2016 Archives

June 18, 2016
SMC Rugby sending Five All-Americans Down Under as members of the USA All-American Travel Squad

Viliami Helu
Alec Barton
Dylan Audsley
Kevin O'Connor
Dino Waldren

USA Men's Collegiate All-American Coach Gavin Hickie has announced the squad that will tour Queensland July 31 to August 15. Read more here.

 

GAME-SAVING TACKLE REVERSES SAINT MARY’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FORTUNES | Alex Solomon

Clinging onto a 7-5 lead in the College 7s Cup Final against a supremely talented American International team, two-time All-American Christian Adams brushed off one defender before diving over the line for what appeared to be a game-winning try. Instead, it was a National Championship-winning play from O’Connor who clung to Adams’ back, preventing the 205-pound wing from touching the ball down. Read more here.

 

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May 30, 2016
The Gaels crowned USA Rugby D1A 7’s 2016 National Champions

GAME SCHEDULE RESULTS
Friday | May 27, 2016  - SMC 36 - West Virginia 5
Friday | May 27, 2016 - SMC 50  - Alabama 0
Saturday |  May 28, 2016 - SMC 22 - Arkansas 12
Saturday |  May 28, 2016 - SMC 21 - Notre Dame 17 (Quarterfinal Match)
Sunday | May 29, 2016 SMC 19 - Arizona State 10 (Semi-final Match)
Sunday | May 29, 2016 SMC 7 - American International 5 (Championship Match)

 

April 16, 2016 | Men's Rugby Volunteers

On April 16, 2016, the Men’s Rugby volunteered their time for the Booster Seat Giveaway at the Family Fair in Fremont, CA.  This event was hosted by Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty with support from Safe Kids Alameda County, Fremont Police Department and California Highway Patrol.  Our Gaels assisted in setting up both components of the event, as well as assemble the approximately 400 booster seats. The team represented the Saint Mary’s College community well with respect in honoring Saint John Baptiste De La Salle by serving others.  

Check out all the photos of our Gaels serving others.  

April 20, 2016: Season In Reveiw by Christian Portillo

MORAGA, CALIF. - After winning their second consecutive D1A National Championship, the expectations for the Saint Mary’s rugby team heading into the season were quite high. Head Coach Tim O’Brien was well aware of this and wanted to prepare his players for another national championship by scheduling matches against some of the top collegiate clubs in the country. Although many other coaches would schedule matches against weaker teams for guaranteed wins and a higher playoff seed, O’Brien knew that only by playing the best of the best could his team make it to the top for the third year in a row. In choosing to play the cream of the crop, O’Brien met the standard of excellence that has been set by the Saint Mary’s rugby program over 60 years of consecutive rugby.

Spring Tour

Over Spring Break, the Men's Rugby team traveled to New Zealand.  There the team competed against well known rugby clubs and trained with the top notch coaches.

Johnny Everett’s Recount of the Gaels New Zealand Tour
Check out the photos taken by our supporters

Read More by Marianne Payne

New Zealand Rugby Academy | March 19, 2016

A Side: SMC 36 - Ngongotaha 22

B Side: SMC 43 - Ngongotaha 10

High School Old Boys | March 25, 2016

SMC 12 - Old Boys 29

 

 

D1A commercial that ran live on CBS Sports during the Championship Broadcast

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February 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 

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February 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 

 

February 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 

February 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 

February 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 

February 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. 

 

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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

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Tk4LBZerWAbZ4SaZ9 

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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

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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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October 13, 2016

West Coast Sevens releases pools and schedule for Treasure Island October 22-23
Rugby 7’s Magazine: Dustin Rosen 

“The 2016 West Coast Sevens kicked off the Collegiate Rugby 7s Season last weekend in San Luis Obispo, CA featuring some of the Top Teams in the Nation.  As expected, great Rugby was on display throughout the day. You can see the full recap of that Tournament here. Furthermore, you can find the preview of that Tournament, and the History of West Coast Sevens here. 
Now in its 6th year, West Coast Sevens looks to have a Second Tournament for the first time ever. On October 22nd-23rd, West Coast Sevens will kick off the highly anticipated Tournament in Treasure Island, San Francisco CA. The Tournament will feature an additional 6 Teams to the mix, making it a 16 Team Tournament. The New Teams that look to shake things up are as followed: Utah, Air Force, Arizona, SF State, WWU and USD. With the addition of these new Teams, it is clear that this Tournament conceivably holds the most competitive Teams for a 7s Tournament since the Olympics.”
Read more here 

