The Players and Coaches Recap - Collegiate Rugby Championship

The Players and Coaches Recap

Philadelphia, Penn. — June 4, 2016 — The Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship showcases many of the nation’s top high school and collegiate rugby clubs. Today we caught up with some of the various players and coaches for their take on the competition so far.

Clara Lefton

Clara Lefton

Maryland’s Senior Mike Messina

“The first two matches were a little rough but we did good. We kept our heads in it and played our best game against Tennessee. We played okay against Arkansas State and Cal which are both high caliber teams. Our kickoffs- we lost a couple but we had the ball and we played well and played good defense for the most part.”

Maryland 0 vs. Cal 31

Maryland 22 vs. Tennessee 14

Maryland 0 vs. Arkansas State

Dartmouth’s Head Coach Gavin Hickey

“We finally got our hands on the ball and thankfully the boys were able to execute and the obviously the wins were pretty satisfying. Recovery has already started from the second we get back in the locker room.”

Dartmouth 17 vs. Temple 5

Dartmouth 21 vs. Clemson 14

Dartmouth 19 vs. Utah 15

Drexel’s Head Coach Michael Burch

“We had a rough morning and we’re slowly, slowly getting better and better. We’ve got to go home and rest up for tomorrow…[We’re going to work] on defense and offense- it’s more about preparing and being focused for what you’ve been training for, for the past year.”

Drexel 12 vs. Penn State 27

Drexel 7 vs. Virginia Tech 24

Drexel 0 vs. Life 46

Virginia Tech’s Junior Mike Cirbee

Clara Lefton

“[When I was applying to schools] I actually chose Tech because I saw them at the CRC. We come every year and I’ve grown as a rugby player. Our team’s grown at the school and it just keeps getting better and better. Today’s play was good. We came out a little bit softer than we want to against Penn State but the second game versus Life we really took it to them and we won that game. The third game we won by a lot but we wanted a little more.”

Virginia Tech 7 vs. Life 5

Virginia Tech 12 vs. Penn State 29

Virginia Tech 24 vs. Drexel 7

Penn State Men’s sophomore Ryan McNulty

“One of the biggest things that brought me [to Penn state] was that the coaching staff is great here, the players are great and everything is provided for you. We’ve been doing great taking it one game at a time. In our system we practice and just stick to our plan.”

Penn State 29 vs. Virginia Tech 12

Penn State 27 vs. Drexel 12

Penn State 7 vs. 17 Life

NSCRO Select Side’s Nikki Ciccarelli of Mt. St. Mary’s

“Coming from a small school where we get barely anything and being treated like an actual collegiate athlete- since we’re a club and we don’t get that varsity sport treatment. So coming here and getting gear and all that. It’s honestly amazing being able to play at a higher caliber- that’s what’s been so great.”

NSCRO Select 5 vs. Penn State 32

NSCRO Select 24 vs. Delaware 5

NSCRO Select 24 vs. Rutgers 5

NSCRO Select 14 vs. Lindenwood 21

To see all the results and for tomorrows schedule click here.

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Jim DeLorenzo, [email protected], (215) 266-5943

Joe Favorito, [email protected], (201) 746-0005

Clara Lefton, [email protected]

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