Three Cal Poly Rugby players named to All-Conference team

Three Cal Poly Rugby players earned All-Conference honors, Dustin Mollard, Alex Wormer and Connor Cudeback (from left to right)

Junior prop Connor Cudeback, senior #8 Dustin Mollard and junior inside center Alex Wormer all earned spots on the California All-Conference 2nd team.

For Cudeback and Mollard, this is their first time getting All-Conference honors. Cudeback was also named an All-American Honorable Mention last season.

For Wormer, this is his second time receiving a spot on the All-Conference list, after being named to the 1st team last season. Both Cudeback and Wormer figure to be prominent leaders in the forward pack and back line respectively for next season.

Dustin Mollard after laying a hit on the sideline against Saint Mary’s. Photo Dan Dempster

Dustin Mollard will graduate with a Communications Studies degree in June. He has a job lined up with Altec Construction Inc. in Sacramento. Mollard doesn’t have immediate plans to continue his rugby career, but says that if the USA Eagles contact him, he “wouldn’t be able to say no”.

Mollard battled injury throughout the season, but still proved to be an impact player throughout the season. Hard, elusive running and big hits were not uncommon when Mollard was on the pitch.

Cudeback against Saint Mary’s in April. Photo Dan Dempster

Connor Cudeback is currently unsure of his plans for the summer, but will surely be training for the following season. Cudeback missed most of last fall recovering from an ankle break and ensuing surgery from last March. Cudeback returned in January to bolster an already-strong forward pack and helped make the front three one of the most formidable in the conference. He will lead the front three next year with prop Nate Sylvia and hooker Eddie McFarland graduating.

“It’s awesome to be acknowledged as one of the best in California after injury keeping me out for about 10 months,” Cudeback said. He also gives credit to SDSU’s Gil Covey and Saint Mary’s Henry Hall for earning first team honors.

Alex Wormer blocks a kick against UCSB in March. Photo Dan Dempster

Alex Wormer will intern with Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colo. over the summer. He plans to practice with the Denver Barbarians 7s squad, hoping to earn some selections in a very competitive pool of players.

“I was pretty surprised when I heard,” Wormer said about earning an All-Conference spot, “I’m honored to be selected for the second year in a row.”

Wormer will be the most veteran player in the back line for next season, with the departures of scrumhalf Chris Codding, flyhalf Corey McGrillen and center/fullback Mark Grzanich.

As senior players, Connor Cudeback and Alex Wormer will hope to lead the Mustangs back into the playoffs next season.

Cal Poly vs. San Diego State moved to Arroyo Grande

Photo Daniel Dempster

UPDATE: The 1st XV kickoff has been moved forward to 1:30 PM

 

Cal Poly will play #9 San Diego State this Saturday, April 8th at Talley Field in Arroyo Grande, Calif. The Mustangs have a 2-2 conference record and have split results in the last two games, losing to UCSB 27-22 and beating Sacramento State 81-0.

The match was moved off-campus due to expected rain on Friday.

Cal Poly lost their last match to San Diego State 13-8 in a friendly match in January.

The Mustangs will play with a playoff spot on the line. With a win, the Mustangs will advance to the D1A playoffs. A loss would end Cal Poly’s season.

If the Mustangs win, they will likely play Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colorado in the first round of the postseason.

The match against San Diego State this Saturday will kickoff at 1:30 PM at Talley Fields (4055 Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande, CA).

The B-Side will play after at 3:00 PM.

 

Match times and location vs. UCSB

#20 Cal Poly will travel down to Isla Vista, Calif. to play UCSB in a California Conference match this Saturday, March 11.

The 1st XV will kickoff at 2:30 PM at Harder Stadium on UCSB campus.

The 2nd XV will follow at 4:15 PM.

Map to venue:

Cal Poly 1st XV starting lineup:

1 Connor Cudeback
2 Eddie McFarland
3 Nathan Sylvia
4 Reece Erickson
5 Jake Heene
6 Aaron Arenas
7 Sam Bradley
8 Dustin Mollard
9 Chris Codding
10 Corey McGrillen
11 Brandon Puccini
12 Alex Wormer
13 Mark Grzanich
14 Ivy Adair
15 Ryan Cooper

Previously cancelled Sacramento State match rescheduled to March 18th

Cal Poly’s conference match against Sacramento State, originally scheduled for early February but was cancelled due to weather, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 18 with a 2:15 PM kickoff.

This will be the first contest between the two teams since Sacramento State joined the D1A California Conference this season.

The match is currently set to be played at the Lower Sports Complex on Cal Poly campus (off of Highland Drive and Via Carta). Venue is subject to change as previous matches were.

Cal Poly loses to Saint Mary; face bye week before UC Santa Barbara

Cal Poly drops to 1-1 conference record after losing to Saint Mary’s 94-7.

The match was originally scheduled to be a home game for the Mustangs, but was moved due to field closures from poor weather in previous weeks.

Saint Mary’s controlled the lead early and kept scoring points throughout the entirety of the match. Cal Poly was able to get on the board late in the game after they were awarded a penalty try after back-to-back 5m scrums at Saint Mary’s goal line.

Cal Poly will rest this Saturday for a bye week before travelling down to Isla Vista to play UC Santa Barbara on March 4th.

UCSB has a conference record of 1-3 and will play their final conference match of the season when they play the Mustangs.

Cal Poly beat UCSB in last year’s match by a score of 27-3.

