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Coach Q&A: Justin Hundley

Coach Q&A: Justin Hundley Justin Hundley has an impressive resume, hailing from South Africa and playing rugby from an early age. Playing at Penn State during college, he went on to compete in national championships at the New York Athletic Club. He’s also held coaching jobs with the New York Athletic Club 7s, Xavier High School and the West Point United States Military Academy.

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Coach Q&A: Kate Daley

Coach Q&A: Kate DaleyKate Daley, the head coach of women’s rugby at Penn State, shares how the program continually produces strong, confident women and lifelong bonds.

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Women's Match Results 9/22/17 & 9/23/17

Women go 1 and 1 during first weekend away from Happy Valley

The Nittany Lions headed to Rutgers for a Friday night kick off before taking on Quninnipiac University Saturday afternoon.  The team split the games winning Friday but dropping Saturday’s contest to Quinnipiac, making the team's record 3-2.

Rutgers put in a very physical performance forcing Penn State’s young side to step up at the point of contact.  Alex Weisser lead off the scoring and tries followed by Azniv (Az) Nalbandian, Zhayer (Z) Legrand, Ali Wicks, Mindy McKeehan, Whitney Richter, Madison Curtis, Katie Sayer, Maggie Carly, Corina Kaiser, and Claudia Norton.  Rutgers dotted down 3 times making the final score 74-17.

The team then headed to Quinnipiac for one of their toughest games of the season Saturday morning after a wonderful breakfast hosted by the Fuery family. Momentum swung back and forth making for a very exciting match.  The forward pack started off the scoring with a driving lineout and QU answered back with a break down the edge and try in the corner tying the score 5-5.  The Nittany Lions then put in 3 unanswered tries by Alex Weisser, Maggie Carly, and Sophie Pyrz to take a 20-5 lead.  QU would put in one more try before the teams went into halftime PSU 20, QU 10.  Early in the second half, QU scored two tries and converted one of them to take the lead 22-20.  PSU answered back with a try and conversion for another lead change 27-22.  Unfortunately the Nittany Lions were unable to hold on and would concede 2 more QU tries late in the 2nd half to lose the game 36-27.

The Nittany Lions will take this loss into another challenging matchup vs Notre Dame College kicking off Friday night at 6:30pm in State College.

 Women's Match Results 9/22/17 & 9/23/17

 

Roster vs. Rutgers

1. Kaiser, Corina
2. Richter, Whitney
3. Nalbandian, Azniv (Az)
4. Weisser, Alexis (Alex)
5. Barnic, Rhyan
6. Legrand, Zehayer (Z)
7. Contreras, Kelsie
8. Wicks, Ali
9. Suarez, Joanna
10. Fromstein, Ellie
12. Norton, Claudia
13. Curtis, Madison
11. McMeehan, Mindy
14. Rowan, Emily
15. O'Hare, Katie (Blue)

Subs: Carly, Maggie - Sayer, Katie - Garnett, Kira - Tompkins, Brittani - Kulijopf, Amanda Sophie, Pyrz - Good Celeste

Roster vs. Quinnipiac

1. Garnett, Kira
2. Sayer, Katie
3. Nalbandian, Azniv (Az)
4. Barnic, Rhyan
5. Weisser, Alexis
6. McCormick, Madison
7. Carly, Maggie
8. Richter, Whitney
9. Waters, Carly
10. Canett, Kayla
12. Solomon, Gianna
13. Cantorna, Gabby
11. Feury, Tess
14. Heavner, Corinne
15. Pyrz, Sophie

Subs: Wicks, Ali - O’Hare, Katie (Blue) - Contreras, Kelsie

Men's Match Results - 9/23/17

Saturday, September 23: 1st XV vs. St. Bonaventure (61-23)

 

 

FIRST

LAST

1

Anthony

Adamcheck (F)

2

Thomas

Capriotti (F)

3

Zach

Barnes (F)

4

Ryan

McNulty

5

Jack

McLean

6

Malcom

May

7

Oz

Patel-Champion

8

Rob

Irimescu (F)

9

Jim

Ronan

10

Michael

Dabulas

11

L.J.

Koi-Larbi

12

Connor

Cassidy

13

Mike

Jennings

14

Brian

Stella

15

Xavier

Fangmeyer

16

Noah

Smith (F)

17

Leo

Van Buskirk

18

James

Anderson (F)

19

Ian

Pearson

20

Connor

Dellapina

21

Brendan

McCabe

22

Peter

Jean

23

Ryan

Cornell

 

On Saturday, September 23, the Nittany Lions were on the road yet again. This time to St. Bonaventure, NY for round 2 of Rugby East league play. The team put in a tough week of training and felt prepared for the match.

After a slightly shaky start, which saw the team down 3-0 very early, they were able to settle down, find a rhythm and, thanks to a Brian Stella-led counter attack, were able to respond with a 5-pointer. In a game that seemed marred by multiple infringements at the breakdown for both sides it was tough to get anything moving. But the Lions were able to find space and work some really nice phases spreading the scoring out nicely throughout the team

While they were able to put up an impressive 61-23 score line, the Lions were not happy with the performance and will be looking to give up fewer points per game going forward. 

Man of The Match this weekend went to another front rower, hooker Thomas Capriotti, who was great on the day as he set up a beautiful try off of a turnover and scored one on his own.

The Team will play their first home match on September 30, hosting Kutztown University at 1pm on West Campus.  

Try Scorers: Capriotti, May, Patel-Champion, Irimescu, Koi-Larbi, Jennings, Stella x2, Fangmeyer
Conversions: Ronan 4 of 7, McCabe 1 of 2
Penalties: McCabe 2 of 2

 

Saturday, September 23: 2nd XV v. St. Bonaventure (46-0)

 

FIRST

LAST

1

Noah

Smith (F)

2

Jaime

Sivongsay (F)

3

Kevin

Ndou (F)

4

Brendan

Collum

5

Ryan

Cornell

6

P

Jean

7

Numa

Pailhol

8

Brendan

Legalludec

9

Kyle

Crawford

10

Connor

Dellapina

11

Alex

Schaefer

12

Luke

O’Malley

13

Peter

Jean

14

Christian

Leva

15

Will

Robins-Cole

16

Kevin

Ndou (F)

17

Joshua

Habermehl

18

Alex

Opendaker

19

Modibo

Keita

20

James

Anderson

21

Brendan

McCabe

The 2nd XV seem to be hitting their stride after a tough match last weekend. Connor Dellapina did well to run the attack in the backs and Ryan Cornell, the Captain and forward leader, was great up front.

It is never an easy task to keep any team scoreless but the Lions managed to do that. Even with a few threatening runs from Bonnies, the team was steady in defense and kept them out of the in-goal. Pete Jean playing in the centers this week was very impressive on the day, generating plenty of go-forward and scoring 4 tries.

Man of the Match for the 2nd XV went to Kevin Olsen who was instrumental in both attack and defense.

Try Scorers: Jean x4, Pailhol, Ndou, Robins-Cole Team Score
Conversions: Dellapina 3 of 8

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