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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

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

 

 

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