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Spring Update/Alumni Match

The men's team will conclude their spring season on April 25th by taking on the alumni. The annual Rugby Alumni match will take place this coming Saturday. This year's match will take place on the Fine Arts field. Please take note of the location change. The women start will start at 11am. The men will follow and KO at 12:30pm. Come out and enjoy the day.


Men Start Spring in Style

The men's team kicked off their spring season with solid outing against Albright College. The ruggers traveled down to Reading, PA to face their familiar foe. After a hard fought 80 minutes the men from ESU came out on top 38-5. The warriors travel back to Reading this weekend as they take part in the April Fool's Tournament. Results will be posted after the weekend.


Ruggers Finish 4th

The warriors finished their fall by dropping the consolation final to West Chester University this past Saturday. Final score was 39-5. This mean that the ruggers finished in 4th place in the EPRU Division 2. With the loss the team just misses out on the MARFU playoffs. The players will now take some needed time off and get ready for the spring season. 


Heartbreak in Playoffs

The ruggers dropped a heartbreaker to Bloomsburg University this past Friday night. The final score was 10-7. Next up for the warriors on Nov 8th will be West Chester University in the EPRU D2 Consolation Final. This match will be played at the home field of South Jersey RFC. Kickoff is set for 11am. Come cheer on the ruggers as they look to finish their fall season on a high note.


Ruggers Go 2 for 2!

The warriors have wrapped up their bracket for the second year in a row. They first took care of York College on Wednesday night by a score of 34-15. Next came their big match with the University of Penn. With this match taking place in the city of brotherly love. The ruggers showed no love to the Quakers. Grinning and driving forward to a 17-13 win. With these two wins the men from ESU will be one of the top seeds going into the playoffs. Stayed tuned for the playoffs match ups.  


Warriors Run Wild over Lock Haven

The ruggers continue to put up the numbers as they run past Lock Haven under the lights. Final score was 50-0. Next up for the men is a rescheduled league match with York College. The match is slated to take place this Wednesday the 15th. The ruggers will play host at the stadium. Kickoff is set for 7pm.


Under the Lights for Homecoming

Welcome to Homecoming Weekend. The men return to league action tonight as they host Millersville University. The match will take place at Eiler-Martin Stadium under the lights. Kickoff is set for 7pm. Come out and support the warriors.


League Opener Canceled

Just prior to arriving at York College. The team was told that their scheduled league match had been canceled.  The ref made the decision due to poor field conditions. No makeup date has been set. The men return to league action next Saturday as they host Millersville University. This is also Homecoming Weekend. Kickoff is set for 1pm.


Men Tie Bloomsburg

Played under a misty night the young ruggers tied a very determined Huskies team from Bloomsburg. In the final hit out before their league season begins the men were looking to build on the momentum from last weeks big win. This was not to be as the Huskies had a knack for being all over the field and disrupting the warriors pattern of play. Trailing 8-5 at half, the ruggers fought back to out score Bloomsburg two tries to one in the second. The difference in this the match was the goal kicking. ESU was unable to make their conversion kicks and this proved to be the difference in the match. The ruggers have next weekend off. They begin their league season on September 27 traveling to York College. Kickoff is set for 1pm.


Ruggers Run Wild Under The Lights

In a historic first for the rugby team, the men played in Eiler-Martin Stadium under the lights. Looking to knock the rust off from the summer break, the warriors outclassed the Mountain Hawks from Lehigh University. Played in front of crowd of over 500. The ruggers gave the fans something to cheer about all night. With a new revamped lineup, born out of graduation. Thirteen starters from last season team have moved on and it now up the new generation of ESU Warriors to prove themselves. The new look first fifteen acquitted themselves very quickly and ran out to a 20 to 0 halftime lead. The second led to more of same as the ruggers ran in six more tries. Lehigh had no answer for ESU on the night. Final score ESU 54 Lehigh 0. The men be back in action next Saturday night at home once again under the lights at the new refurbished Eiler-Martin Stadium. Make your way out and cheer on the team. 


