Complete Day 2 Match Recaps | 2015 Penn Mutual CRC – Collegiate Rugby Championship

Complete Day 2 Match Recaps | 2015 Penn Mutual CRC

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Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201505:00 AM Cup QF #1 | PPL Park
Navy55 - 15ftLife15

In the first Cup quarterfinal action of the day, LIFE took down Navy 15-5. The early moments of this game were very back and forth, before Blane McIlroy found some space out of the scrum to give LIFE an early lead. They would add another from Conor Mooneyham to grab a 10-0 lead at the end of the half. Navy couldn’t get a real attack going, as LIFE had them stifled every time. Navy had a golden opportunity to score early in the first half, but the LIFE defenses held strong, and the Midshipmen were stopped just short of the try line. LIFE kept up their attack, as McIlroy found paydirt for the second time in the game with under three minutes to go in the second half. With just seconds remaining, Navy got on the board with a try as time expired, but it wasn’t enough.

Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201505:20 AM Cup QF #2 | PPL Park
Indiana1212 - 31ftKutztown31

Kutztown punched their ticket to the Cup semifinal with a strong 31-12 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. Indiana opened the scoring with a try from Bryce Campbell. They held the ball in thier end for most of the early moments of this match. Kutztown finally broke through with a beautiful move from Nu’u Aaiva to cross the try line. A conversion would put them up 7-5. They added one more as the half ended thanks to a great pass from Alex Faison-Donahoe to Jonathan Sage to take a 12-5 lead at halftime. Just thirty seconds into the half, Robert Stortz burst through the Indiana lines to put Kutztown up 17-5, but just a few minutes later, Teddy Terezis went on a big run of his own to get the Hoosiers right back in it, only down 17-12. However, Kutztown would have nothing to do with a comeback, as Donahoe burst down the sideline for a try to put Kutztown up by 12. Duke Makina got in the action with a great play along that same sideline. KU never looked back from there.

Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201505:40 AM Cup QF#3 | PPL Park
Arkansas State55 - 7ftArizona7

The Arizona Wildcats upset the Arkansas State Red Wolves 7-5 in the quarterfinals. It was Arkansas State’s first loss in three years. Midway through the first half, Alex Goff finally found the try line for the Red Wolves to give them the early advantage. It was a back-and-forth battle. Arizona nearly found a try at the end of the half, but an errant pass cost them that opportunity. Arknsas State had a 5-0 lead at halftime. Early in the second half, Arkansas State survived two concurrent yellow-cards and maintained their fragile lead. Following some big pressure from the Wildcats, Dante Weeks made a phenomenal play to evade defenders and walk in for the tying try. A conversion put the Wildcats up by two with under two minutes to play.

Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201506:00 AM Cup QF #4 | PPL Park
California3131 - 0ftMichigan0

The Cal Golden Bears showed why they are the defending champions and absolutely dominated the Michigan Wolverines, 31-0. Cal got their scoring started early with a slicing-and-dicing try from Anthony Salaber. Andrew Battaglia tacked on another just moments later. Two conversions put Cal up 14-0 in the first three minutes of the match. Battaglia got his second of the match with under a minute to play in the half on a gorgeous passing play near the try line. Nick Boyer waltzed past the try line as time expired in the first half to secure a big 24-0 lead at the half. But, the Cal rout was just beginning. Miles Honens sashayed through multiple defenders down the sideline for a try just over a minute into the second half. Michigan didn’t even get the ball into their end of the field until the final few minutes of the second half.

Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201506:20 AM Shield Semi #1 | PPL Park
Boston College3838 - 5ftTexas5
Boston College stamp their ticket to the shield final with a 38-5 victory over Texas. Boston College break the deadlock early with an early try from Joseph D’Antonio. Boston College controlled the game early and Nick Savage rattles his way in for a try. The Eagles continued their first half scoring as captain Danny Schatzman stumbles and bumbles his way over the try line to put the Eagles ahead 19-0. The incessant Eagles attack continued to flourish as Schatzman adds his second try in a minute to give Boston College a 26-0 lead going into halftime. BC’s dominance continued in the second half as Danny Schatzman slices and dices his way through the middle for his third try of the game. The Eagles again made it difficult for Texas to exit their territory and capitalize through a late Thomas Edwards try. Joey Rowlands adds a consolation try for the Longhorns. 38-5 as the Eagles reach the shield final in convincing fashion.
Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201506:40 AM Shield Semi #2 | PPL Park
Clemson1717 - 21ftTemple21
The Temple Owls will face off against the Boston College Eagles in the CRC Shield final after topping Clemson 21-17. Clemson opened the scoring midway through the first half by way of a Nick Richards try. Temple Equalize just before the half as Jeremy Engel knifes his way through the middle for a try to draw level at 7-7. Temple carry the momentum out of the halftime break as captain Peter Mulville slices through the center of the Clemson defense for the Owls second try of the match. Clemson answer right back after a nifty pass from Kevin McKeown through his legs to an oncoming Drew Dommel as he powers his way over the try line. Temple answer quickly as Jason Damm knifes though the center of the Clemson defense to extend the Owl’s lead. End to end stuff in the second half as the teams trade trys. Max Simons cuts the Clemson deficit to four. Temple hang on as time expires to clinch a place in the shield final.
Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201507:00 AM Bowl Semi #1 | PPL Park
St. Joseph's2121 - 14ftAlabama14

