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USA Rugby Honors 5 Gaels as All-Americans

June 17, 2008--Boulder, Colo.

Today USA Rugby announced the 69 players who have earned All-American recognition (41 All-Americans and 28 All-American Honorable Mention) for their play in 2007-2008. Among the honorees are five Saint Mary's players, listed below including their graduation year and primary position played for SMC. The Gaels' back line included several standouts this year:

2007-2008 Season Recap

Brian Detrick, James Myers, Katelyn Davies and Colette Whitney rounded out the team roster in 2007-2008. The Gaels competed in a number of tournaments hosted by NCWSA teams, including UC Davis, CSU Chico and SDSU.

At the Chico Tournament, Freshman, Brian Detrick (Elk Grove, CA) finished 3rd overall  and 1st in Men’s Slalom and Trick.  Detrick qualified for All-Stars (DuQuioin, IL) and represented SMC and the Western Region in the Slalom  and Trick events. At All-Stars, Brian finished 12th in slalom and 16th in tricks respectively.

Men's Water Polo 2007-2008 Schedule and results

Day Date Time Opponent Location Result Score
CWPA Men's Pacific Coast Division Qualifier #1
Sat 9/29/2007 10:15am San Jose State San Jose State Win 11-8
Sat 9/29/2007 2:45pm Chico State

Men's Rugby 2007-2008 Season Recap

Highlights of the Gaels' season this year include a South American tour and several upset wins. The Gaels end their season at 20-4 overall. Following the Gaels first ever semi final appearance, American Rugby News ranked the Gaels as the #2 team in the nation. They were second only to Cal in the total number of points scored all season, and they finished with the second best points differential in the country. Following their standout season, USA Rugby announced the 2008 All American Roster.

2007-2008 Schedule and Results

Day Date Time Opponent Location Result Score


January 26, 2008

2:00 PM

SMC Alumni


2007-2008 Schedule and Results

Regatta: Head of the American
Sat 10/27/07 
N8 USC 0:18:02
  Cal Lightweights 0:18:20
  Los Gatos 0:18:50
  Sacramento State 0:18:52
  Sonoma State

Head Men's Rugby Coach Tim O'Brien Named “College Coach of the Year”

May 14, 2007- American Rugby News (ARN) has named Tim O'Brien as their inaugural college coach of the year. The honor was announced on Monday.

Men's Rugby Ends Season With 17-24 Loss to Navy

April 21, 2007---State College, Penn. The Saint Mary's Gaels ended their spectacular season in the USA Rugby Round of Eight, with a hard-fought 17-24 loss to the Navy Midshipmen.

The Gaels built up a 12-5 lead by halftime, with tries scored by Kevin Swiryn ’07 and Brendan O’Meara ’08. O’Meara would add a second try later in the game, but Navy jumped ahead and held off late pressure from the Gaels to secure the win.

Gaels Upset Army 31-27; Will Face Navy in Round of Eight

April 20, 2007—State College, PA, With a try scored in the last four minutes of the game, the Saint Mary’s Men’s Rugby team pulled off a come-from-behind upset of the #5 seed Army Black Knights at Penn State in a Friday night thriller.

Fifth-year senior Volney Rouse ’07 dominated at the flyhalf position to keep the Gaels alive, including touching down the winning try. Conor Coyne '08, playing at hooker, contributed a solid game as well.