Monthly Archives: November 2014

Stanford Fights Off The Cal-Maritime Academy

Steuber Rugby Stadium – Stanford, Ca. - Friday November 21, 2014

In their second and final pre-season 15’s match of the fall, Stanford held off a game Cal-Maritime Academy team to earn a 14-12 victory.  Stanford’s performance from their previous Sonoma State match improved dramatically, and they needed to be sharp against a physical and alert Cal-Maritime squad.

The first half was all Stanford, and two Sam Falkenhagen penalty kicks resulted from sustained pressure to give Stanford a 6-0 lead.  In the 30th minute, a long probing kick to space from Falkenhagen was well chased by wing Wesley Greiner, who made a tackle, popped to his feet and turned over the ball, leading to a try from Nico Sanchez.  Falkenhagen converted the try, and Stanford headed into the half with a strong 13-0 lead.   In the second half, Cal Maritime would battle back.  After a Stanford yellow card saw the Cardinal playing short, the Cadets would cross the line in the 60th minute to bring the game to 13-7 Stanford.  Ten minutes later another Falkenhagen penalty pushed the lead to 16-7, before a late Maritime try in the final minutes closed the gap to 16-14.  Stanford would hang on in the final minutes to secure the victory, 16-14.

In the 2nd Team match, Stanford got off to a quick 7-0 lead from a great try by freshman Chirs Fernandes.  The freshman flyhalf through a dummy pass, and darted through the line, sprinting 50-meters for the score. That lead would remain in place at half, but a quick second half Maritime try tied the game, before a late Maritime try took the lead at 12-7.  Stanford would rally back to pressure the Maritime line, but couldn’t convert pressure to points.  Final score, Cal Maritime 12-Stanford 7.

Stanford Finishes 4th at Pacific Western 7′s Championship

University of Nevada-Reno – Reno, Nevada. - Saturday November 15, 2014

Stanford improved dramatically from the previous week’s Pac-12 7’s Championship, but lapses in intensity would eventually cost the Cardinal in two of their four matches at the Pacific Western 7’s Championship.  In their opening match of pool play, Stanford came out on fire and scorched UC Santa Cruz 33-5.  In Stanford’s second match of pool play, the Cardinal looked lethargic in the first half, leading to a quick 0-15 deficit to eventual champions Nevada-Reno.  Stanford would rally back to 14-15, but a late Nevada try sealed a 14-22 defeat for the Cardinal. In their 3rd pool play match, Stanford needed to beat a very strong UC Davis side for a chance at the Cup Final, and did so convincingly with a 17-7 victory in the Cardinal’s strongest 7’s performance of the season.  Unfortunately, the win wouldn’t be enough, as Nevada Reno went through to the final from Stanford’s pool.  In their final game in the 3rd place final, Stanford’s performance fell off, leading to defeat to San Jose State 12-15, and a 4th place finish with a 2-2 record. 

Stanford Pacific Western 7′s Conference Championship Squad: Jovi Ripert, Austin Carey, Nick Perkins, Oscar Sandoval, Ian McColl, Jeremy Kim, Patrick Crowley, Alejandro Sanchez, Chris Fernandes, Nico Sanchez, George Fullerton, Sam Falkenhagen, Wesley Greiner, Jack Chabolla, Dean Patrick

Pool Play:

Stanford 33-UC Santa Cruz 5

Nevada Reno 22 – Stanford 14

Stanford 17 – UC Davis 7

3rd Place Match:

San Jose State 15- Stanford 12

Stanford Competitive but Inconsistent at Pac-12 7′s

Witter Rugby Field – Berkeley, Ca. - Saturday and Sunday November 8 and 9, 2014

This past weekend Stanford attended the Pac-12 7’s Championships, joining a very competitive field of many of the best nationally ranked teams in the country.  Overall, Stanford competed admirably and showed improvement from their last 7’s outing two weeks earlier, but inconsistent performances would lead two a 2-4 record overall and 9th place finish.  Stanford opened pool play Saturday by being defeated by eventual champion Cal 0-41.  Despite a lopsided score, Stanford competed admirably in many facets of the game.  In their second match, Stanford faced Arizona, last year’s 15’s USA Rugby National Championship Elite Eight opponent.  Throughout the game, Stanford was reckless with the ball against the dangerous Arizona team, and multiple unforced errors would eventually lead to a 7-21 loss.  In their third match, Stanford would bounce back with a convincing victory over USC 26-5.  In their final pool play match of the day, Stanford lacked intensity, and failed to build on their previous performance versus USC.  Again, ball handling and unforced errors would lead to defeat to Oregon State 5-17.

In day two, Stanford put in their best performance of the tournament against a game Oregon team, defeating the Ducks 12-7.  In their final match, a different look Stanford team, made up mostly of players who had seen limited action throughout the tournament, competed well, but would eventually fall to the Trojans 5-10.

Stanford Pac 12 7’s Squad: Jovi Ripert, Austin Carey, Nick Perkins, Ben Sando, Ian McColl, Jeremy Kim, Patrick Crowley, Alejandro Sanchez, Chris Fernandes, Nico Sanchez, George Fullerton, Sam Falkenhagen, Wesley Greiner, Jack Chabolla, Dean Patrick

Next Up: Stanford now turns its sight on the Pacific Western 7’s Conference Championship November 15th in Reno.