Christendom’s path to another rugby National Championship title is now set, with the official schedule for the Collegiate Rugby Championship May Madness 7s released this week by National Collegiate Rugby. The team, coming off a rugby 15s National Championship in December, will begin competition in New Orleans next Saturday, May 28, playing in a pool of 28 total teams for the Small College title.
Christendom is competing in the largest Small College pool in NCR history, with rivals New Mexico Tech (who Christendom defeated for the National Championship in December), Loyola University Maryland, Virginia Military Institute, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and others all competing for the title. Christendom will first face off against Widener University on Saturday, May 28, to begin round robin play, before next taking on SUNY Geneseo. Following those two matches, Christendom will take on Wayne State College to wrap up play on Saturday.
After round robin play on Saturday, Christendom will either move into the first round of Nationals or compete in the consolation bracket. If they make it through the first round of Nationals, Christendom will then compete in the National Quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon with the goal of reaching the National Semifinals on Monday, which will be played inside the Shrine on Airline Stadium and broadcast on The Rugby Network. The National Championship game will also be played on Monday in the afternoon to wrap up the weekend. The National Semifinals and the National Championship game will be the only two games streamed by The Rugby Network for the Small College bracket.
Christendom is coming off a strong spring 7s season, which saw the team compete in four different 7s tournaments across the country. Across 20 games, Christendom went 14-6, including taking second place in the Frostbite 7s, third in the Moosman 7s, and second in the Wheeling 7s tournament. They also competed well in their first Collegiate Rugby Championship Premier Qualifier tournament at Notre Dame, playing against the biggest schools in the country as by far the smallest school in contention and defeating schools such as Wisconsin.