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Men's Rugby


Saint Mary’s College has an outstanding college rugby program that has performed at consistently high levels throughout its years in USA Division 1. Each year, Dozens of young men venture onto the grounds of Pat Vincent Field with aspirations of championship play. Participants are well aware of the responsibility to uphold the long standing traditions of Gael Rugby.

A side vs Cal Poly | Feb 25, 2017 | 1:00PM | Saint Mary's Stadium

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Spring Tour

Today, we ask all Saint Mary’s alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends to donate to the Spring Tour. Our goal is to reach $30,000 from our generous donors, family and friends to help us with the annual Men’s Rugby tour during Easter break.   The Spring Tour allows the Gaels to make fans across the nation and provides us the opportunity to reach out to rugby communities big and small. We are inspired by the support of our fans and ask for your help. Let us know you are there for us by donating to the #SpringTourGiving campaign and use the social media toolkit below to spread the word.

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NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

January 20, 2017 

#3 Gaels Defeat #4 BYU 27-12 | Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - On Saturday, two of collegiate rugby’s powerhouses met yet again. #3 Saint Mary’s, well-rested after a bye week, hosted #4 Brigham Young University on what started as a cloudy afternoon at Saint Mary’s Stadium. The two sides have gotten familiar with each other over recent years, having agreed to playing a non-conference home and away series. In 2014, the two sides split the matches. The BYU Cougars won the 2015 series by a grand total of 13 points, winning the first match 32-28 and the second one by a score of 35-26. 2016 was not much better for the Gaels against the Cougars, as they rallied back from a 27-8 deficit only to lose 30-29 at the very end. The away match in Provo, Utah, was an aberration for Saint Mary’s as BYU had their number all match long and easily won 60-15. BYU’s 5-1 record against Saint Mary’s since 2014 took place when they were members of the Varsity Cup and won the Varsity Cup Championship three consecutive years before placing as a runner-up to Cal Berkeley last spring. Click here to read full article 

January 20, 2017

D1A Rugby | Alex Solomon
Defense drives Saint Mary's to win over BYU

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Saint Mary’s struck first blood in this year’s home-and-away series against BYU Saturday, Feb. 18. A sturdy defensive effort led the hosting Gaels to the 27-12 victory between highly-ranked Canterbury D1A Rugby Top 20 sides.

It’s nearly impossible to prepare for the size and speed of BYU, but Saint Mary’s was feeling confident after a solid week of training.

“The past week of practice was very focused and physical,” described captain Kevin O’Connor. “We knew what type of game they were going to try and play, and it was all a matter of whether we were going to rust and execute the game plan.” Click here to read full article 

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January 20, 2017 

Rugby Today | Evan Lappen
Saint Mary's beats BYU for first win in 4 years 

In a clash of top ranked clubs, #2 Saint Mary’s College of California beat #3 Brigham Young University, 27-12, for the first time in four years. BYU had a five game winning streak against Saint Mary’s dating back to 2014. However, on Saturday in Moraga, Calif., the Gaels used BYU’s penalty trouble to their advantage to shut out the Cougars in the first half then outscore their opponent in the second to earn the home victory.

“Composure [on both sides of the ball] and being pretty steady on defense [were keys to the game],” Saint Mary’s head coach Tim O’Brien said. “We were patient and real steady on defense. A lot of trust and confidence in each other.” Click here to read full article 

January 20, 2017

Goff Rugby Report | Alex Goff
Saint Mary's In Control Over BYU 

Saint Mary’s defeated BYU 27-12 Saturday in a meeting of the #3 and #4 teams in Goff Rugby Report’s all-DI rankings, and it was a pretty impressive performance by the Gaels.

Before the game, captain Kevin O’Connor told Goff Rugby Report that his team had to play the full 80 minutes, and put a ton of defensive pressure on the Cougars. That is exactly what Saint Mary’s did. Click here to read full article 

 

January 16, 2017 

Goff Rugby Report | Alex Goff
Game of the Weekend? BYU at Saint Mary's 

After so much buildup, one of the biggest matchups of the college rugby season is here, with #3 Saint Mary’s facing off with #4 BYU.

Both teams have won major titles in recent years, and have developed a nice ongoing rivalry, as well. This year things are somewhat different in that Brigham Young is now looking toward the DIA postseason, not the Varsity Cup. The Gaels and the Cougars play each other twice this spring, and could well play one more time in the DIA playoffs.

