Cal Poly plays host to #4 BYU Thursday

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Cal Poly will field two teams on Thursday night at Damon Garcia Sports Fields to take on the #4 Brigham Young Cougars. The 1st XV is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 PM, with the 2nd XV playing before starting at 6:15 PM.

The Mustangs will look to bounce back after they were held to a season-low 8 points last Saturday at #19 San Diego State in their first loss of the season.

Cal Poly will return starting flanker and captain Sal Guevara, who sat out last weekend due to injury.

The starting 1st XV for Cal Poly is as follows:

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

 

BYU, currently ranked #4 in their first season back in D1A Rugby, will play their first game of the season at Cal Poly. They will travel down to play San Diego State this Saturday.

 

Cal Poly loses to #20 San Diego State 13-8; will play #4 BYU on Thursday

Photo Daniel Dempster
Photo Daniel Dempster

 

Cal Poly lost 13-5 on Saturday against #20 San Diego State. The Mustangs are now 1-1 in January.

San Diego State scored the first points of the game early in the first half with a grubber kick that broke through the Mustang’s defense, which the Aztecs chased down for a try.

Senior Flyhalf Corey McGrillen converted a penalty kick later in the half to cut the SDSU lead to 5-3.

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After a long scoring drought into the second half, SDSU earned another try in the corner giving them enough to win.

Cal Poly’s Senior Wing Ivy Adair got in for a try late in the game cutting the lead to 10-8 with eight minutes left, but could not respond after a converted Aztec penalty extended the lead for a final score of 13-8.

Although Cal Poly played tightly on defense and conceded few line breaks, they were held to under 10 points for the first time since playing California almost a year ago.

Cal Poly is scheduled to face #4 Brigham Young this Thursday, January 26 at Damon Garcia Fields in San Luis Obispo. The 1st XV is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 PM. The 2nd XV will play before at 6:15 PM.

The Mustang’s game against BYU is subject to cancellation/ change of venue due to weather. More details to come.

Cal Poly to play San Diego State in non-conference match Saturday

Cal Poly vs San Diego State in a non-conference friendly in 2016
Cal Poly vs San Diego State in a non-conference friendly in 2016

The Mustangs will play #20 San Diego State this Saturday, January 21 in San Diego. The match is a non-conference friendly, and thus will not count towards final standings.

Cal Poly has lost the last two matches against the Aztecs. In the last match, San Diego State won 21-20.

The Mustangs will expect to return key starters in Nate Sylvia, Alex Wormer and Connor Cudeback on Saturday.

Cal Poly has won five straight non-conference matches since November.

The 1st XV will kickoff at 4:00 PM with the 2nd XV following. Both matches will be played at the turf fields on San Diego State campus off of 55th street (between Montezuma and Remington).

Use the following link for a map of San Diego State campus (see #17 for match venue): Click Here for SDSU map

Cal Poly to play Pleasanton Jesters Rugby Club on Saturday

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The Mustangs will send a mixed A/B side to play the Pleasanton Jesters Rugby Club in their first action of 2017.

Kickoff is set for this Saturday, January 14 at 4:00 PM at Cayetano Park (101 Portola Ave, Livermore, California 94551).

Key players like Nate Sylvia, Connor Cudeback and Alex Wormer will not play as they will instead travel to Chula Vista, CA to participate in the AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American Identification Camp.

However, Cal Poly will still play with their top two try-scorers for the fall in #8 Dustin Mollard and outside back Mark Grzanich.

Other non-conference friendlies on the slate for Cal Poly this January include on the road against #20 San Diego State next Saturday and a home fixture against #4 Brigham Young.

Three Cal Poly Players invited to AIG Collegiate All-Americans Identification Camp

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.

Connor Cudeback against SLORFC. Photo Dan Dempster

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.

 

 

 

 

Alex Wormer in the 2015 West Coast Sevens. Photo Daniel Dempster
Alex Wormer in the 2015 West Coast Sevens. Photo Daniel Dempster

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.
 

 

 

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Nathan Sylvia against Fresno Rugby Club

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.

All three players were named All-American Honorable Mentions last season.

33 of the 57 players invited to the camp compete in the D1A Rugby division.

For more on how the camp will run and a complete list of players invited, visit usarugby.org

 

 

Cal Poly’s first match cancelled, moved to Pleasanton

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.

Cal Poly’s full schedule will be posted shortly.

 

Cal Poly 1st XV finishes fall pre-season undefeated; Women notch first victory

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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Cal Poly beats Fresno Rugby Club 40-0

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.

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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.

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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.

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Cal Poly vs. Fresno Rugby Club Scoring Summary

Eddie McFarland, Corey McGrillen conversion CP 7  FRFC 0

Dustin Mollard, McGrillen conv. CP 14  FRFC 0

Penalty try, McGrillen conv. CP 21  FRFC 0

Isaac Stoll, McGrillen conv. CP 28  FRFC 0

Sam Bradley  CP 33  FRFC 0

HALFTIME

Mark Grzanich, Grzanich conv. CP 40  FRFC 0

Cal Poly Rugby wins Lin Price Memorial Match against SLORFC

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Cal Poly vs. SLORFC Scoring Summary:

Dustin Mollard, Corey McGrillen conversion (5:00) CP 7  SLORFC 0

Ryan Cooper, McGrillen conv. (12:00CP 14  SLORFC 0

Mark Grzanich, McGrillen conv. (17:00CP 21  SLORFC 0

HALFTIME

Grzanich, McGrillen conv. (40:30CP 28  SLORFC 0

Grzanich, McGrillen conv. (44:00CP 35 SLORFC 0

Mollard (45:00CP 40  SLORFC 0

Nate Sylvia, McGrillen conv. (48:00CP 47  SLORFC 0

Sam Bradley (60:00CP 52  SLORFC 0

Zach Markow (70:00CP 57  SLORFC 0

Marshall Brusca (78:30CP 62  SLORFC 0

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