D1A Player of the Week – Matt Ryan

D1A Rugby: D1A Player of the Week – Matt Ryan
Photo Credit: Leanna Long

BOULDER, Colo. – Following difficult losses to Cal and BYU, Cal Poly was desperate for a win and got one in last week’s nonconference contest against San Diego State.

The Mustangs received honorable performances from a number of players, but it was junior flanker Matt Ryan who consistently led from the front, and finished the match with two scores.

“In addition to his two tries, his defense was a major factor in our win,” said Cal Poly Head Coach James Tesoriero. “Matt pressured the San Diego State fly half from every set piece, reduced his time and space, and forced a number of errors from their backline.”

The fly half Tesoriero is referring to is AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American Kalei Konrad – making Ryan’s duties at loose forward all the more vital. The Mustangs’ first-year head coach credits the Construction Management major’s relentless work rate to his second-to-none fitness.

Cal Poly opens California Conference play Feb. 28 at Santa Clara.