SM Rugby: Women and U18 Boys Win SoCal Championship Titles
May 12, 2014
This past Saturday, the Santa Monica Women defeated both the San Diego Surfers and Tempe Women to claim the SoCal Division I title and berth to the the USA Rugby National Quarterfinals in Dallas, Texas.
With the #1 seed going into playoffs, Santa Monica faced the San Diego Surfers for their qualifying match, with a final score to 31-15.
The championship game began with Tempe coming out and immediately utilizing their speedy backs, notching a try just 3 minutes into the game. The second half was a gritty, but SM scored score a try with no time left on the clock. The game closed with tears and celebration by Santa Monica with a final score of 19-14.
The Women travel to Dallas in 3 weeks to represent Southern California and looks to cap this landmark season with further success at a national level.
Santa Monica Rugby Club’s U18 Boys defeated the San Diego Mustangs on Saturday at Cal State Long Beach, 21-15, in a tough and thrilling encounter. The rematch of last year’s championship final had all the exciting elements of high-caliber rugby, though with a different result from 2013.
Dolphin Coach Charlie Lydon was very complimentary of the Mustangs: “They are a fabulous team and it was just Santa Monica’s day in a game that could have gone either way. The coaches are so proud of all our players today. To come back from 15-7 down in the second half into a breeze and without one of our key players, flanker Tom Heaney, and hold the opposition scoreless is an incredible achievement, but to do this against a team like Mustangs is just exceptional.”
Both the Dolphins and the Mustangs will travel to Elkhart, Indiana, this week to participate in the Boys High School National Invitational Tournament.