The Christendom College Crusader Rugby team defeated the George Mason University Patriots, 26-7, on March 22. After a nail biting 19-19 tie in their season opener against Catholic University of America, the Crusaders showed signs of improved discipline and cohesion in this second home game of the season.
Led by captains sophomore Pat Audino and senior Ben Scrivener, the team gave a dominating performance for the fans. Despite their size advantage, GMU couldn’t handle the Crusaders who scored four tries, including six extra-point kicks added with accuracy by freshman Joey Kuplack. The Crusaders held GMU scoreless in the first half, which included a fantastic goal line stop just seconds before the halftime whistle.
“We cleaned up our play from the first game and our discipline translated onto the scoreboard,” Pat Audino said after the game.
When asked about his thoughts on the highlight of the game, freshman Derek Casey immediately pointed to the goal line stop in the first half.
“It gave us so much momentum and just carried us through to the end,” he said.
The Crusaders are back in action on Saturday, March 29, against American University, followed by the team’s first Shield Match an inaugural home game against the Franciscan University of Steubenville Barons on April 12.