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 .



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.



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.