Warriors Start Season This Friday

The men begin their fall campagin with a preseason clash with Lehigh University. Kickoff is set for 7pm at Eiler-Martin Stadium. Which is also home to the varsity football and soccer programs. The stadium has recently been upgraded with lights and field turf. Come check out the new look warriors as they look to defend their D2 title.


Warriors Win Big Apple Classic

The ruggers came out on top to win the Big Apple Classic hosted by the New York Rugby Club. There were 12 teams in the men's college bracket. In the opening rounds the men defeated Sacred Heart University and RPI. With the wins they moved onto the Semi-finals were they took care of Vassar College. The championship match pitted the ruggers against Iona College. The final score was 20-0 in favor of ESU. The warriors scored a total of 82 points while only conceding 19.  Walter Rada was named tournament MVP. For more information about the tournament check out newyorkrugby.com. The men wrap up their spring season next weekend with the annual Alumni Weekend. The current team will be taking on the Old Boys next Saturday at 1pm.


Ruggers look to take a bite out of the Big Apple

The men head off to NYC for the annual Big Apple Classic this weekend. For the latest news with brackets and match time check out newyorkrugby.com


Warriors Run Past Huskies

The ruggers scored a 32-12 victory on the road at Bloomsburg this past Saturday. After trailing at the half 10-12. ESU went onto score 22 unanswered points. The ruggers will be back in action this Saturday at home as they host Swarthmore College. Kickoff is set for 1pm.


Ruggers Hammer Ursinus

The warriors got back to their winning ways as they dispatched Ursinus 50-0. ESU played their mixed side throughout the day and match was never in doubt. Credit must be given to Ursinus who fought hard until the last whistle. The men are back in action next Saturday as they travel to Bloomsburg University. This should be another tough match as the Huskies always play the warriors very well. Kickoff is set for 1pm. If you are in the area find time to stop out and cheer on the ruggers.


Warriors to Host Ursinus

The men get back to action this Saturday 4/5 as they play host to Ursinus College. KIckoff is set for 1pm. Come cheer on the ruggers as they look to defend their home ground.


Ruggers Finished 4th at MARFU's

The ruggers opened MARFU semi-finals with a tough 29-15 loss to Salisbury University. With the defeat the men could do no better than 3rd place. Their Sunday opponent was to be Georgetown University. The Hoyas were beaten soundly by Radford University. But no match took place as the warriors forfeited the match. 


MARFU Finals This Weekend

The MARFU finals happen this weekend in Richmond, VA. After taking care of the University of Richmond last weekend in the quarterfinals 64-5. The men now head into the semi-finals against a very tough Salisbury University team on Saturday. Salisbury is currently ranked number 1 in the country in the latest D2 rankings. Kickoff is set for 11am. ESU's  oppenent on Sunday will either be Radford or Georgetown depending on Saturdays result. Stay posted to the site for the latest updates.


Men run past Richmond

The men opened the first round of MARFU's with a 64-5 rout of Richmond. More details to follow.


Spring Schedule Posted

The men's spring schedule has been posted. Their first match of the season will begin with the  opening round of the MARFU playoffs. On March 22nd they will host the University of Richmond. Kickoff is set for 1pm. From there they will be playing every Saturday straight through to Alumni Weekend. Alumni Weekend will take place over the dates of  May 2-4. Matches will take place on May 3rd. Check the men's schedule page for the rest of the spring matches.


ESU WINS! EPRU D2 Champs!

The men of ESU have won the EPRU D2 Title today. The Warriors defeated long time rival Albright College. In a tightly played match the kicks made all the difference. ESU was able to convert the one conversion and three penalties it attempted today. Starting off the scoring today was Walter Rada with a penalty run through the Lions defense. Pele then took over from there with his foot to go 4/4 on kicks. Walter also came up big as time was winding and Albright within five meters of the try line. Walt was able to poach the ball at the breakdown to secure the match and win. The team is now on break until the spring. Where they will start preparing for MARFU playoffs in March.


