@GonzagaRugby Teams Ready for Jesuit Rugby Classic

Gonzaga Rugby will welcome a number of schools, including several Jesuit and Catholic institutions, to the Washington D.C. area this weekend for the annual Jesuit Rugby Classic tournament! The Eagles will have six teams competing, two in each division.

Here is the schedule for all the Gonzaga teams on the first day, Saturday, April 22 at Morven Park, Leesburg, VA:

Varsity Purple
9am vs Loudoun/Prince William
1pm vs TBD

Varsity Black
11am vs Greenwich
2pm vs TBD

JV Purple
12pm vs Bishop Hendricken
3pm vs TBD

JV Black
11am vs Raleigh
3pm vs TBD

Freshmen Purple
9am vs Loudoun/Prince William
4pm vs West End

Freshmen Black
12pm vs Xavier
4pm vs Raleigh

Here is an article from Goff Rugby Report previewing the varsity action:

The Jesuit Classic kicks off this weekend at Morven Park in Leesburg, Va. with some of the top-ranked HS teams in the country participating.

Among them, Gonzaga, the three-time defending national single-school champs and currently ranked #2 by Goff Rugby Report (as of last week), For Hunt (ranked #1 among HS clubs), Charlotte Catholic (#10 single-school), St. Thomas Aquinas (#23 single-school), West End (#32 club), Greenwich (#7 single-school), Union County (#9 club), and Myers Park (#26 single-school).

And the teams not ranked – the likes of Loyola Blakefield, Bishop Hendricken, Loudoun/Prince William, West Shore, and Good Counsel all have talent and could show well. Gonzaga will be fielding two side, Purple and Black, with the Purple usually their strongest squad.

Greenwich just came off a nice win over Fairfield Prep, and Head Coach Joe Kelly said this tournament gives him a chance to see where his Cardinals team matches up on a national level.

“It’s not just about how good we are, but how good everyone is,” he said.

St. Thomas Aquinas is coming off a successful tour to Ireland and a win over KC Jr. Blues.

“We need this competition,” said STA Head Coach Tim Kluempers. “It’s a good gauge of where we are. The tour was really good for us, and not just the games, but the cultural stuff and th exposure to some different coaching.”

The tournament will also feature JV and freshman games.

The tournament will be a straight bracket format. The teams have been seeded and will play #1 v #16, #2 v #15, and so on. The winners will enter the cup semis, while the losers go on to a consolation bracket.

Jesuit Classic Varsity Schedule
9am Gonzaga Purple v Loudoun/Pr. William II Jesuit Classic
9am Myers Park v Loyola Blakefield Jesuit Classic
10am Fort Hunt v Clayton Jesuit Classic
10am West End v Bish. Hendricken Jesuit Classic
10am Good Counsel v St. Thomas Aquinas Jesuit Classic
10am Charlotte Catholic v West Shore Jesuit Classic
11am Union County v Loudoun/Pr. William Jesuit Classic
11am Greenwich v Gonzaga Black Jesuit Classic
1pm or 2pm Round 2 Games Jesuit Classic
9am or 10am Round 3 Games Jesuit Classic
Noon, 1pm or 2pm Final Games Jesuit Classic

In the first round, Gonzaga Purple, Charlotte Catholic, and Fort Hunt are favored. Greenwich would expect to get by Gonzaga Black, and Union County and Aquinas are probably also favored. The West End v Bishop Hendricken game could be a pick ’em game.

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