Players

Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis

Fullback / Winger
Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis

Fullback / Winger

Experience:3 years

Favorite memory from your LPRFC Career? There are many great memories, but the one that sticks out the most for me is the Guadalajara Tour. Thanks Jordan. Between the match, the shenanigans, and winning a cookie race, it was a great trip.

How did you first start playing for LPRFC? Arguing with a LPRFC player, Zoby, and telling him I will own the field if I go out there and play. I was hesitant, but then ended up going to practice and sticking with it. And, when healthy, sometimes owned the field.

When was the last LPRFC match you attended? Fall 2019 playoffs against Pittsburgh. In a typical, but unexpected fashion for me, I ended my 15’s career as a

Bart Pierarski

Bart Pierarski

Center / Winger
Bart Pierarski

Bart Pierarski

Center / Winger

Experience: 3 years

What’s your go-to place to take a date in the neighborhood? CUBS!

Colin Olander

Colin Olander

Flyhalf / Center
Colin Olander

Colin Olander

Flyhalf / Center

Experience: 4 years

Whats your favorite bar in Chicago? Galway Bay

What's your favorite book? The Young Lions

What's your favorite Chicago Museum? Museum of Science and Industry

What's your upcoming goal for the season? D2 playing time

Corey Jahner

Corey Jahner

No. 8 / Lock / Center
Corey Jahner

Corey Jahner

No. 8 / Lock / Center

Experience: 10 years

What is something you love about living in Chicago? LPRFC

Where have you lived before moving to Chicago? St Louis; Singapore; North Carolina

What’s a goal of yours for the upcoming rugby season? Avoid sustaining a career-ending injury or eating my way into the front row

Is there something you wish you could tell yourself before starting rugby? You should occasionally wander into a weight room to avoid having your shoulder explode every other season

Dayvon Long

Dayvon Long

Hooker / Flanker
Dayvon Long

Dayvon Long

Hooker / Flanker

Experience: 1 year

What do do you love about playing for Lincoln Park? I have a son who loves to watch play and cheer me on, he's a Husky named Kobe!

Who is your favorite athlete? The Saints are my favorite sports team. Kobe Bryant is the GOAT and my favorite athlete!

Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson

Center / Winger
Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson

Center / Winger

Experience: 1 year

What neighborhood do I live in? South Loop

What's one rugby skill i have had the most difficult learning in my career? Passing to space, which is why i am on the wing

Ethan Frisch

Ethan Frisch

Center / Winger
Ethan Frisch

Ethan Frisch

Center / Winger

Experience: 6 years

What’s your go-to place to take a date in the neighborhood? Le Creperie, the ladies love crepes.

Favorite memory from your LPRFC career? Scoring three tries on Passover, it was the Passover miracle… I’m Jewish. Or drinking an entire bottle of Soco on O''Malleys farm and talking with his uncle.

What’s one rugby skill you’ve had the most difficulty learning in your career? Not doing a cut back and passing

Fran McCann

Fran McCann

Center / Flyhalf / Winger
Fran McCann

Fran McCann

Center / Flyhalf / Winger

Experience: 2 years

What other clubs have you played for? Buffalo, NY. Go Bills!

What are your favorite things about Chicago? Different neighborhoods, variety of restaurants, and never running out of things to do.

Jack Walsh

Jack Walsh

Flyhalf / Winger
Jack Walsh

Jack Walsh

Flyhalf / Winger

Experience: 1 year

What's your favorite bar in Chicago? Galway Arms

Cubs or White Sox? Cleveland Indians

Jake Garwood

Jake Garwood

Scrumhalf

Experience: 2 years

What's your favorite moment with LPRFC? Winning USA Beach Rugby in Chicago

Why do you think The Blind Side, a truly awful film, was nominated for an Oscar in 2010 ahead of Invictus, which was arguably the best rugby film ever made? The Blind Side was nominated ahead of Invictus because the SEC is overrated

Jake Laux

Jake Laux

Flanker / No. 8
Jake Laux

Jake Laux

Flanker / No. 8

Experience: 6 years

What's your favorite thing about rugby? That it is so open; there are so many different ways to win (be faster, be bigger, be stronger, be fitter, be more disciplined, be more clever).  It balances teamwork with individualism, where a player can take over a game but cannot win it by themselves.  The game is broad enough that given sufficient work, any individual can make a material impact for their team.

What hobbies do you have outside of rugby? Cooking (but not baking; I am a miserable baker).  Rock climbing.  Magic: the Gathering (several team members play; inquire about playing with us).  Training.  Gambling.  Backpacking.  Curing meat.  Gardening.  Skiing.

Where have you lived before moving to Chicago? Wisconsin. Boston.

Are you much of a reader? if so what’s one of your favorite books? Yes.  Dune, Heinlein's entire corpus, Hamlet, Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, Rationality: From AI to Zombies.

What’s one of your favorite sports teams? Waikato Chiefs.

Art museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, or Field Museum? Art museum strictly for Dali; else it would be Adler.

What’s your favorite bar in Chicago Currently? Clark Street Ale House.

What is your favorite exhibit at the Lincoln Park Zoo? Big cat house.

What's your favorite memory from your LPRFC career? A tip-on pass that saw me get drilled immediately after but led to a Corey Jahner try against Green Bay in a playoff victory on April 22, 2017 (the CMS disputes this telling of events as Mr. Jahner was not credited with a try during
that game).

