Christendom’s rugby team traveled to West Virginia for their fourth 7s tournament of the spring, going 4-1 against tough opponents. The team ultimately defeated Franciscan University of Steubenville in the consolation match to place third in the tournament.

After finishing in the Top 20 at the Fighting Irish 7s Premier Qualifier Tournament last weekend, Christendom aimed for another strong showing in the Nail City 7s Tournament at Wheeling University, taking on West Virginia University first in pool play on Saturday. After West Virginia took an early lead, Christendom jumped to a small lead thanks to a try from Matthew Westin. West Virginia took the lead back, but Christendom’s defense was able to hold them back from there, ultimately winning 21-12 thanks to another try from Westin and a try from Joseph Kokes as well.

Christendom dominated in their second pool match of the day, routing Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s B-side team 45-0 to earn a trip to the quarterfinal matchup against their A-side unit. That match proved a tough one for Christendom, with IUP going up 5-14 before Christendom began their comeback on big tries from Kokes and Westin. Christendom finally tied the game 19-19 with minutes remaining before Westin sealed the deal with one last try, earning Christendom a 24-19 victory.

In the semifinal match, Christendom took on Wheeling in a rematch from the Premier Qualifier Tournament the week before. Wheeling proved to be the tougher opponent yet again, putting up 17 unanswered points against Christendom before they were finally able to score against their defense. Christendom managed to get within ten points of Wheeling close to the end of the game, but by then it was too late and Wheeling defeated Christendom 29-12.

Bumped to the consolation match against Franciscan, Christendom came out hungry, jumping to a 19-5 lead over Franciscan thanks to tries from Andrew Krolick, Michael Belleville, and Andrew Mead. David Foeckler scored one final try for Christendom, earning them a 24-10 victory and a third place finish in the Nail City 7s tournament.

Christendom will next play again on April 23 in the Shield Match against Franciscan University, a return to the popular tradition from years past that was postponed the past two years due to COVID-19 and scheduling conflicts. The game will be played at Franciscan this year with the time to be announced later.

On the baseball and softball diamonds this past weekend, Christendom bounced back in a big way from a six-game losing streak, winning all four of their home games against Williamson and Patrick Henry. Softball struggled in their two games at Anne Arundel on Sunday, dropping to 0-6 on the season.

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