For the 3rd consecutive year, the Christendom rugby team reigned supreme at the Cardinal Conference Tournament. Defeating Duke University 46-7, and Washington and Lee University 30-29, the team earned a spot in playoffs for nationals. This weekend the team will travel to Raleigh, NC, to take on Lander University in the Mid-South Qualifier, competing for a spot in the NSCRO 15’s National Tournament, where the Crusaders came in 2ndplace last season.
The match against Duke was a remarkable show of teamwork. Junior Vince Duhig scored two tries and earned the team an extra six points by scoring three conversions. Seniors Thomas Audino, Mark Cavazos, and Chris Culbreath; sophomore Nick Cuddeback; and freshmen Thomas Santschi and Matthew Westin, all scored tries against Duke, leading to a total of 46 points against the Blue Devils.
The match against Washington and Lee was hard-fought, with the Crusaders winning by a narrow margin. Sophomore Owen Kennedy, senior Patrick Newton, and freshman Matthew Westin each scored a try, and with the two point conversions and two penalty kicks from Vince Duhig, the team scored 30 points against the Washington and Lee Screaming Minks, leading to a 30-29 victory.
With 6 freshmen and 7 seniors on the roster, the team has a blend of both fresh talent and seasoned athletes. In the current season, the team has held the number one spot on the weekly coaches poll for the National Small College Rugby Organization for a number of weeks, and its record stands at 5-3, with some notable landslide wins, such as the triple-digit triumph against Hampden-Sydney (116-5) in September.
To see the rugby team’s schedule, results, and roster, visit this page on our athletics website.