Summary of Battle in the Bay - October 25th & 26th
Cal won the Final against Arizona State at the Battle in the Bay Tournament. Our Gaels won their first two matches against U of Oregon and Nevada Reno, then lost their next four. The last was a bellringer against San Diego State, losing 17-14 to the Aztecs. Our young Gaels fought hard throughout, but need more experience to be a contender against the top level teams. Very entertaining weekend and lots of enjoyment being with Saint Mary’s parents, alumni and fans.
You can read the review of the Final and all of the scores for both days at this RugbyToday link:
Take a quick look at all the energy Men's Rugby has been putting into practice as they anticipate yet another highly competitive season.
Summary of Stanford Tournament - October 18th
Saint Mary's participated in a 4 team 7's tournament between Stanford, Santa Clara, and San Jose State University at Steuber Field in Palo Alto. It was a great feeling for the Gaels to be back on the same field where they won the 15's National Championship back in May 2014. For those who witnessed that night's game, you saw then freshmen, Alec Barton, score the teams last try in the right corner to put the nail in the coffin for Life University. What followed was his special celebration where he looked like a man possessed for a few minutes. In tribute to his "Man Possessed dance" he reenacted that dance for our young freshmen and sophomore 7's team to get them pumped up for the start of the tournament yesterday. His dance proved to be just what we needed as the Gaels came out yesterday confident and hungry to dominate their opposition. The Tournament had each School putting in an A side and a B side and below are the results from yesterday's matches. The Gael's B side team dominated their competition with strong defense not allowing one point the entire day and making their mark with an explosive offence scoring 127 points in 3 matches. Both teams went 3-0 for the day and you could see the team improving and bonding with every match played. This is just what we needed leading into next weekend's "Battle in the Bay" 7's tournament in Treasure Island on October 25th & 26th.
Summary of San Luis Obispo Tournament - October 11th & 12th
SMC Men’s Rugby went 1-3 for the weekend and it was a true test for the young boys. SMC won their first match in pool play against Grand Canyon University 24-7, then lost to Santa Clara 25-0 after being down 10-0 at half time. The 3rd match was against ASU where the Gaels were down by 14 points with about 2 minutes to go and they did not give up and tied the game to send it into sudden death over time. Unfortunately, SMC Men’s Rugby had a breakdown in the center of the field and ASU scored 3 minutes into overtime to beat SMC 24-19. SMC then played San Diego State University in their last match and they were up 7-5 at half time but ended up losing 25-7. Overall it was a learning experience for the young team as they go into this weekend's Stanford tournament where they will have 2 sides entered and therefore plenty of playing time for everyone. UCLA beat CAL in the Final, Cal Poly beat Santa Clara to take 3rd, and ASU beat University of Arizona to take 5th place.
Looking Forward to a Great Year.
Men's Rugby is looking forward to a great year in competition for both the 7's and 15's game. With the level of success in the 2013-2014 season, the interest of joining this team is at an all-time high. More than 70 athletes came to the interest meeting to gain insight of what is to come. Each of them are given the opportunity to play Rugby at Saint Mary's College. Practice and weight training starts next week, September 22, 2014.