Updates for the match against UCSB including time and venue will come next week.

Match times for Saturday at Saint Mary’s set for 1 PM kickoff

Cal Poly’s match times and locations are set for this Saturday’s fixture against Saint Mary’s.

The Cal Poly 1st XV will play at 1:00 PM at Saint Mary’s Stadium.

Reserve sides will play before and after.

Match Times:

C-Side vs. SMC C-Side: 11:00 AM at Pat Vincent Rugby Field

CP 1st XV vs. SMC 1st XV: 1:00 PM at Saint Mary’s Stadium

B-Side vs. SMC B-Side: 2:45 PM at Saint Mary’s Stadium

 

Match Venues:

 

 

Cal Poly opens conference play with 50-19 win over Santa Clara

Cal Poly earned their first D1A California Conference win of the season on Saturday in a 50-19 rout of Santa Clara. The Mustangs overcame a nine-point deficit in a second-half offensive show.

Cal Poly got on the board first after senior flyhalf Corey McGrillen converted a penalty kick in the early minutes of the first half. Santa Clara then scored 12 unanswered points, one off of a mishandled pass in the Cal Poly backline.

Before the end of the half, junior prop Connor Cudeback got the first Mustang try, cutting Santa Clara’s halftime lead to two points.

Cal Poly then scored another 40 unanswered points to take a commanding 50-12 lead before leaking a last-minute try to Santa Clara.

The win ends a three-game losing skid by the Mustangs, including loses against #1 Cal and #4 BYU.

Cal Poly will travel to #3 Saint Mary’s next Saturday, February 25 to play their second conference match. The game was originally scheduled as a home game for the Mustangs, but is being moved to Saint Mary’s due to field closures caused by inclement weather.

Saint Mary’s is coming off of a 27-12 victory over BYU this past weekend.

Updates on venue and time for next Saturday’s match against Saint Mary’s will come later in the week.

Cal Poly vs. Santa Clara Scoring Summary:

3:00 Corey McGrillen penalty kick  CP 3 SCUTS 0

5:00 Santa Clara try, conversion  CP 3 SCUTS 7

9:00 Santa Clara try   CP 3 SCUTS 12

14:00 Connor Cudeback try, McGrillen conv.  CP 10 SCUTS 12

HALFTIME-

40:00 Nathan Sylvia try, McGrillen conv.  CP 17 SCUTS 12

42:00 Mark Grzanich try, McGrillen conv.  CP 24 SCUTS 12

49:00 Ivy Adair try  CP 29 SCUTS 12

56:00 Eddie McFarland try, McGrillen conv.  CP 36 SCUTS 12

67:00 Alex Wormer try, McGrillen conv.  CP 43 SCUTS 12

76:00 Connor Miller try, Wormer conv.  CP 50 SCUTS 12

80:00 Santa Clara try, conversion  CP 50 SCUTS 19

Cal Poly opens conference play at Santa Clara

Cal Poly will play their first D1A California Conference match of the season at Santa Clara this Saturday. The 1st XV will kickoff at 1:00 PM, with the 2nd XV following.

The Mustangs lost 73-7 last weekend at #1 California in their final non-conference match. Senior flanker Sal Guevara scored Cal Poly’s lone try.

Cal Poly’s first conference game was scheduled to be against Sacramento State, but was cancelled due to field closures and still is in the works of being rescheduled.

Cal Poly beat Santa Clara 26-13 in last year’s match in San Luis Obispo, and will look to make it three straight wins against the Broncos in league play.

The game will be played at Bellomy Field (500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053), kickoff at 1:00 PM.

Cal Poly Starting 1st XV

1 Connor Cudeback
2 Eddie McFarland
3 Nathan Sylvia
4 Reece Erickson
5 Jake Heene
6 Sam Bradley
7 Salvador Guevara
8 Dustin Mollard
9 Dan Hardiman
10 Corey McGrillen
11 Brandon Puccini
12 Alex Wormer
13 Mark Grzanich
14 Ivy Adair
15 Marshall Brusca

Cal Poly vs. Sacramento State cancelled; Mustangs to play Cal in Berkeley on Saturday

Cal Poly’s first conference match against Sacramento State was cancelled due to inclement weather and field closures in Sacramento.  The Mustangs will play #1 California on the road in Berkeley this Saturday. The match will kickoff at 2 P.M. at Witter Rugby Field in Berkeley, Calif.

The Golden Bears are off to a hot start in their first season back in D1A competition in the PAC Conference. The game against Cal Poly will be a non-conference, the Mustangs’ last one before getting into California Conference play against Santa Clara the following week.

Cal Poly and Sacramento State are working to reschedule their cancelled match, which would have been a California Conference match. There is no current timetable for the game to be rescheduled.

 

Cal Poly to play Sacramento State in first conference match of season

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Cal Poly will travel to play at Sacramento State on Saturday, February 4. The 1st XV is scheduled to kickoff at 1:00 PM with the 2nd XV following at 3:00 PM.

Cal Poly is coming off a 86-3 loss to #4 BYU, while Sacramento State lost to UC Santa Barbara 41-15 this past Saturday in their first game back in the D1A California Conference.

This Saturday’s match between Cal Poly and Sacramento State will be the first regular-season match between the two since 2014.

The road match for the Mustangs will be the first of three straight away matches for the team.

Venue location and starting lineups will be updated later in the week.