Christendom’s sports teams closed out their fall sports seasons this past weekend, with men’s rugby putting the finishing touches on their near-perfect regular season with a victory over NOVA Rugby. Men’s soccer also closed their season out with a resounding win, while women’s volleyball wrapped up their season with a tie.

After suffering their first loss of the season to the University of Virginia before fall break, Christendom’s rugby team traveled north to take on NOVA Rugby in their final game of the regular season. The match proved to be a close one for Christendom, with the two teams trading tries back and forth throughout. Owen Kennedy led the way for Christendom, however, scoring three tries and ultimately helping lead the team to a 38-26 victory. Matthew Westin scored two tries as well, with Andrew Mead making 4 of 6 conversions for 8 points of his own.

Christendom finished the season with the #1 ranking in the National Collegiate Rugby Coaches Poll, putting them in a strong position for another rugby championship run.

Back in Front Royal, the men’s soccer team gathered on Crusader Fields for the final home game of their season — and the final Christendom game ever for seven members of the team. Fittingly, those seniors shined taking on Patrick Henry College, with Santiago Pardo Gasque giving Christendom a 2-0 lead after the first half. Four minutes into the second half, Pardo scored his third goal of the game, with his fourth goal of the day coming only a minute later. Nicholas Foeckler scored his first goal of the season in his final game, with Mark LaRochelle unsurprisingly scoring once again as well — his final goal for Christendom and his eleventh for the season. LaRochelle also had three assists in the game, helping lead Christendom to a 7-1 victory.

Seniors Annie Heisler (left) and Megan Dano (right).

The men’s soccer team ultimately finished the season with a 3-4-1 record. The game, though a win, was a bittersweet one for Christendom, with the team saying goodbye to LaRochelle, Pardo, Foeckler, and Daniel Duca, Pablo Boada, Aganze Nkere, and Brian Hicks.

In St. Louis the Crusader Gymnasium, the women’s volleyball team aimed to salvage their season after going 1-7 during the month of October. Taking on college alumni, the women’s volleyball team fought to a 1-1 tie, finishing their season with a 5-7-1 record. After the game, Christendom said goodbye to seniors Meg Dano and Annie Heisler, who each shined during their time competing with women’s volleyball.

For more information on the college’s sports teams, please visit christendomathletics.com.

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