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Christendom’s baseball, softball, and rugby teams all began their spring seasons this past week, but the luck of the Irish did not bring them victories over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Christendom’s Crusader rugby team, playing for the first team since earning a trip to the NSCRO 15s National Championship last fall, fell against the University of Mary Washington, while the Crusader baseball team and Lady Crusader softball team both lost double-headers.

While Christendom’s rugby team is set to travel to New York over the weekend of April 25-27 for the National Championship, the team still needs to stay fresh in anticipation of those big matches. The team gave itself a big challenge for their first match of the spring season, facing a Mary Washington team that won the USA Rugby D1AA Fall Championship in December, readying for their own National Championship this spring.

The two teams played hard in the first half, with Christendom leading 15-10. The Crusaders went up 22-10 early in the second half, but Mary Washington came roaring back soon after, scoring three tries in quick succession. They ultimately won, 38-25, handing Christendom their first 15s loss of 2019.

On the baseball diamond, the Crusaders played at home in Front Royal’s Bing Crosby Stadium on Saturday, looking to continue their momentum after splitting a double-header on Opening Day earlier in the week. They fell in the first game to Penn State Fayette 5-1, but played a much-closer game in the second. After 7 innings, the game was tied. Both teams ended up playing a hard ten innings of baseball, but Penn State finally scored another run, handing the Crusaders a heartbreaking 5-4 loss.

On Sunday, the Lady Crusaders played their first home games of the season against Penn State Beaver, after routing Trinity University in a double-header on Friday. The Lady Crusaders were unable to keep that streak alive on Sunday, falling hard in back-to-back games. Penn State rolled over the Lady Crusaders 19-0 in the first game, with the second not faring much better. The Lady Crusaders managed only two runs, falling 17-2.

For more information, please visit christendomathletics.com.

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