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Young Exiles Squad Looks to Extend Streak

Friday Sep 25, 2009 in Amateur Competitions Division I Clubs

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The Maryland Exiles enter the third weekend of the Mid-Atlantic DI league feeling pretty good about their 2-0 start.

After dispatching Raleigh 29-23 and Washington 39-22, both on the road, they lead the competition, but are also painfully aware that things will get tougher from here.  NOVA’s 5-5 tie of Charlotte shows that the Virginia club will be tough to handle, while Media were impressive in their opener, a 33-20 victory over Norfolk.

Still, club president David Hatwell says the Exiles are confident.

“The team looks young ,” Hatwell said. “We have some old hands that keep the continuity going but we’re definitely starting to curve towards an average age of 23 to 24 as opposed to the 30s.”

Hatwell said the Exiles’ longtime commitment to youth rugby is paying off. Those players are beginning to become important to the club’s efforts, and even some teenagers are starting to contribute.

All that is nice, but there’s also the little matter of this weekend’s game. Pittsburgh comes into Maryland having lost two close games and hungry to get a win. With the Mid-Atlantic incorporating a promotion-relegation relationship between DI and DII, coming last in DI has bigger ramifications.

“Pittsburgh is in a must-win position and we’re fired up to keep the winning streak going,” said Hatwell

Mid-Atlantic DI matchups
Schuylkill River (0-1) at Norfolk (1-1)
Raleigh (0-1) at Baltimore-Chesapeake (1-0)
Charlotte (1-0-1) at Washington (0-1)
NOVA (0-0-1) at Media (1-0)
Pittsburgh (0-2) at Maryland (2-0)


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