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Gaels Fall to Life; Gaels Will Play in Cup Consolation
Life University was able to put up five trys on the Gaels for a halftime score of 0-24, and a final score of 31-0. The Gaels will play in the Cup Consolation for the #3 spot in the nation.

SMC Sevens Day Two; Gaels Upend Navy 20-10 to Advance to Semifinals
This morning the Gaels showcased classic "go go go" style rugby as Cooper Maloney broke away immediately to put the first try up for the Gaels. Navy quickly brought the score to 5-5. Within moments, it was Mike Haley who was off to the races. In a powerful break away from a persistent Navy defense, Haley put down the next score for the Gaels for a 10-5 lead at the half. Navy would then get through the Gaels to tie the game at 10. That was the last time Navy would score on the Gaels. With nice prep work from Michael Haley and Cooper Maloney, it was Kelly Harris who battled through Navy, to get in the try zone for the Gaels, bringing the score to 15-10. With the final score of 20-10, the Gaels are back on Field 1 for the semifinal vs. Life.  A win puts the Gaels in the finals and a loss puts them in the running for the 3rd spot in the nation.

Gaels Finish College Sevens Day One Undefeated
Saint Mary's lead Texas A.M. in the first half 10-5 and finished strong 17-5. Cooper Maloney ran one in for the Gaels, and teammate Michael Haley followed up with an uncontested breakaway to put the final points on the board for the win. The Gaels finish 3-0 on the day, to advance to tomorrow's quarter finals matches.

Saint Mary's Over Bowling Green at the Buzzer
The Gaels overcame a 14 point deficient at the half and impressively responded with 19 unanswered points to beat Bowling Green just before the final whistle.  Lloyd Evans intercepted a Bowling Green pass in front of the try line and took it in for the score, with moments left in the game.  Joey Reavey made the conversion for the 19-14 win for the Gaels.  Saint Mary's will play Texas A & M at 4pm on field one, for those watching the games online.

Saint Mary’s Curbs the Competition: The Gaels take 4th at the USA College Sevens Nationals

The Gaels took home 4th place, losing to the University of Delaware in the Cup consolation match. 12/1/2012, College Station, TX.-The Gaels caused quite a ruckus at the USA Rugby 7s Nationals in College Station, Texas. Saint Mary’s persevered through the day 1 group stages, trumping Western Washington 19-17, Bowling Green 19-14, and Texas A&M 17-5.

Going into day 2, the Gaels outplayed Navy in the quarterfinals with a 20-10 victory. Inching their way towards the Cup, they then moved on to the semifinals to face Life University. Saint Mary’s had a tough match against the defending champions, falling 31-0. Life went on to lose in the final to Arkansas State, 21-7 while the the Gaels took home 4th place, in a narrow 10-22 loss to the University of Delaware in the Cup consolation match. 

“Although it wasn’t the finish we were looking for, it was an improvement from last year. We really grew as a team and as a sevens program,” said senior, Garrett Brewer, “This is the base-work for years to come, as the program can only grow.”

Brewer, a genuine leader on and off the pitch, represented Saint Mary’s on the rugbymag.com's First Team. He was also listed on the USA Rugby First Team along with teammate, Kelly Harris. Captains, Mike Haley and Kelly Harris were honored on the RugbyMag Second Team. Other notable performances came from seniors, Lloyd Evans and Bubba Jones.

“People told us all weekend we didn’t belong there and that we weren’t good enough. We used that to keep pushing us throughout the whole tournament,” said Brewer.

It is energy like this that continues the Saint Mary’s Rugby Team’s success. The team had a great sevens season and can now gear up for fifteens. The Gaels would like to thank all coaches, fans, and family members for their great support.

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-Samuel Salzinger