Kenmore Rugby's high school boys team clinched a trip to states with their victory over McQuaid, 33-29. James McNeil and Javier Torres scored twice, and Nathaniel Lopez scored his first career try in the win. Avery Vogt went 4/5 on conversions, which proved to be the difference maker in the contest.
"Man of the Match James McNeil set the tone with a resilient, team-centered attitude. Despite penalty trouble and a strong McQuaid pack everyone remained calm and focused, transitioning from defense to attack quickly, putting their teammates in good positions, and capitalizing on their opportunities." - High School Boys Head Coach Mackenzie Doolittle
The high school girls played their best day of rugby yet, defeating Syracuse 25-5 and playing Hamburg tight to the very end before falling 20-7. Emily Pytlewski led the team with three tries, Maddie O'Malley added two more, and Emma McNab scored once. Pytlewski added a conversion in the 2nd game to round out the scoring.
"This group continues to amaze me each week. They gave 112.5% all day and fixed any errors they had by the next play. As a coach you cannot ask for more than that." - High School Girls Head Coach Rachel Noone
The middle school teams traveled to Corning this weekend for the 3rd leg of the RugbyNY Middle School Sevens series. The middle school boys went 1-0-3, the girls went 1-0-2, and the 5th/6th graders went 2-0-0. Over the course of the day, a whopping 10 different Kenmore Rugby players found the tryzone, the most for a tournament in club history! Four different players scored their first try with the club, and 19 total tries were scored.
The middle school series continues this Saturday at McQuaid Jesuit in Rochester, NY. On Sunday, both high school teams will celebrate their seniors with pregame ceremonies! At noon, the girls host a 7s event to wrap up the regular season. The boys play after, hosting Canisius with a chance to clinch the regular season title!
Founded in 2004, the Kenmore Rugby Club is WNY's oldest and largest youth & high school rugby club with over 100 active players in grades K-12.