St. Joe’s tops Alabama 21-14 to reach CRC Bowl final. Alabama open the scoring as Ross Depperschmidt powers his way over the try line. St. Joe’s quickly respond as Tyler Gerber strides in untouched to equalize at 7. St. Joes weather the early efforts from Alambama and take the lead through a nifty passing move that culminates in a Greg McTiernan try to give the Hawks a 14-7 lead at half. Alabama control the early stages of the second half and are rewarded. Matt Lund swaggers his way past three defenders for a try.St. Joes break the second half deadlock as Greg McTiernan powers through two tackles and finds daylight to score his second try of the match. St. Joes advances to the CRC bowl final.St. Joes tops Alabama 21-14.
Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201507:20 AM Bowl Semi #2 | PPL Park
PSU Penn State00 - 22ftNotre Dame22

Notre Dame shutout Penn Sate 22-0 to reach CRC Bowl final. Notre Dame strike first with a sharp passing move that culminates in a Spencer Scannell try. Penn State began to settle into the game after Notre Dame opened the scoring. The Nittany Lions momentum is halted after a costly turnover deep in their own territory and Notre Dame capitalize as Tyler Plantz crosses the try line untouched to give the FIghting Irish a 12-0 lead at the half. Notre dame contnue to add to their tally as Luc Joeseph stumbles over the try line. Notre Dame continue their dominance over the Nittany lions as puts the exclamation point on a dominant Irish performance. 22-0 Irish in rout.
Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201510:10 AM Plate Semi #1 | PPL Park
Dartmouth2020 - 5ftAir Force5

The Dartmouth Big Green put themselves through to the Plate Final with a 20-5 victory over Air Force. Dartmouth got the game’s first try after Jack Braun got tackled high and immediately took the ball over the try line on the restart. Air Force got it back with under a minute to go in the first half, when Calvin Johnson made a nice move to get free near the try line. The game was tied at five headed into halftime. Cody Patch opened the second half with a try for Dartmouth to put them up by five. Then, with just under three minutes to play, John Abraham outran everybody by the sideline to pad the Big Green’s lead. Max Parker added one more to put the icing on the cake for Dartmouth.
Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201510:35 AM Plate Semi #2 | PPL Park
Virginia Tech1010 - 27ftUCLA27

The UCLA Bruins won a date with the Dartmouth Big Green in the Plate Final as they beat the Virginia Tech Hokies 27-10. UCLA opened things up in a big way with a coast-to-coast try from Seb Sharpe. They would add another as Cian Berry darted through the Hokie lines and in for a try. The Bruins held an early 10-0 advantage. Virginia Tech tried to respond, as they brought the ball near the try line, but couldn’t quite break through. Then, Conor Fay of Virginia Tech barreled over a defender and went in untouched past the try line to bring the Hokies back in it. At the end of the half, Race Noulder lived up to his name as he beat everybody to the try line to give UCLA a 15-5 advantage at the half. At the start of the second half, Fay intercepted a UCLA pass and dove past the try line to bring the Hokies back to within a try of the lead. UCLA responded with a beautiful pass from Ben Francis to Zach Bonte for a try to re-gain the 10-point lead. Francis then added a try of his own after he head-faked a Tech defender and moved around another to score an incredible try. Berry added a conversion on top to seal the match for UCLA.
Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201511:00 AM Cup Semi #1 | PPL Park
California3333 - 5ftLife5

The Cal Bears earned an opportunity to play for a third straight CRC title as they beat LIFE 33-5. Cal got things started when Harry Adolphus used his quick side-step to evade LIFE’s tacklers and score the first try of the game. Jake Anderson followed that up with a try with a little over a minute to go in the first half. He outran everybody to the edge and brought the ball over the try line. An incredible team play set up Nick Boyer for another phenomenal try to end the half for Cal. They finished the first frame with a commanding 19-0 lead. The second half looked no different. Anderson got another try and conversion to grab a 26-0 lead at the start of the half. Boyer added his second of the game to put the Bears up 33-0 with less than two minutes to play. LIFE got on the board as time expired thanks to Blane McIlroy.
Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201511:25 AM Cup Semi #2 | PPL Park
Kutztown1919 - 14ftArizona14

