at the NURFC field/KiernanCenter on NU’s beautiful campus, or use the gym, pool, or weight rooms, to get ready.

9pm to ??? NURFC after hours social at The Polish Nook, 2242 Cudaback Ave, Niagara Falls, NY, beer with cash bar.


Saturday April 29

12 noon – 2pm ok to get on the pitch and loosen up, practice, and get ready for the match.

1:30pm Opening Ceremonies Fr Maher NU President, will give opening, please be on time, thanks.

2:00pm Purple Eagles vs Dead Pheasants Men’s Rugby at NURFC field.


Saturday April 29,

6-10pm NURFC Alumni and Men’s team banquet and awards dinner, at Sammy’s Pizzeria 1400 Hyde Park Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY  14301.

NURFC Hall of Fame will induct Chris Dietz 2011, from the Modern Era & *Dennis Sugrue 1981, from the Classic Era.



The Founders Rugby Scholarship ($1,000.00) &

The Lt Col.Terry Crowe Rugby Scholarship ($1,000.00)  

Joe Crisafulli, Trevor Wasik, Kevin Zitzka-Crowe nominees,

Jayson Endozo, Will Pedrosa, and Brian Todora,-Founders nominees,

This gets tougher each year, as these all are high quality young men.  A winner from each scholarship will be announced at the banquet.

We also, will be honoring the seniors who have been great teammates and NU Rugby players, nice job in your rugby careers at NU, thank you gents, NURFC alumni thanks them all and welcomes them as Dead Pheasants.


NURFC Alumni, Niagara Rugby, Dead Pheasant Apparel;

can only be sold through NURFC Alumni.


Sincerely Yours,

David “Animal” Erias,

NURFC Men’s Alumni President

class of 1982


(did I mention, all Dead Pheasants are great guys, and this is fun?)


-If you are not attending and wish to give, please,

Send all donations to and make payable to:

NURFC Alumni

103 Garden Drive

Fairport, NY  14450