Little State, Big Ambition: Delaware Men, Women Look To Make Rugby Marks - Collegiate Rugby Championship
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Delaware got some nice exposure this past March when Villanova’s Donte Divencenzo, a native of The First State, helped lead the Wildcats to the men’s basketball national title. Can the Delaware Blue Hens rugby programs come up with firsts of their own at the CRC?

On the women’s side, head coach Chanté Vann will lead an improved Blue Hens squad into the main field, looking to build off of the success they have had this spring in sevens already, winning the Frostbite Tournament, taking the Marc 7’s Plate, and grabbing 5th Place in both the Navy Sevens and Bloomsburg Sevens.

They will be led by senior McKayla MacAdoo, and junior captain Daykia McKnight, and class mate Mia Moore, as the fourth year program looks to make it to the women’s championship round for the first time in Philly.

On the men’s side, UDel will be looking to success in the Freedom Cup as their road back to the main draw of the CRC for 2019. This year’s squad will be led by Nick Jimenez,  a product of rugby powerhouse Xavier High School, as well as Luke Persanis a  freshman scrumhalf out of Pelham Memorial High School, NY.  Justin Lopez,  a former football player out of Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, is in his first year and will be assisted by a wide swath of local talent who have helped result Delaware rugby on the men’s side as well.

Are there trophies in the offing for the men and women in Philly thus year? With a deep field on both sides predictions are tough, but if the early spring is any indication, Delaware athletes may have some extra mojo to help propel them to rugby success, just like that enjoyed by a fellow stater on the hoops hardwood just up The Main Line.

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