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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.

Another Great Reunion Weekend!

No last minute changes or severe thunderstorms could keep us from having a great time at our Annual Reunion Weekend!

Another Great Reunion Weekend!

 A big thank you to the Founders and their spouses, many who traveled long distances, for making this an especially memorable year. 

 Another Great Reunion Weekend!

Having 3 decades of National Champions - the 1997, 2007 and 2017 Women's National Championship Teams - is something only PSU can brag about.

Another Great Reunion Weekend!

Congratulations to Claudia Knudsen Braymer, Matt Miller, and Brett Bissinger for receiving the 2017 Lifetime Member Awards.

Another Great Reunion Weekend!Another Great Reunion Weekend!

Despite some challenges, many said that this was one of the best reunions yet.
We had such a good time we have already booked the Golf Course Pavilion for next year. Mark your calendars for August 17-19, 2018! 

 

 

HUNDLEY NAMED MEN’S RUGBY HEAD COACH

Aug. 14, 2017 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.– Penn State has selected Justin Hundley as head coach of the men’s rugby program. A Penn State graduate, he will begin his duties in late August.

Hundley brings 10 years of high school and collegiate coaching and administrative experience to the Nittany Lions’ men’s rugby program.

“Justin Hundley is well versed in the rich history of Penn State Rugby from his playing days with the Nittany Lions,” said Assistant Athletic Director Michael Cross. “His energy and passion for the sport are obvious and his standards and values align with Penn State. The growth of the program under Justin’s leadership will build upon the traditions of Penn State Rugby. The future is very bright with his arrival on campus for the start of the season and I look forward to partnering with him to provide the best experience possible for our student-athletes.”

“I am excited to return to Penn State after 10 years away,” Hundley said. “Happy Valley has always held a special place in my heart and returning to the rugby program has been a dream since graduating. I look forward to leading a very talented group of players and continuing the storied success of Penn State Rugby. With my experiences at West Point and Xavier, I am eager to work with the board and Penn State Athletics to write the next chapter of Penn State Rugby.”

A member of the Penn State men’s rugby team as an undergraduate, Hundley returns to Happy Valley after spending the past 4 ½ years as Assistant Director of Athletics and Head JV Rugby Coach at Xavier High School in New York City. Hundley helped oversee a robust program consisting of 13 sports and 35 teams, including working with budgets, coaching certification and clearances, equipment, travel and event scheduling.

Hundley posted a 43-5 record in four seasons as Xavier’s JV Rugby head coach.

Soon after graduating from Penn State, Hundley joined the U.S. Military Academy athletic staff, serving as an assistant coach/operations officer with the men’s rugby program for six years. Working with nearly 70 Cadets annually, among Hundley’s duties were: practice planning and coaching, maintaining the team’s budget, managing all team travel and logistics and creating the practice and competition schedule.

From Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Hundley graduated from Penn State in 2007 with a degree in crime, law and justice, with a concentration in business administration.

The Penn State men’s and women’s rugby clubs are team sports with oversight by Intercollegiate Athletics. The women’s squad, which has won six consecutive national championships, begins its fall season at home on Sept. 2 vs. Dartmouth. The men’s team opens its season fall season Sept. 8 at Harvard and has its home opener Sept. 30 vs. Kutztown.

Source: http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-rugby/spec-rel/081417aab.html 

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