For the Cougars, it’s been a good enough start, with convincing victories over Cal Poly and San Diego State. They followed that up with a 57-12 loss to a very strong Glendale Raptors men’s club last week. With an experienced and opportunistic back row, some superb finishers out wide, and a tough and big tight five, they are the full package, and Saint Mary’s captain Kevin O’Connor knows it. Click here to read full article 

January 16, 2017 

D1A Rugby | Alex Solomon 
Saint Mary's hosts BYU in Top 5 non-conference clash 

After rolling through their respective competitions early in the year, #3 Saint Mary’s and #4 BYU are set to rumble in the first of two 2017 matchups Saturday afternoon, which will be streamed live, beginning at 1 PM PT.

And while these two teams meet again four weeks from now, revenge is still on the menu in Saturday’s game nonetheless. The Gaels and Cougars have met twice a season the past few years, splitting contests in 2014. Since then BYU has come out victorious in each meeting; their most recent outing resulted in a lopsided 60-15 victory nearly a year ago, but only once in the last four meetings was a game decided by nine points or less. Click here to read the full article 

January 2, 2017

Saint Mary’s vs. Air Force Match Preview | By: Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - After a successful January that saw the Gaels go undefeated in four home matches, Saint Mary’s will begin play in February by traveling to the Air Force Academy in Colorado to play the #15 Air Force Zoomies in a D1A non-conference match. The match will take place on Saturday, February 4th, at 1:00 P.M. at the USAFA Men’s Rugby pitch. Click here to read full article 

January 2, 2017

Alex Solomon | D1A Rugby 
California Player of the Month: Alec Barton 

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Third-ranked Saint Mary’s College is stacked in the backrow. Three AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans lineup in the No. 6, 7 and 8 jerseys and backup flanker Marcus Viscardi, who Head Coach Tim O’Brien thinks is the best reserve in college rugby, is a beast in his own right. Still, no player in the California Conferencehas had a better month of January than Player of the Month and Gaels openside flanker Alec Barton.

January saw Saint Mary’s play four matches and win them all – handedly. Victories over Arizona StateUC Santa BarbaraUtah and Santa Clara saw Barton score six tries while showing off his versatility by playing minutes in the second row, as well.

The Gaels coaching staff doesn’t seem to be surprised by Barton’s boisterous start to the season. Few players on the Saint Mary’s roster work harder in the offseason than the senior from San Diego. Click here to read full article 

January 31, 2017 

Alex Goff | Goff Rugby Report
Player Spotlight- Alec Barton 

In the torrid start that the Saint Mary’s Gaels have enjoyed this winter so far, the back row has been at the center of everything.

You know the names, right? Vili Helu, Kevin O’Connor and … the other guy. That other guy would be Alec Barton. The least well-known of the Gaels back row, Barton may well be playing the best of all of them. Barton normally suits up in the #7 jersey, but he’s a tall, rangy player with power, and so often moves up to the second row in the second half. 

“It’s been pretty interesting this year,” said Barton. “My role has changed a lot since freshman year. I’ve been starting a lot at #7 and usually we bring in another loose forward at halftime - Marcus Viscardi is an absolute animal with a knack for finding the ball. He goes in at loose forward and I go to lock. It’s been fun. I am getting to understand the field from a different position, and it’s got me paying attention to aspects of the game I didn’t pay attention to before.”

Always trying to learn, Barton has, said Head Coach Tim O’Brien, broken out this year as a player who can do it all. Click here to read the full article 

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Photo taken by: Mike Geib 

January 31, 2017

Alex Solomon | D1A Rugby 
Saint Mary's, UC Santa Barbara victorious in California 

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Saint Mary’s went over the century mark in its dominant win over Santa Clara, while UC Santa Barbara welcomed Sacramento State back to the California Conference by downing the Hornets, 41-15.

Saint Mary’s 106 – 15 Santa Clara
To little surprise, Canterbury’s third-ranked Gaels are putting up massive numbers in just the first month of their season. Their latest victim, Santa Clara, went to Moraga, Calif. and left Saint Mary’s College with an 89-point loss.

The Broncos, who have made a habit of traded blows with the California champions in the opening stages of matches, took its lone lead when Adam Leonard’s try was converted. The 7-5 advantage would be short-lived, however. Click here to read full article 

January 29, 2017 

Alex Goff | Goff Rugby Report 
Saint Mary's big over Broncos

Saint Mary's might have given up 15 points to Santa Clara Saturday, a fact that could give the Broncos some cause for celebration, but in response, the Gaels managed 106 on their way to yet another massive win in a season of massive wins.

