Terps 7s

 

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2012 CRC Squad

 

The Atlantic Coast Rugby Series:

The Maryland Terrapins participate in Olympic 7s rugby each year via the Atlantic Coast Rugby Series and local 7s tournaments. The multi-event ACRL Series culminates in the Atlantic Coast Invitational 7s Tournament, a 2-day championship event featuring many of the Atlantic Coast universities. The winner of this tournament receives an invitation to play in the USA Sevens’ Collegiate Rugby Championship

The Collegiate Rugby Championship:

The Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC) features sixteen top collegiate programs from across the nation competing in a two day event at PPL Park, the home stadium of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. The tournament is broadcast in HD over the NBC family of networks.

In 2012, the Terrapins participated for the first time in the CRC.  After a disappointing Day1 against some of the competition’s strongest teams, The Terps rebounded on Day 2.  We won two great games against Penn State & Oklahoma and put in a thrilling performance against Florida in the Challenger Bracket Final.  Senior Trevor Tanifum was the leading try scorer of the tournament and almost tied the tournament record before injuring his ankle in the final minutes of the Oklahoma semi-final game.  He was named to the CRC All-Tournament Team and the USA All-American 7s Team.

We played in front of a combined total of 18,000 fans and our game versus Delaware was televised on Saturday and our 32-12 win over Oklahoma was televised Sunday, both on NBC Sports.  Our fans were loud and energetic BOTH days and were clearly one of event’s best groups of supporters.

In the days before the event, we did live TV spots on the local morning shows of the CBS & Fox affiliates, plus a radio spot on 93.3 WMMR, a local rock station.  The Washington Post ran three articles about the Terps Rugby Program leading into and during the event (front of Saturday’s sports section) and included photos & a video in their online content.

The Terps handled themselves professionally throughout and our squad received many complements.  We represented the University of Maryland with pride and earned a ton of respect through our gutsy play.

 Improving for the Future:

In preparation of the Atlantic Coast Rugby Series, all potential Terrapins are encouraged to play a summer of 7s with local summer competition. Those members that live or remain close to campus will train and play with the Maryland Exiles Rugby Club. The Maryland Exiles grew from The MOB (Maryland Old Boys), the original alumni team of Maryland Rugby graduates. Many Maryland alumni still choose to continue playing rugby with the Exiles.

The Exiles have achieved great success in the past decade, including many top ten national rankings. The Club reached the National Final Four in both 1995 & 1996. A number of Exiles have received international honors and represented the United States and Kenya in international competition.

The Exiles are coached by UMD graduate Chris Harvey who is assisted by a number of other Maryland alumni. Coach Harvey also serves as the All-Star 7s coach of the Mid-Atlantic region and is considered one of the premier 7s coaches in the nation.

Training sessions are Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the local area. The Exiles will participate in a number of summer tournaments in preparation of the regional and national playoffs.

For specific Terrapins information or to discuss summer participation, please contact Coach Laake. More information is available on the Exiles at www.MarylandExiles.com.