Saint Mary’s opens California Conference play with shutout over UC Santa Barbara
Alex Solomon | January 16, 2017
A week after hammering Arizona State 96-0, Saint Mary’s shut out UC Santa Barbara by the same margin to open the California Conference season.
Conference Preview: Saint Mary’s leads larger, more competitive California field
Alex Solomon | January 12, 2017
Saint Mary’s dominance often overshadows perennial playoff teams Cal Poly and San Diego State. They return plenty of talent this year and both would have no qualms putting their front rows up against the country’s best.
Gaels begin New Year with shutout win over Arizona State
Alex Solomon | January 9, 2017
Saint Mary’s appeared to be in midseason form during its 96-0 drumming of visiting Arizona State.
Arizona State, St. Mary’s train together ahead of nonconference bout
Alex Solomon | January 5, 2017
The Sun Devils have been in Moraga, Calif., the past few days training alongside the two-time D1A Rugby National Championship winners.
D1A attracts attention of Eagles coaching staff
Alex Solomon | August 2, 2016
Men’s Eagles Head Coach John Mitchell and his staff have drafted the latest Eagles Elite Training Squad and Eagles Development Training Group, and the list of athletes includes nine players from D1A Rugby.
Sixteen from D1A to tour Australia with Collegiate All-Americans
Alex Solomon | July 15, 2016
Twenty-nine players have been selected for a three-match tour in Australia with the Collegiate All-Americans, and 16 of the athletes on the roster represent teams from D1A Rugby.
Forty-four players from D1A recognized as All-Americans
Alex Solomon | July 12, 2016
USA Rugby announced the Men’s Collegiate All-Americans for the 2015-16 season last week, and the list includes 44 players from D1A Rugby.
Players turn to club sevens to improve their game over the summer
Alex Solomon | June 30, 2016
For student-athletes serious about improving their skills ahead of next season, it often means linking up with a competitive club team for a summer of sevens.
Players head south of the equator to fine-tune their skills
Alex Solomon | June 18, 2016
Several of D1A Rugby’s bright young stars will be spending their summer outside of the States improving their game in challenging rugby environments.
Game-saving tackle reverses Saint Mary’s National Championship fortunes
Alex Solomon | June 2, 2016
It’s only been four days since the team returned home with a National Championship trophy in sevens, but the guys are already clamoring to reclaim the title they most covet – the D1A National Championship.
Eleven D1A teams to battle for Men’s DI College 7s National Championship
Alex Solomon | May 26, 2016
Nearly half of the 24 teams making up the Men’s Division I USA Rugby College 7s National Championship will be representing D1A Rugby.
California’s best earn place on All-Conference Team
Alex Solomon | May 19, 2016
Four of the five teams in California finished the season in the D1A Top 20, including St. Mary’s, which recently played in its fourth consecutive National Championship. Needless to say, there is a lot of superb individual talent amongst the California Conference.
Life, Saint Mary’s renew rivalry at 2016 D1A National Championship
Alex Solomon | May 6, 2016
The programs’ consistently dominant performances will pit the Gaels and Running Eagles against one another at the May 7 USA Rugby College 15s National Championships.
Saint Mary’s Rugby excels as a club sport with varsity passion
Alex Solomon | May 5, 2016
Saint Mary’s College, a small private university with just over 4,000 students, is about to play for its third consecutive D1A Rugby National Championship without the benefits of a paid coaching staff or scholarships.
Saint Mary’s too strong for Utah, advance to D1A title game
Alex Solomon | April 30, 2016
Saint Mary’s has earned the chance to play for a third consecutive D1A National Championship after having its way with Utah, 81-32.
Utah stands between Saint Mary’s, return to D1A Final
Alex Solomon | April 29, 2016
Saint Mary’s and Utah aren’t quite as familiar with one another as their D1A Semifinalist counterparts – Life and Lindenwood – but still have recent history against each other.