The Gaels moved the ball quickly and effectively through much of the game, and started off with flanker Alec Barton, who has been on a tear lately, getting a try to open the scoring. The Gaels put on some defensive pressure from the kickoff, forced a turnover, and sent it wide immediately. Click here to read full article 

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January 28, 2017

Saint Mary's Finishes Homestand with a 106-15 Defeat of Santa Clara | By: Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - For their second match of California Conference play, Saint Mary’s took on the Santa Clara University Touring Side on a beautiful day for rugby at Saint Mary’s Stadium.

Saint Mary’s scored 16 tries on the day and Dylan Audsley successfully converted 13 of them on the way to 106 points. Chris McDonnell led the way with four tries while both Alec Barton and  Mike Wallace had two tries each. 11 different players scored a try for the Gaels. Click here to read the full article 

 

January 25, 2017

Saint Mary’s to Host Santa Clara | By: Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - On Saturday, January 28th, Saint Mary’s will play the last game of a four-game homestand against local rival Santa Clara at 1:00 P.M. at Saint Mary’s Stadium.

When the Gaels faced the Broncos last year after returning from the Spring Tour in New Zealand, they applied their newly acquired knowledge and skills on the pitch to easily defeat the Broncos 100-25.

During the Gaels’ 2015 championship season, they played their California Conference rival twice. The first match fell on Valentine’s Day and Saint Mary’s handily won 91-10. The following matchup fell after a three game East Coast trip and was the last game of the regular season, which the Gaels finished strongly by winning 96-0 to head into the playoffs. This match was of special significance to Gael Rugby fans and alumni because it was played in honor of former hooker Tom Cooke, Class of 1961, who passed away the night before, but “had the best seat in the house,” as John Wallace said in his touching tribute for one of the Gaels’ most dedicated fans. Click here to read the full article 

 

January 24, 2017

D1A Rugby | Alex Solomon
Dominant first half leads to Saint Mary's win over Utah 

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Saint Mary’s College used a dominant first half performance to defeat the visiting Utah Utes, 55-12, in a nonconference match featuring two of Canterbury’s D1A Rugby top-15 teams.

The Gaels jumped all over Utah from the opening whistle on a soggy pitch in Moraga, Calif. Aaron Matthews, Holden Yungert, Mike Wallace and Chris McDonnell each scored tries and All-American eight man Vili Helu dotted down twice before the Utes could get on the scoreboard. Click here to read the full article 

January 23, 2017

Goff Rugby Report | Alex Goff
A Closer Look at SMC Over Utah

For the Gaels, the first half was pretty much what they wanted. They pushed aside any concerns about wet weather and rain, and just played, setting up Aaron Matthews for the opening try with some smooth passing down the line. 

Scrumhalf Holden Yungert dove over a ruck after a long period of forwards bashing at the Utah goalline. Then flanker Alec Barton forced a Utah drop off the Utes’ eightman pick and the ball went out to Matthews, who ghosted through a gap and popped a well-timed offload to Mike Wallace. Click here to read the full article 

January 21, 2017

Gaels Defeat Utah 55-12 in a Semifinal Rematch | By: Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - In a rematch of the 2016 USA Rugby National Championship Semifinals, #3 Saint Mary’s took on #14 Utah at Saint Mary’s Stadium for their second non-conference match of the young spring season. The end outcome was similar to the Semifinals as the Gaels walked away with a 55-12 victory over the Utes, marking two straight matches in which Saint Mary’s has defeated Utah by a margin of over 40 points since narrowly defeating them by a late converted try 57-50 during last year’s regular season matchup in Salt Lake City. Click here to read full article 

 

January 18, 2017

#3 Saint Mary’s Gaels to Host #14 Utah Utes | By: Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - For the penultimate match of a four-game homestand, Saint Mary’s will host the Utah Utes on Saturday, January 21st, at Saint Mary’s Stadium. Last year, these two highly ranked teams were slated to play each other twice, but were only able to play once as weather delays prevented the Utes from making the trip to Moraga. However, the match in Salt Lake City more than made up for the cancellation with an exciting bout of rugby that saw the Gaels escape with a tight 57-50 win over the Utes. This past Saturday, Utah won their initial match of the spring against Dixie State 56-15 while Saint Mary’s defeated UC Santa Barbara 94-0. History runs deep between these two sides, as they split the 2015 regular season series 1-1 before a rubber match during the 2015 USA Rugby National Championship Quarterfinals, which saw Saint Mary’s defeat Utah 72-26 on their way to winning their second consecutive national championship. The two well-respected programs also met last year in the 2016 USA Rugby National Championship Semifinals, where the Gaels pulled away 81-32 to advance to their fourth straight national championship game, where they ultimately fell short.

