AIG MCAAs open Summer Tour with win against Cambridge University

AIG MCAAs open Summer Tour with win against Cambridge University

HANOVER, N.H. – Tries from Paris Hollis, Mike Lawrenson, and Kingsley McGowan propelled the USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans to a 27-15 win against visiting Cambridge University Saturday.

The MCAAs began the three-match tour in New England at Dartmouth College, where Kutztown University’s Niku Kruger kicked a penalty goal to open the scoring in the match’s second minute. McGowan, fresh from a D1A Championship with Saint Mary’s College, scored the first try a few minutes later to extend the MCAAs’ lead to 10-0.

Cambridge’s Nigel Conroy put his side on the board with a penalty kick in the 10th minute, but Hollis gave the MCAAs breathing space at halftime with a 24th-minute try.

Vili Tolata’u was shown a yellow card at the end of the half and Cambridge capitalized in the second half with two tries during the 10-minute man-advantage for a 17-15 lead.

Lawrenson scored in the 61st minute to regain the lead, and a 67th-minute try from Hollis put Cambridge out of reach for the 17-15 win.

In the second match against the Collegiate Barbarians from Ontario, the MCAAs led, 12-5, before going into the half down, 20-19. They could not overcome the Canadian side and ultimately fell, 35-32.

The MCAAs will continue their summer tour at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Mass., Wednesday, June 25, against Cambridge University. They will finish the tour in Canton with a match against Ontario Blues Saturday, June 28.

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AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | v Cambridge University
1. Paris Hollis (Life University)
2. Peter Malcolm (Wheeling Jesuit University)
3. Angus MacLellan (Davenport University)
4. Mike Lawrenson (Kutztown University)
5. Ben Landry (University of Wisconsin - Whitewater)
6. Aladdin Schirmer (Central Washington University)
7. Vili Toluta'u (Central Washington University)
8. Shaun Potgeiter (Arkansas State University)
9. Niku Kruger (Kutztown University)
10. Kalei Konrad (San Diego State University)
11. Madison Hughes (C) (Dartmouth College)
12. James Poli (Lindenwood University)
13. Kingsley McGowan (Saint Mary's College)
14. Seb Sharpe (University of California - Los Angeles)
15. Cooper Maloney (Saint Mary's College)

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | Reserves
16. Tino Paophavihanh (Bellevue College)
17. Ryan Pratt (Saint Mary's College)
18. Dino Waldren (Saint Mary's College)
19. Connor Cook (Arkansas State University)
20. Harry Higgins (Arkansas State University)
21. Tonata Lauti (University of Utah)
22. Garrett Brewer (Saint Mary's College)
23. Lucas Bastrocchi (University of Florida)

Cambridge University | Starting XV
1. Will Briggs (C)
2. Patrick Calvert
3. Frank Sanders
4. Jack Baker
5. Rob Hall
6. Leo Buizza
7. Hugo Kelly
8. Rob Malaney
9. George Bilclough
10. Sam Allen
11. Andrew Murdoch
12. Danny Holmes
13. James Boyd-Moss
14. Paul Loudon
15. Angus Strachan

Cambridge University | Reserves
16. Nigel Conroy
17. Jacob Poulton
18. Nate Brakeley
19. Oliver Wolfe
20. Charlie O'Sullivan
21. Harry Peck
22. Fraser Gillies
23. Dave Sparkhall

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | 27
Tries: McGowan, Hollis (2), Lawrenson
Conversions: Kruger (3)
Penalties: Kruger

Cambridge University | 15
Tries: Foultan, Brakeley
Conversions: Sparkhall
Penalties: Conroy

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | v Collegiate Barbarians
1. Stephen Karas (Colorado State University)
2. Tino Paophavihanh (Bellevue College)
3. Dino Waldren (Saint Mary's College)
4. Connor Cooke (Arkansas State University)
5. Mike Gierlach (Lindenwood University)
6. Harry Higgins (Arkansas State University)
7. Kyle Peterson (Saint Mary's College)
8. Ryan Blythe (West Virginia University)
9. Tonatu Lauti (University of Utah)
10. Jonny Linehan (Brigham Young University)
11. Christian Adams (American International College)
12. Sam Sirrell (C) (University of California - Los Angeles)
13. Garrett Brewer (Saint Mary's College)
14. Chris Turori (Palomar Junior College)
15. Lucas Bastrocchi (University of Florida)
Reserves: Ryan Pratt (Saint Mary's College), Jace Jackson (University of Denver), Dominic Defalco (Pennsylvania State University)

AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | Summer 2014 Schedule
v Cambridge University - Irish Cultural Center - Wednesday, June 25 - 6:00 P.M. ET
v Ontario Blues - Irish Cultural Center - Saturday, June 28 - 2:30 P.M. ET

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