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By Jakob Engelke, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2011
After losing by just one try in the 2010 MIAA championship game to Loyola, the Mount St. Joseph rugby team entered this past season with one goal in mind: to not let history repeat itself and, in turn, win the program's first conference title. The team used the 2010 championship defeat as motivation all season, and players donned shirts emblazoned with the game's final score and the words, "Not this year. Gaels rugby all the way. " The Gaels lived up to the message printed on their shirts and followed through with their goal, defeating Calvert Hall, 29-24, on May 18 in the MIAA rugby championship.
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By Amanda Ghysel and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Elizabeth McPherson hits the ground with a thud, an audible gasp of air escaping her lungs. But the rugby rookie's first thought when she lands is that her mother is going to kill her. "She was worried when my sister, who is 6 feet tall and larger-framed than I, played, so I'd been putting off telling her," jokes McPherson, 33, of Mount Vernon, who had told her mother only earlier that day that she had joined the Chesapeake Women's Rugby Club the...
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December 5, 2011
Rugby The Howard County Hurricane Express girls rugby team is holding a recruiting event Dec. 11 for the upcoming winter/spring season. Email skinner56@comcast.net for more details.   Tennis   The Glenmont Tennis League, a recreational league for adult women, is looking for additional players for the 2012 season. Email suefilson@verizon.net or call 410-730-6565 to be added to the mailing list.   Lacrosse   Team registration is being accepted for the Lax Blast Shoot-Out Indoor tournament scheduled for Dec. 30 in Hampstead.
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Special to The Aegis | May 15, 2014
North Bay Rugby's High School Girls' Team has been invited to the National High School Rugby Championships that take place this weekend in Pittsfield, Mass. They are one of 16 teams invited to compete for the national title. "This is a once in a lifetime accomplishment and will go down in our history as a crowning achievement for all of North Bay," said Ellen Hickey, North Bay Rugby's Youth and High School Commissioner. North Bay had an impressive perfect season in league play, going undefeated with only two tries scored against them.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2011
Just five teams play rugby as a varsity sport in Maryland because the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association is the only local high school association to sanction the sport. It is also one of just a handful of high school athletic associations around the country to sanction it. Still, the competition among those five teams — Loyola, Archbishop Spalding, Calvert Hall, John Carroll and Mount St. Joseph — can be intense. This season four of them are out to unseat Loyola, which has won three consecutive titles.
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By Jeff Fletcher | September 15, 1991
Rugby in the United States is just about as popular as, say, polka music. Outside of a small, devoted group of followers, it is ++ more a curiosity than anything else.That's one of the reasons why a trip to play in Zimbabwe was so special for three local players."When you play over here in America, you have people hollering on the sidelines telling you what to do, but they don't really know what they're talking about," said Towson's Alec Klinghoffer, who, along with Chris Schmidt of Baltimore and John Malcolm of Clarksville, was a member of USA Rugby East Squad that played five games in the African country last month.
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May 1, 2008
Mount St. Joseph rugby player Chris Lowe said that the sport "is 15 guys on the field playing as one. "Every game, it's like a brotherhood out there."
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | November 7, 2004
CALL HIM a dreamer, but Brian Bassett thinks he's found a budding technology that may be the answer to building a bigger audience for his favorite sport, rugby. Bassett, a video producer with the Howard County public school system by day, is a tireless participant evenings and weekends in rugby with the Rocky Gorge Rugby Club. He is the coach as well as a player. He is a promoter, too, telling sports folks last week that he is close to getting a half-hour show about the sport to be carried by Comcast SportsNet next month via the cable giant's Middle Atlantic outlets.
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By Kyle Anderson and Kyle Anderson,sports@baltsun.com | March 5, 2009
After starring in soccer and track at Dulaney, then at Syracuse, Ida Bernstein was seeking a new challenge. A friend told her about women's rugby. "I was always a very aggressive soccer player, so rugby was the perfect fit," said Bernstein, who lives in Cockeysville and is taking graduate courses at UMBC. Bernstein, 25, is in Dubai this week playing for the U.S. Women's National Rugby team in the first Women's World Cup, representing her country in a sport unfamiliar to most Americans.
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By Mike Nortrup and Mike Nortrup,Contributing sports writer | May 1, 1991
It's nice to go out on top, and that's what Mason-Dixon Rugby Club coach Mike Gallagher is doing.The 47-year-old Gallagher, who has run the Carroll-based rugby group since 1987, steps down after this spring session.Several other members of the club will share the coaching duties in the fall.But Gallagher can take pride in seeing his team prosper after almost disbanding several years ago.From that ignominious near-end, it has recovered to become a power in the Potomac Rugby Union, which governs the sport in Maryland, Washington and northern Virginia.