January 16, 2017

Pat Clifton | Rugby Today
Five More Teams Join Penn Mutual CRC 

With the addition of Arkansas State, Arizona State, St. Mary's, Tennessee and Wisconsin, there are now only three spots left to be filled for the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship June 3-4, 2017 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia. These additions, announced Monday, put the tournament on a path to having its most competitive field to date. Click here to read full article 

January 14, 2017

Gaels Defeat UCSB Gauchos 94-0 G | By: Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos made the trip up north from beautiful Isla Vista to the quiet town of Moraga. The talented, albeit young, team came into the match more concerned about how they play as a team than they cared about the final score against a team that has appeared in the national championship four years in a row. This strategy employed by Coach Tim Lewis was the right one, as Saint Mary’s defeated his Gauchos 94-0. Read more here. 

Photo courtesy of Mike Geib

More photos can be found here.

January 16, 2017

Alex Solomon | D1A Rugby
Saint Mary's Opens California Conference Play with shutout over UC Santa Barbara 

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – A week after hammering Arizona State 96-0, Saint Mary’s shut out UC Santa Barbara by the same margin to open the California Conference season.

The third-ranked Gaels scored 47 of their 96 points in the first half. Winger Tommy Wallace ran in a hat trick, while Mike Wallace, Payton Telea, Vili Helu and Kevin O’Connor each dotted down once. All-American Dylan Audsley, slotting in at full back instead of his usual spot in the centers, was held without a try on the afternoon but managed to split the uprights on his first six conversion attempts. Click here to read full article

January 14, 2017

Alex Goff | Goff Rugby Report
Saint Mary's Thumps UCSB

Saint Mary's defeated UC Santa Barbara 94-0 Saturday in the opening game of the DIA California Conference season.

The game, amazingly, was much more competitive than the score might indicate, especially early in the game. Much of the first half was spent in Saint Mary's territory, but the Gauchos could not breach the Gael's tryline. Saint Mary's committed way too many penalties, and found themselves defending lineouts, scrums, and tap penalties close to their goal line. 

However, mistakes by UCSB and some snappy tackling from Saint Mary's prevented the Gauchos from scoring. Saint Mary's got their first try when they pressured the UCSB backline around midfield. The ball hit the deck and Tommy Wallace scooped it up and raced in. Then, UCSB has one of their longest period inside the Saint Mary's 22. However, when working a backline move off a lineout, they bobbled the ball and Michael Wallace nabbed the ball and galloped 90 meters for a try. Dylan Audsley made the difficult conversion for a 14-0 lead. Click here to read the full article

January 13, 2017

Saint Mary’s vs. UC Santa Barbara Match Preview | By Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - After starting the season with a 96-0 win over Arizona State last Friday, Saint Mary’s will continue their homestand this Saturday, January 14th, against UC Santa Barbara at 1:00P.M. at Saint Mary’s Stadium. The Gaels will look to build on their strong start to the season against the Gauchos in the first bout of California Conference play for both squads.

January 6, 2017  | SMC 96- ASU 0

Alex Goff | Goff Rugby Report 
The Saint Mary's Gaels put Arizona State to the sword in an early January clash between the two top-level collegiate teams.

Arizona State hasn't played any games but has been in winter camp, and finished up that camp in Moraga, Calif, hosted by the Gaels. Still working on its pattern, the Sun Devils team was confronted with a Saint Mary's team that has several preseason games under its belt dating back to November. The game itself wasn't the prettiest, but Saint Mary's took control, punishing little ASU mistakes and working nicely together to turn static ball into go-forward ball. Click here to read more

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January 9, 2017

Gaels Begin New Year with shutout win over Arizona State | D1A Rugby by Alex Solomon

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Saint Mary’s appeared to be in midseason form during its 96-0 drumming of visiting Arizona State. The Sun Devils used the backend of its winter break to train in Moraga, Calif. with the Gaels.  The combined sessions, however, did little to prepare Arizona State for a well-organized Saint Mary’s unit. Click here to read more

 

January 5, 2016

Arizona State, St. Mary's train together ahead of nonconference bout | D1A Rugby by Alex Solomon

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Arizona State and Saint Mary’s are giving college rugby fans their first taste of action in the New Year. The two sides are set to go at it Friday, Jan. 6, at Saint Mary’s College, but the Sun Devils have been in Moraga, Calif., the past few days training alongside the two-time D1A Rugby National Championship winners.

“Our programs have mutual respect for each other and thought it would be a fun idea to use the time before our respective schools start to work together,” said Arizona State Head Coach Gary Lane. “The purpose is to give each team quality opposition.” 

