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Christendom’s men’s rugby team traveled down to Richmond, Virginia, this past weekend for their first 7s competition of the year, playing in the James River RFC Christmas 7s tournament. The team played well, only coming up short against Georgetown University in the final. Meanwhile on the road, both men’s and women’s basketball teams fell to Mid-Atlantic Christian University, including a heartbreaking overtime loss for the women’s team.

After scoring an undefeated season and winning their conference championship in their 15s season, Christendom’s men’s rugby team returned to the pitch for their first 7s competition of the academic year down in Richmond. They started the weekend by taking on Georgetown’s B-side team, quickly jumping up 26-0 on them in the first half. Led by multiple tries from Matthew Westin, Christopher Usher, and Chris Santschi, the team ultimately won 45-0, pushing them into the next round against the University of Richmond.

The team continued rolling behind Usher and Westin, also shutting out Richmond 29-0. That win put them into the semifinal against the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, with Westin and Usher again leading the team to multiple tries. Chris Santschi and Will Kolesar continued their great tournament performances as well, along with the team’s staunch defense. The team ultimately won 40-0, putting them into the final against Georgetown’s A-side. That team finally proved to be Christendom’s match, blanking them 40-0 to win the tournament. The weekend was a great test for the team, giving them much to work on in advance of the start of their spring 7s season after Christmas break.

Meanwhile, the women’s basketball team looked to continue their undefeated start to the season, taking on Mid-Atlantic Christian University on the road. The team played well in the first half, leading MACU 32-21. MACU fought back in the second, however, bringing the game to an even 54-54 tie at the end of the second half to force overtime. Despite an incredible 33-point, 17-rebound game from Catherine Thomas, Christendom was unable to hold off MACU in overtime, falling 65-62 for their first loss of the season. They now stand at 4-1 on the season.

The men’s basketball team also faced MACU on the road, looking to bounce back from back-to-back losses over the past week. MACU jumped out to a strong start, however, going up 37-25 on Christendom in the first half. The Crusader defense got to work in the second half, however, holding back MACU as they looked to comeback. Ultimately the second half performance was not enough, however, with the team falling 64-49. Joe Dotson, John Paul Vander Woude, and John Kennedy led the team in points, scoring 11, 11, and 10 points each, respectively. The team now stands at 2-3 on the season.

Both teams will next play at home on Wednesday, December 7 against Mountain Gateway in the annual Jingle Jam game. For more information, visit christendomathletics.com.

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