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DC Elite Finish Fall Sevens Series Winning 2 of 3 Tournaments

    

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DC Elite Finish Fall Sevens Series Winning 2 of 3 Tournaments

After a successful sweep of the Maryland Exiles Halloween Sevens, DC Elite returned again to play in the MedStar Great Falls Rugby Sevens Tournament. 

More players returned after finishing fall sports and a few were lost to their winter teams.  However, the squad ran comfortably through Maryland Exiles, West End (Virginia) and Bethesda Roosters scoring a total of 27 tries in pool play and the first round of the knock out match. 

They went on to face a similarly impressive Legion (Virginia) team in the finals.  DC Elite opened the scoring quickly in the first half and went on to lead 22-0 at half through tries from Horrigan, Sessings, Tuckson and Zaudtke.  However, two yellow cards in the second half proved too much for DC to defend as they were beaten by a try on the last play of the match to lose 22-25.

Unhappy with the first defeat as a team and missing a number of familiar faces due to the Thanksgiving break, DC Elite returned for the final tournament of 2017 at the Rock Creek Sevens Tournament at St. John's College High School. 

They were welcomed with an immediate opportunity to right the ship with pool play opening against Legion.  DC again opened quickly with a series of tries and led at half time 14-7.  Better possession and distinct lack of yellow cards in the second half yielded DC an opening win 26-14.  Pool play was completed in a comprehensive win over a continually improving a DeMatha team followed by a one sided win over Good Counsel.  Legion took a similar path through pool and knock out play to set a rematch in the final.  DC again broke out to a 14-0 start behind Tuckson and Kelly with Legion responding just before half to make it 14-5 at half.  The second half saw back and forth play with Virginia pulling within 2 at about the mid way mark.  However, another try for DC and solid kicking from Zaudtke throughout the tournament sealed the win at 21-12.  

"This is such a fun group of kids to coach that no one would ever know they come from fiercely rival high schools. But if you look at the rosters, some of these kids have been playing together for a very long time in youth rugby and various other all star or summer league teams that they also have a great chemistry together on the pitch,"  said Coach Joe Freeman. 

 

Great Falls Roster    
Bau Molinari Soph Gonzaga
Matt Freeman Jr Gonzaga
David Mitchell Sr Georgetown Prep
Ultan Horrigan Jr Georgetown Prep
Philip Dainty Jr Georgetown Prep
Patrick Dolan Jr Georgetown Prep
John Kirlin Jr Georgetown Prep
Tim Sessings Jr Gonzaga
John Thompson Jr Gonzaga
Alex Billups Jr Gonzaga
Joe Royston Jr Gonzaga
Kobie Tuckson Sr Bell Multicultural
Matthew Zaudtke Jr Georgetown Prep

 

Rock Creek Roster    
Matthew Crowe Jr Georgetown Prep
Matt Freeman Jr Gonzaga
Ultan Horrigan Jr Georgetown Prep
Philip Dainty Sr Georgetown Prep
Joe Royston Jr Gonzaga
Kobie Tuckson Sr Bell Multicultural
Bau Molinari Soph Gonzaga
Matthew Zaudtke Jr Georgetown Prep
Neil Kelly Jr Gonzaga