CHESTER, PA. 6/2/2018 – The Saint Joseph’s Hawks completed pool play with a dominating 36 – 0 win over Mount Saint Mary’s in the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. The Hawks ended the day with a level 1 – 1 – 1 record. Who and on what level they will play on Sunday is yet to be determined.
“I am happy for the guys, they really bounced back after two tough matches in our first two, the tie against Wisconsin and the loss against Lindenwood,” said Saint Joseph’s Coach Daniel Yarusso. “We wanted to finish strong in the tournament on day one.”
Saint Joe’s played one of their best games of the season on offense and defense. They kept the Mount out of the try zone. On offense the Hawks got a try by five different players, and three in each half.
“We were firing on all cylinders,” Yarusso said. “There was some inconsistency in the earlier games. We played strong in the last one, and I am happy with their effort.”
The scores came from Mikey Hoffman, Sean McDermott, and Liam McGowan. The scoring plays from Hoffman and McDermott came as they outran the opposition on the right side. In the second half Aram Keshgegian, George Harris both burst through the middle of the defense as did Hoffman who registered his second try of the game.
The Hawks improved playing better in each game. SJU hopes that it will translate into the Sunday contests, and come home with a title.
“We have to see where the chips land and see what the seedings are,” said Yarusso. “We want to carry that momentum. There are minor things we need to correct, and we can do that and better prepare ourselves for tomorrow.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian
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