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Men with 2 Victories over Notre Dame College - 9/16/17

Saturday, September 16: 1st XV v. Notre Dame College (43-17)

This past Saturday, the Penn State Men’s Rugby team traveled to South Euclid, Ohio to take on new-comer Notre Dame College in their first Rugby East match of the season. It was a successful trip as the team came out with a 43-17 victory and a bonus point to start the season.

The match was expected to be a physical encounter, and it surely did not disappoint as the Nittany Lions were more than up to the challenge of defending their Rugby East Title. Right off the opening kick-off the Penn State forwards set the tone and the platform to give the backs plenty of room to attack. Captain Mike Eife crossed the whitewash in the second minute to open the tally for the afternoon, which would end in a 6-try day and a bonus point victory for the Lions. The Penn State forwards dominated in both the scrum and lineout, setting perfect attacking platforms for the backs and not letting NDC gain any momentum off the set-piece for 80 minutes.

Man of the Match for Saturday’s game went to senior Zach Barnes (THP) who was instrumental on the day. While not flashy, Barnes does all the hard work, anchoring the scrum and hitting breakdowns with fervor for a full 80 minutes.

Next up the team will head north to take on St. Bonaventure on Saturday, September 23. The 1st XV will kick-off at 2pm.

Try Scorers: Adamcheck, McNulty (2), Dabulas, Eife (2)

Conversions: Ronan 3 of 5, McCabe 1 of 1

Penalties: Ronan 0 of 1, McCabe 1 of 1

 

FIRST

LAST

1

Anthony

Adamcheck (F)

2

Thomas

Capriotti (F)

3

Zach

Barnes (F)

4

Ryan

McNulty

5

Jack

McLean

6

Malcom

May

7

Joey

Freeman

8

Rob

Irimescu (F)

9

Jim

Ronan

10

Michael

Dabulas

11

Mike

Eife

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

Thomas

Del Pino

21

Brendan

McCabe

22

LJ

Koi-Larbi

23

Oz

Patel-Champion

 

 

 

Saturday, September 16: 2nd XV v. NDC (19-12)

 

The second match of the day was a much closer affair than the first, as can be expected sometimes when you have a younger team playing on both sides of the ball. It took some time for the team to really get going with the game moving from scrum to scrum as handling errors plagued both teams early.  

Once the Penn State attack settled down and realized that they had more time than they thought they were able to put together some nice phases to score. 8-Man Brendan Legalludec provided a lot of go-forward for the team and had some nice carries, eventually finding his way over the line. New flyhalf Connor Dellapina, while still very raw, was able to get an attack going from nothing and helped keep us on the front foot and score some points. Ultimately, the team came away with a hard fought 19-12 victory, making it 3 road wins for the 2nd XV. We are really looking forward to a number of these players contributing on the first side very soon.

The 2nd XV will take on St. Bonaventure on Saturday, September 23 following the 1st XV.

Try Scorers: Legalludec, Dellapina, O’Malley, Collum

Conversions: McCabe: 1 of 1, Dellapina 1 of 3

Penalties: McCabe 0 of 1

 

 

FIRST

LAST

1

Noah

Smith (F)

2

Jaime

Sivongsay (F)

3

James

Anderson (F)

4

Leo

Van Buskirk

5

Ryan

Cornell

6

Pete

Jean

7

Numa

Pailhol

8

Brendan

Legalludec

9

Brendan

McCabe

10

Connor

Dellapina

11

Alex

Schaefer

12

Thomas

Delpino

13

Luke

O'Malley

14

LJ

Koi-Larbi

15

Will

Robins-Cole

16

Kevin

Ndou (F)

17

Brendan

Collum

18

Joshua

Habermehl

19

Modibo

Keita

20

Kevin

Olsen

21

Kyle

Crawford

22

Christian

Leva

23

Alex

Opdenaker (F)

 

Successful Weekend for the Women's Team - 9/16/17

This past Saturday in Happy Valley, the PSU Women took on NIRA’s (National Intercollegiate Rugby Association) American International College (AIC) and then Big 10 opponent University of Michigan and walked away with two wins, improving their record from 0-1 to 2-1.

Back to a full roster after tryouts, PSU bounced back from their loss vs Dartmouth beating AIC 66-10.  Tries were scored by Tess Feury, Kayla Canett, Gabby Cantorna, Fran Schaefer, Corinne Heavner, Gianna Solomon, and Azniv Nalbandian. Kayla Canett also added a little flare to the game by hitting a drop goal late in the 2nd half off a stolen scrum.

After a short break, the women took the field against Michigan with 4 brand new rugby players, Claudia Norton, Emily Rowan, Celeste Good (Freshmen) and Megan Bridges (Junior) and 4 freshmen with High School experience, Joanna Suarez, Zhayer Legrand, Kelsie Contreras and Ali Wicks in the starting line up.  With a big focus on attacking kicks ,the game saw tries by Claudia Norton, Gabby Cantorna, Sophie Pyrz, Alex Weisser, Celeste Good, Katie O’Hare, Kelsie Contreras, Emily Rowan, Kayla Canett, Ali Wicks, and Amanda Kulijopf.  Not to be outdone, Gabby Cantorna also executed a picture-perfect drop goal late in the first half.

