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Christendom’s men’s rugby team dominated the Cardinals Conference Championship tournament this past weekend, sweeping through six games, including against the University of Richmond and Washington & Lee University, to win the championship.

Another tournament, another trophy. Christendom’s men’s rugby team dominated the Cardinals Conference Championship tournament this past weekend, sweeping through six games — including against the University of Richmond and Washington & Lee University — to win the championship.

Following up on their strong performance in the Mooseman 7s Tournament last weekend in Tennessee, the men’s rugby team traveled again for the Cardinals Conference Championship tournament. They started the day with pool play, first taking on the University of Richmond. The team played a strong first half, with Joseph Kokes, Hugh Wingate, and Andrew Krolick all scoring for the team, putting them up 21-7. Richmond scored once more in the second half, but Christendom’s defense held them back from there, resulting in a 21-12 win.

In the second game of the day against Elon University, the team started strong, with Christopher Usher and Wingate both scoring tries for Christendom. Wingate picked up one more with Joseph Madigan joining in the fun as well, resulting in a 24-0 shutout.

The team moved onto their third game of the day against Radford University, with Usher, William Kolesar, and Jude Burkett all scoring for Christendom in the first half. Radford scored once to begin the second half before Christendom jumped on the board again, thanks to a try from Kokes. The team won their third game 24-5, pushing them onwards to the final game of pool play against Emory and Henry.

Kolesar started the scoring for Christendom in game four, with Christopher Santschi scoring twice soon after to put the team up 21-0 at the end of the first half. In the second, Usher and Burkett both scored, leading Christendom to a 31-5 win and a trip to the semifinal game against Washington & Lee.

The team found themselves losing for the first time all day thanks to an opening try from Washington & Lee. The team bounced back immediately, with Westin and Wingate scoring tries to put Christendom up 14-5. The Santschi brothers both scored as well, with Burkett pushing one final try across the line for Christendom to close the game, 33-5 in favor of Christendom. The University of Richmond conceded the final matchup, handing Christendom a forfeit win and the 7s Cardinals Conference Championship title.

For more information, visit christendomathletics.com.

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