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Rugby Club Grabs Potomac Union Title

Everything came together at the right time for the Georgetown men’s rugby team.

Taking on defending national champion Salisbury State on Saturday in the Potomac Rugby Union championship game, the Hoyas put together their most complete game of the year to shut out the Sea Gulls 34-0 and win their second PRU title in three years.

“It was the best we’ve played all fall,” sophomore Keith Summa said. “It was the culmination of it all, and it came at the right time because it was a championship game. . Everything just came together.”

The win was especially sweet for the Hoyas not only because the Sea Gulls are the defending national champions but also because the Gulls defeated them in the final seconds of last year’s PRU Championship.

“We came out so hard because we knew we had to get through these guys,” senior captain Ben Purcell said. “Everything was clicking, and everyone was really focused.”

In a season when Georgetown was dominant, the final game was no different.

While the game was close at first, with both teams battling back and forth, the Hoyas got on the board first with a try by senior ark Bittman about 20 minutes into the contest. The Hoyas continued the offensive onslaught throughout the match to post the shutout.

“We were expecting a closer game,” senior Greg Suellentrop said. “Our endurance and hard work paid off . [T]o not let them score was invigorating.”

The game was closer than the score let on, with the Hoyas making three defensive stands within five meters of their own try zone to hold the Gulls scoreless.

But when the Hoyas were up 19-0 at halftime, the team felt like they pretty much had the game won.

By the time Purcell returned a kick from inside his own half, going in practically untouched for his second try of the game, the Gulls knew they were done and, Suellentrop said, “They threw in the towel.”

“[Senior] Rich Staley made a good catch and a good pass,” Purcell said of his second score, “and they kind of got out of my way. . It was a really emotional score.”

That score made the game 29-0, and Suellentrop added one more try for good measure late in the match to close out the game.

“They are our biggest competitor,” Summa said. “It is always a good game because we are usually both good teams.”

Purcell led the Hoyas with two tries for 10 points total in the game, while the team’s leading scorer, senior Jake Ludwigson, converted two kicks for four points.

Georgetown advanced to the PRU Finals for the third straight year with wins over St. Mary’s College and George Washington University in the semifinals and quarterfinals, respectively.

Saturday’s game was Georgetown’s last of the fall. The Hoyas went 9-0 on the season, outscoring their opponents 408-53 overall.

“This means a lot to us,” Suellentrop said. “It was an amazing accomplishment.”

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