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Men’s Rugby Continues Successful 7s Season

After winning the Chesapeake Rugby Conference 7s Championship on April 21, Mount St. Mary’s University men’s rugby team continues its preparation for the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships, the pinnacle of the 7s season June 2-3, by making plans to travel to West Point, New York, this weekend for a round-robin event. Facing Penn State, Army, Dartmouth, Iona and Temple, the Mount will have an opportunity to test the team’s systems, structure and patterns against possible competitors in June, according to Coach Jay Myles.

rugby-champs.jpgThe Mountaineers played its best rugby yet in the Chesapeake Rugby Conference 7s Championship, hosted on the Mount's Echo Field. The team started the day with a 38-5 win over Georgetown, followed by a 24-10 win against Towson in a very physcial and challenging match. Playing unbelievable defense, strategic offense, and their best rugby all season, the players believed in themselves as a team to succeed. The third match of the day against Virginia Tech was the true test of the Mount’s strength. Virginia Tech was a determined side, but the Mount came out on top, winning 14-12.

The championship match pitted the Mount against George Mason, a team that previously had beaten the Mount. The Mount played a game of phenomenal tackles and positive runs as a unit en route to a 29-10 victory to capture the championship.

chesapeake-4.jpgEvery player on the pitch competed for every tackle and every play to the best of his ability. According to Coach Myles, the key was leadership, which came from all levels: Juniors, sophomores, freshmen and the two senior players Dan Keene and Jack Spera. The championship marked their last match played on Echo Field. “The leadership shown by our upperclassmen was seen in the hard work and determination of every player on the pitch,” Myles said. “I am very excited about the future of the program and where we go from here.”

Coach Myles thanked the students and President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D., for supporting the team on such an important day. President Trainor pumped up the crowd from the sidelines and had the fans screaming for the men on the pitch. “The Mount truly would not have won without the support from the school,” Myles said. “It gave them a drive to succeed and they showed their school the success they can achieve.”