Men’s rugby wins Plate Championship in Las Vegas

 Morgan Findlay | Lindenlink Contributor

The Lindenwood men’s rugby team competed on the weekend of Feb. 9 in Las Vegas, NV playing five games over the course of three days and winning the plate final placing fifth out of 20 teams. They lost their first game against a very good University of Victoria team from Canada who went on to win the competition. 

“They (Lindenwood) were by far the hardest team we played this tournament. We expected to see them in the final,” said Mike Shenker, a player of the University of Victoria. 

The tournament was a qualifier for the fourth annual USA 7’s Collegiate Rugby Championship Invitational, scheduled for June at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia. 

Rugby Sevens is an altered form of the normal game that fields only seven players instead of the usual 15, and lasts for only 14 minutes. It requires superior speed and stamina and is recognized as an Olympic sport making its debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics

Lions coach Ron Laszewski said, “To play teams of this caliber is a great opportunity… we will find out soon if we have secured a spot in the College Rugby Championship.” 

The men’s rugby team continues its full-team season on its home turf at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium on March 1 against a strong men’s team out of Chicago, the Chicago Griffins.