SMC vs. UCSB | Oct. 22 | 10:40pm | Treasure Island, CA 
SMC vs. SDSU | Oct. 22 | 12:20pm | Treasure Island, CA 
SMC vs. Arizona | Oct. 22 | 3:00pm | Treasure Island, CA 

*Sunday Oct. 23 TBA

WATCH LIVE at THE RUGBY CHANNEL

October 8, 2016

2016 West Coast Sevens 

SMC vs. GCU | Oct. 8 | 11:40pm | San Luis Obispo, CA | W 26-7
SMC vs. UC Davis | Oct. 8 | 12:40pm | San Luis Obispo, CA | W 26-10

Cup Semi Finals: Saint Mary’s 10 UCLA 7
Cup Final: Cal 38 Saint Mary’s 5

West Coast Sevens Tournament Recap

Goff Rugby Report: Alex Goff 
"In the first major college 7s tournament in California this season, 12 teams were slated to play, however USC received a suspension just days before the event and could not participate.

Cal, Saint Mary's, UCLA, and Arizona State all won their pools. Cal won fairly comfortably over ASU in the semis, while Saint Mary's edged UCLA 10-7 in a nailbiter."
Read more here 

October 4, 2016

WEST COAST SEVENS TO OPEN 2016 COLLEGIATE RUGBY 7S SEASON FEATURING POWER HOUSE TEAMS CAL, ASU, UCLA, SMC
Rugby Sevens Magazine | By: Dustin Rosen 

"This Saturday the 6th Annual West Coast Sevens looks to kick off the 2016-2017 Collegiate Rugby 7s Season in Beautiful and “Happy” San Luis Obispo, CA.  The notability of this Tournament has continued to rise each year, and has become a Pinnacle Tournament in the Qualification Process for Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC) and USA College 7s National Championship."

Saint Mary’s – #2 Seed
Your 2016 USA College 7s National Champions have quite the privilege this year, as all 7 starters from last year will stay on the squad. 3rd Year Coach of the Sevens Program, Joe Reavey stated “Our Top 9 players can be play makers or distribute well at any time.” He continued “anything less than a 100% winning percentage at the end of the tournament is unacceptable. We’d be devastated if we lost one game. The players all hold each other to a high standard and everyone is together at Saint Mary’s.”

Click here to read the full article

 

September 8, 2016

Saint Mary’s opens the season ranked No. 3 in Preseason D1A Top 20 

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August 15, 2016

AIG MCAAs leave Australia with 1-2 record, invaluable experience

Dylan Audsley scored 15 points for the All-Americans in their final match vs Queensland Barbarians.  Dylan, Dino Waldren, and Vili Helu started the match. Kevin O'Connor sub'd in late in the game at flanker.

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August 6, 2016

AIG MCAAs open Tour with win against Darling Downs

“TOOWOOMBA, Queensland - The AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans secured their first victory of the Tour to Queensland sponsored by WellDog Saturday, a 31-17 defeat of a Darling Downs representative side at Gold Park.”

Read more here

August 2, 2016

Eagles Elite Training Squad, Development Training Group updated for fall

Dylan Audsley and Dino Waldren have been named to the USA Eagles Development Training Group!

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - Men's Eagles Head Coach John Mitchell and the High Performance staff, led by USA Rugby Director of Performance Alex Magleby, have announced the second Eagles Elite Training Squad (EETS) and Eagles Development Training Group (EDTG) of the year. Read more here

July 29, 2016

Down Memory Lane - St. Mary's Men 2008

By: Allyn Freeman (Rugby Today)

"In the three-years between 2005 and 2007, St. Mary’s went 45-12, often defeating fifteens from D-I large enrollment schools." Read more here

July 25, 2016

Academic Honor Roll Announced for 2015-16 Season

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Three SMC Gaels named to the 2015-16 USA Rugby National Collegiate Academic Honor Roll!

  • Nicholas Schlobohm
  • Bradley Roberts
  • Michael McCarthy
  • Michael Tillson

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - More than 250 student-athletes have been recognized for their on- and off-field performances during the 2015-16 competitive season as part of the 2015-16 USA Rugby National Collegiate Academic Honor Roll. 

In the five years USA Rugby has made the national distinction of student-athletes that have been consistent starters on intercollegiate rugby teams with cumulative grade point averages of 3.50 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), more than 1,250 have been named to the Honor Roll. The honor roll this year includes athletes from more than 80 colleges across all divisions.

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SMC vs Diablo | Dec 31, 2016

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