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Kutztown Rugby at the Collegiate Rugby Championships

May 29, 2013 - Last updated: June 1, 8:20 PM
KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Both Kutztown men's and women's rugby teams will participate in this year's Collegiate Rugby Championships in Philadelphia May 31-June 2.  KU is one of only four schools in the nation to have both their men's and women's teams included in the prestigious tournament.

Below are the game schedules.  Ticket information

Friday, May 31

11 a.m. KU Women vs. Boston University
Location:  Drexel University
Tabetha Super scores a try vs. Boston U.Result: Boston 22, Kutztown 7 - The Kutztown University women's rugby team jumped out to an early lead, but could not hold on as Boston University rolled to a 22-7 victory in women's collegiate rugby Friday.

The game was the opener of the CRC championship tournament at Drexel University.   The finals will be held in conjunction with the men's tournament Sunday at PPL Park in Chester.

Kutztown scored first when Tabetha Super (Honey Brook/Twin Valley HS) broke free after a turnover near the KU goal line and went the full length of the field for a try.

The Terriers answered near the end of the half when Noel Coleman dove across for a try to cut the lead to 7-5.

The second half was all Boston U., thanks to the stellar play of Kyra Murray.  With KU threatening, Murray broke free, carrying the ball nearly the length of the field.  After a change of possession, Murray had a short run for a try to give BU it's first lead of the morning, 10-7.

Murray scored again a few minutes later to open the Terrier lead to 15-7.  Alex Hubelbark sealed the victory with a try as time expired.  Dee Walsh kicked Boston's only conversion of the game to conclude the scoring.

The Golden Bears will look to bounce back at 1:20 when they face Ohio State.

1:20 p.m. KU Women vs. Ohio State University
Location:  Drexel University
Result: Ohio State 29, Kutztown 5 -Akua Adu-Gamfi scored twice in the first half to help Ohio State cruise to a 29-5 victory over Kutztown in the second game for both teams at the CRC women's rugby championship tournament.

Ohio State scored the first 29 unanswered points beginning with a coast-to-coast run along the left sideline by Amber Hanyak. Adu-Gamfi scored less than one minute later, and with the first of two conversions, the Buckeyes led 12-0. Stephanie Bowers and Adu-Gamfi each added a try late in the half to give OSU a 24-0 lead at halftime.

The Buckeyes only score of the second half came on a try by Brittany Latham, who punched it over from a short distance after a scrum near the KU goal line.

The Golden Bears finally got on the board on a try by Tabetha Super (Honey Brook/Twin Valley). Super ran the ball nearly the length of the right sideline before diving over a few touches later. It was Super's second try of the tournament.

With the loss, Kutztown falls to 0-2 on the day. The Golden Bears will play Texas at 3 p.m. The Longhorns are coming off a 21-12 win over Boston University.

3 p.m. KU Women vs. University of Texas
Location:  Drexel University
Result: Texas 24, Kutztown 12 -Philadelphia, Pa. --- Sierra Jenkins scored in the final seconds to lock up a 24-12 victory for Texas over Kutztown at the CRC women's rugby sevens championship tournament.

Texas jumped out to a 17-0 first half lead on tries by Jacklyn Acosta, Wendy Sun and Kiara Harris. Calista Moses hit the third conversion.

The Golden Bears answered with a try and conversion by Mary Cate Matta (Exton/Downingtown East HS). The score was set up by a long run by Tabetha Super (Honey Brook/Twin Valley HS). Texas led 17 to 7 at the half.

Kutztown closed the gap to 17 to 12 midway through the second half when Beth Mulleady (Gettysburg/Gettysburg HS) had a try from the left side. KU continued to threaten before Jenkins sealed the win for the Longhorns.

Kutztown will wrap up action Saturday morning at 10:20 a.m. in the seventh place game against host Drexel.

5 p.m. KU Men vs. Temple University
Location:  PPL Park
This match is not open to the public
Result: Kutztown 33, Temple 5 - The Kutztown University men's rugby sevens team opened the Collegiate Rugby Championship with a 33-5 win over Temple at PPL Park.

All-American Tim Acker began the scoring early for the Golden Bears with a pair of tries and a conversion to give KU a 12-0 lead. Gareth Lourens and Wesley Hartmann each had a try and Acker added a pair of conversions to give KU a 26-0 lead at the half.

Temple opened the second half with its only try. KU rounded out the scoring with a try by Bruce Dolan and a conversion by Niku Kruger.

Kutztown will round out Pool C play on Saturday against Cal-Berkley at 2:10 p.m. and Virginia Tech at 5:26 p.m. The KU - Virginia Tech game can be seen live on NBC Sports Channel.

Saturday, June 1

10:20 a.m. KU Women vs. Drexel (7th place match)
Location:  Drexel University
Result:  Kutztown 31, Drexel o - Tabetha Super (Honey Brook/Twin Valley HS) had two tries to lead the Kutztown University women's sevens rugby team to a 31-0 victory over host Drexel in the seventh place game of the Collegiate Rugby Championship tournament.

