Christendom’s rugby team set a team record this past Saturday, routing the University of Richmond 99-15 — the most points ever scored by the Crusaders in a single match. Playing on a cold April day, decimated by injuries, the Crusaders revealed their impressive depth on their home turf, raising their current record to 15-4.
After reaching the semi-finals of the 50th Annual Cherry Blossom Tournament for the first time last weekend, the Crusaders entered Saturday’s game without a few key starters, who were out due to injuries sustained during the tournament. Their absence gave many players the chance to show their talent for the first time against the University of Richmond, revealing the amount of depth that lies at the heart of Christendom’s hugely successful rugby team.
Playing in front of the passionate Crusader fanbase, the Crusaders quickly put up points against the Spiders in the opening minutes, with team captain Pat Audino, Paul Maschue, and Dominic Mann all breaking the try line for the Crusaders. These tries were followed by a beautiful chip over the line into the hands of rising senior Joey Kuplack, who looks set to lead a battle-hardened Crusader team next year.
By the end of the first half, the Crusaders were ahead, 59-0, with aid from Michael McMahon, who scored an incredible five tries over the course of the match. This allowed even more veterans to come off in order to give the more inexperienced players an opportunity to play. Joe Whittaker, Francis McDonough, and Will Tomlinson each scored beautiful tries over the course of the game, and the young team held strong against the Spiders, managing to finish the match with a final score of 99-15.
The Crusaders entered Saturday on a historic run, after winning nine of their past eleven games this spring. They will look to continue this run next weekend in the 3rd Annual Shield Match against Franciscan University of Steubenville, which will be played on Christendom’s home field at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.