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.
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SMC vs. LIFE | May 7, 3:00pm | Moraga, CA
D1A Rugby National Championships.
May 4, 2016
Saint Mary’s Will Battle Life University for D1A National Championship
By: Christian Portillo
MORAGA, CALIF. - After defeating Utah 81-32 in the semifinals, #2 Saint Mary’s will face #1 Life University, who beat #3 Lindenwood 41-7, in the D1A National Championship on May 7th. This will be the fourth consecutive year that Life and Saint Mary’s have played against each other in the championship. In their first meeting in 2013, Life took the trophy home. When the Gaels had the chance to take the title away from the Running Eagles in 2014, they did just that. Saint Mary’s successfully defended their title in 2015 with a closely contested 30-24 victory over the Running Eagles to win back-to-back national championships. The quest for a three-peat will take place on Saturday, May 7, at Saint Mary’s Stadium at 3:00 P.M. Admission is $15 for non-students and $10 for students with a valid ID. As Saint Mary’s is hosting five different championships on this day, it would be smart to get there nice and early to support the Gaels to givethem home field advantage on the quest for three consecutive national championships.
Tickets can be purchased at the front entrance to Saint Mary’s Stadium.
No Coolers inside Stadium
April 30, 2016
Saint Mary’s Advances to Their Fourth Consecutive D1A National Championship
By: Christian Portillo
MORAGA, CALIF. - On the road to the national championship, #2 Saint Mary’s hosted #5 Utah for the D1A Semifinals. It was a tale of two halves for the Gaels, as their play was much better in the second half. Read more here.
SMC vs. UTAH | 81- 32
Saint Mary’s College advances to the D1A Rugby Championship game on May 7th against Life University. View more photos here.
Saint Mary’s Too Strong for Utah, Advances to D1A Title Game
By: Alex Solomon | D1A Rugby.com
MORAGA, Calif. – Saint Mary’s has earned the chance to play for a third consecutive D1A National Championship after having its way with Utah, 81-32. Read more here.
April 28, 2016
Dylan Audsley Wins Inaugural Scholz Award | By: Christian Portillo
MORAGA, CALIF. - Saint Mary’s center and goalkicker Dylan Audsley was awarded the inaugural Rudy Scholz Award, which honors the best men’s collegiate rugger, on April 27 with great prestige. Audsley was one of four finalists selected from the original pool of twelve nominees. The first twelve were nominated by a five man panel and then each rugby team was given a vote to narrow down the list to three. However, there was a tie among two nominees, so there were four finalists to choose from, including Lorenzo Thomas of Lindenwood and the Gaels’ own Dylan Audsley. The five man panel consisting of select rugby coaches and media reconvened to select the nation’s best collegiate rugby player.
The center has been a critical part of the Gaels’ success in the past couple of years. With his bright scrum cap and cleats, you would think that it’d be easy for defenders to locate him, but that is not the case at all. Always keeping defenders on their toes because of his vast array of moves, Audsley can turn the corner and score a try at any given moment. In addition to being one of, if not the most, exciting players to watch in all of rugby, Audsley also has one of the most accurate boots in the country. His kicking accuracy is even more astonishing when you consider the length of some of his penalty kicks, which can go all the way out to the 50 metre line. Audsley will officially receive the award on June 11 at the Washington Athletic Club of Seattle, Washington at a gala. The Scholz Award is named in honor of Rudy Scholz, who actually played scrumhalf for California Conference rival Santa Clara University and the helped the USA Olympic team bring home two gold medals in 1920 and 1924.
Congrats to Audsley for winning the Rudy Scholz Award
Dylan Audsley, best men’s college rugby player in the country. Read More here.
“It's great to be a part of this new award. I'm happy to be a part of something that will help grow rugby in America and give recognition to more student athletes. It's great for the program as it's a testament to how much work the team puts in. In reality it’s the people that surround me that are the reason for my success. Tim, Johnny, and my teammates help me to try to be best I can be.” - Dylan Audsley, Class of 2017
April 27, 2016
Gaels Meet the Utes in the Semifinals | By: Christian Portillo
MORAGA, CALIF. - After defeating the Air Force Academy 77-17 in the D1A Quarterfinals, Saint Mary’s will face the University of Utah Utes during the Semifinals on Saturday, April 30, at 1:00 P.M. at Saint Mary’s Stadium. #5 Utah defeated the University of Arizona 36-14 last week to advance to their first D1A Semifinal in school history. The Utes were originally scheduled to play at Saint Mary’s at the end of January, but the match had to be cancelled and was not made up. However, the two top-five teams met on the Gaels’ annual trip to Utah in March, where they faced both Utah and BYU. The Gaels were able to pull away with a close 57-50 win over the Utes in their only match of the year by breaking the 50-50 tie with a late try. Saturday’s battle between the two top-five teams should be intense, as the winner will guarantee themselves a spot in the D1A National Championship, which is something Utah has never done before, while Saint Mary’s is trying to make it there for the fourth consecutive year. It would be especially sweet for the Gaels to play for a three-peat in front of their own fans in Moraga.
April 24, 2016
Gaels Fly Over the Air Force 77-17 | By: Christian Portillo
MORAGA, CALIF. - A day after beating Cal Poly 43-17 to advance to the D1A Quarterfinals, the Air Force Academy played Saint Mary’s at Saint Mary’s Stadium. The defending back-to-back national champions began their title defense as if they were on a mission to repeat once again. Read more here.
Photo by Mike Geib
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St. Mary’s joined Lindenwood, Life, and Utah in the DIA semifinals with a convincing 77-17 defeat of Air Force Sunday.
Gaels Start Fast, Sprint past Air Force | Alex Solomon D1A Rugby
MORAGA, Calif. – Saint Mary’s made quick work of an Air Force team coming off yesterday’s 43-17 win over Cal Poly. On a dry California afternoon, the Gaels played their fast-paced, yet unselfish brand of rugby and defeated the Zoomies 77-17 to reach another D1A Semifinal. Read more here.
April 23, 2016
Air Force Advances to Face the Gaels in the Quarterfinals | By: Christian Portillo
MORAGA, CALIF. - Cal Poly and the Air Force were supposed to face off in the opening round of the D1A playoffs last Saturday but had to cancel the match due to a snowstorm and bad weather that caused the Denver airport to cancel several hundred flights. To get everything back up to speed, it was ruled that #8 Air Force would advance instead of #13 Cal Poly because of their higher ranking. This ruling was overturned on appeal and it was determined that the two teams would fight to play Saint Mary’s at the Gael’s own Pat Vincent Field the day before the Quarterfinals. Read more here.
April 18, 2016
D1A Rugby Playoff Outlook After Opening Round | By: Christian Portillo
MORAGA, CALIF. - Although #2 Saint Mary’s had the weekend off after concluding the regular season with a 50-11 win over Cal Poly, six other D1A teams opened the playoffs in hopes of pursuing a national title on Saturday. Read more here.
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