Gaels Take Second
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USA Rugby Article by Alex Solomon
Our Saint Mary’s College Gael 7’s team won the Long Beach State Tournament.
The Gaels beat San Diego State University. 40 to 0 in the Final. In the Semi, they dominated
Santa Clara University 17-5. The team went 6 and 0 this weekend. The 7's Rugby record for Fall 2013 is 21W - 2L
This team is finishing this season with two firsts place tournment championships , and two third place finishes.
This is a rreat record to take into the National Championships on Nov 23 and 24 in Greensboro, SC.
SMC Rugby To Host Pat Vincent Dinner Dance
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Battle in the Bay ~ Champions~
Men's Rugby Team Members above from left to right :
Front Row: William Dewhurst, Joey Reavey, , Holden Yungert, Michael McCarthy, Colby Stevens, Bradley Roberts, Cooper Maloney, Mason Colombo, Chase Herring
Tommy Wallace, Bubba Jones, Michael Tillson, Mark Bowers, Lloyd Evans, Kevin O'Connor, Garrett Brewer, Augie Heath. Not Available: Garrett Brewer
Gaels in Championship Game
By James Nelson
For the championship of the Battle of the Bay tournament, the Gaels knew they would be in for a tough challenge. They faced Central Washington who, like the Gaels, was 5-0 in the tournament entering the championship. Although the game would eventually prove to be the tough contest everyone expected, it was anything but for the majority of the first ten minutes or so.
After receiving the kick, the Gaels’ Loyd Evans broke free for a long run down the left sideline. After several more phases that got nowhere, Chase Herring got free on the sideline and as he was tackled offloaded to Cooper Maloney who took it in for the try. After a missed conversion made the score 5-0, the Gaels stole the ball from Central Washington and once again drove into Washington’s territory thanks to a great pop kick by Joey Reavey. After he attempted a second kick that ended up going out of bounds, Central Washington was awarded a scrum. The Gaels blew Washington off the ball however, and after regaining possession, Maloney used a dummy fake to break through once again and make the game 10-0. The Gaels made another great defensive play on the next kickoff, with Garrett Brewer stealing the ball and offloading to Evans who took it in for the Gaels third try of the match. Down 15-0, Central Washington had their first good attack phase of the day but a great tackle by Reavey put them back on their heels. Brewer then came in with a great counter-ruck to get possession back for the Gaels. After driving into Central Washington territory a forward pass resulted in another Central Washington scrum. Washington was called for collapsing the scrum however, and off the free kick Reavey made another perfect pop kick that he recovered in the try zone to put the Gaels up 20-0. He then also made the conversion to make the score 22-0 at the half.
In the second half the Gaels once again came out on the attack and forced Central Washington into more mistakes. After Washington dropped a pass deep in their own territory, the Gaels capitalized by scooping up the ball and passing it out to Brewer who ran down the left sideline for yet another try to make the score 27-0. The game turned a minute later however, when Reavey was called for a high tackle and given a yellow card. Forced to play a man down, the Gaels’ defense finally caved in and two quick tries by Central Washington made the score 27-14. After Reavey returned, the Gaels still looked unsteady as they struggled to regain their lost momentum. Just as it looked as if Central Washington might be able to make a serious run at a comeback, the Gaels made one last great play to seal the victory. After a Central Washingotn player was tackled into touch, the Gaels ran a short lineout to Mark Bowers and were able to get the ball into open space. Eventually Augie Heath took the ball to around midfield and after being tackled, made a great offload to Mason Colombo who streaked down the middle for the try to put the game out of reach. Central Washington scored one more meaningless try but the game would end with the score 32-19. With the win, the Gaels finished the tournament 6-0 and captured the tournament championship which guarantees them entry into the Rugby Sevens Collegiate National Championship, held November 23-24 in Greensborough, North Carolina.
Saint Mary's faced Cal in the Semi -Finals
By James Nelson
After dispatching of Cal Poly in Sunday morning’s quarterfinal match. St. Mary’s faced a very familiar opponent in the semifinals of the Battle of the Bay Tournament. Cal, who the Gaels had lost to in the semifinals of the Cal Poly tournament two weeks ago, came into the game riding high. They had the best point differential of any team in the tournament through four games and had the psychological advantage over the Gaels by being the only team to beat them thus far this season.
