PITTSFIELD -- After two years of frustration in the finals, the Berkshire United Rugby Club's ultimate goal in 2013 was nothing short of a championship.
The third time was finally the charm.
Berkshire United trounced Monadnock (Keene, N.H.) 72-10 on Saturday afternoon to capture the title at the New England Rugby Football Union Division IV Tournament at Crosby Elementary School.
Berkshire, which competes against many of the top rugby clubs in New England, concludes its season with a perfect 8-0 record. The team outscored its opponents 586-37 in those contests.
Berkshire Coach Dave Colli was proud of his squad's dominant effort on the afternoon: "We knew we had to play our best rugby coming into the day, and we did. We probably played the best rugby that we've played in a long time."
Colli attributed the lopsided victory to an extremely aggressive Berkshire attack which rarely allowed Monadnock to mount any offensive attack in the first half.
"Our pace was unbelievable," Colli said. "Our support for each other was great -- we were right there every time somebody turned around."
Even with a 32-0 lead at the half, Berkshire kept the foot on the gas pedal, starting the second half with a try from Kayne Hendrickson, who busted off a long run which started beyond the midfield line.
"We weren't selfish," Colli said of his team's effort to extend the lead in the second half. "We made the passes when the guys were open. We used the extra numbers and played just a total team game."
Hendrickson, who led the Berkshire attack with four tries, said the afternoon's effort was the epitome of the club's dominant season: "We've worked hard all year and we have a great bunch of guys who all work for each other."
Quentin Sumpter had three tries for Berkshire, and Colli contributed with two tries.
Berkshire, the top seeded team in the tournament, earned their place in the finals with a 99-0 thrashing of Black River (VT) earlier in the day. Hendrickson once again paced Berkshire with three tries, with Ken Card and Steve Sumpter pitching in with two tries apiece.