Penn State Berks Rugby Team wins first Middle Atlantic titlePenn State Berks dominated the EPRU Division 3 Champion Widener University Rugby Club, 40-15 in the final of the Middle-Atlantic Rugby Football Union championships in Wilmington, DE to win its first sectional championship. With the victory, Berks advances to the National Small College Rugby Organization final four on April 24-25, 2010 in Virginia Beach to play for the D3 national championship.
Berks had to overcome three conference #1 seeds in two weeks of play to earn the championship. They dispatched Frostburg State a week ago 21-3 on their home field. Then in the first match of the MARFU championships, Berks manhandled Virginia champion, Christopher Newport University, 32-12 in the semifinal. Trys were scored by Darryl Davis, Dan DeFelice, Matt Moyer (2), Matt Sibio, and Joe Morrione. Eric Roubik added a conversion.
In the final on Sunday, Berks was looking to avenge a close loss to rival Widener from the fall EPRU D3 championship final. Again, Berks stormed out of the blocks to lead 18-3 at halftime. Trys were scored by Matt Moyer, Eric Roubik, and Darryl Davis, and Roubik kicked a penalty kick. After another Roubik penalty kick, Widener cut the lead to 21-15, but Berks answered with 19 straight points to close out the match. Trys were scored by Dan Kelly, Brandon Emenike, and Matt Moyer. Casey Correa added two conversions.
Penn State Berks Rugby becomes the first University team to reach a national final four in Penn State history.