National Small College Rugby Organization LLC: Latest News: Cal Maritime Beats Humboldt State, Wins NorCal Collegiate Rugby Conference

Monday, March 18
Cal Maritime Beats Humboldt State, Wins NorCal Collegiate Rugby Conference

The Cal Maritime Rugby team, knowing it needed a win to claim the NCCRC league title, scored 50 points on Humboldt State to win its first NorCal CRC league title decisively. Fresh off a frustrating tie which dropped CMA into second place, the Keelhaulers came out focused and ready for the traditionally tough trip up to Eureka. Senior wing Zach Patterson scored the first of CMA's 8 tries. Additional tries were scored by freshman Chad Mensinger, senior Brandon Teepen, senior Lonnie Shankling (2), junior Wyatt Matthews (2), and freshman Evan Chambers. Senior Will Fitzpatrick was successful on 5 of his 8 conversion attempts. The win brought CMA's league record to 5-0-1 and ahead of Sonoma State in league standings (Sonoma's only loss was to CMA). The Keelhauler's overall record is 11 wins against 1 loss and 1 tie.

The victory against the traditionally tough Humboldt State team on the road in CMA's final league match earned CMA the league title as well as the right to represent Northern California in the Small College's National Championship competition. The first leg of the playoff competition is the Pacific Coast Cup on March 23-24. The PC Cup will include Northern California's champion (the CMA Keelhaulers), the Pacific Northwest champion (two-time champion University of Puget Sound), and Southern California's champion (perennially champion Occidental College) and runner-up (frequent playoff contender Pepperdine University) and will be held at Bodnar Field on Cal Maritime's campus in Vallejo, CA. CMA plays Pepperdine at 11am Saturday with the second game, featuring UPS against Occidental, kicking off at 1:30. Saturday's winners both will qualify for the Small College's Pacific-West Regional Championship to be held 2 weeks later in Glendale (Denver), Colorado, and will play Sunday, March 24, to determine the Pacific Coast Cup champion as well as seeding for the PacWest Regional. Kick-off for Sunday's PC Cup championship game will be at 1:30. A consolation game between Saturday's losing teams will kick-off at 11:00am.

All rugby fans are invited to come out and watch the exciting playoff rugby that will be on display during the Pacific Coast Cup held at the Cal Maritime Academy Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24. Kick-offs are scheduled for 11am and 1:30pm on both days. The gate opens 1 hour before the first game each day.