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Drexel exits the tunnel and runs onto the PPL Park pitch. Photo credit: Jack Megaw.

PHILADELPHIA – Maryland and Cal ushered Division II-member Drexel into the Collegiate Rugby Championship with shutout wins of 26 and 36 points, respectively.

The Dragons final pool match came against fellow-Philadelphia school Temple, a common opponent from previous sevens tournaments.

"We were playing really selfish the first two matches," Drexel's Austin Glenwright said. "We studied up on Temple. Temple had a real aggressive style. And we knew that with one or two passes, we would have our breaks. We know it would not be 'one pass and we're in' by trying to score yourself."

Tries from Glenwright and Colin Driscoll gave the Dragons a 12-5 win over Temple in Pool A Saturday.

"It was definitely a sigh of relief," Glenwright said. "That's definitely not any indiication of how we've been playing all year. Getting on the board was huge."

Drexel players mentioned the notion of being overlooked in the tournament and of previous struggles against CRC teams during their season.

"We knew we were going to come in as the underdog," Driscoll said. "We played Kutztown numerous times at tournaments in the spring and we just kept getting beat down by them. Coming out here, we knew we were going to play a lot of competition like that. We knew it was going to be a fight just to get points on the board every single game."

After their lopsided losses to Maryland and Cal, did the Dragons think they were going to ever score in the CRC?

"Without a doubt," Driscoll said. "We missed a couple of opportunities against Cal and Maryland. We should have scored against them."