First Chris White needed to study the sport, then got here profitable.
White and his Clarion University males’s rugby membership just lately gained the Allegheny Rugby Union (ARU) bowl championship and superior to the National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) bowl playoffs. These NCR playoffs started at Grove City College in Pennsylvania and ended 700 miles away in St. Louis, Mo. in opposition to – sarcastically – Grove City College.
“The funniest experience is without a doubt winning the ARU Bowl” stated White, a Clarion/PennWest senior who performed soccer and wrestled at Warren Area High School. “It was such a sweet, sweet win, especially since we weren’t 100% sure if we were going to have a 15v15 team this year or if we were going to have a program a year earlier. The hardest part has got to be the start of the season; It was almost demoralizing to suffer those losses.”
Competing early within the season was deliberately tough for Clarion (as if the helmetless/padless sport itself wasn’t robust sufficient). A 4-0 begin from September 10 to October 8 for the Small College Club included a 65-0 loss to Division 2 Kent State.
“Okay, so the season got off to a rocky start,” stated White. “Our coach purposely got our season off to a rough start by playing Division 2 Kent State, Slippery Rock (then ranked eighth in the country/NCR Small College) and Franciscan (then sixth in the country/NCR Small College). We also had a ton more kids who had never played before or, in my case, never played 15v15, so it was a learning experience.”
More than a month into the season, Clarion clinched its first win.
“We got our first win against SUNY Fredonia,” stated White, “then settled on the bowl sequence the place we’d play within the playoffs for the Allegheny Rugby Union Bowl Championships which we ended up (three weeks in a while November 5) beating SUNY Fredonia 90-7 gained. We then needed to win in opposition to Saint Vincent College to qualify for the playoffs in St. Louis…
“In St. Louis we made it to the finals and lost to Grove City, which is weird that we had to go to St. Louis to play them.” stated White. “As I said before, we had a difficult start in our schedule and played against really good teams with more experience.” which White says helped Clarion and the gamers put together for the playoffs.
Despite dropping 51-5 to Grove City, participation in a Small College Challenge Bowl Series Midwest Championship confirmed that group’s resilience after a 0-4 begin.
“As I said, the game didn’t go our way” stated White, whose Golden Eagles have 5 straight wins plus one loss to advance to the championship. “We got here out very flat and with out a lot power and personally I used to be very nervous getting into. Once in, I performed as exhausting as I might. Unfortunately my bell rang the place the referee informed me to return out and for 15v15 you may’t return in should you’re substituted. The group performed higher after the nervousness, (however) we have been lacking a number of key items attributable to accidents and a few could not begin the journey at such quick discover. Grove City took benefit of that…
“Without our captains Ethan Zdarko and Andrew Guth or our coaches Dr. Marc Sanko, Andrew Wilson and Dalton Meals wouldn’t have gotten anyplace near the place we at the moment are.”
A visit to St. Louis was the icing on the cake for his faculty expertise.
“In terms of bonding, it’s nice,” stated White. “We’re all associates for essentially the most half. We spend quite a lot of break day the sector collectively, hanging out, enjoying video video games and getting meals.
“Unfortunately, I would like to say for my mother (Marcia): Yes, this is a sport that I will continue to practice.” stated Chris. “Like I stated final time (we spoke), I fell in love together with her. I really like the fellows so I’ll maintain going with that.
“I started playing rugby on a whim from my friends in the spring and I would like to say I’ve grown both as a player and as a person since then.” White posted to Facebook after the ARU title match. “My teammates have grown similar to me. This win means a lot. I’m so happy with my group… and the superb coaches who’ve helped us develop.”