EPRU FINALS NEXT!

The ruggers needed overtime, but pulled off a 13-10 win over a very determined team from St. Joe's. In a match played in typical Pocono weather, rain, mud, and small lakes on the field. The Warriors seemed in control from the kickoff and scored in the first two minutes. From there they looked as though they would roll onto victory. But soon the weather caught up to the men of ESU and numerous knock-ons and other ball handling errors cost the team future scores. With the back and forth match of possession the ruggers held onto a narrow 10-5 lead with less then 8 minutes on the clock. St. Joes struck back and scored in the corner to tie up the match. Since the match could not be decided in regulation, the teams embarked on the journey called overtime. There was no score in the first period of OT. Both teams were playing very tight as not to do anything that could them the match. In the second period of overtime though St. Joe's had  two penalties deep in their half. The first attempt at points for ESU went wide. But the second one was true as the men now took the lead. The ruggers then held on during the final minute of the match as time expired. With the win the Men will now contend for the EPRU D2 title next Saturday. Their opponent will be the always tough Albright College. The final will take place at Memorial Field in Philly with kickoff TBA. Watch this site for more news about the upcoming match. Make plans now to watch and cheer on the Warriors in the Championship Match.


Men blank York, Host Playoff Match Next

The men defeated York College 27- 0 on Saturday. The ruggers capped off their league season undefeated at 4- 0. Next up for the Warriors is the start of the EPRU D2 playoffs. The men will host St. Joe's in one semi-final this Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1pm. Make plans now to attend this match and cheer on the ruggers in this crucial playoff match. 


Ruggers defeat Ship

The men hold off Shippensburg University 37-15. More details to follow


Men Start League Season 2-0

The ruggers have started their league season with two wins out of two. First up was the University of Scranton. The warriors controlled the match from the start and never looked back. The highlight of match was definitely the ref. Not sure his name... but he was the best I've ever seen patrolling the pitch with a whistle. Final score ESU 75 Scranton 5. Next up was Bloomsburg University. Bloom always known as a very proud and scrappy team, showed why they have that reputation. They battled for every ball, ran hard in space, and tackled everything in sight. They proved this by holding ESU to 7-7 at half. During the 2nd half the warriors finally started  to gel and ran in 5 tries and connected on two penalty kicks, while holding Bloom scoreless. Final score 42-7. ESU has the weekend off and will be back on the pitch on the October 13th. They will play host to Shippensburg University. Kickoff is set for 1pm. Make plans now to make the match and root on the ruggers.


Men Hang Tough with Kutztown

The Men hosted the Golden Bears of Kutztown this past Saturday. The Warriors were looking to test their meddle before opening league play next week. Kutztown came into this match ranked #10 in the nation in the latest D1 rankings. After twenty minutes into the match the score was deadlocked at zero. Both teams at this point appeared evenly matched. However this would change in the favor of K-town as the match wore on. The Golden Bears began to take advantage of their strength. Which in this match was the open phase ball and creating overloads for both their backs and forwards. ESU for their part were able to shut down a lot of Kutztown's set pieces. As they wheeled a number of their put ins and disrupted a lineout or two. Another part that also stood out for the Warriors was how they did not back down at all during this match. They continued to fight through out and finally crossed the try line to erase the shut out.  Final score was ESU 5 Kutztown 46. With the preseason now the over. The ruggers begin their league season next Saturday as they host the University of Scranton at the Rugby Field. Kickoff is set for 1pm. Continue to check back often for updates about the men this Fall. 


Fall Schedule is Posted

The Men's Fall 2007 schedule is now posted. They will begin with a preseason camp and inter-squad scrimmage. The Warriors will open play by hosting D1 power Kutztown University on September 15th. Kickoff for that match is slated for 12pm. The men look forward to raising their game to another level this year. Check the website through out the Fall for updates and posts of the teams progress. See you at the Rugby Field on the 15th.