Early on it looked very much like Cal might add a second win over the Gaels to their total. Off the opening kick Cal immediately began to attack the Gaels side to side, starting from the right side and then going all the way wide to the left and back again. After advancing the ball to around the St. Mary’s 40 meter line, a Cal player faked the outside pitch and instead threw the inside scissor ball. The play worked to perfection as the Bear’s player ran in untouched for the try. Cal missed the conversion however to make the score 5-0 Bears. The Gaels then received the ball on the kick but went backwards before a turnover by Holden Youngert gave Cal the ball inside of 10 meters. Cal immediately took the ball in straight off the ruck, taking the Gaels by surprise and giving themselves a two try lead. Down 10-0, St. Mary’s responded with Bubba Jones having a long run off the kickoff before a missed pass created a scrum opportunity. St. Mary’s won the ball in the scrum and Garrett Brewer took the ball down the left side for the try. Joey Reavey kicked in the conversion to make the score 10-7.
Next came perhaps the most important sequence of the game. Cal drove the ball down deep inside St. Mary’s territory when a Gaels penalty gave Cal a free reset close to the goal line. St. Mary’s recovered beautifully to force the turnover but the ref ruled they were not 10 meters back and gave the ball back to Cal. Just as it looked as if the Bears might punch in another try to give themselves a commanding lead St. Mary’s came up with a huge stop, holding the ball up in the try zone to prevent the score. For several more tense seconds, Cal tried to attack the Gaels but St. Mary’s held strong until a knock-on by Cal ended the half with the score 10-7.
The second half opened with St. Mary’s getting great field position off a bad kick by the Bears. Cal’s kick did not travel 10 meters and the Gaels got a free kick in Cal territory. They immediately attacked Cal down the field with Youngert eventually taking it in for the go-ahead try. Reavey then made another huge conversion to make the score 14-10. The Gaels then regained possession off of the kick but Loyd Evans knocked the ball on resulting in a Cal scrum. The Gaels were able to win the scrum however, and Kevin O’Conner took it in from 40 meters out for the third try of the day. Yet another clutch conversion by Reavey made the score 21-10 with very little time remaining. Regardless Cal did not give up and an ill-advised pass by the Gaels led to one more Cal score. This made the score 21-17, but as soon as they received the ensuing kickoff the Gaels kicked the ball straight out of bounds to officially end the game. Thanks to this come from behind victory the Gaels earned the right to play Central Washington in the championship game.
Saint Mary's vs. Western Washington
By James Nelson
In their third match of the day the Gaels faced Western Washington. As impressive as their first two matches of the day were, this was by far their most complete and impressive game of the day.
The Gaels started off the game making several changes to the starting line-up, including Mark Bowers and Kevin O’Conner. After turnovers by both teams, Cooper Maloney once again opened the scoring with a long run for a try to give the Gaels the early lead. After the conversion to go up 7-0 the Gaels regained possession on the kickoff and began to move the ball once again. After a turnover that resulted in a Washington scrum the Gaels regained possession and capitalized. They shipped the ball wide to the left side where Chase Herring ran it in for the try to go up two scores. After another minute or so of back and forth play the Gaels faced a lineout around the 40 meter line of Western Washington. After running a fake to get the ball in to Mark Bowers he flipped the ball to Joey Reavey who promptly took off and ran the ball all the way in for the third try of the match. This would prove to be the last score of the half and the Gaels entered halftime up 19-0.
In the second half the Gaels came out even more aggressive and intense than before. Loyd Evan came up with an amazing simultaneous tackle and strip of the ball to get the ball in Western Washington territory. The Gaels then capitalized when Holden Youngert took the ball in for the score to go up 24-0. On the ensuing kickoff the Gaels gained possession and brought the ball all the way to the right before reversing direction and passing it all the way back to the left where Kevin O’Conner brought it in for yet another St. Mary’s try. After the conversion the score stood at 31-0, and the Gaels still were not done yet. Before the end of the game they added yet another score when Mason Colombo took a ball deep in St. Mary’s territory and had a long run of over 50 meters for the final score of the match to push the score to 38-0.
