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2/28 - U.C. knocks off the snow at Clemson
The Bearcats traveled hundreds of miles to play 15th ranked Clemson Tigers for their first match of the year. Having only practiced once outside this year, it was an enormous ask of the club to knock off the Tigers. The match started out with UC reacquainting themselves with the dimensions of a real rugby field. After opening kickoff the Bearcats gained some territory on a 8 phase drive, Clemson was able to turn the ball over, retain possession for a few phases and then spin it wide for a try. UC quickly got a taste of Clemson game plan. Pound it up and spin it wide. It was not to be for the Bearcats, and Clemson wound up with 46 to only 10 for the Bearcats. While a large differential on the board, the team knew they competed. With a few more matches under their belt and some injured players back in the starting line-up, UC believes they can win against a Clemson caliber team.
10/25 - U.C. Finishes Season With a Tough Match Against Bowling Green
The University of Cincinnati finished its season with a battle against the team to beat in the MAC, Bowling Green. Even though the scoreboard may show a loss, the team gave this juggernaut team a run for the money. Bowling Green may have expected an easy win from discouraged Bearcats, considering UC's loss to Miami in the previous week knocked them out of the running on the playoffs. Unconcerned with MAC standings,however, UC chose to play for pride, putting up 24 points against Bowling Green's 42. The game was close at times, with a physical battle demonstrating that UC is still a threat in the MAC, and should not be overlooked in the seasons to come.
4/25-26 - U.C. Finishes 7's Season at Virginia Beach ACRC7s Tournament
The team came out strong and played Kutztown in their first match and was down just one try at the half. Fitness proved to be our downfall and Kutztown was able to score a few in the second half. UC also competed with Saint Bonaventure, Villanova, Bentley, and the Heat Elite. The team was unable to connect on a few opportunities over the weekend and that proved to be the difference in UC getting a win or not. Many of the new players got playing time for the first ever in 7s and a few others were able to help propel Dayton to finish 6th. With the completion of this tournament we say farewell to two UC seniors, Derek and Walker, who have been pillars in the club over their careers. UC will have a 7s team this summer so stay tuned!
UCRFC is excited to announce that we will have a new addition to the team for next year. Nick Lauterbach will be joining as the Head coach for the club. Nick has had extensive experience with the sport both as a player and coach. He is a Level 3 USA Rugby certified coach who is excited about this opportunity to take an already well-established Bearcat program to the next level! Mark Heidrich will be taking on more of an administrative role are the Director of the club, but will still be seen around the pitch reminding everyone how good he was.