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Friday, November 13, 2015

St. Mary's Unveils Very Difficult Spring Schedule

Photo Credit: Michael Kreizenbeck
There is a very firm belief at St. Mary's that if you want to be the best you have the play the best. At last Saturday's annual Pat Vincent dinner the Gaels once again unveiled a very strong spring schedule that will see the take on the likes of SFGG, Lindenwood, BYU, Utah, and a tour of New Zealand. As the two time DI-A champions St. Mary's haven't shied from playing the likes of BYU over the years with the last several meetings between the Cougars and the Gaels providing some of the best rugby in the country.

As previously mentioned in an article on TIAR, St. Mary's will spend their limited fall season playing San Francisco State, UC-Santa Cruz, and Olympic Club. The spring season begins with another PRP club in SFGG before the team takes a trip to Arizona to play both Arizona and Arizona State.

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The Gaels continue a very tough January by hosting Lindenwood and then Utah, currently the third and fourth ranked teams in the Canterbury DI-A Top 20. The team will then have a week off before facing SDSU in San Diego. 

The first meeting with BYU will take play on February 20ths. UCSB will be next before their big local rivalry match against Cal on March 5th, a match that the Gaels will host. Then it's a swing through Utah with matches against the Utes and the Cougars. 

After their trip through Utah the team will leave for a week long tour of New Zealand were they will get in a couple of matches. Once returning home they play Santa Clara and Cal Poly before the playoffs begin. 

All in all, it's arguably the toughest schedule in the nation. It says a lot about the direction of the team as they continue to build on a solid foundation. The Pat Vincent dinner was packed with people supporting the program and the team plays in a stadium designed for rugby. 

Nov. 7th--Red/Blue Scrimmage
Nov. 14th--SF State
Nov. 21st--UC-Santa Cruz
Dec. 5th--Olympic Club
Jan. 9th--SFGG
Jan. 15th--Arizona
Jan. 17th--Arizona State
Jan. 23rd--Lindenwood
Jan. 30th--Utah
Feb. 13th--San Diego State
Feb. 20th--BYU
Feb. 27th--UCSB
March 5th--Cal
March 10th--Utah
March 12th--BYU
March 19-26th--Tour of New Zealand
April 1th--Santa Clara
April 9th--Cal Poly

1 comment:

  1. It ain't easy and the work pays off in big games. I'd love to see more domestic programs commit to a similar regimen (7 days/week).