Men Host Alumni May 5th

The men will wrap up their spring season when they host the alumni this Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1pm. Come see the men of old put on the boots one more time to take on the current players. Look forward to seeing everyone at the Rugby Field this Saturday.


Men Traveled to Bloomsburg

The men were able to play some rugby this season. On March 31 the team traveled to BU for a small round robin. The ruggers played Bloomsburg and Lehigh University. They played one forty minute half against each team. Even though it might not sound like much. At least they got to play. No final scores were given as it was a friendly. The men will next play on 4/14 in NYC at the Big Apple Classic. Results will be posted when they are received. 


Two More Matches are Canceled

The last two men's matches have been canceled due the weather. No makeup dates have been announced. The men as of right now will be back in action on April 14th at the NY Tournament. If any changes are made they will be posted.


Albright Match is Canceled

The men's match scheduled for March 1st has been canceled. No makeup date has been set.


Men Open Season March 1st

The men's rugby team open their spring season this week. They will travel to Albright College on Thursday March 1st. Kickoff is set for 7pm. It should provide a good test for both teams as they begin their spring campaigns. Look for the schedule to be updated as it is received. As well as other team news.


Warriors to battle St. Joe's

The warrior's defeated the Hawks from St. Joe's 57-36. With the win the men finished the season in 3rd in EPRU D2 for the second season on a row. Their overall record for the Fall was 9-3. Congrats on a good season and continued success in the spring.


Warriors to battle St. Joe's

The men will travel to Philly this Saturday to lock horns with St. Joe's. At stake are two things, finishing 3rd in the division and pride. Kickoff is set for 3pm. If you are in the area stop by and cheer on the men as they look to finish the Fall season on positive note.


Men drop heartbreaker to York

The warrior's lost a close match with York this past Saturday. Final score 22-15. For second time in as many season's the men will play for 3rd place in the EPRU D2 division.


Men Travel to York

The warrior's begin their playoff run at York College this Saturday. Coming off a very good regular season the ruggers look to pick up where they left off. Kickoff is set for 1pm at York. The winner of this match will advance to the EPRU D2 final. The final will be held on November 5th at Ursinus College. Stay tuned for updates.


Ruggers Win, Back in Playoffs

The warrior's took care of Bloomsburg University on Saturday. By virtue of the 36-12 win, the men will again be in the EPRU D2 playoffs. Their opponent will either be York College or St. Joe's University. Homecoming is next week but the men will have a bye as they get ready for the playoffs. There will still be rugby to watch next weekend as the women will host Lehigh University at 11am. 


Men too much for Lehigh

The men's team rolled to a 58-12 victory over Lehigh this weekend. After a tough lost the week prior. The ruggers were able to dominate most of the action and controled the flow of the match. The warriors are off this coming Saturday. Next up is Bloomsburg on 10/14. With a win the ruggers can lock up a playoff berth. 


Lehigh comes to town

The Warrior's play host again this weekend, as Lehigh University comes to town. The match is set for 1pm. The warriors are looking to continue the push for a playoff spot. Look for a fast, hard hitting match as both teams renew their new found rivalry. Come down to the Rugby Field to support the ruggers.


Clash of the D2 Titans

The Warrior's play host to Albright College this weekend. The match is set for 1pm. The winner of this important league match will stake it claim as the top D2 team in the EPRU. Will Albright maintain it's position at the top or will ESU finally put it together and knock the champs from their perch. If you want to find out, then you need to make it to the Rugby Field this Saturday. 


Men defeat Villanova

The Warrior's won their league opener this past Saturday. They defeated a tough Wildcat side by a final of 24-13. Stayed tuned for more info about this match.........


1st League Match 9/16/06

The Warrior's will start their league season this Saturday. The men will travel to Villanova University.  The Wildcats are always tough to play. The men from ESU look to continue their winning ways and start the league season right. Everyone in the Philly area try and make it out for this match.


