The Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference hosted its annual Olympic Rugby Championship last weekend in Knoxville, Tenn. at the Tennessee Rugby Park. A new champion was crowned, as Auburn needed all 10 minutes of the last half of the championship to secure its first SCRC Olympic Rugby crown, beating Florida 28-22.
The Tigers defeated South Carolina to reach the final, while the Gators bested Tennessee. The Volunteers got past the Gamecocks to claim third. LSU secured the Bowl Championship with a hard fought win over a very strong Missouri squad.
Cup Final: Auburn 28, Florida 22
Semifinal: Auburn 12, South Carolina 10
3rd Place: Tennessee 26, South Carolina 14
Bowl Final: LSU 32, Missouri 28
Bowl Semifinal: LSU 26, Alabama 5
Bowl Semifinal: Missouri 40, Mississippi State 5
Some outstanding rugby was played throughout the weekend and many players stood out. The 2013 SCRC All Tournament Team was led by Lee Bogitsh from the University of Tennessee, who scored 12 tries over the weekend and played some outstanding rugby.
“Lee was really a leader for us on and off the field all weekend. He hadn’t played before arriving at college, and is coming off of a serious injury, so his level of play is really a testament to his work ethic and athleticism,” Tennessee coach Andy Allen said.
SCRC Performance Director Renaldo Arroyo sought input from every coach for the selection process. Based on that input, 12 players were named to the first team and another 12 were named to the second team.
The complete SCRC All Tournament Team (listed alphabetically by school) is:
JB Easterling- Auburn
Ben Winiarcyzk- Auburn
Lucas Baistrocchi- Florida
Kyle Burnett- Florida
Ryan Gilbert- Florida
Jonathan Brown- Georgia
Derrick Mitchell- Mississippi State
Luke Rosner- Missouri
Tim Hamill- South Carolina
Colin McKeon- South Carolina
Lee Bogitsh- Tennessee
Jake Rosner- Vanderbilt
Tyler Hoffman- Alabama
Matthew Schick- Alabama
Paul Rice- Florida
Austin West- Georgia
Alex Creede- LSU
Will Middleton- LSU
Daniel Dowd- LSU
Omar McClendon- Mississippi State
Shane Glascott- Missouri
Dana Cocoran- South Carolina
Brian Keown- South Carolina
Joe Carpenter- Tennessee