Columbia, SC -
Carolina Rugby held their home opener this past weekend and came out victorious over the Seahawks of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Early in the first half, UNCW was able to capitalize off of a penalty deep in Carolina territory for an early try, though missed the conversion, bringing the score to 5-0. The Gamecocks answered with a powerful maul off of a lineout where sophomore, lock Drez Henfield touched one down to tie the game at 5-5. Carolina followed up with another try by junior, scrumhalf Brian Keown who successfully converted to give the Gamecocks a 12-5 lead heading into the second half. Wilmington opened up the half with a vengeance, picking off a Carolina offload to run it back for the try, followed by a solid run on the outside for another try and conversion, giving them the lead at 19-12. Carolina responded with junior, 8-man Mike Mahon barreling into the try zone to close the gap, with captain Zac Gorman pounding in the final try to give the Gamecocks a 22-19 lead and ultimate victory. Man of the Match honors were awarded to junior, lock Zack Mullineaux from Downingtown, PA and senior, lock Zac Gorman from Cincinnati, OH. To read more, please click here.
Gamecocks Capture Preseason Victory
Conway, SC - Carolina Rugby hit the road this past weekend and both sides came out victorious over the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina University. The Premier Side struggled with handling and backline pressure all game, though they were able to put up a solid defense in a 19-0 victory. Point scorers were junior, 8-man Mike Mahon with an early try to start the match and junior, scrumhalf Brian Keown with a pair of tries and conversions to finish it. Man of the Match honors were awarded to Freshman Chuck DePont, flanker from Gonzaga College High School, and senior Michael Rudzinsky, center from Boston, MA.
Carolina's Reserve Side saw a much more even match with a final result of 12-10. Man of the Match honors were awarded to sophomore, hooker Eric Lucci and junior, flanker Brian Pun in the forwards and freshman, scrumhalf Nick Pagel in the backs.
Next up for the Gamecocks is their final preseason match on Friday, September 12th against Division II powerhouse UNC-Wilmington. The match will take place at Strom Field under the lights at 7pm with a reserve match to follow against the Columbia Olde Grey Developmental Side. These two teams rarely meet, so it should be an interesting match to watch.
Foundation Announces Strategic Plan
Columbia, SC - The Carolina Rugby Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of a strategic plan, outlining goals and benchmarks over the next ten years. It is our intention to institutionalize the funding and programs that make our program successful so that we are not overly reliant upon the contributions of dynamic individuals. To do so, we are calling on all Foundation supporters to make a pledge towards assisting the Board in developing several areas.
Success on the pitch through victories, championships, and accolades will always be a priority, though additional emphasis in these key areas will help position the program to continue to achieve new heights. It's important to realize that each of these areas include several components that require supporters such as yourself to make it possible. To read more, please click here.
Carolina Prepares For A New SCRC Season
Columbia, SC - South Carolina is getting ready to kick off their 4th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference with a home match scheduled against the University of Georgia on Saturday, September 20th. As a whole, the conference has been very competitive with three different teams winning in three years. Florida won the inaugural year, followed by Tennessee in year two, and, last year, South Carolina took the title and finished with a nice run in the national tournament.
The Eastern Division continues to look strong with South Carolina coming in as the early favorites following an impressive showing last season and a great recruiting class. Carolina is closely trailed by the perennial powerhouses of Florida and Tennessee who know what it takes to win in the SCRC. Kentucky, Georgia, and Vanderbilt round out the division, with each having made huge strides over the last 3 years, making the East anyone’s game. Louisiana State is expected to dominate the West again this season, though the runner-up seems to be a toss-up between Alabama, Ole Miss and Auburn, with Mississippi State rounding out the division. To read more, please click here.
Foundation Announces "30/10 Campaign"
Columbia, SC - Following With the announcement of the short & long-term strategic plan, the Carolina Rugby Foundation is unveiling a new annual capital campaign known as the "30/10 Campaign."
As the program continues to achieve new heights and accomplish strategic benchmarks both on and off the pitch, the one consistent factor that determines our rate of growth is access to financial resources from year to year. Currently, the team is able to operate off of a $40,000 annual budget, with roughly $30,000 (30) devoted towards 15's and $10,000 (10) devoted towards 7's. With the "30/10 Campaign," it is our goal to eventually develop enough resources through both the Foundation and the Endowment to cover these baseline expenses on an annual basis, allowing the team to continue to grow, develop, and achieve new heights. To read more, please click here.
USA Rugby Academic All-Americans
Columbia, SC -
Twenty-three On behalf of the South Carolina Men's Rugby Team, we would like to congratulate South Carolina's own Matthew Augustine and David Mysona on being selected as USA Rugby Academic All-Americans, demonstrating both academic and athletic excellence during the 2013-2014 season!
Since 2011, USA Rugby has recognized the hard work and accomplishment of collegiate rugby players, on and off of the field, with the National Collegiate Rugby Scholar Honor Roll. More than one thousand college students have been acknowledged during this period. Augustine and Mysona both exceed the program criteria, which includes being a consistent starter on the South Carolina rugby team and posting a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 (on scale of 4.0) or higher, with cumulative G.P.A.’s of 3.90 or higher, representing the highest bracket of the awards list. To read more, please click here.