“We’re always looking to learn and share,” Saint Mary’s Head Coach Tim O’Brien added of the combined training sessions. Click here to read more

December 15, 2016

St. Mary's Defeats Santa Monica | This is American Rugby 

The St. Mary's Gaels continued their fall portion of their schedule with a two match swing through Southern California over the weekend. First up was the Santa Monica Dolphins. As expected with a pre-season match and with Santa Monica just starting to get ready for their SoCal DI season both teams rotated through a number of players. Santa Monica dominated the outside channels on their way to a 22-12 halftime lead but in the second half the Gaels rebounded to win 44-22.
Click here to read the full article 

November 18, 2016

Gaels Continue Preseason Play Against UC Santa Cruz and Interview with Alec Barton
By: Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - After a successful win over Chico State to begin the preseason, the Saint Mary’s rugby team will get the ball rolling on the road against UC Santa Cruz this Saturday at 12 noon. Right after the A side match, the B side will take on the Banana Slugs as well. Coach Tim O’Brien expects 45 Gael ruggers to play for at least forty minutes over the course of the two matches. Although the pitch may be wet in Santa Cruz, the Gaels will go out with a full head of steam ready to attack and play a fast and wide game.

Gael Rugby was able to catch up with San Diego native Alec Barton to talk about his path to Saint Mary’s, the rich tradition of the Gaels, and how he plans to approach his last year of collegiate rugby.

*Note: This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.

On his start in rugby and his path to becoming an All-American at Saint Mary’s…

I was first exposed to rugby when I watched my brother play when I was in eighth grade. I started playing my freshman year of high school, really enjoyed it, and made it a priority. I made it at Saint Mary’s because there were many connections between my club team and Saint Mary’s. After visiting SMC, I realized it was a really good atmosphere and that I wanted to play a high level of college rugby.
Click here to read the full article

November 12, 2016

Win Over Chico State
By: Christian Portillo

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MORAGA, CALIF. - The Saint Mary’s Men’s Rugby team picked up right where they left off last year in their first preseason match of the year against Chico State. Playing right after the C Side played Santa Rosa Junior College to a 24-24 standstill before the official called the game, the Gaels never skipped a beat, scoring two converted tries within the opening five minutes of the match.

Tommy Wallace sprinted down the left sideline for a try before Kevin O’Connor managed to score a try of his own to give the Gaels a 28-0 lead. Wallace broke through Chico State’s defense and offloaded the ball to Alejandro Duran, who took it to the house for a 38-0 advantage. Jack Carso also passed to Holden Yungert for a converted try on the left sideline moments later to give the Gaels a 45-0 lead. Before the half, Saint Mary’s scored two more tries to lead 55-0. You could not put your head down for one second without missing a Saint Mary’s try.
Click here to read the full article 

November 9, 2016

Gaels Return to the Pitch Against Chico State
By: Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - Saint Mary’s Rugby is back! The Gaels will make their long anticipated return to the pitch on Saturday, November 12, after losing to Life University in the National Championship last year in heartbreaking fashion. Although it is only preseason, it will be interesting to see how the Gaels set the tone for the regular season starting on Saturday at Pat Vincent Field. Saint Mary’s will take on the Santa Rosa Junior College team at 11:30 A.M before the A Side plays Chico State at 12:30 P.M., with the final match of the day coming at 2:00 P.M. against Chico State as well. All matches will consist of two 40 minutes halves with a running clock and 54 total ruggers are anticipated to play.

October 24, 2016

Day 1 of West Coast Sevens:

SMC 28- UCSB 0
SMC 21- SDSU 12
SMC 0- U of A 5

The Gaels started day 2 tournament off with a Quarter-final match up against UCLA 31-7, and then beat a tough ASU team in a close Semi-final battle 17-14.

Day 2 of West Coast Sevens: 

Cup OFs: SMC 31- UCLA 7
Cup SFs: SMC 17- ASU 14
Cup Finals: SMC 14- U of A 19 

Goff Rugby Report | By: Alex Goff 
In the final, Arizona worked the ball impressively and ran out to a 14-0 lead. Saint Mary’s got into penalty trouble - at one point being down to five players - and Arizona held on 1912. Click here for a summary of the tournament - Link to more pictures

October 21, 2016

Treasure Island Tournament and Interview with Kevin O’Connor

By: Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - After placing second in the first leg of the 6th Annual West Coasts Sevens Tournament in San Luis Obispo two weeks ago, Saint Mary’s will be on the pitch again this weekend as part of the SFGG sponsored tournament at Treasure Island. Click here to read more and Kevin's interview

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