NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The touring side for the USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans’ upcoming matches against Cambridge University and Ontario Blues has been selected.
MCAA Head Coach Matt Sherman and his staff held a four-day selection camp June 12-15, at which 53 of the country’s top collegiate rugby players trained at Merrimack College.
Nineteen of the 33 players selected played for D1A Rugby schools in 2014. Saint Mary’s College, D1A Champion following a 21-6 defeat of Life University in the Final at Stanford University in May, is represented by six players, including Final MVP Cooper Maloney. Life University’s Paris Hollis also made the touring squad.
Just six of the 33 players have played for the MCAAs previously.
“We are really pleased with the effort and focus of all the players competing in camp at Merrimack College,” Sherman said. “While this is a relatively inexperienced team at the Collegiate All-American level, the players have shown a lot of ability and tenacity.
“Our focus now will turn towards coming together as a team as we prepare for tough international opposition in a few days’ time.”
Dartmouth’s Madison Hughes, who featured on the Men’s Eagles Sevens roster during their 2013-14 IRB HSBC Sevens World Series campaign, will wear the MCAA jersey for the third consecutive year and will play on his home field in Hanover, N.H., when the MCAAs host Cambridge University in the first of two matches June 21. The match will be streamed live online on USA Rugby TV.
The Irish Cultural Center in Canton, Mass., will be the site of the second clash between the MCAAs and Cambridge University June 25. The MCAAs will then host Ontario Blues in their final match of the summer at the Irish Cultural Center June28.
The MCAAs are also holding a raffle, with participants entered to win the team’s match kit and a chance to have a meal with the team.
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AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | 2014 Tour
|Christian Adams||American International College||Freshman||Wing||5'10"||215|
|Lucas Baistrocchi||University of Florida||Senior||Flyhalf||5'11"||193|
|Ryan Blythe||West Virginia University||Senior||No. Eight||6'3"||210|
|Garrett Brewer||Saint Mary's College||Senior||Flyhalf||6'4"||213|
|Connor Cook||Arkansas State University||Senior||Lock||6'2"||210|
|Dom DeFalco||Pennsylvania State University||Senior||Wing||5'9"||176|
|Michael Gierlach||Lindenwood University||Senior||Lock||6'3"||210|
|Harrison Higgins||Arkansas State University||Junior||Lock||6'4"||230|
|Paris Hollis||Life University||Junior||Prop||6'1"||225|
|Madison Hughes||Dartmouth College||Junior||Fullback||5'9"||175|
|Jace Jackson||University of Denver||Senior||Prop||6'4"||265|
|Stephen Karas||Colorado State University||Fifth Year||Prop||6'1"||235|
|Kaleikaumaka Konrad||San Diego State University||Senior||Flyhalf||5'10"||185|
|Niku Kruger||Kutztown University||Junior||Scrumhalf||5'8"|
|Benjamin Landry||UW-Whitewater||Fifth Year||Lock||6'5"||260|
|Sione Lauti||University of Utah||Senior||Scrumhalf||5'8"||180|
|Michael Lawrenson||Kutztown University||Senior||Lock||6'7"||247|
|Jonny Linehan||Brigham Young University||Sophomore||Flyhalf||5'11"||190|
|Hugh MacLellan||Davenport University||Senior||Prop||6'1"||245|
|Peter Malcolm||Wheeling Jesuit University||Junior||Flanker||6'1"||225|
|William Maloney||Saint Mary's College||Junior||Wing||5'9"||173|
|Kingsley McGowan||Saint Mary's College||Junior||Center||5'10"||195|
|Tino Paophavihanh||Bellevue College||Junior||Hooker||5'11"||240|
|Kyle C Peterson||Saint Mary's College||Senior||Flanker||6'1"||190|
|James Poli||Lindenwood University||Junior||Center||6'||225|
|Shaun Potgieter||Arkansas State University||Fifth Year||No. Eight||6'1"||225|
|Ryan Pratt||Saint Mary's College||Senior||Prop||5'11"||225|
|Aladdin Schirmer||Central Washington University||Junior||Flanker||6'2"||224|
|Sebastian Sharpe||University of California-Los Angeles||Sophomore||Wing||5'9"||190|
|Samuel Sirell||University of California-Los Angeles||Fifth Year||Center||5'11"||205|
|Vili Toluta'u||Central Washington University||Freshman||Flanker||5'11"||211|
|Dino Waldren||Saint Mary's College||Junior||Prop||5'11"||235|
USA Rugby Men’s Collegiate All-Americans | Summer 2014 Schedule
V Cambridge University – Dartmouth College – Hanover, N.H. – June 21
V Cambridge University – Irish Cultural Center – Canton, Mass. – June 25
V Ontario Blues – Irish Cultural Center – Canton, Mass. – June 28
USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans | Coaching Staff
Matt Sherman – Head Coach
Gavin Hickey – Forward Coach
Phillip Eloff – Back Coach
Craig Brown – Manager
Chris Mizer - Trainer