Saint Mary’s Curbs the Competition: The Gaels take 4th at the USA College Sevens Nationals

The Gaels took home 4th place, losing to the University of Delaware in the Cup consolation match. 12/1/2012, College Station, TX.-The Gaels caused quite a ruckus at the USA Rugby 7s Nationals in College Station, Texas. Saint Mary’s persevered through the day 1 group stages, trumping Western Washington 19-17, Bowling Green 19-14, and Texas A&M 17-5.

Going into day 2, the Gaels outplayed Navy in the quarterfinals with a 20-10 victory. Inching their way towards the Cup, they then moved on to the semifinals to face Life University. Saint Mary’s had a tough match against the defending champions, falling 31-0. Life went on to lose in the final to Arkansas State, 21-7 while the the Gaels took home 4th place, in a narrow 10-22 loss to the University of Delaware in the Cup consolation match. 

“Although it wasn’t the finish we were looking for, it was an improvement from last year. We really grew as a team and as a sevens program,” said senior, Garrett Brewer, “This is the base-work for years to come, as the program can only grow.”

Brewer, a genuine leader on and off the pitch, represented Saint Mary’s on the's First Team. He was also listed on the USA Rugby First Team along with teammate, Kelly Harris. Captains, Mike Haley and Kelly Harris were honored on the RugbyMag Second Team. Other notable performances came from seniors, Lloyd Evans and Bubba Jones.

“People told us all weekend we didn’t belong there and that we weren’t good enough. We used that to keep pushing us throughout the whole tournament,” said Brewer.

It is energy like this that continues the Saint Mary’s Rugby Team’s success. The team had a great sevens season and can now gear up for fifteens. The Gaels would like to thank all coaches, fans, and family members for their great support.

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-Samuel Salzinger