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Sports Digest | December 8, 2013
Laurel Park Eighttofasttocatch wins Broad Brush Stakes Eighttofasttocatch earned his 10th stakes win Saturday, galloping to victory in the $100,000 Broad Brush Stakes at Laurel Park. The horse trained by Tim Keefe also won the Maryland Million Classic and the Jennings Handicap this fall at Laurel. Under Forest Boyce on Saturday, Eighttofasttocatch broke alertly from his outside post, then rated off front-runner Warrioroftheroses until the quarter pole, when they pressed to the fore and pulled away to win by two lengths.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
Ida Bernstein always has been a multitasker, going back to her childhood in Baltimore County when she juggled several sports and teams while maintaining a rigorous academic load. Which makes her current situation a challenge in itself: For the first time in several years, Bernstein will be concentrating on just one sport while her academic responsibilities also lessen considerably. A former soccer and track star at Dulaney who went to Syracuse to play both sports, Bernstein eventually found her way to rugby in college as well as bobsledding after graduating.
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Dan Rodricks | November 7, 2013
The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have three wins and five losses; they just lost to the Cleveland Browns for the first time in seven seasons, and they play the conference-leading Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. So I'll say this: The home team could use a Maori haka right about now, and I know where to get one. The Baltimore-Chesapeake Brumbies, the city's entry in the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union, have been practicing the haka - the most famous pre-game ritual in the world - for the last seven weeks.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2013
John Bernstein never had trouble keeping track of what sport his daughter was competing in or the team on which she was playing. Ida Bernstein can't make the same claim for what she jokingly calls her "athletically confused career. " Ever since she graduated from Dulaney High more than a decade ago and was recruited to play soccer and run track at Syracuse, Bernstein's life on and off the field has been something of a blur. It seems fitting, since one of the objectives for the now 28-year-old Bernstein is moving quite fast in her current passions - bobsled and rugby.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
Chastity Brione Dunnaville, a Navy lieutenant junior grade and Naval Academy graduate who had played on its women's rugby team, died of rhabdomyosarcoma Sunday at University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 24 and had lived in Lauraville. Born in Baltimore and raised on Catalpha Road, she attended Garrett Heights Elementary School. While in fifth grade, her parents took her to private schools for visits as a prospective student. One day, she stopped at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson.
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By Steve Jones | October 20, 2012
Despite spending a year away from football, Tyrice Rock of Century High School seemingly hasn't missed a beat, and is having a season that most players only dream about. The senior Knight leads Carroll County in rushing attempts and yardage, and his 20 touchdowns far outdistance the current runner-up, Westminster wide receiver Garrett Bean. He has exceeded the 100-yard rushing mark in six of Century's seven games, and has gone for more than 200 yards four times. Even with a tough performance Friday against Westminster, Rock still has a chance to break the all-time Carroll records for rushing yardage and touchdowns.
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By Nick Brownlee and Nick Brownlee,SUN STAFF | April 28, 2002
For Calvert Hall junior Mac Sumner, getting cut from the school's lacrosse team was a blessing in disguise. Instead of spending the spring season athletically idle, Sumner, who plays defensive back on the football team, has taken up Calvert Hall's newest team sport, rugby. "Rugby was my backup, but it's 10 times more fun than lacrosse," Sumner said. "You get a brotherhood with every guy like you've never gotten before. It's so much fun." One year after Loyola began the area's first high school affiliated rugby team, John Carroll and Calvert Hall have followed suit, offering the sport that has a reputation for fierce on-field play that inspires an equally spirited camaraderie among its participants off it. Despite having little knowledge of the game, athletes are drawn to the sport for a variety of reasons.
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July 18, 2012
Rugby is defined by Merriam-Webster as "a football game in which play is continuous without time-outs or substitutions, interference and forward passing are not permitted, and kicking, dribbling, lateral passing, and tackling are featured. " The sport was originally developed as a variation on traditional English football (or soccer) in the 19th century, with the main innovation being that players were permitted to run with the ball and tackle. As opposed to a soccer ball, which is round, the rugby ball is larger and oval-shaped, similar to an oversized football, rounded at the edges.
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June 6, 2012
The Rocky Gorge Rugby Football Club, of Columbia, mounted a second-half comeback to win the Emirates Airline USA Rugby DII Men's Club National Championship on its first crack at the title. The club had made an appearance in the round of 16 last year before elimination. Having topped Santa Rosa in a lightning-delayed match on the first day of the championships, Rocky Gorge was out to prove a point on the second day. Rocky Gorge faced off against a Wisconsin club that was riding high of a last-second victory in the semifinals.
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