Christendom College will travel to Houston next weekend to compete in the National Collegiate Rugby Championship. Entering as the #1 seed, Christendom is one of the final four teams traveling to Texas, ready to make their latest run at a national title.
When Christendom arrives at Aveva Stadium in Houston, home of Major League Rugby’s Houston Sabercats, they will first face off against #6 Holy Cross, who went 5-1 during the regular season. The semifinal match will take place at 12:00 pm on Friday, December 10; if Christendom makes it through the semifinal match, they will next play at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 12, against either #2 St. John’s or #3 New Mexico Tech. If they come up short against Holy Cross, they will play the loser of St. John’s vs. New Mexico Tech at 12:00 pm on Sunday in the consolation match.
After a terrific regular season that saw Christendom go 7-1, the rugby team fought their way through multiple rounds of the playoffs to reach this moment. At the beginning of November, Christendom defeated Washington & Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute to win their conference championship, before facing off — and defeating — Wake Forest University at home to earn a spot in the regional championships.
At the regional championships, Christendom won tough games against #9 Loyola University of Maryland and #7 Catholic University of America to win the South Region Championship — punching their ticket to Nationals in Houston.
Christendom has been one of the premier college rugby teams in the nation for the past five years, after winning the 7s National Championship title in 2017. Since then, the college has made multiple National Championship title runs, including competing in the National Collegiate Rugby 7s Championship earlier this year. This current run marks the first time that Christendom enters the Final Four as the #1 seed in the nation, with a possible win marking the college’s first Rugby 15s National Championship.
Please consider supporting the team’s trip to Houston at: www.christendom.edu/gift/crusader-rugby/
For more information, visit christendomathletics.com.