13th win pushes men’s rugby club into nationals

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The 13th win for the Colgate men’s rugby club this season proved huge as it propelled the team into the national championships to be held this spring.

Colgate competed in the national qualifying tournament this past weekend at Vassar College. The team beat Marist 30-12 on Saturday and then defeated Fairfield University 45-20 on Sunday (Nov. 13th) to win the Northeast Rugby Union Division 2 championship.

The victories polished off an undefeated season for the club, which went 13-0. (Yet another 13 reference!)

The team had dedicated its season to teammate Vic Krivitski, who died Aug. 22 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

The team had finished league play 7-0 (8-0 overall) with victories over Cornell University in the Claret Mug match, and league wins over Siena College, Oswego State, RPI, Plattsburgh State, Hamilton College, Union College, and LeMoyne.

On the women’s side, the team finished league play at 2-3 with victories coming against longtime rivals Union College and Siena College.

Both clubs are planning to take the first-ever combined Colgate rugby tour next spring. The tour, to Edinburgh and London is expected to include three games for each team. Coach Tim Burdick (tburdick@colgate.edu) has details about fund-raising for the trip.