The Southern California collegiate all-stars are in the final of the National Collegiate All-Star Championships after defeating the Pacific Coast 58-13.
SoCal was led by captain Peter Tiberio. The Arizona back is coming into his own this year and was outstanding in leading a Griffin effort that repeatedly punished Grizzly mistakes. Tiberio linked well with Arizona teammate Brett Thompson, while Zach Fenoglio was outstanding in the forwards.
Meanwhile the Pacific Coast, which fielded a team lacking several very well-known players from prominent programs such as Cal and BYU, battled hard but found themselves behind early.
“We chased the game and when that happened we started to make more mistakes,” said Pacific Coast Head Coach Paul Keeler. “We had some bright moments, and I think if we had gotten the ball to AJ Tuinau and Kingsley McGowan more they would have done some damage.”
Matt Crawford led from the front at prop and Garrett Brewer was good at fullback for Pacific Coast. SoCal, though, was too much.
“Anytime we made a mistake, they scored,” said Keeler.
Pacific Coast Collegiate Grizzlies Lineup:
1. Nick Mostyn (Utah) 2. Andrew Cook (C) (St. Mary’s) 3. Matthew Crawford (St. Mary’s) 4. Scott Metcalf (Utah) 5. Alex Bowman (Cal) 6. Mike Gamm (Oregon State) 7. Rob Carlson (St. Mary’s) 8. Robert Polk (Stanford) 9. Kyle Caravelli (Cal) 10. August Heath (St. Mary’s) 11. Josh Tucker (Cal) 12. AJ Tuineau (Utah) 13. Gavri Grossman (Western Washington) 14. Kingsley McGowan (St. Mary’s) 15. Garret Brewer (St. Mary’s)
16. Patrick Farrell (Central Washington) 17. Jack B0cigalupi (SFGG) 18. Kelly Harris (St. Mary’s) 19. Mike Villalobos (Chico State) 20. Kevin McCann 21. Max Heath (St. Mary’s) 22. Joe Brophy (St. Mary’s)
Southern California Collegiate All-Stars Squad: Forwards: Jon Flake (Santa Barbara City College) Zach Fenoglio (Loyola Marymount) Stephan Salimi (UC Santa Barbara) Jeff Sparks (San Diego State University) Leo Hunt (Cerritos College) David Samons (Arizona) Dan Hoesterey (Claremont Colleges) Matt Pautler (Claremont Colleges) Travis Hughes (Arizona State) Mike Shea (San Diego State University) Jordan Badia-Bellinger (Claremont Colleges)
Backs: Jamie Purcell (San Diego State University) Robert Cardiff (Arizona) Kalei Konrad (San Diego State University) Duncan Kelm (San Diego State University) Brett Thompson (Arizona) Jack Arnold (Arizona) Jeff Astor (Claremont Colleges) Kyle Cronin (UC Santa Barbara) Stu Sharpe (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) Peter Tiberio (Arizona) (C) Jon Gallo (UC Santa Barbara)
The Mid-Atlantic All Star team crushed the West #2 team in the first round of matches of the National Collegiate All-Star Championships at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colo.
The result of the match was never in doubt for the Mid-Atlantic, which scored 91 points to West #2’s three. Fullback Tim Ackers of Kutztown led the scoring with a hat trick and two conversions, while flyhalf Joseph Baker of Penn State followed that up with a try of his own and five conversions. Trevor Tanifum, Bruce Dolan, Chris Saint, Mike Erickson and Dominic DeFalco each added two tries in their side’s rout.
West coach Jim Snyder said, “It was pretty one-sided, but it was a good learning lesson for some of the young guys. The way we put this camp together is to get the younger guys learning. We want them to improve as rugby players.”
Assistant Mid-Atlantic coach Chris Hoy of Penn State said that he was glad his team had the opportunity to get better and work on its execution. “We outmatched them a little bit,” he said. “We executed our game plan and our patterns very well. I never like to see a score like that, but the main thing is that this is for the kids to get better. Good on them for giving us a tough game and coming out and playing, but they were a little overmatched.”
Hoy was also happy that his team is showcasing the kind of rugby that the Mid-Atlantic is capable of. “We were fielding a strong first side and it was a good chance to show our brand of rugby,’ he added.
The Mid-Atlantic takes on the West #1 team on Saturday at 4 p.m. MDT. The West #1 All Stars beat the Northeast 29-14 earlier today and should put up a better fight than their West #2 counterparts.
Mid-Atlantic 91-3 West #2
Mid-Atlantic Tries: Ackers 3, Dolan 2, Saint 2, Tanifum 2, Erickson 2, DeFalco 2, Rohrs, Baker Conversions: Baker 5, Ackers 2, Saint
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