CHESTER, PA. 6/4/2017 – The Saint Joseph’s Hawks fell behind again in their Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship game at Talen Energy Stadium. But the Hawks did not stay behind and moves to the Plate Semifinal round with a 21 – 14 win over Penn State.
“We came out with a lot of energy,” said Saint Joseph’s Coach Dan Yarusso. “We brought it and it was a good effort.”
Penn State took an early 7 – 0 lead. Saint Joseph’s clawed their way back. Aram Keshgegian got the ball over the try line through a pack of players and with the conversion the contest was tied at 7. Later in the half Thomas Cuddihy scored and the conversion made it 14 – 7 Saint Joe’s at halftime.
Jimmy Wolfer continued his strong play in the tournament by scoring what turned out to be the winning try diving into the scoring zone and the conversion put the Hawks ahead 21 – 7.
Penn State scored a proximity try, but SJU held on to win it.
Both teams were successful on each conversion.
The Hawks will play Wisconsin later today in the Plate Semifinal round. The Plate Competition is made up of 8 teams who finished with points in the middle tier after pool play. The Hawks can enjoy for a few minutes, then back to business.
Written By: Glenn Papazian