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Mary Washington Wins 2nd Straight Chesapeake 7s Tourney

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Mary Washington Wins 2nd Straight Chesapeake 7s Tourney

Colleen McCloskey photo.

The University of Mary Washington has pulled off two straight tournament victories in the Chesapeake Conference series.

This has been a difficult task to accomplish over the last couple of years, as the Chesapeake has several strong 7s teams, and winning consistently is very difficult.

On a cold, rainy weekend, UMW went 5-0 in this past weekend's tournament.

The first match of the day saw UMW facing off against Columbia University. Columbia started off strong with a try scored early in the match followed by a successful conversion putting the score at 7-0. Recently added to the roster, UMW's Jose Reyes, followed up with a try of his own and solid ball handling skills from 7s captain Harry Masters, led to an incredible offload to Joseph Callery who put the ball down for another try. After a strong defensive push and UMW gaining possession of the ball, Aidan Gallagher used footwork and a dummy pass to score a try. With the score now at 19-7, Jose Reyes worked the field hard and offloaded to Lewis Grant for another UMW try putting them ahead at halftime, 24-7. The Mothers held on 34-7—two tries from Peter Smith finished off the game.

Next in pool play put UMW up against Salisbury. UMW's plan worked nicely and Aaron Bensink twice set up Justin Ford to put UMW up 12-0. Salisbury replied, but in the second half Benn Mellinger bulled through and then Alec Charoenthep scored to make it 24-5. Salisbury scored late to end the game 24-10.

The final match of pool play put UMW up against North Carolina State. With the rain rolling in even harder now, NC State did well to retain the ball and took an early lead. But NC State's penalties led to Harry Masters scoring and then setting up Aidan Gallagher. NC State replied, and then Masters scored to clinch it 19-12.

With UMW winning their pool, they found themselves facing off against Old Dominion University just an hour after their last match. With the rain now coming down even harder and the temperature dropping even colder, UMW played strong defense to keep ODU boxed in as much as possible. The first of the match came out of a scrum ending in the hands of Justin Ford, who scored. This was followed by a try from Masters off of a nicely-executed lineout. Joseph Callery raced 90 meters for a try, and then Lewis Grant pushed off three ODU defenders to touch down. Peter Smith was able to put the final try in of the match defeating ODU 33-12. 

UMW then moved onto the Championship match of the day against James Madison. UMW had previously defeated JMU the weekend prior in the Championship match, and in a brilliant defensive battle, UMW held on 14-10. Smith and Masters scored the tries as UMW remained atop the Chesapeake standings.

  Events Matches Win Loss Tie Pts For Pts Against Differential Total Points
Mary Washington 2 10 9 1 0 256 107 149 6
James Madison 2 10 7 3 0 204 73 131 4
Mount St. Mary's 2 9 6 3 0 166 135 31 1
Maryland 1 5 3 2 0 93 62 31 1
Virginia Tech 1 4 3 1 0 72 57 15 0
Georgetown 2 8 4 4 0 111 167 -56 0
Salisbury 2 8 3 4 1 104 105 -1 0
Towson 2 7 3 4 0 94 104 -10 0