Fightin Irish Try To wake Up The Rugby Echoes In Philly
There are few schools in any sport that bring out support when they are in Philadelphia than Notre dame does, and rugby has proved to be no exception. The Fightin’ Irish under coach Lonnie Heeter will return to the CRC after winning the Bowl in 2015, with their sights set in pushing Cal from their high spot and making a trip back to a national TV appearance on NBC on Sunday.
Notre Dame is led by a group of veterans, including junior captain Pat McMahon, another product of national powerhouse Gonzaga High School in Washington, DC, who along with Dan Conmy of St. Joseph’s Prep, Yardley, PA, Sophomore Scott Stieritz of Bishop McDevitt High School in Glenside, PA, and another Gonzaga product senior Mike Penny make up the core of their Sevens squad which was the runner-up in the 2016 Jesuit Cup. Also one to watch is a veteran of the ND football program, senior Eamon McOsker. The California native is following in the footsteps of his brother, who also played rugby at Notre Dame, but McOsker has spent four years on the gridiron as a defensive back for the Irish, and was a part of their team that went to the BCS Championship Game in 2012.
McOsker, who turned down an offer from Penn to play football and give it his best at Notre Dame, will be joined by not one but two medical school postgrads, Sean O’Leary and Carter Bench, trying to bring a little bit more glory to the Golden Dome after what has been another glorious year for Notre Dame athletics.