What neighborhood do you live in? Gold Coast.

What’s your favorite Marvel character? Thanos, obviously.

What’s a goal of yours for the upcoming rugby season? Win.

Is there a pro rugby team you really admire, and could you give a reason why you feel this way? The aforementioned Waikato Chiefs.  They play an enterprising game, managing to win (you sure?) while also playing an attractive and entertaining brand of footy.

What’s one rugby skill you’ve had the most difficulty learning in your career? My kicking is dreadful.

Do you have any pets? If so, tell us about them. Two cats: Lucy and Penny Lane.  Penny has more toes than a normal cat.  Lucy is larger than several teammates' dogs.  

If you could pick any person from history to have dinner with, who would you choose and why? Marcus Aurelius.

What’s something about you that you’re fairly sure your teammates don’t know? I dislike cucumbers.

If you could recommend a venue in Chicago that everyone should go see a show at, whether it’s a concert or play, what is that venue and why? The CSO

Kevin Griffin

Kevin Griffin

Center

Experience: 4 years

What's your favorite thing about rugby? Running people over/ Watching our pack dominate an opposing sides pack from the backline

What's your favorite memory with LPRFC? Social events- any post-match drink up, soldier field match and bar crawls.

Liam Finnegan

Liam Finnegan

Fullback / Winger
Liam Finnegan

Liam Finnegan

Fullback / Winger

Experience: 3 years

What's your favorite book? “The Catcher in the Rye”

What's your favorite rugby team? Connacht rugby because they play in a very competitive league and my family is from the west of Ireland.

Matt Lund

Matt Lund

Prop

Experience: 3 years

What do you love about rugby? I love the sense of community that's built into a rugby club. No matter how different each individual might be, there’s a shared joy in running around outside and working together to accomplish team goals.

What's your favorite thing about Chicago? My favorite thing about Chicago is that I never run out of new places to drink beer or good people to drink beer with.

Nils Schaede

Nils Schaede

Lock

Experience: 3 years

What's your favorite memory with LPRFC? Scoring a try in Mexico

What's your favorite venue in Chicago to watch a show? Go see some Metal Shows at Reggies when its back open

Sean O’Malley

Sean O’Malley

Flyhalf / Scrumhalf / Center
Sean O’Malley

Sean O’Malley

Flyhalf / Scrumhalf / Center

Experience: 8 years

Whats your favorite thing about rugby? There is a place on the pitch for almost anyone. Also the global nature of the game, made a lot of friends from outside of the US during their time with LP.

Is there anyone on the team you would call a mentor, rugby or otherwise? Former captain Kyle Toombs. My first practice with the club we knocked heads and his wife Kelsey took us both to the ER to get stitches. I couldn't join another club after that. Also Caleb Stein, he was the D3 captain for a number of memorable seasons leading the way at 10.

What is something you love about living in Chicago? Always something going on during the non-winter months.

What's your favorite bar in Chicago, currently? Galway Bay, a nice little basement bar with darts/pool/N64.

What's your favorite memory from your LPRFC career? 33-31 Flying Forties win over Oconomowoc in a league game fall of 2015. Might have been my first full 80 for LP and I remember leaving it all on the field. Great team win.

Tim Schwartz

Tim Schwartz

Flanker / Winger / Hooker
Tim Schwartz

Tim Schwartz

Flanker / Winger / Hooker

Experience: 10 years

What's your favorite thing about playing for LPRFC? My second favorite part of playing with Lincoln Park Rugby is the 3 minutes before each game when the captain and coach speak to the team right before they take the field. My favorite part is drinking beers after a Win.

What are your favorite memories from your playing with LPRFC? Some of my career highlights have include playing in 4 years of back to back playoff clashes with Wisconsin & Detroit, winning the Captains Keg Punt Competition and leading the Flying 40’s to an Illinois State Title.

Tyler Hodges

Tyler Hodges

Lock

Experience: 6 years

What do you love about living in Chicago? Neighborhood bars and restaurants

What hobbies do you have outside of rugby? Playing music, cooking, reading

Where have you lived before moving to Chicago? Various places in Kansas and Washington DC.

Are you much of a reader? if so what’s one of your favorite books?  Yes, A Scanner Darkly, Phillip K. Dick

What’s one of your favorite sports teams?  Super Bowl LIV Champion Kansas City Chiefs

Art museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, or Field Museum?  Adler Planetarium

What’s your go-to place to take a date in the neighborhood? Sal’s Trattoria

What’s your favorite bar in Chicago, currently?  Toon’s Bar and Grill

What's your favorite memory from your LPRFC career? Win against Green Bay in the playoffs (spring 2017?)

What’s a goal of yours for the upcoming rugby season? Have a season in the fall

Why do you think The Blind Side, a truly awful film, was nominated for an Oscar in 2010 ahead of Invictus, which was arguably the best rugby film ever made?  American Exceptionalism

Who currently has the best nickname in the club? Tie: Jake Laux and Matt Prengaman

What’s something about you that you’re fairly sure your teammates don’t know? 1998 KATM (Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics) Math Contest Champion

If you could recommend a venue in Chicago that everyone should go see a show at, whether it’s a concert or play, what is that venue and why?  Schubas – small venue, good sound setup, occasionally get bands that should be playing bigger spots

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