LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Aug. 30, 2016)—They are the small college team which achieved lofty heights last spring during a national tournament. The men's rugby team from St. Mary's College of Maryland enjoyed a magical postseason run, beginning the tournament as a number eight at-large seed, to finishing second in the nation at the National Small College Rugby Organization tournament in Philadelphia last June.
The team, led by Head Coach Larry Donmoyer and Assistant Coach Terry Pledger, joined the Commissioners of St. Mary's County for a special ceremony in Leonardtown to honor their accomplishment.
Team Captain Kyle Powers was joined by team members Samuel Baker, Ali Biglarbeigi, Matthew Carr, Rick Djeuhon, Andrew Giganti, William Hankins, Samuel Howe, Alhaj Khadar, Andrew Marinich, Ivan Messi, Kyle Moore, and Kyle Powers. The group says they are more than just a team, affectionately referring to each other as brothers.
"During the National Small College Rugby Organization tournament, the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's rugby team outscored and beat their rivals Franklin & Marshall College, Ithaca College, The Claremont Colleges and Susquehanna University," said Commissioner Tom Jarboe (1st District). "The team played with great effort up to their defeat to New Mexico Highland University, giving them the number two spot in the nation."
In honoring the team, the commissioners recognized the team's athleticism, poise, sportsmanship and leadership in representing St Mary's College of Maryland and St. Mary's County at the national tournament, along with their outstanding work and dedication to create a stronger and better community.