With this win the Gaels finished 3-0 on the day and finished first in Pool B play. They will play the second place team from Pool C at 10:40 AM on Sunday.
Saint Mary's vs UC Santa Barbara
By James Nelson
For their second match of the tournament the Gaels faced off with the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. The Gaels once again had an extremely impressive performance, dominating the game from start to finish.
After UCSB received the opening kick, they went nowhere with the ball as the Gaels’ pressing defense pushed them backwards. After a good counter ruck by Garrett Brewer to gain possession, the Gaels advanced the ball into the UCSB tryzone but it was touched down by the Gauchos for a 22 meter drop. After the kick, Bubba Jones took the ball from around the 40 meter line and ran it all the way in uncontested to put the Gaels ahead. After a Joey Reavey conversion to make it 7-0, the Gaels kicked to the Gauchos once again. UCSB quickly knocked the ball on however, and the Gaels once again retained possession. Cooper Maloney then ripped off a spectacular run into UCSB territory where the ball was eventually shipped wide to Jones for his second try of the match. Reavey missed the conversion to make the score 12-0 Gaels. The same sequence then repeated itself as a UCSB knock-on led to the Gaels’ regaining possession. Maloney had another great run from Gaels’ territory but this time finished it off himself. Reavey then made the conversion to end the half with the score 17-0 Gaels.
In the second half the Gaels picked up exactly where they had left off. They had several good chances to score in the first few minutes but tiny mistakes kept them off the board and kept UCSB’s hopes alive. They finally broke free with about 2 minutes left in the half with Garrett Brewer running around the right edge and blowing everyone away for a 60 meter try. After the conversion made the score 24-0 the last few minutes proved uneventful as UCSB failed to get any kind of attack going.
Saint Mary's vs UC Davis
By James Nelson
In their opening match of the Battle of the Bay Tournament, the St. Mary’s Gaels had a solid win over the UC Davis Aggies. The Gaels dominated the first half by controlling possession from the opening kick onward, never even letting Davis possess the ball until there was less than two minutes left in the half. Garrett Brewer recovered the opening kickoff and immediately took the ball downfield into Aggies’ territory. After a few quick passes, the ball was shipped out wide to Chase Herring, who took it in for the try. The conversion was missed by Joey Reavey so the score stood at 5-0. On the ensuing kickoff, Brewer managed to come up with it once again. The Gaels then marched down the field once more, methodically moving forward until it the ball was eventually taken in by Holden. After a second missed conversion made the score 10-0, the Gaels retained the kick for a third straight time and began to move the ball once again. Before they could score however, a forward pass resulted in the first stoppage of the day and the first chance for Davis to possess the ball. It was short lived however, as on the resulting 5 meter scrum Bubba Jones scooped up the loose ball and took it in for the Gael’s third try. Davis gained their first real possession of the day after recovering the kickoff but promptly gave the ball straight back to the Gaels when an attempted grubber kick by Davis was picked up by Reavey. After another minute of back and forth action, a Davis player was eventually taken into touch, ending the first half with the score 15-0 Gaels.
In the second half the Gaels made several changes to their lineup and Davis took advantage to gain a little bit of momentum. A St. Mary’s knock-on gave Davis possession and they promptly marched down the field. Davis had several very good chances to score but a ball that was held up on the goal line and a knock-on inside of 5 meters both cost the Aggies dearly. The game continued for several minutes with Davis constantly threatening but never being able to capitalize on their chances. This changed however, when St. Mary’s player Augie Heath received a yellow card for hitting a ball away after a ruck. Davis was able to use this to their advantage and scored their first try seconds later to make the score 15-5. It would prove to be too little too late however, as the Gaels’ Cooper Maloney kicked the ball into touch soon after, ending the match.
Gearing up for some great competition
Men's Rugby is gearing up for great competition this weekend. You can find live streamming on both days.
Saturday, October 26th
Sunday, October 27th
CAL POLY SLO
SANTA ROSA JC
The Gaels Sevens team today started out with a victory against University of San Diego by scoring 6 tries and converting 4 kicks and held the Toreros to no points. Tries were scored by Cooper Maloney(2), Chase Herring (1), Garrett Brewer (1), and Mason Colombo (2). The next match was against Colorado State and again the Gales came out strong and with some freshmen making their debut by Tommy Wallace and Michael McCarthy. We won the game 31-7 with tries from Tommy Wallace (1), Bubba Jones (2) and Garrett Brewer (2) and Garrett made 3 conversion kicks. We now moved onto the semifinal match against CAL who also won their pool and the game was set for.