ESU Wins Media College Tournament

The Warrior's went 5-0 to win the 4th annual Media College Kickoff Tournament. With many of the teams entered being tough D1 teams. ESU knew they had to play as a team and stick to the game plan to do well. As the tournament went on the team seemed to become stronger and began to dominate play. Below are the results from the tournament.

2006 Liberty Cup Results

Premier Bracket Play
Round One
Albright 31 - West Chester 0
Scranton 32 - Fordham 12
ESU 12 - St. Joe's 0
Temple 12 - Millersville 5

Round Two
Albright 19 - Fordham 5
West Chester 19 - Scranton 0
St. Joe's 24 - Millersville 12
ESU 19 - Temple 7

Round Three
Albright 21 - Scranton 3
West Chester 19 - Fordham 5
Temple 26 - St. Joe's 10
ESU 21 - Millersville 5

Premier Semis/Final
Semifinal: E. Stroudsburg 33 - West Chester 0
Semifinal: Albright  24 - Temple 5
Final: E. Stroudsburg 31 - Albright 5


ESU loses to K-town

The Men's team was dealt a huge defeat by a very well skilled Kutztown team. Final score 61-5. The team plans to take a lot away from the defeat and will continue to work hard to improve their game.


Kickoff '06

The Warrior's will start their season this Friday. The men will host the Golden Bears of Kutztown University at 5:45pm. The Bears are currently ranked #18 in the country. The men from ESU look to challenge and test themselves against their former rival. This match has the making to once again spark the rivalry that flourished from  95 to '01. Hope to see everyone at the Rugby Field this Friday.


New Men's Coach

The ESU Men's team has a new Head Coach starting this Fall. Rich Ludka will take over the helm of the team. Rich got his start in rugby as a student here at ESU. He finished playing with ESU in the early 90's. Ludka inherits a team with a lot of talent and potential to move far in playoffs. Rich is seen as the final piece to the puzzle. Everyone welcome Rich to the team when you attend a game this Fall.


Fall '06 Season

The ESU Men's team is getting ready for the Fall season. With a solid spring season behind them, the players look to challenge for the EPRU DII title. The Fall Schedule is now posted. The men kickoff the season by hosting DI power Kutztown University on August 25th at 5:45pm. Continue to check the news and schedule page for updates about the upcoming season. Make plans now to catch a game. See you at the field.

 

Alumni Day 5/6/06

The ESU Rugby Alumni roll into town this weekend. The women this year will celebrate their 10th anniversary while it is year 21 for the men. Since it is the big 1-0 for the ladies they are in charge this time around. So here is the schedule:

11am - Current Women's Team vs Women's Alumni Team

1pm - Current Men's Team vs Men Alumni 

5pm - Post Game Meal and Celebration at Teddy's

Look forward to seeing all the old faces this weekend. Remember to bring your stories, pictures, videos, rugby gear, and most important your money! Remember to give back to the club that gave a lot to you. See you Saturday at the Rugby Field.


Ursinus next up for the Ruggers

The men will host Ursinus College this Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1pm. Hope to see a big turnout for the game.

 


WCU Tournament Cancelled

The West Chester Tournament has been cancelled. Due to the weather and poor field conditions, play could not go on.


Ruggers head to WCU for Tournament

Both the men and women's team head to West Chester University for a weekend tournament. On Saturday each team will play two matches. Depending on results the teams will be seeded for the Sunday knock-out round. On Sunday the top 8 teams will compete for the championship.  Check back Sunday evening for the tournament results. If you are in the area, stop by and root on the Warriors!


Ruggers Defeat Lehigh

The took care of  Lehigh University this past Saturday. Scores coming soon.


Ruggers win Big

The Warriors kicked off their home opener with a huge win over the University of Scranton. Final score was 54-0 in favor of the ruggers. Scores, match report, and more to follow.


Ruggers Spring '06 Schedule

The Warriors spring schedule is now posted. Mark your calendars now! Plan to make it out and support the team as they battle some tough foes this season. Continue to check back for any updates.