Lindenwood, Saint Mary’s end regular season with wins
Alex Solomon | April 12, 2016
Two of D1A Rugby’s best teams ended the regular season with solid victories. Saint Mary’s had its way with old rival Cal Poly, while No. 3 Lindenwood outlasted No. 6 Davenport.
Eagles’ second-place finish at ARC fueled by recent D1A grads, pair of LU freshmen
Alex Solomon | March 24, 2016
In a surprise mid-tour call-up, a pair of college freshmen and two of D1A’s brightest young stars also broke into the Eagles setup.
Cal Poly gets past Santa Clara; Saint Mary’s squash Santa Barbara
Alex Solomon | February 29, 2016
Cal Poly was able to protect its home pitch in a Top 20 matchup against Santa Clara, and Saint Mary’s took its frustrations from last week’s loss to BYU out on UC Santa Barbara.
Cal Poly starts league play; Saint Mary’s visits Santa Barbara
Alex Solomon | February 25, 2016
A week after San Diego State’s shutout over UC Santa Barbara was the only California game of the weekend, there are two conference matches out of the Golden State set for Feb. 27.
Saint Mary’s comeback falls just short against stout BYU
Alex Solomon | February 23, 2016
A comeback from Saint Mary’s fell just short in Moraga, Calif., as the Gaels were defeated by BYU, 30-29.
California play begins with wins by Saint Mary’s, Santa Clara
Alex Solomon | February 15, 2016
Saint Mary’s began its quest for yet another Conference title by beating San Diego State convincingly. In Santa Barbara, No. 20 Santa Clara fought off a stubborn Gauchos squad, 41-31.
California Preview: Four ranked teams head into conference play
Alex Solomon | February 11, 2016
The sheer dominance of two-time defending National Champions Saint Mary’s makes the conference one of the best in the nation.
Lindenwood narrowly falls to Saint Mary’s, bounces back against Santa Clara
Alex Solomon | January 25, 2016
Lindenwood’s two-match trip to California ended in a split for the Lions after narrowly falling to No. 1 Saint Mary’s and coasting in its win over Santa Clara.
Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara await challenge from Lindenwood
Alex Solomon | January 22, 2016
Following its top-five fixture against Saint Mary’s, Lindenwood will have less than a 24-hour turnaround before it squares off against Santa Clara.
Saint Mary’s open weekend doubleheader against Arizona
Alex Solomon | January 14, 2016
Two D1A top-15 teams, which had drastically different outcomes in their first matches of 2016 will square off, as Arizona hosts Saint Mary’s.
California not waiting until spring to get onto the pitch
Cody Smith | October 8, 2015
Some sides will be playing sevens, others will focus on 15s, but all sides are preparing for what will be a competitive year in the California Conference.
Saint Mary’s repeats with 30-24 win over Life in Final
Chad Wise | May 9, 2015
Saint Mary’s will no doubt reclaim its place atop the D1A Rugby Top 20 Rankings after a 30-24 defeat of Life in the National Championship match at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University Saturday.
Standing tall above the rest, Life and Saint Mary’s meet again in D1A Final
Alex Solomon | May 7, 2015
Life and Saint Mary’s have once again proved superior to the rest of the D1A field. The display of excellence has earned the top two ranked teams in the competition a third consecutive date at the College 15s National Championships.
Gaels to meet Life in D1A Final after beating Davenport
Alex Solomon | May 2, 2015
Saint Mary’s College will have an opportunity to win a second consecutive D1A Rugby National Championship after disposing of the Mid-South’s Davenport University, 48-32.
Davenport, Saint Mary’s vie for place in National Championship
Alex Solomon | April 30, 2015
Saint Mary’s finds itself in a familiar position after its win over Utah – preparing to face a Mid-South team deep into the Playoffs.
Spot in Semifinals on the line in rubber match between Gaels, Utes
Alex Solomon | April 23, 2015
Each program loves a challenge and that is why Saturday will be the third time the two sides have faced each other in less than four months.
