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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.

SMC vs. UTAH | January 21, 2017 | TBD | Saint Mary's Stadium

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NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

January 16, 2016

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. 

January 14, 2016

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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Special Thanks to our Photographers: Mike Geib and Karen Drinkwater