By: Christian Portillo
MORAGA, CALIF. - A day after beating UC Santa Cruz 1-0, the Saint Mary’s Women’s Club Soccer team defeated the University of San Francisco 3-1 to finish their season on a strong note.
MORAGA, CALIF. - The Saint Mary’s Men’s Club Soccer team defeated the UC Berkeley B team 2-1 to capture their second consecutive Fall NorCal League Championship. The stakes were high in this one because if Cal came away with a draw, they would have been named the champions. A definite win was needed for the Gaels to repeat in the tough NorCal league of the West Coast Soccer Association.
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.
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.