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Coastal Carolina Takes DIII College Title

Sunday Apr 26, 2009 in Grassroots Rugby Division III Colleges

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April 26, 2009 – Coastal Carolina defeated Oswego State 36-15 Sunday in the final of the National Small College Rugby Organization DIII men’s championships in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Led by the stellar play and speed of scrumhalf Clayton Haley and the power of their forwards, Coastal Carolina defeated the New York State champs Oswego, after beating Longwood in yesterday’s semifinals.

Oswego's staunch defense kept CCU from scoring early in the match with solid goal line stands before flanker Alexandre Marchon finally broke through at the 23rd minute to put CCU on top 5-0.

Just before halftime, prop Alex Nazon drove over to give CCU a 10-0 lead at the break.

Oswego showed signs of a comeback, with inside center Dave Shaut's running and the speed of flanker Matt Moir setting them up. But CCU’s defense held and Coast Carolina wing Eric Beard was the next to score, racing in just six minutes into the second half. Beard also made the conversion for the 17-0 lead.

It was soon 22-0 thanks to lock Ben Jenkins, and when flyhalf Steve Pease capped off a quick tap penalty, it was 27-0. Beard's conversion added two more to a commanding CCU lead.

Oswego kept up the fight and Kandu Agbimson got his side on the board. Clayton Haley quickly answered for CCU before Jason McGuckin and Matt Moir brought Oswego a little closer.

McGuckin played superbly in a losing cause and was named player of the match for the final. Haley earned tournament MVP honors.

National DIII College Final:
Coast Carolina 36
Tries: Marchon, Nazon, Beard, Jenkins, Pease, Haley
Convs: Beard 3

Oswego State 15
Tries: Agbimson, McGuckin, Moir

Sat. April 25 - Semifinals
Oswego State University 39 - Salve Regina University 19
Coastal Carolina University 36 - Longwood University 25

Sun. April 26
Third Place Match - Longwood 24 - Salve Regina 12
NSCRO Championship Final - Coastal Carolina 36 - Oswego State 15

In the 3rd place match, Longwood (Virginia RU) held off Salve Regina (New England RFU) to win 24 to 12.

Credit for the event goes to Pete Hesler and the South Jersey RFC for hosting the event and ATC Anne Russ, for taking great care of the players.

In addition, this event would not be possible with the financial support of the participating Unions which includes New England, New York State, Allegheny, Met. New York, East Penn, Potomac, Virginia and USA Rugby South.

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