Teams and locations announced for 2015 D1A Playoffs
Alex Solomon | April 13, 2015
The completion of D1A conference matches and the subsequent Canterbury Top 20 have finalized the matchups for the D1A Playoffs.
Saint Mary’s concludes east coast tour at West Point
Alex Solomon | April 3, 2015
For Saint Mary’s, and a host of all college rugby teams, spring break is an opportunity to go on tour.
All eyes on the Bay Area as Saint Mary’s visits Cal
Alex Solomon | March 26, 2015
The current task of preparing for Cal is more than enough to get Saint Mary’s minds removed from the two-match losing streak and focused on beating the Bears.
Gaels doubleheader in Utah highlights weekend for California Conference
Alex Solomon | March 13, 2015
Saint Mary’s has the toughest schedule in college rugby, and the Gaels are about to head into that schedule’s toughest weekend.
Offense highlights California wins for Saint Mary’s, San Diego State
Alex Solomon | March 11, 2015
San Diego State moved to 2-1 in California Conference play, while Saint Mary’s remained perfect, but not before facing resistance from Cal Poly.
California Preview: Saint Mary’s leads competitive field
Alex Solomon | February 19, 2015
Saint Mary’s is head and shoulders above the rest of the conference and just about every other team in college rugby. But after the Gaels, the competition in the Golden State looks completely wide open.
All five California schools set for preseason action
Alex Solomon | January 22, 2015
The entire California Conference will be making strides towards improvement with nonconference matches this weekend. San Diego State hosts a Friday night affair, while the rest of the league gets on the pitch Saturday, Jan. 24.
Two of California’s best pick up wins
Alex Solomon | January 19, 2015
Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s both earned recent victories, but in opposite fashions. The Gaels came out looking sharp against Arizona State and ran away to a 59-15 blowout, while the Broncos needed a come from behind performance to defeat Stanford.
Two tournaments and nonconference contests highlight weekend
Alex Solomon | January 16, 2015
This week, three California Conference teams will be in action, two Red River teams are on Saturday’s docket, and Oregon State is hosting a round robin involving five teams.
Saint Mary’s passes first college-grade test with flying colors
Alex Solomon | January 12, 2015
Playing at the newly-renovated Saint Mary’s Stadium, the Gaels soundly defeated the Utah Utes 81-15 after receiving solid resistance early in the match from the visitors.
Seeking improvement, Gaels await challenge from Utah
Alex Solomon | January 8, 2015
Saturday marks Saint Mary’s first match against a college foe when Utah travels to the Bay Area to face off against the Gaels. The result against the highly regarded Utes should make for a fairer assessment of where Saint Mary’s currently stands as a team.
Fall months valuable to the California Conference
Alex Solomon | November 20, 2014
The California and Mid-South Conferences are the two D1A Rugby leagues that play their entire conference schedule during the spring semester. However, the two conferences take vastly different approaches to its fall preparation and training. D1A Rugby takes a look at what the squads in the Golden State have been up to this fall.
Another elite field expected for Battle in the Bay
Alex Solomon | July 24, 2014
After a highly competitive and successful inaugural tournament last fall, the Battle in the Bay will return to San Francisco’s Treasure Island Oct. 25-26.
D1A’s future preps for college rugby
Alex Solomon | July 17, 2014
The dog days of summer is the season of sevens for men’s and women’s senior clubs across the country, but for high school standouts, including 15 future D1A players, the summer lends opportunities to hone their skills in 15s and get themselves on a National radar.
Heavy dose of D1A on MCAA roster
Alex Solomon | June 16, 2014
Following a camp held this past weekend in Merrimack, Mass. consisting of 53 players, Head Coach Matt Sherman and his coaching staff have selected 33 of college rugby’s best who make up the 2014 Men’s Collegiate All-American touring side.