Ruggers drop heartbreaker

The Warriors dropped a close match with St. Joe's in the semi-finals of the EPRU D2 playoffs 8-5. When more details are known they will be posted.


Ruggers open Playoffs at St. Joe's

The Warriors will travel to St. Joe's to open the playoffs. This is a semi-final match with the winner playing in the finals next weekend. Kickoff is set for 1pm. The other semi-final pits Albright College vs Lock Haven University. Both matches should be great to watch. Check here for updates.


Big Win over Villanova!

The Warriors beat Villanova on Saturday. With the win the ruggers have qualified for the EPRU playoffs. This is the first playoff berth for the men in a few seasons. They will be on the road for the first road with the opponent to be named. Check back here soon for more information.


Big Game vs Villanova 10/22

The Warriors are set to battle the Wildcats from Villanova this Saturday. This match has a playoff berth for the winner. This should be a good match as both teams have a lot on the line. The match will take place at the Rugby Field. Kickoff is set for 1pm. Hope to see all Rugby Fans at the match.


Homecoming Win over PSU-Berks!

The Warriors defeated the PSU-Berks last Saturday. It was a wet and sloppy affair. When the ruggers had the ball they were able to produce some good rugby. Final score I believe was 22-5. The men host Villanova this Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1pm. Hope to see all fans at the match.


Homecoming Weekend!

The Warriors are set for a doubleheader this weekend. As both the Men and Women's teams are both in action and at home this Saturday. First the Women will take on Gettysburg College at 12pm. Following that  the match the Men will face Penn State-Berks at 2pm. Both matches should be entertaining and will give the home crowd something to cheer about. We look forward to seeing a huge crowd at the game. Hope to see all friends, family, and of Alumni at the Field. As usual the matches will take place at the Rugby Field.


Men Top Lehigh

 

The ESU Men's Rugby team rolled over Lehigh University this Saturday 22-5. The men put in a solid team effort to gain victory. The men will be back in action this Saturday as they travel to Lehigh. Yes, I said Lehigh. The two teams will be again pay each other this weekend. Kickoff is set for 1pm.

 


Rugger's drop heartbreaker at Albright 

 

The ESU Men's Rugby team battled a very tough Albright team this past weekend. In the end the men lost to Albright by a final of 8-5. The men look to regroup this Saturday as they host Lehigh.  Kickoff is set 1pm. This match follows the women's match which starts at 11am. We look forward to your support.

 


ESU Rugger's Place 3rd at Media College Tournament

 

The ESU Men's Rugby team placed third at the annual Media College Tournament. The men drop and early match in the tournament and bounced back to claim third.

 


ESU Alumni Come Home

The Alumni for both the men and women will be entering town this weekend for Alumni Day. This year marks the 20th year of rugby at ESU. We are looking for a huge turnout for both teams and good rugby on the field. It is that time of the year to relive the glory days and bore the current players with tales from yore. Hope to see all friends, alumni, and all supporters of the Rugby Programs at the field on Saturday. The women's match starts at 11am followed by the men. After the games are done we will gather at the Elk's Lodge to eat and catch up with lost friends.

 


ESU Rugger record two win's in a row!

 

The ESU Men's Rugby team after having the Vassar match cancelled have won their last two matches. The ruggers defeated Cortland and York College. Scores have not be reported as of this writing. The men now will play this weekend in the annual Philly College Tournament. If you are in the area please stop by and show your support.

 


ESU Men's Start Spring with Loss

 

The ESU Men's Rugby team started off with a tough loss to Temple University. From the reports I have heard Temple scored 6 or 7 tries to ESU's  1 try. The men continue their Spring campaign at Vassar College on March 26th. Kickoff is slated for 3pm.

 


20th Anniversary

ESU Alumni Day April 30th

 

The ESU Rugby Teams will hosting their annual Alumni Day on April 30th. Check back to this site as details will be coming soon.

 


ESU Men's Spring '05 Schedule

 

The ESU Men's Rugby Schedule is currently up to date. Check out the schedule and we hope any and all Alumni can make it out for a game or two.

