College Rugby Recap Fall 2017
We’ve repeatedly stated how lucky our Club is to be in an area that has such strong rugby roots from the college level on down into the youth ranks. Here’s a quick rundown of four college teams that deserve recognition for what they accomplished this season.
First up are the Haverford College Angry Young Newts. The Newts made huge strides this season by going 7-0 and winning the NSCRO (National Small College Rugby Organization) Division of the MARC (Mid-Atlantic Rugby Conference) one year after going 1-6 in the same division. Read more on the Newts big turnaround here: http://haverfordclerk.com/mens-rugby-finishes-perfect-season-as-conference-champions/
Next up are the St. Joe’s Hawks who made it all the way to the D1-AA National Championship game before falling to Mary Washington. The Hawks surprised a lot of people who aren’t familiar with Philadelphia rugby by making it that far, but we weren’t shocked given the talent level and strong coaching staff at St. Joe’s. Here’s a recap from the championship match: http://www.hawksrugby.com/news_article/show/864147?referrer_id=1912572
In what’s a really great sign for the development of the game as a whole, the Kutztown Golden Bears have been granted “Elite Club Status” by the University. By taking that step up the Golden Bears will now receive more support from the school which should help them continue to grow as a national power. More acceptance of rugby by college administrations across the country will only serve to grow the game and make rugby a more attractive option for younger athletes. https://www.kutztown.edu/news-and-media/news-releases/november-2017/rugby-teams-granted-elite-club-status.htm
Last, but certainly by no means least, is a shout out to the Penn State Nittany Lions who ran the table and went undefeated in a very strong Rugby East conference. https://www.florugby.com/articles/6022705-rugby-east-champ-penn-state-caps-perfect-run-but-army-makes-it-tough