Rugby team finishes in seventh at national tournament

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Colby College men's rugby team finished in seventh place at the National Small College 7s Championship after taking a 35-12 win over Solano Community College in the seventh-place game Sunday.

The Mules opened the tourney Saturday by falling to University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point (27-21), Christendom College (26-19), and New Mexico Highlands University (38-7).

Christendom, which played in the national final Sunday afternoon, and the Mules were tied 19-19 before Colby lost by one try. The Mules led 5-0 early against Wisconsin-Stevens Point. 

Colby, Duke University, Babson College, St. Mary’s College (Md.), Solano Community College, Christendom, New Mexico Highlands, and Wisconsin-Stevens Point competed at the tourney.

The eight teams were divided into two pools of four and each squad played three matches Saturday. The top two teams in each pool advanced to Sunday’s championship bracket. The bottom two teams played in the consolation bracket. 

Colby advanced to the national tourney by winning a regional at Plattsburgh State.