The hard-hitting tradition of Christendom rugby returns this Saturday, March 21, with the Crusaders playing the Mountaineers of Mount St. Mary’s University at 1 p.m. Opening the year at the college’s own Crusader Athletic Fields, the Crusaders are looking to emulate the successes of seasons past, particularly 2013’s record-setting undefeated season.
The Crusaders already began their season strongly last semester, winning the Collegiate Men’s Division Plate at the New York Seven’s Rugby Tournament, the largest and oldest Sevens tournament in the nation. Looking to carry the energy from that historic win into the spring, the team is bolstered with fresh, young players this year, bringing a new, “faster-paced game” to the field for this spring, according to Crusader rugby veteran Bobby Crnkovivh (’15).
Looking ahead, the Crusader rugby team will compete in the Cherry Blossom Tournament in Washington D.C. on March 28, and the Jeff Hewitt Memorial Collegiate Cup in Pittsburgh on April 11. The highlight of the season will come on April 18 when the Crusaders take on Division II rival the Franciscan University of Steubenville Barons in the annual Shield Match, held this year in Steubenville, Ohio. The Crusaders will finish their season with a home game against the Lions of Lord Fairfax Community College on April 25.
In previous years, the Crusaders have defeated talented teams hailing from larger schools, including George Mason University, Hampden-Sydney College, and American University.