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Mount St. Mary's Wins Again in Chesapeake

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Mount St. Mary's Wins Again in Chesapeake

Mount St. Mary's in action from last weekend. Nikki McGettigan photo.

Mount St. Mary's won their second-straight Chesapeake Conference 7s tournament, beating Southern Virginia 17-14 in the final and now leading the conference series with a 13-1-1 record.

The Mount finished second in the first tournament on February 19 before winning the entire thing Feb 26 and again this past Saturday. The only team to beat them is Mary Washington.

Queens took 3rd, beating UMW 41-12 in the 3rd-4th playoff, and Virginia Tech took 5th, losing only the one game, to MSM, but beating the Mount's second side in the 5th-6th playoff. Mary Washington now sits second in the Chesapeake standings, wiht Virginia Tech 3rd.

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"The players are really growing and maturing through the season," said Director of Rugby Jay Myles, who has Mike Williams and Tyler Myles coaching the 7s team. "It's a good culture within the team and everyone knows we'll be consolidating to one team for the Chesapeake championships, but they are all supporting each other. We're still building."

Evan Corbett, the team's top scorer in fall 15s, had a big weekend on the wing for Mount St. Mary's, while sweeper Dylan Van Stry broke out with a series of good performances. New players are stepping up each week, said Myles. Wing Cornelius Nagbe sort of came out of his shell in this tournament, and young flyhalf James Blair setting players up.

"He is putting a lot of people into space," said Myles. "He's doing the quiet stuff and putting his teammates in position to score."

Next up for Mount St. Mary's and the Chesapeake is April 9 with the conference championship. Seven conference teams—MSM, UMW, Maryland, Virginia Tech, NC State, Queens, and SVU— will be joined by non-conference team University of Virginia in an eight-team tournament.