KU opened up a 19-point lead at the half on tries by Kate Strobel (Germansville/Northwest Lehigh HS), Mia Schweizerhoff (Perkasie/Christopher Dock HS), and Super.   The Golden Bears had second half scores from Super and Katharine Davis (Philadelphia/West Catholic HS).   Mary Cate Matta (Exton/Downingtown HS) was true on three of five conversions.

"This tournament was very encouraging for our team," said Super, a sophomore who had four tries in KU's four games.  "It shows our program can compete and grow."

With the win over Drexel, the Golden Bears finished the tournament 1-3.

2:10 p.m. KU Men vs. University of California
Location:  PPL Park
Bilal HassenResult: California 10, Kutztown 5 - Seamus Kelly scored from the left side with 1:45 remaining to lift Cal-Berkley to a 10-5 win over Kutztown in Pool C action at the USA Sevens Rugby Championship at PPL Park.

Kutztown had the only try of the first half when Bilal Hassen dove over from the right side with 4:59 remaining.  Tim Acker's conversion attempt sailed wide.   Both defenses stiffened, as KU took a 5-0 lead into halftime.

Cal tied the match at five when Jake Anderson took it in after a short run on the left side at the 5:17 mark.  Russell Webb missed the conversion and the hard-hitting defensive battle continued.

Field position changed in Cal's favor after a big run by Webb, which eventually led to the winning score by Kelly.

KU, which was represented well by a large, enthusiastic crowd and Avalanche, the Golden Bear mascot, fell to 1-1 in pool play.  Kutztown will play Virginia Tech in its final Pool C game at 5:26 p.m.   The game will be televised live by NBC Sports Channel.

5:26 p.m. KU Men vs. Virginia Tech
Location: PPL Park
*scheduled to be shown on NBC Sports on tape delay (at approx. 8:45 p.m. on 6/1)
Gareth Lourens scores the first of 7 unanswered tries KU scored against Virginia Tech.Result: Kutztown 39, Va. Tech 0 - Golden Bears Men's Rugby Sevens Blow Out Virginia Tech in Final Game of CRC Pool Play

Gareth Lourens and Bilal Hassen had two tries each to lead Kutztown to a 39-0 victory over Virginia Tech in the final game of Pool C play at the USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championship Saturday evening at PPL Park.

Lourens opened the scoring at 5:40 with a long run from midfield down the right sideline.  Bruce Dolan scored next, diving over from the right side at the 3:06 mark of the first half.  Lourens completed scoring for the half with a try at the 2:01 mark.  All three conversions sailed wide, giving KU a 15-0 lead at halftime.

Tim Acker opened second-half scoring, taking it in from the 22-yard line.  He then kicked Kutztown's first conversion, making it 22-0 Golden Bears.  Bilal Hassen got in on the action next, diving for tries at the 4:41 and 3:09 marks, respectively.   Tom Domino capped the scoring with a try as time expired.  The conversion made it 39-0.

With the win, the Golden Bears finish pool play at 2-1 and earn one of three at-large spots in Sunday's championship round.   KU is the no. 7 seed and will play second-seeded Life University at 10:20 a.m.  California is the top seed, Penn State is 3, Dartmouth 4,UCLA 5, Navy 6, and Arizona is 8.

Sunday, June 2

10:20 a.m. KU Men vs. Life
Location: PPL Park
Championship Quarterfinal
Tim AckerResult: Life 31, Kutztown 17 - Kutztown University put up a valiant effort, but lost to Life University 31-17 in the quarterfinal of the USA Sevens Collegiate Men`s Rugby Championship at PPL Park.

Life, seeded second in the championship round, led the entire game, beginning with a try and conversion by Joe Cowley at 5:28, who ran the distance for the score. 

Kutztown, seeded seventh, closed the gap to 7-5 on a spectacular run by Gareth Lourens.  After breaking several tackles, Lourens weaved his way to the right sideline, threw a couple of stiff arms, and dove to the corner for the try at the 4:09 mark.

The Running Eagles opened the gap to 14-5 with 1:45 remaining in the first half on another try and conversion by Cowley.  Cam Dolan pitched the ball to a wide open Cowley, who sprinted in down the left side for the score.

Life scored again as the first half buzzer sounded on a try by Jake Anderson.  The conversion failed, giving Life a commanding 19-5 lead at the half.

Kutztown scored first in the second half, as Bruce Dolan dove to the right pylon for the try.  The conversion sailed wide, and the score stood at 19-10 in favor of Life.

Life answered on the next possession, as Colton Carriaga fell on a loose ball in the try zone at the five-minute mark.  With a chance to take a three-score lead, Cowley missed the conversion, keeping Life's advantage at 24-10.

With the game on the line, the Golden Bears answered.  KU worked the ball down the field and punched the ball over the line on a try by Tim Acker at the 2:33 mark. The conversion by Acker split the uprights, and Kutztown was back in the game, trailing 24-17.

Needing to regain possession, the Golden Bears could not find an answer for the high-powered Life offense.  The Running Eagles drove the ball easily inside the KU 22-yard line, and punched the ball in when Carriaga dove up the middle for the try with 1:20 remaining.   Cowley added the conversion and the victory was sealed.

The loss ended a spirited effort by the Golden Bears, who finished their first appearance in tournament in the title round of eight teams.  The CRC featured 20 teams from some of the biggest universities in the nation.