It’s going to be a rematch of last year’s CRC Final, as Kutztown won their semifinal over Arizona, 19-14. The opening moments of this one were very back-and-forth, with Arizona holding a slight possessoin edge. Kutztown finally broke through when Alex Faison-Donahoe received a great feed and outran Arizona’s Kyle Rogers to open the scoring. A conversion brought the Bears to a 7-0 lead with over two minutes left in the first half. Arizona had trouble executing clean passes throughout the first half, as they found themselves knocking on and dropping many passes. Kutztown wore down tired Wildcat players and grabbed one more try before the first half ended to take a 12-0 halftime lead. Arizona got on the board with under three minutes to play with a nice try from Anthony Spencer. The conversion brought the Wildcats to within a try of the lead. Kutztown quickly crushed any hope of a comeback when Robert Stortz scored off a fantastic setup from Nu’u Aaiva. Dante Weeks, who has had a phenomenal CRC, added a try as time expired for Arizona.

Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201512:10 PM Shield Final | PPL Park
Boston College1212 - 19ftTemple19
The local Temple Owls have won the CRC Shield with a 19-12 win over the Boston College Eagles. Temple were awarded a penalty try for the first of the game after a high tackle near the try line on Ryan Grow. Steven Engle got the ball down barely over the try line with about a minute to play to put Temple up 12-0 at the end of the first half. Boston College started the second half with a man-up advantage following a late yellow card to Temple in the previous half. Boston College took advantage of the situation, and Connor Shaw burst past the try line to cut the defecit to seven points. However, Temple got it back when Peter Mulville crossed the try line in the corner following a penalty restart. A conversion gave Temple a 15-point lead with under a minute to go. Danny Schatzman made things interesting with under 20 seonds remaining with a great run for a try. But, Temple cleared the ball out of bounds as time expired to lock in a Shield victory.
Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201512:34 PM Bowl Final | PPL Park
St. Joseph's1717 - 22ftNotre Dame22

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame won the CRC Bowl with a gritty, thrilling 22-17 win over the St. Joseph’s Hawks. Notre Dame drew first blood with a try from Ryan Wilson to go up 5-0. However, Mike McGee quickly responded for the Hawks, scoring with less than a minute to go. The conversion gave St. Joe’s a 7-5 lead late in the half. Chris Curcio added one more to increase St. Joe’s’ lead to 12-5 at halftime. Notre Dame got a try early in the second half from Richard Kessler, and the conversion tied the game with over five minutes to go. A beautiful kick a head, plus one or two gratuitous bounces, gave James Wolfer the go-ahead try for St Joe’s with over three minutes to play. The Irish responded to tie the match with over a minute to go with a Ryan Wilson try while wearing only one shoe. Notre Dame won the game on a last-second try by Luc Joseph as the horn sounded.
Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201512:59 PM Plate Final | PPL Park
Dartmouth55 - 33ftUCLA33

The UCLA Bruins won the CRC Plate with a 33-5 domination of the Dartmouth Big Green. UCLA began this semifinal with a try from Seb Sharpe. He outran everybody to give the Bruins the early lead. Following a yellow card to Ben Francis of UCLA, Stephen Dazzo took advantage of the extra room and bolted down the field to get Dartmouth within striking distance with a few minutes left in the first half. The Bruins responded quickly when Bonte delivered a fantastic feed to Race Noelder for the try (they would add another conversion). Sharpe padded the UCLA lead at the very end of the half, making it 21-5 at the break. Early in the second half, the Bruins capitalized on a Dartmouth yellow card when Noelder scored his second of the game to bring UCLA’s lead to 26-5. George Birch added one more for the Bruins to make this one a rout with less than two minutes to go.
Sun, May 31, 2015
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05/31/201501:23 PM Cup Final | PPL Park
California1717 - 12ftKutztown12
The Cal Bears earned their third consecutive CRC Cup title with a thrilling 17-12 victory in overtime in the Cup Final. Kutztown put the initial pressure on, and were rewarded with the first try of the game to Robert Stortz. He powered through following a restart, and the conversion gave Kutztown the early 7-0 lead. Cal quickly responded with a booming try from Anthony Salaber. The big man shook loose through the middle and got over the try line. A conversion knotted the match up at seven apiece. Andrew Battaglia nearly went in for a try to end the half, but it was called back, as Battaglia stepped out of bounds just short of the try line. But, he would make up for it under a minute into the second half with a try in the right corner following some fantastic ball movement. A missed conversion made the score 12-5 Cal in the early moments of the final frame. Cal held the ball in their end for much of the first portion of the second half. But, an unbelievable flip pass from Jonathan Sage set up a great run for Alex Faison-Donahoe to tie the match at 12 with over a minute to go to set up a thrilling Cup Final finish. A body-slam with under 30 seconds to go by Bilal Hassen earned him a yellow card, and a man-advantage for Cal. However, Cal could not capitalize on the restart, and this one headed to overtime. Cal would hold the man-advantage for the start of overtime. In the extra session, Jake Anderson took the ball from a penalty re-start and scored to win it for Cal.

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