Roster vs. AIC (AIC traveled with only 14 players)

  1. Kaiser, Corina
  2. Sayer, Katie
  3. Nalbandian, Az
  4. Schaefer, Fran
  5. Barnic, Rhyan
  6. Bridges, Megan
  7. McCormick, Madison
  8. Carly, Maggie
  9. Waters, Carly
  10. Cantorna, Gabby
  11. Solomon, Gianna (Bill)
  12. Heavner, Corinne
  13. McMeehan, Mindy
  14. Feury, Tess 

Subs: Kayla Canett, Brit Tompkins, Sophie Pyrz

Roster vs. Michigan

  1. Garnett, Kira
  2. Contreras, Kelsie
  3. Richter, Whitney
  4. Weisser, Alexis
  5. Bridges, Megan
  6. Legrand, Zehayer
  7. O'Hare, Katie
  8. Wicks, Ali
  9. Suarez, Joanna
  10. Cantorna, Gabby
  11. Heavner, Corinne
  12. Norton, Claudia
  13. Good, Celeste
  14. Rowan, Emily
  15. Pyrz, Sophie 

Subs: Kayla Canett, Brit Tompkins, Amanda Kulijopf

The two dominant wins provided a great prelude for the team being recognized for their 12th National Championship and 6th in a row at the Penn State vs Georgia State football game .

Successful Weekend for the Women's Team - 9/16/17

 

 

PSU Rugby Participates in Community Outreach

This semester, the Women's Rugby team will be visiting Elmcroft, a local senior living facility. The facility is comprised of 3 units: the dementia and Alzheimer's unit, the assisted living unit, and a closed circuit unit for the mentally ill. We will spend our time with both the Alzheimer’s and dementia residents as well as those needing assistance. We will visit 1-2 times per week and participate in various activities with the residents such as bingo, dancing, games, and other activities. Our most recent visit was during wine and cheese night!  Many of these residents do not receive frequent visits from friends or family members, so the staff at Elmcroft and the seniors we have the opportunity to meet are very appreciative of our willingness to come in to talk and hang out with the residents.

PSU Rugby Participates in Community Outreach

 

 

Men's Match Results - 9/8 & 9/9

Friday, September 8: Harvard Developmental (123-0)

On Friday night, after a 10hr bus ride from State College to Cambridge, MA, the PSU developmental squad, made up of majority freshman and sophomores, put on a fantastic performance against Harvard’s developmental team.

The team came out of the gate looking to start their contribution to the PSU rugby legacy, scoring 48 unanswered points in the first half. Freshman center Luke O’Malley set the standard for the weekend running in four first half tries in an impressive Man-of-the-Match performance. Junior Ryan Cornell, formerly of PSU Berks, captained the team on the evening and lead with class. While the team put in a 123-0 performance not once did they look content, a sign of an outstanding team looking to improve constantly.  Freshman Flyhalf Connor Dellapina marshalled his team around the field running the attack like a seasoned veteran, promising stuff to come from this young man. He also was solid off the tee converting 12 of the 21 tries that were scored.

Everyone came out of the match healthy and ready to travel up to Dartmouth for the next match of the weekend.

 

Saturday, September 9: Dartmouth 1st XV (55-23)

With the rollercoaster of emotions that has been the start of the 2017 season the Penn State 1st XV were ready to get out on the field and release some stress on an opposition this past weekend.

With a little personal payback for a not so ideal result that knocked us out of the 2016 Varsity Cup in mind, the team was definitely fired up for kickoff. Dartmouth dealt first blood thanks to an infringement at the breakdown and went up 3-0 early. But in true PSU fashion, and what has become a trademark of this team, the adversity did not get to them and the team responded with a try of their own. Scoring would go back and forth for the first quarter but as the team settled and found their rhythm the scoreboard began ticking over at a nice pace.

In a repeat from the night before, Freshman wing Brian Stella was not going to be outdone in his Man-of-the-Match performance and scored 4 tries on the day and set up a great try for senior Ryan McNulty off a perfectly executed cross kick from Junior flyhalf Michael Dabulas.

While Brian may have received the M-O-M for the day, hats off to a great performance up front from the forwards who bullied Dartmouth’s forwards setting up some walk-in tries for the Nittany Lions.

Next up, the team will travel to Ohio to take on Notre Dame College for the opening of the Rugby East season on Saturday, September 16th.

 

Dartmouth 2nd XV (57-0)

To close out a great weekend on the road the PSU’s 2nd XV capped off the day with a 57-0 victory over Dartmouth’s 2nd XV. With a big part of the group coming off a convincing win on Friday night against Harvard, confidence was high and with some vets sprinkled into the mix it only helped the younger guys excel. In true team fashion, 9 different players touched down for scores. Man-of-the-Match in the 2nd’s match went to Pete Jean who played both in the centers and on the flank, truly showing his versatility.

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