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Susquehanna Men’s Rugby Wins Philadelphia 7s Qualifier

Published on April 23, 2013

The Susquehanna men’s club rugby team won the Philadelphia qualifier of the National Small College Rugby 7s Championship with a 24-17 win over Penn State Berks and the win qualifies the team for the Small College Rugby 7s National Championship Tournament.Rugby

Senior Alex Kahle was named player of the tournament.

Susquehanna  is one of eight teams nationwide to advance to the National Small College Rugby Organization 7s Tournament on June 1-2 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Susquehanna finished first in pool play with a 3-0 record. The team defeated Neumann University 31-0, Washington College 17-5 and Lord Fairfax College 31-7.

In semifinal play, the Crusaders matched up against Ursinus College. Ursinus went out to a 12-0 lead early on with two scores. Susquehanna scored twice before the end of the 1st half to hold a 14-12 lead at halftime. A crucial try by first-year student Joe Borza allowed Susquehanna to take a 21-12 lead with two minutes left. Ursinus was able to score a try narrowing the score to 21-17 with 30 seconds left in the match but Susquehanna was able to secure the kickoff and successfully run out the time for a 21-17 win and advance into the final.

Susquehanna faced Penn State Berks in the final match with a spot at the national tournament on the line. Penn State Berks opened with a quick try, breaking through the Susquehanna defense for an early 5-0 lead.

A back-and-forth match with two Susquehanna and one Berks scores translated into a 12-10 halftime lead for Susquehanna. Berks scored early in the second half to take a 17-12 lead. With three minutes left in the match, Susquehanna responded to tie the score at 17-17. In the final minute of the match, pressure defense inside the Berks zone led to junior Jackson Giedgowd scooping up a loose ball and scoring the go-ahead try for a 24-17 lead. After the kickoff, Susquehanna was successful in containing the Berks offense for the last minute of the match and in doing so secured one of the eight spots in the National Championships.


For more information about the Susquehanna men’s rugby club,  contact head coach Jonathan Niles, Ph.D., by phone at 570-372-4707, or email at niles@susqu.edu.

To attend the National Small College Rugby 7s Championship and Collegiate Rugby Championships in support of Susquehanna University men’s rugby club, purchase tickets here.

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