Christendom’s rugby team travelled to Pittsburgh this past weekend and added another trophy to the case in the process, sweeping the Jeff Hewitt Memorial Cup Tournament for the second year in a row. Playing against new teams that outweighed the Crusaders, Christendom again used their incredible speed and perseverance to exploit their opponents’ weaknesses, raising their season record to an historic 19-4.
After dominating Franciscan University of Steubenville in the 3rd Annual Shield Match the weekend before, the Crusaders travelled north with confidence — especially after sweeping last year’s tournament without conceding a single point.
Their first test of the day was against a much larger team from Lock Haven University, who quickly jumped on the board to lead the Crusaders 10-3. After this wake up call, the Crusaders hit back and did not concede another point in the game, finishing the match 27-10.
The Crusaders next played Juanita College. In what seems to be a characteristic of the Crusaders this year, they quickly asserted their dominance over the opposing team and had 33 points on the board before the half was up. This allowed new players on to the field to gain experience, many of whom show great promise for the upcoming years. By the end of the second half, the Crusaders had earned their way to the final without conceding a single point, defeating Juanita 45-0.
The final game of the day was played against a fellow Catholic college, St. Francis, featuring a team who vastly outweighed Christendom. However, the Crusaders’ superior skill and speed allowed them to overcome this difference. With the trophy in sight, the Crusaders hammered home try after try, with fullback Michael McMahon and captain Pat Audino putting three tries down a piece. The Crusaders added another trophy to their already impressive collection with a final score of 52-0.
The Crusaders will play their final game of the season this coming Saturday, April 30, against Griffons U23, as they aim for a 20-4 record.