At RWU law, we are proud of the accomplishments of our students in the classroom, but also on the playing fields. Below is a dispatch from (3L) Tim Grimes, recapping an “Elite Eight” finish at the national law school softball championship, followed by a summary of RWU success at a regional soccer tournament, provided by 1L Nathaniel Peterson.
Every year, RWU puts together a rag tag group of miscreants to represent the school in the University of Virginia Law National Softball Invitational and, every year, the RWU Quahogs prove that having full uniforms, muscles, and athletic prowess are overrated. The Quahogs have come a long way since humble beginnings in the early 2000s to become a major player in the region and an increasingly difficult team to face in the national tournament. The last few years have seen one Battle of Boston championship and two runners up, but the real highlights have been in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the national tournament attracts over 100 teams each year.
- Ten hour trip turned into a less than eight hour trip with the aid of a trusty radar detector.
- Wins against Emory and Fordham moving us into the playoffs (although we took a tough loss to the eventual victors UVA Gold who had been running wind sprints and training Miracle-style “AGAIN!”)
- Learning the one-pitch “overtime” rule of the tournament where we somehow managed to manufacture enough runs to stave off Seton Hall even when our pitcher thought he’d be selective at the plate “Steff, you get one pitch man, if you don’t swing its an out, WE WENT OVER THIS”)
- And more importantly than anything else, Colin Quillinan made it an entire weekend without injury, which truly was a softball miracle.
Another Elite 8 appearance in the books, we walked off the field after losing to the UVA Legends team, laughing at all the full uniform teams doing warm-up laps and team stretching only to be beaten by the repeat champions, UVA Gold.
The late March chill was bitter, but the heat of passion within the Roger Williams University School of Law soccer Team provided ample warmth. At the first ever Law School Soccer Invitational, hosted by Western New England University School of Law and featuring eight law school teams, RWU earned second place finish. Coached by Pat Nemes, with Layi Oduyingbo and Tom Paliarini terrorizing the opposing net, Tim Conway and Tom Moran controlling the midfield, Danny Song and Rory Manns anchoring the defense, and Nathaniel Peterson keeping the net, the RWU team looked very strong indeed. The team is eager for the next tournament, as well as adding more trophies to the SOL trophy case.