D1A Rugby Player of the Week: Ivy Adair

D1A Rugby: D1A Rugby Player of the Week: Ivy Adair

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – After being dealt one-sided losses to top-four ranked teams Cal and BYU, Cal Poly need a winning performance from its Feb. 18 contest with Santa Clara. After falling behind 12-3 in the first half, the Mustangs hit its stride in the second half on their way to a 50-19 victory. Seven different Cal Poly players crossed the line for tries in the 31-point win, but nobody’s performance stood out more than wing Ivy Adair.

“Ivy was outstanding in our win against Santa Clara,” complimented Cal Poly Head Coach James Tesoriero. “He broke the line in attack a number of times. He also defended very well on the edges.”

One of those many line breaks came in the second half when Adair fended off a defender and ran past several others for a brilliant individual try. A former track and field athlete at Cal Poly, Adair has picked up rugby very quickly in just his first year playing the sport.

“He is a top-flight athlete and get significantly better with each game,” Tesoriero added about the senior from San Diego. “I wish he’d started rugby earlier.”

Adair’s surprise addition has bolstered an already impressive backline that includes proven playmakers Mark Grzanich and Alex Wormer. The Mustangs will need another big performance out of Adair during their next contest. Cal Poly travels to Moraga, Calif. tomorrow to face the top-ranked Saint Mary’s College Gaels.