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Christendom Rugby’s season came to a close this past weekend in Washington, D.C., with a ninth-place finish at the Collegiate Rugby Championship.

Christendom Rugby’s season came to a close this past weekend near Washington, D.C., with a ninth-place finish at the Collegiate Rugby Championship. The team battled through a rain-soaked day of pool play on Friday before dropping into a consolation bracket, ultimately finishing with a 15-5 win over Western Oregon.

The team entered the weekend as one of the top teams in contention and the favorites in their pool, following a strong 7s season in the spring. On Friday, they arrived at the Maryland SoccerPlex to begin pool play, taking on SUNY Genesco in game one. As the rain began to come down, the two teams fought hard in the first half, before Andrew Mead finally punched in the first try for Christendom. That score gave the team all the momentum they needed, with Christopher Usher and William Kolesar scoring two more tries for Christendom in the second half, giving them a 19-0 win.

After waiting nearly seven hours for their next match, Christendom returned to an even more rain-soaked field for their second game of pool play against Coastal Carolina. Injuries limited Christendom in the second game, but they stayed in the fight in the first half, keeping the score 0-5 in favor of Coastal. The rival extended the lead to 12-0 in the second half until Matthew Westin burst through Coastal’s defense to score a key try for Christendom, bringing the score closer at 12-7. Unfortunately, Coastal followed with a try right off the kickoff, raising their lead to 17-7 with only a minute left. They won the game, leaving Christendom’s season in the balance.

The inclement weather caused a change of the scheduling for day 2 of the Collegiate Rugby Championship, resulting in the quarterfinal round being eliminated and teams getting pushed into the consolation bracket, including Christendom. Refusing to back down, however, the team continued pushing forward, taking on Central Iowa in game one of their new bracket. Joseph Kokes started the ball rolling for the team, scoring a quick try. Central Iowa bounced back and took the lead from there, going up 10-15 before Andrew Mead tied the game.

Christendom picked up the 20-15 win over Central Iowa in double-overtime.

Christendom picked up the 20-15 win over Central Iowa in double-overtime.

Central Iowa scored another try to take the lead with time running out on the clock, before John Kennedy tied up the game at 15-15, sending the game to overtime. Seven minutes later, the teams still stood at a stalemate, sending the game to double overtime. Finally, Westin was able to make a breakaway down the field, scoring the winning try for Christendom and giving them the 20-15 victory.

A few hours later, the team played again, taking on Wayne State in their next match. The team fought hard, with Westin scoring another try for the team, but Wayne State ultimately prevailed 15-7, sending Christendom onto the ninth-place match to finish their season. With their heads held high, the team entered their final match of the weekend against Western Oregon and left their best rugby on the field. Sebastian Bise scored two quick tries for Christendom with Westin scoring one more to finish his season and his Christendom rugby career. The team won 15-5, taking ninth-place in the field of 18 and wrapping up their season.

Christendom defeated Western Oregon 15-5 to take ninth-place in the Collegiate Rugby Championship.

Christendom defeated Western Oregon 15-5 to take ninth-place in the Collegiate Rugby Championship.

This was Christendom’s latest trip to the Collegiate Rugby Championship, after finishing as runners-up in the 2022 National Championship game. In the fall, the team had a strong 15s season, scoring an undefeated regular season before continuing to take care of business in the spring 7s season. The team also won the Cardinals Conference Championship in March, sweeping through six games to win the championship.

Find out more about Christendom’s rugby team here.

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