Christendom’s Crusaders rugby squad cruised through the College of William & Mary on Saturday, putting up a lopsided score of 43-19 against the Tribe on an unseasonably warm October day. With the victory, the Crusaders sewed up a near-perfect record for their fall season, finishing 3-0-1 and securing a top seed in the upcoming Cardinals Conference Rugby Championship.
The Crusaders traveled down to the Tribe’s home turf for the first time on Saturday, taking on the school for the second time in their history. After defeating them last fall, the Crusaders picked up where they left off, scoring three tries before the Tribe finally answered with a try of their own. Jon Messing made up the difference with another Crusader try, finishing the first half 26-7 Crusaders.
After halftime, the Crusaders quickly got back to work, with Ed O’Brien scoring his second try of the game to start off the second half. Team captain Joey Kuplack, who made four conversion kicks over the course of the match, took over from there, scoring two tries of his own in the final forty minutes. The Tribe managed to score two tries of their own, but too late into the match to make a difference. The clock ticked down, and the Crusaders had wrapped up another impressive victory.
The win marked their third straight of the season, after the team dramatically drew Duke University at home in their opening match of the season. With the win, the Crusaders locked up the #2 spot in their division, after officially joining the NSCRO’s Cardinals Conference this fall.
Next weekend, the Crusaders will look to take their next step toward a national championship, competing in the Cardinals Conference Rugby Championship. Thanks to their impressive performance in the fall, the Crusaders will take one of the top seeds in the championship, playing against Longwood University and Duke University November 5-6 in Chesapeake, Va.