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On Saturday, April 21st, Mount St. Mary’s University Men’s Rugby Team was given the opportunity to compete for the Chesapeake Rugby Conference 7 Championship.
It was a beautiful day for rugby as the Mount started the day with a 38-5 win against Georgetown, followed by another win against Towson. As predicted, the match against Towson was very physical and challenging, but in the end the Mount won 24-10.
It was clear as the day went on that the Mount was playing their best rugby yet. The Mount players challenged each other to be their best, work hard, and persevere beyond their limits. 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 and gave the Mount a run for their money, but the Mount came out on top, winning 14-12.
The Championship match was the Mount vs James Madison. Despite James Madison having a very strong side, whom The Mount had lost to previously, the team was not discouraged in the slightest. The Mount truly did save their best for last, playing a game of phenomenal tackles and positive runs which put them in the lead immediately. Most importantly, they played as a team, avoided playing as individuals and thus lead their full unit to success. The Mount defeated JMU 29-10 and captured the Chesapeake Rugby Conference 7s Championship.
Every player on the pitch competed for every tackle and every play to the best of their ability. The key was leadership, which came from all levels: Juniors, Sophomores, Freshman and our 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,” says Coach Myles. “I am very excited about the future of the program and where we go from here.”
A very big thank you to the students and President Trainor of Mount Saint Mary’s for taking the time to come out and support the team during such an important day.
President Tim Trainor was leading the way 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. It gave them a drive to succeed and they showed their school the success they could achieve.
The next tournament will be held in Philadelphia at the CRC’s on June 2 and 3. Please come show your support again as we need each and every person in order to succeed.
None of Us Are Stronger Than All of Us! GO MOUNT! #MountProud