Claremont Rugby Team Wins Division II National Championships

Claremont, Calif. ( May 4, 2010) — Pitzer College congratulates Morgan Bennett ’13, Ben Eachus ’11, Alexandre Ferre ’11, Spencer Harrison ’12, Richard McKinney ’10, Max Reed ’11, Stephan Shortall ’10, Matthew Solimano ’10, Timothy Stapenhorst ’12, Noah Taubman ’10 and the entire Claremont Rugby team for capturing the Division II National Championships.

The Claremont Dragons won their first-ever national title by beating Temple 25-19 in the division game at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California on May 1. Lead by first-year coach Jeremy Ognall and captain Richard McKinney, this is the first time the team has entered the nationals since 2005.

“What an amazing accomplishment it was by a tremendous group of student-athletes,” said Ognall, “These players were totally committed to the task and the growing likelihood of success as the season developed which made my job and that of Scott Bracken and Woody Fox much easier. We are all glad to win this one for Wally Cox who developed this program for over two decades and presenting him with the trophy was very emotional.”

Watch the finals match here:

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