Mount St. Mary's Looks To Take The Next Step To Elite Rugby Success - Collegiate Rugby Championship
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There is a model that elite collegiate rugby programs like Lindenwood, Kutztown and Life have created and ridden to global success, especially in the game of sevens.  Use the sport to find a global student body and then embrace it as your signature for development and intercollegiate success, like Gonzaga has done for men’s basketball to some extent. Can Mt. St. Mary’s, another school on the rugby rise, follow that same model in Emmetsburg, not far from the Penn Mutual CRC? It seems like they are on the way.

The Mount, which has had successful runs in basketball over the years, has really embraced rugby under Jay Myles, who was elevated to fulltime status in April.

Under Myles, who has been part of the rugby program at the Mount for over 20 years, the team won the 2016 National Small College Rugby Organization’s National Championship and the 2017 Philadelphia qualifier for the CRC  and has moved into the Chesapeake Collegiate Rugby Conference, a Division I-AA conference under USA Rugby.

The team itself is built around a global roster of underclassman, including a core of 20 talented freshman players who started on campus in 2017. This spring has saw the team steadily climb the ranks, finishing fifth in the Chesapeake Conference tournament (which included a win over Navy), second in the Chesapeake Sevens (with wins over fellow CRC entrants Virginia tech and Maryland), and the Chesapeake Sevens title in late March and a 40 whitewash of the Army Sevens Invitational the first weekend in May (wins over Army and Iona).

Among the key players to watch for the Mount will be: Archie Cullen, C’20, Campbell Johnstone, C’21, Jesse Linsemeyer, C’19, Keegan Lowensen, C’19, Cuyler McCorkindale, C’21, and Josh Thorne, C’21, just part of a very deep and highly talented roster largely made up of underclassmen.

Will their younger, maturing program stand up as they make the move to their first ever CRC? They surely will “Mount” a challenge worth following.

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