The game was a very physical match with CAL playing their usual "beat you in the ruck" type of game and they were able to score in the 3rd minute making the score 5-0. CAL missed the conversion and 2 minutes later added another try to make the score 10-0 with a few minutes left in the first half. CAL continued to pressure the Gaels and took advantage of some mistakes to add one more try to go up 17-0. Saint Mary's did not give up and they were able to score a nice try in the corner just before the whistle blew and the half time score was 17-5. Saint Mary's came out strong in the 2nd half and scored a try to bring the score to 17-10 and the defense did not give up another point the entire half. However our offense came up short on at least 2-3 great opportunities to catch CAL on their heels but unfortunately a few knock on's and forward passes hurt the Gaels and the game ended up 17-10 with CAL moving onto the finals to play UCLA who beat Cal Poly in their semifinal.
Saint Mary's then had one more match to play for 3rd place and the Gales again played a very physical game against Cal Poly and the game was tied 5-5 at half time. The game went back and forth and side line to side line and the Gaels were able to score a try to tie the game 12-12 with 2 minutes left in the second half. Holden Yungert was called for a high tackle and the Gaels had to play a man down for at least 1 minute. The game ended in a tie so they went to sudden death overtime but the Gaels were one man down with Holden Yungert still in the Sin Bin for his penalty. The boys were great and never gave up and they were able to stop Cal Poly and it was Bubba Jones who took a loose ball off of a ruck to go up the side lines for a 60 yard try in the corner to win the game. Overall the Gaels went 3-1 to take 3rd place in the tournament and now look forward to the Saint Mary;s "Battle in the Bay" Sevens tournamentat Treasure Island. Below are the 16 teams that will participate in the Battle in the Bay tournament which is slated as one of the best tournaments in the west coast. Go Gaels!
Teams who have committed for Battle in the Bay on Treasure Island:
1) Saint Mary's
4) UC Davis
5) Sacramento State
6) Santa Clara
7) Cal Poly SLO
9) University of San Diego
10) Arizona State University
11) Santa Rosa JC
12) Central Washington
13) Western Washington
14) UC Santa Barbara
15) San Diego State University
16) Chico State
The first annual Saint Mary’s College hosted “Battle in the Bay” Sevens Rugby Tournament will be on October 26th and 27th, 2013. All games will be played at Treasure Island. This tournament will be the highest level of collegiate Sevens on the West Coast. Seven out of the 15 teams participating were apart of the 2013 Collegiate National Championships.
All youth program players under 14 will get in free.
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The following schools will be participating in this first annual "Battle of the Bay" tournament:
Saint Mary's College
Cal Poly, SLO
University of San Diego
Arizona State University
Santa Rosa JC
UC Santa Barbara
San Diego State
Join us for the 13th Annual Frank Tucci Golf Party on !
Saint Mary's Rugby alumni, family and friends are looking forward to the 13th Annual Tucci Golf Party at Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek, CA on . The annual golf tournament and fundraiser was established in memory of alumnus Frank Tucci and other departed Gael Rugby friends Tom Murin, Mike Cooney and Jim Paine. All proceeds of the event go towards the Frank Tucci Endowed scholarship, which has raised over $165,000 for SMC Rugby.
Registration will commence atand the shotgun start is slated for
Four-person scramble and four-person blind bogey scramble tournament will include a closest-to-the-pin, men and women's longest drive and first and second place foursome contests with prizes. The individual golfer fee (including lunch, dinner and golf cart) is $150. Even if you don't golf, the dinner party and auction is sure to be a great timeand the cost is only $50 per person.
Sign up today at stmarys-ca.edu/tucci !
Gaels Dominance of First Half, Not enough
May 18, 2013 - Greensboro, North Carolina - The stage was set for the USA Rugby Division 1A National Championship. Greensboro government officials were there. The military was honored and were present. The fans were excited. The teams were ready and prepared for what proved to be an epic battle. The preceding days were filled with anticipation and excitement. The weather was beautiful, although took a turn for the worse in the second half, and the College students participated in community service activities, had training sessions, and took time out for their studies.
