CHESTER, PA. 6/1/2019 – The Saint Joseph’s Hawks ended pool play with a big 34 – 0 win over the Fordham Rams at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships at Talen Energy Stadium. The Hawks lost their first two games which ended their hopes of going to the Cup Round. However, this was the bounce back win the team wanted and needed.
“I’m really happy for the boys,” said Coach Dan Yarusso. “They rallied, kept their heads high, and wanted to come out and compete at a high level. It is a big stepping stone into day two.”
Saint Joe’s came out and scored on their first two possessions. It was apparent the team was not going to be denied. Of the six try’s by the Hawks Mikey Hoffman was the only player that had more than one score. He crossed the line twice. Matthew Lydon, George Harris, Jonathan Ahern, and Chad McMahon also scored for the Hawks. This team can be dangerous on offense when multiple players get a try.
“It’s good, you definitely don’t want to have one star that is scoring all of the points,” Yarusso said. “We’ve been that way where a lot of points are coming from a lot of different people.”
Saint Joe’s finishes pool play with a 1 – 2 record. It will be decided if they play for the Plate or Bowl, and who their opponent will be. What matters is that the Hawks can build off the momentum created by this win.
“A lot of things ride on momentum in sevens,” Yarusso said. “This is a good momentum builder for us. We have to see where we seed once the bean counters decide where we are, just go from there, and try to get three wins tomorrow. That’s our new goal.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian