CHESTER, PA. 6/4/2016 – The Philadelphia colleges were well represented at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships at Talen Energy Stadium. A summary of the results is found below.
Saint Joseph’s 2 – 2; Plate Quarterfinalist
The Hawks competed in Pool C. SJU started with a 22 – 12 win over Navy, and followed that with a 25 – 5 win over Army. In both games SJU fell behind early. They did again in the Pool C third game against Arizona, but could not come from behind and suffered a 14 – 5 defeat.
In Plate Quarterfinal action the Hawks fell victim to a last second penalty try losing to South Carolina 19 – 12.
Temple 1 – 3; Plate Quarterfinalist
Competing in Pool F the Owls dropped their first two games, but came away with a win against Clemson. Temple played competitive against Dartmouth, but fell 17 – 5. Utah defeated behind a three-try run by a score of 21 – 14. In the final game for the Owls, they eared a 12- 0 deficit and went on a 19 – 0 run to win it. Michael Wellstein got the winning try with 52 seconds on the clock.
In the Plate Quarterfinal round the Owls were shutout by the Wisconsin Badgers.
Drexel 0 – 4; Bowl Quarterfinalist
Pool D had Life Unversity (the best rugby team you never heard of), Penn State, and Virginia Tech. The Dragons were drubbed by Life 46 – 0. Penn State got the better of Drexel by a 27 – 12 margin. The day ended for the Dragons with a 24 – 7 loss to Virginia Tech.
In the Bowl Division Quarterfinals Drexel was blanked by Maryland 24 – 0.
This year a Philly Division was set. Penn, Villanova, Delaware, West Chester, Rowan, and Mount Saint Mary’s played in the competition.
The University of Delaware Blue Hen’s took the Philly Division title defeating Mount Saint Mary’s by a 36 – 10 score. The Hens broke out to a 17 – 0 lead, and increased it to 34 – 10 before ending the scoring with two more tries.
After pool play the semifinal round began on Sunday. Mount Saint Mary’s advanced to the title game defeating Villanova by a score of 17 – 7. Delaware moved on by virtue of a 17 – 15 win over Rowan.
Rowan took third place defeating Villanova 24 – 17 in their match.
The Owls competed in four games, three on Friday. Temple was not able to post a victory losing to Lfe 43 – 0, Notre Dame 31 – 5, and Michigan 14 – 5 in pool play. The tournament ended for the Cherry and White with a Women’s Challenge loss to Notre Dame 25 – 5.