 


 

ESU Men's Fall Schedule

 

The ESU Men's Rugby Schedule is currently up to date. Check out the schedule and we hope any and all Alumni can make it out for a game or two.

 


ESU Alumni Day May 1st

 

The ESU Rugby Teams will hosting their annual Alumni Day on May 1st. Check back to this site as details will be coming soon.

 


 

ESU Homecoming Oct 18th

 

The ESU Rugby Teams welcome back all Alumni for Homecoming Oct 18th. The women take the field first when they host the Owls from Temple. The women kickoff at 11am. The men are set to host the Raiders of Shippensburg. The men will off at 1pm. We hope to see all Alumni and friends of the ESU Rugby Family at the Rugby Field this Saturday.

 


 

ESU  Records Win over LaSalle 25-10

(Match Report to follow)

 


 

ESU  Open's The  Fall Season with Tough Loss To

West Chester

(Match Report to follow)

 


ESU Alumni Ray McGettigan named to the Eagles RWC Extened Squad

Eagles name extended RWC squad 7/15/03

The US Eagles on Tuesday named a 49-man preliminary squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup tournament in Australia in October and November. A 30-strong touring squad will be finalised in early September. The long list comprises players selected for either the Eagles Test team or the American 'A' squad in 2003. Head coach Tom Billups will have an opportunity to further assess most of the players before the final squad announcement. The Eagles play three Tests in the Pan-American tournament in late August, and the USA 'A' team plays Russia on July 19. Among the preliminary squad are seven veterans of the '99 Rugby World Cup - loose forwards Dan Lyle, Dave Hodges and Shaun Paga, locks Luke Gross and Alec Parker, hooker Kirk Khasigian and scrum-half Kevin Dalzell. The list includes just two players who have not played for the Eagles in 2003 - hooker Ray McGettigan and loose forward Josh Dean.

The USA Eagles squad (preliminary):

Forwards: Erick Anderson (OMBAC), Josh Dean (Air Force), Dan Dorsey (Swansea), Oloseti Fifita (Hayward), Jurie Gouws (Santa Monica), Mark Griffin (New York Old Blue), Luke Gross (Llanelli), Dave Hodges (Llanelli), Conrad Hodgson (OMBAC), Paul Jennings (San Jose), Kirk Khasigian (Belmont Shore),Gerhard Klerck (Aspen), Scott Lawrence (Grand Rapids), Richard Liddington (Stade Français), Christian Long (Chicago Lions), Dan Lyle (Bath), Michael MacDonald (Cal), Andrew McGarry (Chicago Lions), Ray McGettigan (Belmont Shore), Chris Osentowski (Belmont Shore), Shaun Paga (Golden Gate), Alec Parker (Aspen),Aaron Satchwell (Golden Gate), Kort Schubert (Olympic), Brian Surgener (Back Bay), John Tarpoff (OMBAC), Jacob Waasdorp (Trinity), Matthew Wyatt (OMBAC).

Backs: John Buchholz (Olympic), Kain Cross (Santa Monica), Kevin Dalzell (OMBAC), Philip Eloff (Chicago Lions), Paul Emerick (University of Northern Iowa), David Fee (Chicago Lions), Riaan Hamilton (OMBAC), Mike Hercus (Belmont Shore), Jason Keyter (Rotherham), Kimball Kjar (BYU), Jone Naqica (Denver Barbarians), Cayo Nicolau (Middle Tennessee State), Doug Rowe (Denver Barbarians), Matt Schmitz (Chicago Lions), Matt Sherman (Cal), Salesi Sika (BYU), Mose Timoteo (Golden Gate), Albert Tuipulotu (San Mateo), Riaan Van Zyl (OPSB), Francois Viljoen (Washington), Link Wilfley (Rotherham).


