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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Photo Gallery: St. Mary's Over San Diego State

St. Mary's ran out to a big win over San Diego State to advance to the DI-A semi-finals. Photographer Connie Hatfield was there and took some excellent shots that we are happy to share. 



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Ohio College All-Stars Named

Photo: Austin Brewin

Representative rugby has taken another step in Ohio as the Ohio College All-Stars has named their team to take on the Michigan All-Stars on May 13th. The match could even be held at the new stadium in Obetz. Overall, the team has a mixture of representation from multiple teams. Notre Dame College, the DI-AA finalists, have several players named in the team while Ohio State also have multiple representatives. Wittenberg, Wheeling Jesuit, Ohio, Cincinnati, Miami, Xavier, and Baldwin Wallace all have players on the team.

Forwards: Khalid Williams (Notre Dame College), Spencer Krueger (Ohio State), Darren Rice (Wheeling Jesuit), Christian Smith (Wittenberg), Jack Bengel (OSU), Christian Ghering (WJU), Bret Dixon (OSU), Robert Overbeck (Ohio University), Gabe Shirkey (Cincinnati), Eric Lalley (UC), Jacob Kidwell (Miami), Augie Murphy (WJU), Joe Schroeder (Ohio), Kevin Fessenmeyer (OSU)

Backs: Aaron Thomas (OSU), Trenton Mackle (Ohio), Cory Graham (NDC), Mike Matthews (OSU), Andrew Baldado (OSU), Zach Forro (NDC), Dan Heisterkamp (Xavier), Jaime Barlow (OSU), Hayden George (Ohio), Marcus Tupuola (NDC), Roniel Reynolds (NDC), Brent Panik (Baldwin Wallace)


Seattle Saracens Advance In BC Playoffs


The Seattle Saracens are moving on to the next round of the BC Premier League playoffs after they beat the UBCOB Ravens 46-22 at Magnuson Park. Seattle led 22-13 at halftime. They were also able to see the return of several veterans, like Mike Palefau, to the roster. Next Seattle will face regular season top team Burnaby Lake in the semi-finals. Burnaby Lake were 8-0 during the regular season, including a 31-15 win over Seattle earlier in the year. The other semi-final will see the Castaway-Wanderers take on UBC. The Thunderbirds beat James Bay. The Seattle Division 1 side lost to UBC in their playoffs.

The Saracens women also had success over the weekend. They beat the Burnaby Lake women 50-5. It was the last regular season match for both teams. The women finish the year as the number two team in the standings behind Westshore. That will give them a home semi-final against Cowichan.


Opening Kick


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National Teams/MLR/ODAs:

Bryan Ray has put together a good list of where some Americans overseas stand heading into the offseason.

The Runner Sports has a nice profile of Eagle and Glendale Raptors forward Zach Fenoglio.

Club/College:

We've got more info on how Cal and Arkansas State advanced to the Varsity Cup final as well as the DI-A quarterfinals.

Highlights of BYU vs. Indiana are up. Additionally, Central Washington have put together highlights from their season.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

DI-A Quarterfinals Recap: And Then There Were Four

Photo: Connie Hatfield

The DI-A quarterfinals turned out to be a little more wide open than expected. While it was expected that there were going to be some lopsided scores in the end the favorites advanced relatively easily setting up semi-finals between St. Mary's and Arizona and BYU and Life.

Life 37-20 Lindenwood

Life and Lindenwood have been one of the best rivalries in college rugby the last few years and it was expected to manifest itself once again in their quarterfinal match. While it was competitive Life showed just how good they are in their win and have put other teams on notice that they intend to do everything to defend their title.

The Running Eagles went up 12 on tries from Harley Wheeler and Brian Muntanga. Lindenwood responded with a penalty but they hurt themselves with a yellow card. That allowed Life to add another try before Lindenwood hit their second penalty. At the break it was 19-6 for Life.

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Cal, Arkansas State To Face Off For Varsity Cup

Cal are once again into the Varsity Cup final. Their opponents will be Arkansas State who are appearing in the final for the first time but are no stranger to finals or high-level play. Cal beat Penn State 35-14 in Berkeley while Arkansas State beat Navy 25-7 in Jonesboro. Cal and Navy will square off in Santa Clara, California on May 6th.

Cal have breezed through the competition for most of the year, including last week's win over Clemson. While they still won comfortably over Penn State they still will forced to work for it. Roughly a quarter of the match passed before either team scored but then Cal rattled off tries from Keanu Andrade, Kevin Sullivan, Damon Wiley, and Patrick Barrientes to lead 20-5 at halftime.

In the second half Malcolm May scored first for Penn State but then tries for Jake Goena and another from Andrade helped push the Cal lead to 30-7. Penn State would add a second Kevin Trotter before Wiley finished things out.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Review


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Chris Wyles, Titi Lamositele, and the Saracens are headed to the Champions Cup final where they will face Clermont. Both Wyles and Lamositele came off the bench for the Saracens as they beat Munster. Wyles played 17 minutes and scored a crucial try and Lamositele played the last 8 minutes. Outside of that match it was relatively quiet for Americans overseas. Players did see time in the Pro D2 and Jess Wooden and her Aylesford Bulls team won the Women's Premiership. Wooden started and had a conversion.



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