Columbia, SC - This past weekend, the University of South Carolina Men's Rugby Team held its Fall Awards Banquet joined by several parents, alumni, and Foundation supporters. Attendees enjoyed a full barbeque buffet, along with a speech and picture show prepared by Head Coach Mark Morris. Following the presentation, the following player awards were announced:
Team MVP - Brian Keown Best Pack - Zac Gorman Best Back - Michael Rudzinsky Rookie of the Season - Christian Harrell Most Improved - Jared Magill Leadership - Luke Bolembach Leadership - Tim Hamill SCRC Player of the Year - Dana Corcoran
Following the awards ceremony, Head Coach Mark Morris took a few moments to reflect. To read more, please click here.
Carolina Rugby Receives All-SCRC Honors
Knoxville, TN - The Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference wrapped up another exciting season with the University of South Carolina being crowned champions at the SCRC 15's Championship in Columbia, SC. The Gamecocks capped off a fantastic season with a 50-22 win over Alabama in the final.
This year’s competition saw much improvement over the course of the season with some teams taking major steps to improve their programs. Overall, the level of play was much improved and it showed in competitive matches from top to bottom. The conference would like to thank all teams, players, coaches, club sports administrators, referees, volunteers, and fans for making this year a success. The following are individuals whose performances stood out above the rest. To read more, please click here.
Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive & Kappa Kickoff
Columbia, SC - The University of South Carolina and Clemson University wrapped up their 30th annual blood drive last week, resulting in the seventh consecutive win for USC. Carolina now holds a 16-14 lead in the annual competition with Clemson. The 2014 Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive took place on both campuses Nov. 17-21 with students, staff, faculty and fans showing support for their favorite team by donating blood.
On campus, the Carolina Rugby Team is a regular partner with the annual Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive, wherein players assist the American Red Cross in its on-campus operations and donate blood throughout the week. The Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive is a longstanding tradition of the Carolina community. As the largest collegiate blood battle in the nation and the largest blood drive in the Southeast, it has been helping area residents since 1985, yielding more than 100,000 units of blood and potentially helping 300,000 patients in need. To read more, please click here.
South Carolina, Back-to-Back SCRC Champions
Rugby Today - South Carolina defeated Alabama, 50-22, on Sunday to take home the 2014 SCRC conference championship in Columbia, SC. With the win, the Gamecocks earned the right to take on in-state rival Clemson at the ACRC Bowl Series next weekend. USC got on the board first thanks to a try from the forwards' man-of-the-match, Zach Mullineaux, from Downingtown, PA. Alabama responded with two unanswered to take a 12-7 lead. South Carolina retook the lead with a converted try, but Alabama battled back to take a 15-14 lead with a penalty. The Gamecocks, however, finished the half strong adding another penalty and a late try to take a 24-15 halftime advantage.
“The first part of the game was pretty tight,” said South Carolina coach Mark Morris. “Their forwards continued to play well, and their backs continued to tackle well.” South Carolina tried to disrupt the breakdown and poach the ball, but Alabama held up well. “It got to the point that it was better just to man up, make the tackle, and get back up on our feet rather than trying to poach,” Morris Added. The Gamecocks stopped contesting the rucks as fiercely, waiting for the Crimson Tide to make a mistake or an isolated player to attack.To read more, please click here.