USA Rugby: USA RUGBY Announces Player Development Camp at East Stroudsburg University.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 14) - USA RUGBY announced Wednesday it will return to East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania July 10-13, 2003 to offer a Player Development Camp for high school girls and boys and collegiate men and women.

”USA RUGBY, East Stroudsburg University, and the ESU Rugby Family worked very hard to bring together a very successful camp last year” said East Stroudsburg Women's Rugby Coach Kevin Castner. “I believe with these same groups working together again it can only make for another outstanding camp.” The camp at East Stroudsburg University, sponsored by RUGGERS.COM, is open to high school and college boys and girls of all skill levels from beginner to advanced. An initial skills evaluation at the opening of the camp will allow instructors to group players according to age and ability. Each camper will have the opportunity to experience both dynamic classroom and practical on-field training sessions.

Salty Thompson, current U19 Boys’ National Team Head Coach will again serve as the Lead Instructor for the camp, responsible for overall curriculum and instruction. Several of USA RUGBY’S best national team coaches, instructors and players will join Coach Thompson to provide training and instruction to all campers in basic and more specific rugby skills.

The classroom instruction will help players learn rugby’s tactical “Key Factors,” and will also cover topics such as strength and conditioning and video analysis. The field instruction portion of the camp is designed for both basic and advanced skill level players. All campers will also compete in controlled scrimmages. At the conclusion of the camp, each player will receive a Player Evaluation Form, which describes the player’s strengths, as well as areas in which the player needs improvement. The evaluations are recorded in the central evaluation database at the USA RUGBY National Office and made available to national team coaches.

Players wishing to attend can do so as a resident or day camper. All campers will receive a player development camp manual, camp jersey, four days of staff instruction and complete player profile evaluation. The resident camp fee is $375 and covers three night accommodations in the university dormitory and three breakfasts, lunches and dinners. A day camper fee of $285 includes one dinner and three lunches. Space is limited to 225 players per camp and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early registration is recommended.

Players can register on-line and learn more about the camp by visiting the USA Rugby website,usarugby.org. From the main page of the website, select “Resources” then “Clinics and Camps” for camp schedule and registration information. If you have any questions specific to the Player Development Camp, you may call the National Office at 719-637-1022.


Alumni Victorious on Alumni Day!

On May 3rd the Alumni showed the current players how to play Team Rugby. Showing hardly any signs of rust the Alumni made solid tackles, great off-load passes, and supported their players in every phase of the game. The score favored the Alumni 11 tries to 2. The Old Boys did however gain some respect for the current team as these new up and comers played a solid game. It is hoped these new boys will continue to grow and once again be the team to beat.


Men Drop Tough One to Vassar

ESU Men's rugby team booted up for there first match of the spring against Vassar Friday, March 29. ESU started the game with a good defensive front within the 22 meter mark holding Vassar from scoring. With time though Vassar managed to put one in and made a successful kick. Vassar added 2 more tries and one successful kick to finish there half. Mario Cella helped ESU out by pounding his way to a much needed tri-down. ESU's only score in the second half came from Stitch and an extra 2 from Shooter's kick. Throughout the game there was a lot of learning for the team especially the rookies as this was the first game many of them have ever seen. We hope to show much improvement as the season goes on starting with Bloomsburg this weekend!

 

              1st         2nd         Final

ESU         5             7            12

Vassar   12           20           32


The Fall 2002 season has now come to an end with the Date Party that was held Friday November 8th. The team came together to celebrate the highs and lows of the past season. Thanks goes out to both Tim Losey and Jim Falcone for the use of their house. A special thanks goes out to Mike Definis for putting it all together.

Awards went to the following Ruggers:

Rookie of the Year: David Kline

Pack MVP: Gene Woll

Back MVP: Donnie Emni

Most Improved: Mike Definis

Purple Heart: Carlos Oliveira


 

Congrats to the Women's Rugby Team for taking 2nd place at EPRU's this past weekend. They will be competing in the MARFU playoffs this spring. The top five teams from MARFU's qualifies for Nationals. Good Luck Ladies! 


 

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