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The Schuylkill River club defeated the Maryland Exiles 24-19 in overtime in the final of the Wilmington 7s Saturday, to win their first tournament in the Mid-Atlantic 7s series.

Maryland won the first even in the qualifier series, which Schuylkill River did not attend, and the second tournament did not have enough teams to count.

Schuylkill garners an automatic spot in the Mid-Atlantic championships later this month.

Schuylkill defeated Maryland in pool play 17-10, and proceeded to sweep their pool with wins over Washington and Baltimore-Chesapeake.

Going from strength to strength they eliminated NOVA in the semis, and paced by Greg Ambrogi's three tries, won 35-14.



In the final, Schuylkill and Maryland were deadlocked 19-19 at full time, but Ambrogi proved to be the hero again, scoring for Schuylkill to secure the tournament final.

Maryland now leads the MARFU series.

In the open division, Towson defeated MDX-II for the championship, and Schuylkill River finished third.

Ambrogi led the team with six tries in the qualifier bracket, with Gareth Jones and James Rosato scored three.

Having a seven-team Qualifier division made for some creative scheduling, but it all worked out. In Pool O the three teams played each other, and then the top two played each other again. Norfolk beat NOVA twice, 17-7 and then 31-7 to win that pool. The Pittsburgh Harlequins were 0-2.

Schuylkill River won Pool N with a 3-0 record, with Maryland 2-1, Baltimore-Chesapeake 1-2, and Washington 0-3.

SR then faced NOVA in the semis, winning 31-01, while Maryland defeated Norfolk convincingly.

In the final, Maryland ran out to a 19-0 lead. But Schuylkill was patient, and two tries from Pat Boyle and one from Rosato, with Will Knipscher hitting two conversions, tied the game.

Overtime started with Schuylkill kicking off to Maryland. But the Exiles couldn't control it, SR players swarmed in, and spun it quickly to Ambrogi, who did the rest.

This was also a MARFU qualifier for the womens divison with NOVA 1 beating DC Furies in the final.  While NOVA II defeated Philly I in the 3rd place match.