Utah Edges Notre Dame College 12-10, Qualifies For 2016 Penn Mutual CRC
The University of Utah grabbed the final spot in the 2016 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championships, coming from behind to defeat Notre Dame College of Ohio 12-10 to win the 2016 Las Vegas Invitational.
Junior Chad Gaus’s diving try as time expired will send the Utes back to the CRC for the first time in four years. The won the inaugural CRC title, and qualified in the second year as well. “We weren’t sure how well we were going to do coming out here. But I give the guys all the credit,” said head coach Mark Drown. “We have really been focused on doing well in 15’s, and realized that many of the schools here were concentrating on sevens, but we seemed to have peaked at the right time and will be looking forward to going back to Philadelphia.”
The CRC has grown in stature and attendance exponentially since Utah took the inaugural title, something that wasn’t lost on Drown. “You look around at the crowds that have come to Las Vegas and you see the exposure the sport is getting on NBC, and we all think the future is pretty bright,” he added. “The work that has been done to bring in new sponsors who want to help grow sevens, combined with the interest of both men’s and women’s programs, not to mention the Olympic exposure, has really changed the game for the better.”
Better is what Utah was on Saturday, as the field is now complete for the best in collegiate sevens coming to Philadelphia the weekend of June 4 and 5.