Rugby takes third in California tournament

Rams relinquish game one, win against UTD

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On April 13, 2017

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Kenny Roller, senior full back, runs the ball down the fielld.

Ram Rugby ended their historic season April 8 after falling to Cal Maritime 28-12 in Claremont, California with a third place finish.

The Rams, who went 24-1, are the best team to ever play for ASU.

ASU started the game off strong with a try from Nolan Wleczyk, senior lock, and the conversion kick from Troy Knudsen, senior outside centre.

The Rams continued to put pressure on the Maritime Keelhaulers, but the Keelhaulers pushed back with two tries back-to-back.

The Keelhaulers were close to scoring another try when they lost control of the ball and Brian Signorelli, junior flanker, gained possession for a turnover.

The Rams worked the ball down the field until Knudsen made an incredible pass to Emmett Spooner, junior winger, who landed the ball in the try zone.

Maritime scored two more times to win the game.

The next day, the Rams took on the University of Dallas Hoggies for the third place trophy.

They successfully defeated the Hoggies for the third time this season 32-24.

"This season has meant the world to me," Kevin Reid, junior winger, said. "I can’t thank God enough for this team and everybody who has had our backs and supported us this whole way."

The team attributes its success to the strong bond they have made with each other.

"We love each other," Beau Waskom, senior captain, said. "We trusted the process and put the necessary work in to be the best team in ASU rugby history. We believed in each other every step of the way."

On and off the field, the Rams are a family, Reid said.

"We are family it’s plain and simple," Knudsen said. "Every single one of us would do anything for the others if need be."

Knudsen and Waskom are two of the seniors on the rugby team and are thankful for their time on the field.

"The past four years have meant everything to me," Waskom said. "Ram Rugby has helped me get through college and more importantly has given me brothers for life. I wouldn’t trade these guys, or this season, for anything."

The Rams are proud of all they accomplished this season and their fans are as well.

"Everything we’ve been through, the ups and the downs and everything we’ve achieved up to this point has helped mature me and make me a better person and player," Reid said.

"I wouldn’t change a thing about this season," Waskom said. "Win or lose I wouldn’t trade these guys for the world. Being my last year, it’s going to be something I remember forever."

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