Benedictine Club Rugby in National Championship Tournament
- Friday, March 22, 2013
After winning the Heart of America Small College Championship back on November 3, the Benedictine College club rugby team, the Black Monks, won the first round of the USA Rugby National Championship tournament. On November 10, the Black Monks defeated Wayne State University (Neb.) 19-17 in a hard-fought battle in Atchison. The Benedictine team now moves on to the Round of 16, which will take place April 6, 2013, at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado. As a club sport, the team covers all of its own expenses and has been fundraising to make the trip. To donate, go to my.benedictine.edu/rugby-tournament.
The Black Monks finished the regular season with a record of 5-1, and one forfeit. After the first round of the playoffs, the team is ranked #20 in the nation among the 208 teams in the National Small College Rugby Organization. The Heart of America conference is made up of Benedictine plus Creighton, Emporia State, Pittsburg State, John Brown University (Arkansas), and Northwest Missouri State. Other teams still in the national tournament include the University of Notre Dame, Loyola Marymount College, Franciscan University, Regis University, Colorado School of Mines, University of St. Thomas, DePaul University, Amherst University and Pepperdine University. If Benedictine wins on April 6, the team will play again on April 7. Another victory will return them to Colorado on April 26 for the Final Four.
The Benedictine rugby club team dates back to 1967, when it was known as the Ruggers. It was disbanded in 1973, but was revived in 1996 as the Black Friars. That team disbanded again in 2001. Benedictine College student Randy Lewis brought the team back in 2003 as the Black Monks. There are 34 players on the team, all certified by USA Rugby. Benedictine College students Jack Hume, Jack White and Joe Moran serve as the team captains.
Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.