The match itself was a tale of two halves. The Gaels dominated Life in the first 40 minutes, and showed their offensive skills by scoring two well manufactured trys. With that said, the most impressive moment of the match was the defensive stand by the Gaels in the closing ten minutes of the first half. Life University has a great team made up of big, strong, athletic rugby players who have out muscled their opponents when within reaching distance of the try zone. For those ten minutes the Gaels stood strong and tackled hard. Life's forwards attacked with the ball in hand at a ferocious pace and with rugged determination. Their efforts were in vain, as the Gaels took every challenge head on and denied Life entry into the try zone. The defensive stand was as impressive as any in rugby, and will be remembered by everyone who witnessed the Gaels impressive showing. The half was over, and the Gaels lead was 14 to 3.
The second half was quite different, although not without controversy. The rain started and intensified throughout the half, creating much different playing conditions than the first half. The high octane Gael offense struggled with maintaining possession and their turnovers lead to Life's scores. Life more than proved that they belonged adjusting their game plan to control the ball and keep most of their attacks within the forwards. A very conservative and effective tactic, with the end result, Life 16 - Saint Mary's 14.
To read more on this match go to http://www.d1arugby.com/conferences/mid-south/life/news/item/life-is-good
National Championship to be Broadcast on ESPN
In April, ESPN announced they will be teaming with USA Rugby to produce and broadcast the D1-A National Collegiate Chamionship across the country, so make sure to follow the Gaels on your TV, tablet, or computer! For all the details, check out http://www.d1arugby.com/news/item/usa-college-rugby-espn.
Gaels Control Cal Poly to punch their ticket to the National Championship Game
Saint Mary's College scored early trys to get the upper hand on Cal Poly, and never relinquished the lead. A tough Cal Poly team didn't have enough answers for the athletic and powerful Gaels. With the lead, the Gaels ensured the tactical advantage with well placed kicks, and bursts through the line, by their elusive backs. After halftime the Gaels increased their commitment, and scored a series of trys that put the game out of reach. The final score was 58 to 24, and the celebration erupted by the Gael fans, who showed up in droves. The Gaels hosted Cal Poly with a post match BBQ, managed by parents and alumni, but the celebration soon turned to preparation, as the Gaels head to North Carolina in search of a National Championship.
Gaels Prove Too Much For Colorado, Advance to Semi-Finals in Moraga, California : On a sun soaked beautiful day, Pat Vincent Field was the stage for a powerful test of rugby between Saint Mary's College and Colorado. The Gaels started early with their athleticism by scoring two early trys. Colorado answered with a penalty kick, but soon followed with a try of their own to make the score 14 to 8. Two more trys for the Gaels followed, putting the Gaels on top 24 to 8. After the two teams traded trys, with Colorado converting theirs, the score at halftime was SMC 29 and Colorado 15. During the second half, the Gaels imposed their will scoring serveral dynamic trys. Colorado was passionate and stout for the remainder of the match, but the Gaels were victorious with the final score line showing 62 for the Gaels and 25 for Colorado.
Alumni Weekend a Huge Success!!!
More than a hundred alums participated in the annual Rugby Alumni Day at Saint Mary's College on Saturday April 20, 2013. The day saw several brave, and some not so young, alums lace up their boots to play a friendly against the Saint Mary's Third XV. The SMC Third XV were gracious in their opposition allowing the alums to freely substitute and have some fun. As a casual hockey fan, I've always wondered why they substituted so often. The more astute hockey fan would say that they work so hard they need to come off the ice. That was not the case on Saturday. The alums were unfit and begging to come off the field, only to find their request thwarted by the alums who were on the sideline gasping for air. Truth be told, the alums had many former Gael stars and presented themselves well on the pitch. The result was a great day of rugby followed by good food and tall tales of yesterday. Some things never change.