Saint Mary’s well represented in All-Playoff Team – Backs
Alex Solomon | May 21, 2014
D1A’s All-Playoff Team continues with its selections for the nine through 15 positions. As it goes with any list recognizing individual achievement, several backline players were plenty worthy of making the cut, but there was simply not enough room for them, due in part to a group of Saint Mary’s backs being too explosive to leave off.
Life’s bigger units highlight All-Playoff Team – Forwards
Alex Solomon | May 19, 2014
With the best of the best butting heads during the D1A Playoffs, some truly impressive student athletes played terrific rugby during the postseason. Here is a list making up the 2014 D1A All-Playoff Team for the forward positions.
Saint Mary’s quest is complete, claims National Championship
Alex Solomon | May 11, 2014
The Gaels completed its final step in its 12-month road to redemption. Under the bright lights of Steuber Rugby Stadium at Stanford University, a year after coming up just short in the D1A Final, Saint Mary’s College defeated life University, 21-6, to win its first National Championship
Life, Saint Mary’s victories set up D1A Final rematch
Alex Solomon | May 4, 2014
Life University and Saint Mary’s College won their D1A Semifinal matches, setting the stage for a reamtch of last year’s National Championship game.
Saint Mary’s, Lindenwood battle for spot in Final
Alex Solomon | April 30, 2014
Saint Mary’s has been putting up monster numbers and beating teams by wide margins all season. That trend continued in the playoffs, as the Gaels demolished fellow California Conference member Santa Clara 103-10 in last Saturday’s second round matchup.
Saint Mary’s and three Mid-South teams into Semifinals
Alex Solomon | April 27, 2014
For the second consecutive week, the home teams won each of the D1A playoff matches. Based on the final scores, the matches were not very competitive, although three of the four losing teams Saturday did jump out to early leads.
Cal can’t keep pace with Gaels
Alex Solomon | April 7, 2014
To call Saint Mary’s 55-31 victory against Cal the team’s statement win of the season would be overshadowing a number of the Gael’s impressive 80-minute efforts they have put together in the past three months. Still, the 24-point win over its Bay Area rival might be the loudest statement Saint Mary’s has made this season.
Week 18: Weekend Wrap
Alex Solomon | March 31, 2014
Oklahoma prevailed against Texas Tech and won the Allied Rugby Conference title in the process. In the Mid-South, Life and Arkansas State both won, but only by a combined 10 points. San Diego State was Saint Mary’s latest victim, as the Gaels won its third straight match by at least 90 points.
Week 18 Preview
Alex Solomon | March 28, 2014
An automatic spot in the D1A playoffs will be on the line when Oklahoma and Texas Tech battle Saturday. Elsewhere, Lindenwood gets another crack at Life, and Saint Mary’s will not find a pushover when it ventures to southern California to face San Diego State.
Week 17: Weekend Wrap
Alex Solomon | March 24, 2014
In Week 17, both Life and Colorado extended their undefeated streaks and conference leads in the Mid-South and West, respectively. Baylor and Oklahoma each earned victories, but only one team has done enough to play for the Allied Rugby Conference’s Championship. In California, Satint Mary’s continued to put up monster numbers against its conference’s bottom half.
Week 17 Preview
Alex Solomon | March 20, 2014
The Allied Rugby Conference is back in action after two weeks off from conference matches. The ARC stayed busy by playing several non-conference matches the last few weeks, but now the stakes get higher – especially for Baylor. Elsewhere, Life and Colorado look to expand leads in their respective conferences.
Week 14: Weekend Wrap
Alex Solomon | March 3, 2014
Aside from snowstorms forcing the two matches out of the West to be cancelled, March arrived with a number of compelling matches in D1A Rugby. There were no nail-biters to speak of, but both Saint Mary’s and Life earned wins agains teams expected to challenge each school for conference titles. Also, the once though of one-team race in the Allied Rugby Conference looks to be completely up for grabs.
Saint Mary’s vs. BYU highlight non-conference matches
Alex Solomon | February 12, 2014
Coaches throughout the Division 1A league beleive scheduling matches outside of their respective conferences is an important way to increase skill level and ensure their club is playing the best possible rugby late into the season. This weekend, several teams will be tested in non-conference matches.
