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Behind two tries from senior Andrew Haskell, Virginia Tech upset Arizona - a program which has produced the likes of Peter Tiberio and Brett Thompson - 29-0 during the first round of Collegiate Rugby Championship play at PPL Park Friday.
"It's a huge step for us," Haskell said. "I think we all knew we could do it, but we're the kind of team where if something goes wrong, sometimes we struggle. Today was a great day for us to put it all together."
Adam D'Amico, Michael Cirbee and Michele Minichiello all scored a try for the Virginia Tech, which still has matchups with Life University and the University of Pennsylvania left in Pool E.
"It was great to get out there with a clean slate and not allow a single point the whole game," senior Matthew Murray said. "Arizona has always been a good team so it's a great feeling to put them away like that."
Virginia Tech finished 2-3 at last year's CRC, picking up wins against Temple and Florida, but also collecting lopsided losses against Cal and Kutztown. Northeastern beat the Hokies 17-12 in the Bowl Final.
"Last year, I think we came here and we really went into a shell when we came on the big stage for the first time," Haskell said. "I think the fact that a lot of us have been here before really helps us. Last year, we disappointed ourselves and this year we've gotten a better result."
Below, you can find the scores and summaries from the first day of the Collegiate Rugby Championship, which was closed to the public at PPL Park.
Game 1: Cal 36, Temple 14
Temple added two tries late from John Broomell and Peter Mulville, but the Golden Bears had already built a 36-point lead. Seamus Kelly, Alec Gletzer, Jake Anderson (2), Russell Webb and Andrew Battaglia scored for Cal, the defending CRC champions.
Game 2: Maryland 26, Drexel 0
Mike Messina, Matt Sarna (2) and James Bowman scored for the Terrapins, who were initially caught up in tight play by the Dragons.
Game 3: Michigan 24, Texas 10
Game 4: Navy 31, Ohio State 5
Game 5: Life 34, UPenn 0
Tries scored by Harley Davidson, Jake McFadden, Glen Maricelli, Jake Anderson, Zander Van Schalkwyk and Hiko Malu.
Game 6: Virginia Tech 29, Arizona 0
Game 7: UCLA 7, Penn State 0
Game 8: Northeastern 32, South Carolina 14
Game 9: Dartmouth 21, St. Joe's 5
Winners of the 2011 and 2012 CRC, Dartmouth downed St. Joe's behind tries from Neil Greene, John Abraham and Robbie Anthony.
Game 10: Kutztown 26, Notre Dame 12