BOULDER, Colo. – The hallmark match early in the 2015-16 season is the top-10 clash between Penn State and Wheeling Jesuit. The Rugby East encounter eventually went the way of the Nittany Lions by a full time score of 38-33. No. 8 Penn State wouldn’t have been able to sniff a victory against the Cardinals if it weren’t for the play of D1A Rugby Player of the Week Jimmy Ronan.
“Jimmy is a leader both on and off the field,” described Penn State Director of Rugby Chris Amoratis. “He is a smart rugby player, and an important member of the team.”
A sophomore scrum half, Ronan handles the kicking duties for the Nittany Lions, and did so with incredible accuracy last Saturday. Countering Wheeling Jesuit’s dynamic attack, which produced four tries, Ronan slotted eight penalties and was two for two on conversions for 28 total points – exactly half as many points he tallied all of last season.
After quietly putting together an impressive freshman campaign in 2014, D1A stated Ronan would “become a more familiar name to college rugby fans by season’s end” in the recent Rugby East preview. The Finance major from Washington, D.C., has surely gained more attention since his brilliant performance against the Cardinals.
“Personally, I have just been trying to take on more of a leadership role on and off the field, and do whatever I can to improve not only myself, but our team as a whole,” Ronan said of his second season as a Nittany Lion.
This week, Ronan and Penn State head to Morgantown, W.V., to play newcomer to Rugby East, West Virginia.