Saint Mary's "Friendly" vs. Cal Proves Valuable
The takeaway from the match vs. Cal has proven to be full of insight and great lessons. The first half dominance showed very well on film as the Gaels controlled most of the first half. Our mistakes were limited and our defense was strong. The film showed how powerful and dynamic the Gaels can be. The second half saw both teams substitute with the Gaels younger players earning valuable minutes on such a big stage. The second half played differently on film, showing how the tables can turn quickly when we make mistakes and don't follow our set pattern of play. Cal is a formidable opponent, and seeking revenge from last year's loss to the Gaels, showed their worth by taking advantage of our mistakes and turning them into points. The review of the game proved why playing a quality opponent is critical in your preparation for post-season competition. The Gaels will take the lessons they learned onto the pitch Saturday April 27th against Colorado in the quarterfinals of the USA Division I-A National Championships. We wish Cal the best of luck in the Varsity Cup Invitational Tournament.
First Round of D1-A Quarterfinal Matches Announced!
USA Rugby has just created a new D1-A Rugby website, which features match reports, conference standings and schedules, and play off schedules, when they are established, as well as a great picture of senior Garrett Brewer featured on the left side of the homepage! Check out the website here. Also, the first round of quarter-final matches has been announced, with our Gaels playing on the Pat Vincent Field on April 27 against Colorado. Stay tuned for more information about the game, and read a great article just posted about our Gaels' superb performance this season, with a picture featuring senior Lloyd Evans! Check out the article here.
Men's Rugby Tramples over the Mustangs in San Luis Obispo
The Gaels had a triumphant 42-31 win over Cal Poly this Saturday. Bob Schnetz comments, "a sunny, but cold and windy day at Cal Poly was the backdrop for the most anxious game day this season, for Gael Rugby fans, and coaches, I’m sure. Our Gaels prevailed with a strong second half comeback, but Cal Poly gave them the best collegiate match our boys have experienced this year". Come cheer the Gaels on this weekend as they play San Diego State at 1PM on the Pat Vincent Field.
Gaels Buck the Broncos For a Solid Win!
Yesterday was a great day for rugby as the team continued their winning streak through the weekend with a win over the Santa Clara Broncos. The Gaels defeated the Broncos on the Pat Vincent Field with a 74-8 score. The Gaels travel to San Luis Obispo next weekend to take on Cal Poly, stay tune for updates!
Gaels Take Over Penn State 59-10 in SMC Win, in Moraga
3/1/2013-- A beautiful warm spring day greeted Penn State and the Gaels on Friday afternoon. A few minutes into the match, Garrett Brewer kicked a penalty kick, and the Gaels led 3-0, and never looked back. Led by Tim Maupin's 4 tries and Garrett Brewer's 19 points on the penalty kick and a perfect 8 for 8 in conversions, the St. Mary's Gaels defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions, 59-10.
Saint Mary's Tops Santa Barbara 66-3
2/23/2013- In a 66-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara, the Gaels faced a very competitive scrum pack and a solid defense from the Gauchos. Santa Barbara scored first with a penalty kick at the 16th minute. They also reached the red zone two or three times, but the Gaels’ defense kept them out. At the 25th minute, Garrett Brewer broke thru for a 30 meter run and our first try. The Gaels ended the first half 17-3. Augie Heath, Mike O’Neill, Tim Maupin, Gerrett Brewer, Huluholo Moungaloa, and Dylan Audsley would also put up points for the Gaels for a final score: Gaels 66 - Gauchos 3.
The Gaels Defeat Sacramento State 83-0
2/16/2013-This league match up has always proved to be a very physical game. The offense for the Gael's looked great with the return of Garrett Brewer, a Rio Americano alumni, who made an immediate impact to the overall team play. Michael Haley scored twice along with teammate Tim Maupin. Saint Mary's kept the tempo fast in the second half as they added another 38 points to end the game 83-0.
Gaels Too Strong for UC Davis, 81-0
2/2/2013- Saint Mary’s opened its California Conference campaign Saturday with an 81-0 defeat of UC Davis in Moraga, Calif. Standing out for the Gaels were some newcomers – prop Dino Waldren and wings Nick Schlobohm and Chase Herring. They combined for numerous tries and displayed the depth of the Saint Mary’s roster. Read more from rugbymag.com.
Gaels Gallop over Olympic Club 53-11
1/28/2013-Yesterday our gallant Gaels warmed up a sunny but chilly afternoon at Pat Vincent Field with an impressive offensive and defensive victory over an experienced Olympic Club A Side, 53 to 11.