PSU Penn State - Collegiate Rugby Championship
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PSU Penn State

Founded in 1962, Penn State Rugby is one of the most successful collegiate rugby programs in the United States, consistently fielding teams that compete for the National Championship. The Penn State Rugby program is classified by the University as a Team Sport rather than a Club Sport as is found with most collegiate rugby programs, and as such is part of Penn State’s Intercollegiate Athletics Department. Penn State Men’s Rugby has some of the nation’s top coaching and administrative staff and also provides athletes with varsity health insurance, athletic training, varsity strength and conditioning coaching, direct medical referrals to PSU team doctors, treatment, rehabilitation and more. Penn State Rugby is an organization that combines a highly successful team, a dedicated University and an alumni network that is over 1600 members strong, into one singular program devoted to being a flagship in U.S. collegiate rugby. A participant since its inception, this is the sixth trip to the CRC for the Penn State 7’s program which has shown significant improvement each year they return to the tournament. With high performance preparation and year round 7’s training as a part of PSU’s overall training matrix, the team is poised to build on their performance at last year’s CRC. Lead by a new Head Coach in Justin Hundley and several key returning players, including captain Mike Eife, the Nittany Lions are hopeful that the 2018 CRC’s will be a memorable one.

Staff:

  • Head Coach: Justin Hundley

  • Assistant Coach: Jim Haley
  • Athletic Trainer: Krystal Gomez
  • Manager: Phil Moyer

 

Players to Watch:

  • Mike Eife: Strong Ball carrier with plenty of speed. Good ability to make people miss.
  • Mike Dabulas: Playmaker. Good footwork and skills to match. Very elusive ball runner
  • Kevin Trotter: Deceptive speed, very knowledgeable 7s athlete.
  • Brian Stella: Young. Fast, elusive. Great ability to find the tryline. Scored over 100pts this 15s season.
  • Connor Dellapina: Freshman. Great footwork and ball skills. Look for him to have a standout tournament

The Scoop:


Penn State is the home team, really, as the largest institution in the state of Pennsylvania. The Nittany Lions always have a good fan showing, but the results on the field have been inconsistent. In seven years, four times they’ve reached the quarterfinals, and three times their title hopes ended in pool play.

Roster

Jersey #SurnameFirstPositionHeightWeightMajorYearHometown
1McLeanJackProp6'2"205 lbsBusinessJuniorPaoli, PA
2McNultyRyanProp6'2"205 lbsEconomicsSeniorHavertown, PA
3O'MalleyLukeProp6'3"207 lbsChemical EngineeringFreshmanWeybridge, England
4IrimescuRobHooker6'0"210 lbsAccountingSeniorNew York, NY
5TrotterKevinCenter5'10"180 lbsSecurity & Rick AnalysisJuniorCranford, NJ
6EifeMikeWing5'6"185 lbsArchitectural EngineeringSeniorHolland, PA
7JeanPeteProp6'0"200 lbsEnergy, Business, & FinanceFreshmanWayne, PA
8CapriottiThomasHooker5'11"220 lbsEnergy, Business, & FinanceSophomoreNew Hope, PA
9CassidyConnorCenter5'11"174 lbsAccountingSeniorMalvern, PA
10DabulasMikeFlyhalf5'11"178 lbsEnergy, Business, & FinanceJuniorWestfield, NJ
11StellaBrianWing5'9"170 lbsStatisticsFreshmanDoylestown, PA
12DellapinaConnorHalfback5'8"160 lbsEconomicsFreshmanCobham, England