Christendom College

Crusaders Defeat University of Richmond, Jump into First Place for Rugby Division

October 3, 2016

rugby-first-place-1The Crusaders notched another victory in their strong start to the rugby season on Saturday, defeating the University of Richmond 23-10. The victory marks their second of the season, and pushes Christendom into first place for their division in the Cardinals Rugby Conference.

After defeating Lord Fairfax last weekend, the Crusaders traveled to Richmond looking to set some distance between them and their nearest competitor, Longwood University, in the NSCRO Champions division. They accomplished that goal in spades, with Martin Norton scoring a try in his third consecutive game and Thomas Hepler scoring a pair of his own during the match. Strong kicking from Joey Kuplack helped to seal the Spiders’ fate, with two drop goals helping to put the Crusaders over them 23-10 by the end of eighty minutes.

After drawing Duke University in their opening day match, the Crusaders have racked up two impressive victories and are continuing their incredible run from last season, now winning eight of their last nine games.

While the Crusaders are still missing key players from last year’s team that will not be back until the spring, the newer players are more than holding their own on the rugby pitch, giving Christendom the lead over Duke University, the College of William and Mary, and George Mason University in their division.

The Crusaders will play their final regular season game of the fall on October 29 at the College of William and Mary, before entering tournament play in November, as they continue their hunt for their first national championship berth.

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