Senior Nate Sylvia and Juniors Connor Cudeback and Alex Wormer have been selected for a chance to be on the AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American team. The three will travel to Chula Vista, CA to show their talents from January 14-16.
Junior Prop Connor Cudeback earned a spot on the U20 All-Americans last year and started against Canada’s U20 men’s team. He played his first appearance for Cal Poly in December against Santa Barbara Rugby Academy since having surgery to repair a leg injury in spring.
Junior Inside Center Alex Wormer is back in San Luis Obispo after studying abroad in Ireland during the fall quarter. He is expected to make his first appearance back in a friendly match at San Diego State on January 21.
Senior Prop Nate Sylvia is coming off of a hot preseason, in which he scored four tries over four games. In his last game, Sylvia scored a hat-trick in his most dominant game yet.
The Mustangs’ first home match of 2017 has been cancelled due to wet weather and field closures. Instead of playing Santa Barbara Rugby Academy, Cal Poly will head on the road this next weekend up to the Bay Area to play the Pleasanton Jesters Rugby Club on Saturday, January 14.
Cal Poly finished the fall preseason undefeated, beating Santa Barbara Rugby Academy in their last match back in December.
The next home match scheduled for the Mustangs is set for January 26 in a Thursday night match-up against #4 Brigham Young.
The first D1A California Conference match will be on the road against Sacramento State on February 4.
The Cal Poly 1st XV beat Santa Barbara Rugby Academy 41-22 on Saturday to improve their record to 4-0 for the fall term. The Mustangs have scored at least 40 points in each of their matches so far.
“In preseason rugby the process is always more important than the results, but to win all four matches through the term is very pleasing,” Head Coach James Tesoriero said, “to score 40 or more points in each match is a reflection of the type of rugby we are trying to play.”
Cal Poly opened the match with two quick tries in the back line from Mark Grzanich and Ivy Adair. Senior Prop Nathan Sylvia also joined the fun in the opening minutes, dotting down one of three tries for him on the day.
Santa Barbara Rugby Academy responded with two tries of their own before the end of the second half. Cal Poly maintained control throughout the match however and scored four more tries to close out the game.
Cal Poly will play their next match January 14th at home in a rematch against Santa Barbara Rugby Academy to start off the Mustang’s winter season. Other non-conference matches in the winter include fixtures against #2 Cal, #4 BYU and a friendly against conference rival #20 San Diego State.
“We are scheduled to play some of the best College teams in the country between now and the D1a season, so we will need to find further improvement in order to compete, but we have identified several areas where can improve on the Fall’s performances,” Tesoriero said.
Cal Poly scoring vs. Santa Barbara Rugby Academy:
Tries: Nathan Sylvia (3), Ivy Adair (2), Mark Grzanich (1), Connor Miller (1)
Conversions: Corey McGrillen (2), Bobby Kaehms (1)
The Women’s team played their third and final match of the season on Sunday. The Mustangs beat UC Santa Barbara at home by a score of 51-14. This was the first women’s match played with a full side of 15.
Cal Poly conceded an initial lead to the Gauchos, but came back to take a 20-7 lead going into the half. The women exploded for 31 more points to rout UCSB by a 37 point margin, notching their first victory as a club.
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The Cal Poly 1st XV posted their second shutout of the fall preseason on Saturday with a 40-0 win against Fresno Rugby Club. The Mustangs have outscored their fall opponents 143-10 so far.
This was the first away match for the men’s teams, as all three men’s sides traveled to Fresno.
Senior #8 Dustin Mollard had his third straight game with a try, but came off the field in the first half after an injury. Senior Mark Grzanich brings his season try-total to five with an intercepted pass taken for a try in the second half.
Other try-scorers include Senior Hooker Eddie McFarland and Sophomores Isaac Stoll and Sam Bradley.
The 2nd and 3rd XV lost their matches to Fresno State’s 1st and 2nd teams respectively. This is the 2nd XV’s first loss of the season, while the 3rd XV has yet to win a match.
The men’s teams will next play on the road against Santa Barbara Rugby Academy and Cal Poly Pomona on December 3. The women’s team will play their next match at home against UC Santa Barbara on December 4.
Cal Poly vs. Fresno Rugby Club Scoring Summary
Eddie McFarland, Corey McGrillen conversion CP 7 FRFC 0
Cal Poly shutout SLO Men’s in a 62-0 win on Saturday. Cal Poly’s 1st XV has now scored 103 points in their first two matches of the fall.
Two different Mustangs recorded at least two tries. Seniors Dustin Mollard and Mark Grzanich both dotted down twice for tries.
#8 Dustin Mollard brings his total to 6 tries through the preseason, leading the team. Fullback Mark Grzanich recorded a hat-trick with three consecutive tries. Grzanich now has four tries in the preseason.
Other Cal Poly try-scorers include Sophomores Ryan Cooper and Sam Bradley, Senior Zach Markow and Freshman Marshall Brusca.
The Cal Poly Women’s team played their first home match against the SLO Women’s team, losing 32-22. Cal Poly took the initial lead, but ultimately fell behind to the more experienced team.
The men’s 2nd XV scored the most points of the day, beating Cal Lutheran 77-5. The 2nd side has now scored 120 points through their first two matches.
Cal Poly will send three teams next week to Fresno.