D1A Flavor on the Eagles
Jarrod Beckstrom | June 6, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas — The USA Men’s National team certainly has a D1A flavor to it this summer. Three players on the 28-man roster for the Eagles’ test match against Ireland on June 8 were playing in D1A just a few weeks ago. A total of five Eagles on the roster have played in D1A at some point in their careers.
D1A Title Game Replay on ESPNU
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 24, 2013
BOULDER, Colo. – ESPNU is rebroadcasting the D1A National Championship on May 29 from 10 p.m. -12 a.m. ETBOULDER, Colo. – ESPNU is adding a two-hour window on May 29 from 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET when they will rebroadcast the D1A National Championship between Life and St. Mary’s. They will run more navigation alerts in the preceding program to further alert viewers that the USAR D1A Championship is coming up next.
National Championship Rosters
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 18, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Final rosters announced for the D1A National Championship.
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National Championship Preview
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 17, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – St. Mary’s and Life’s respective paths to the title game are extremely different as are their styles of play, which is exactly why the D1A National Championship is going to be so intriguing. It also marks the first time either team has appeared in the title game.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – St. Mary’s and Life’s respective paths to the title game are extremely different as are their styles of play, which is exactly why the D1A National Championship is going to be so intriguing. It also marks the first time either team has appeared in the title game. Kickoff is Saturday May 18 at 7 p.m. ET and will broadcast live on ESPN3.
St. Mary’s is a high octane team, there’s no doubt about it. They’re brimming with athletic forwards that give the backs plenty of space to work with. They put up a lot of points in conference play, but really weren’t tested defensively aside from an out-of-league skirmish with Cal where the Golden Bears scored 35 second half points to beat the Gaels 41-31.
Other than that game and a scare down in San Luis Obispo against Cal Poly, the Gaels basically scored, scored and scored some more, running teams into the ground until they lost the will or ability to defend or were simply too gassed to mount any meaningful attack when they had possession. St. Mary’s can expect something very different playing Life.
Life Specialty Coach (and former Director of Rugby) Scott Lawrence’s fingerprints are all over Life’s defense. St. Mary’s can expect a very disciplined defensive effort from Life with maybe a little extra gusto in the title game. If you happened to watch the Lawrence-led Junior All-Americans beat Japan to win the Junior World Rugby Trophy last year in Salt Lake, you should expect a similar effort from Life in the D1A National Championship. (If you didn’t see it, the JAAs had a legendary goal line stand and weathered a lethal Japanese attack for the final four minutes of the championship and eventually forced a penalty to end with a win.)
On attack, Life pounds you, goes through a lot of phases and waits for you to make a mistake and makes you pay. Whether that’s a try or a penalty kick from the more than capable boot of Joe Cowley, it’s points on the scoreboard and they’ll take them every time.
Both teams expect this one to come down to defense.
“All of their backs are very athletic and very quick. We’re going to have to make our tackles and hustle, hustle, hustle,” said Life All-American loose forward/wing, Cam Dolan.
St. Mary’s tighthead prop, Jordan Bouey, said that Life’s willingness to drive up the phase count and force a lot of bodies into the contact area is something his team is preparing for, but the pressure of the game doesn’t bother them.
“We’ve had a lot of guys come in (to the St. Mary’s program) who have had big pressure experience,” Bouey said, noting that a lot of the Gaels came from big time football and rugby programs all over the country.
Life loosehead prop Paris Hollis, a North Carolina native, anticipates the Gaels to stick to what they know, playing hard and playing fast.
“It’s going to be a bruiser, but that’s what we love. That’s what our forwards thrive on. We’re a bunch of blue collar kids that go out there and work hard.”
