Powerful Kutztown Looks To Keep the Dawkins Trophy In Pennsylvania For The First Time - Collegiate Rugby Championship
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If you want to look at schools that have focused on collegiate rugby success. The numbers don’t lie, and those numbers won’t take you that far from Philadelphia. All you need to do is follow the map to Kutztown. Both on the men’s and the women’s sides, the Bears have built an almost unprecedented commitment to excellence under longtime coach, Gregg “Doc” Jones, and this year’s men’s squad may be among the best ever.

First,  the numbers:   32 straight winning seasons, over 900 wins,    36 USA Collegiate All-Americans, 3 USA Junior Eagle U-20 World Cup Team Members , 2 Professional players in the MLR – Vetekina Malafu ’17 and Alex Faison-Donohoe ’17 and on and on.

What’s one of the few things missing from the resume? A Penn Mutual CRC Championship. Kutztown has played bridesmaid twice, in 2014 and 2015, both times going down to powerful Cal in ultra-competitive and exciting finals. If the results of an undefeated spring season in sevens thus far is a harbinger for what’s coming, this might be the year the Pete Dawkins Trophy stays in Pennsylvania.

This year’s very deep squad is led by sophomore Dmontae Noble, who recently returned to action following a broken hand and remains one of the most dangerous sevens players in the country. Freshman Gerald Lowe and Sophomore Jackson Clark,  along with KU’s Co-Captains, Murphy Lill and John Sage, as well as Junior Angel Santiago, Senior Jason DeNofa and the all-around dependable Keagan Barnes will also be key for the KU attack, which has steamrolled opponents from upstate NY to Las Vegas in their spring schedule thus far.

In addition to their success that is anticipated on the pitch, Kutztown traditionally brings one of the largest, and loudest supporter groups to Philly every year, and this year should be no different. Will they be cheering when the final whistle sounds this year? It may be “The Year of The Dog” and the Chinese calendar, but a lot of wins this spring already may just make this “The Year of the Bear”…the ones from Kutztown, at Talen Energy Stadium come June.

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