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Hawks Rugby Win Again at Keystone 7s

DSC_2374The Hawks traveled to Shippensburg University for the second leg of the Keystone Rugby Conference. After winning the tournament the week prior at West Virginia, the Hawks were looking to continue their winning streak. The Hawks would play in Pool A with matches against Rutgers, Shippensburg, and Millersville.

In the first pool match, the Hawks beat Rutgers 22-12 with a score from Thomas Cuddihy (’18) who shook off several Rutgers players to break away for a score. Also adding to the scoreboard was Joe Wolfer (’15) who saw his first 7’s action of the season and looked true to form. In the next pool match, the Hawks beat Shippensburg 17-5 in a match where the Hawks played down a man for a yellow card. The match was close until Dylan Bergstol (’17) broke through the Shippensburg defense and scored a 40M try.   In the final pool match, the Hawks beat Millersville 22-10 with a pair of scores from Aram Keshgegian (’18). With a 3-0 record, the Hawks would play against Temple University(winner of pool B) for the Cup.

In the final against Temple, the Owls got off to a fast start by scoring a try off an advantage of a high tackle penalty against the Hawks.  Later in the half, the Owls took advantage of another Hawks penalty and with another quick tap, were able to dash in for the score. On the restart, the Temple kick did not go 10 and the Hawks quickly went on the attack. After making a cut through the Temple defense,  Aram Keshgegian ran in for a 40M score.  At halftime, the Owls lead 14-7.  In the second half, the Hawks continued to close the gap in the score. Dan Deal (’15) made a dummy pass to freeze the Temple defender which allowed him to sneak pass the defense. Once past the defense, Deal sidestepped the remaining sweeper and went in to score and tie the game.  However, Temple quickly struck back as they were able to take the ensuing  restart for multiple phases and work the ball to the outside for a try.  Keshgegian did a great job preventing the Temple player from getting the angle to center the touch-down. This made it a difficult kick for Temple which caused them to miss the conversion. The score was now 19-14. As the half expired and entered injury time, Temple was looking to get another score but knocked the ball into the Hawks try zone which was quickly scooped up by Thomas Cuddihy (’18).  Cuddihy ran the ball out 10M where Temple conceded a penalty. Greg McTiernan (’17) took the quick tap and shifted his way through the Temple defense. With a scrambling Temple defense, McTiernan offloaded to Dan Deal, who gave it back to Greg McTiernan spinning the Temple defenders. McTiernan drew in the last Temple defender and offloaded to Cuddihy who rumbled the final 10M for the game tying score. Keshgegian took the conversion to secure the win 21-19!  A great win for the Hawks who now have a week off to heal up and get ready for the final leg of the Keystone 7’s Series which will be held at Rutgers University on April 18th.

Hawks Hosted City Six 7s


Saint Joseph’s would host their second tournament of the season, the City Six 7’s.  The tournament featured the six Philly based Universities – Drexel, LaSalle, Saint Joseph’s, Temple, UPenn, and Villanova.  The Hawks would play in Pool A against Villanova and Drexel.

The first pool match was a close contest against Villanova. The Hawks would hang on to win 19-14 with prop Conner Isbitski (’17), winger Chris Curcio (’18), and flyhalf Dylan Bergstol (’17) each with a score. Scrumhalf Pat Ryan (’18) was 2 for 3 with a conversions.  In the next pool match the Hawks scored an early try from prop Conner Isbitski. However Drexel would rally and score 22 unanswered points for a 22-5 victory.

Unfortunately each team in pool A went 1-1 and ranking 3rd in point differential, the Hawks would be left playing in the consolation match vs LaSalle from Pool B. The Hawks ran away with the win seeing scores from 5 different Hawk players.  Congrats to Drexel University who went on to win the tournament. A date has not been set, but there are talks for another City Six 7’s event prior to the 2015 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park. If you still need tickets for the CRC’s, please go to www.CRCtix.com.