A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS
Looking at the numbers might not be all that helpful if you’re trying to pick a winner in this one. St. Mary’s can put up a ton of points, but so can Life. The Running Eagles just had a tougher path to the National Championship playing in the Mid-South. Remember, they didn’t even win their conference championship. The Running Eagles had to face Arkansas State not once, not twice, but three times to get to the National Championship. All three games were decided by six points or less.
In other words, you really need to consider qualitatively each team’s schedule and their performance in tight games.
Either way, here are the numbers. The category that gets close to showing how close these two teams are is the average against ranked opponents.
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Two National Championship Teams Set for Spectacular Evening
Laura Gill | May 16, 2013
The field has been set for the USA Rugby DI-A Men’s College National Championship to be held on Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 pm at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.
A Chat With Garrett Brewer
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 14, 2013
MORAGA, Calif. – St. Mary’s high powered offense has averaged around 61.5 points per game in the playoffs thanks in large part to the playmaking ability of senior Garrett Brewer. A Sacramento native, Brewer will now lead St. Mary’s into their first-ever National Championship in Greensboro, N.C. on May 18.
Gaels Best ‘Stangs in Semi
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 4, 2013
MORAGA, Calif. – The St. Mary’s Gaels took Cal Poly out 58-24 in the national semifinals and are headed to the D1A National Championship on May 18 in Greensboro, N.C.
MORAGA, Calif. – The St. Mary’s Gaels took Cal Poly out 58-24 in the national semifinals and are headed to the D1A National Championship on May 18 in Greensboro, N.C.
An uneasy seven-point halftime lead opened up to a 21-point cushion just after halftime. But the Mustangs kept in it and did their best to chip away at St. Mary’s lead, earning a 24-48 scoreline, but it was a lost cause in the end as the Gaels stayed aggressive and added an additional 10 points before the final whistle.
The Gaels will now face the Life University Running Eagles in the National Championship. Life took out rivals Arkansas State in a thriller in Jonesboro to punch their ticket to the final. The title game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
JB’s Picks: D1A Quarterfinals
Jarrod Beckstrom | April 25, 2013
BOULDER, Colo. – The D1A Quarterfinals are finally here. Eight teams have risen above the rest and are ready to make a run to the National Championship on May 18. I expect to see some fierce battles this weekend, particularly in the Mid-South/East match-ups.
LIVE WEBCAST: #3 St. Mary’s @ #5 Central Washington
Jarrod Beckstrom | April 5, 2013
ELLENSBURG, Wash. – The #3 St. Mary’s Gaels @ #5 Central Washington will be webcast live on USA Rugby’s YouTube channel. Kickoff is at 12 p.m. Pacific on Saturday April 6. Both teams are undefeated in D1A play this year.
St Mary’s Edge Out Poly in Californian Title Clash
Bradley Ryan | March 12, 2013
It was another fight to the death between the Gaels of St Mary’s (#5) and the Mustangs of Cal Poly (#13) last Saturday in San Luis Obispo. These Californian rival sides played out two nail biters in Rugby 7s last fall, with wins going one each way, and this match in 15s for the Californian conference title was another tremendously tight encounter, in which St Mary’s came out eventual winners 41-31.
No shockers in Cali as St. Mary’s vs. Poly clash looms
Bradley Ryan | March 4, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — There were no big shockers in California this weekend as each favored team lived up to their respective billings.
Will St. Mary’s Cruise through California, Playoffs?
Jarrod Beckstrom | February 19, 2013
MORAGA, Calif. – Could it finally be the Gaels’ year? St. Mary’s (California) has always been one of the top teams in the country, but seem to always get beaten out before making it to the big show – the National Championship game.
St. Mary’s rolls on Central Washington
Jarrod Beckstrom | March 26, 2012
Pacific Conference leaders, St. Mary’s College, rolled on Central Washington 37-0 in the only conference game of the week. Garrett Brewer scored a brace and contributed five points with the boot to help his team to victory.
College Premier Division – Week 8 Scores and Stats
Jarrod Beckstrom | May 5, 2011
With eight weeks in the books, the CPD regular season is coming to an exciting finish.
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