Mid-South Player of the Month – March: Cody Melphy

D1A Rugby: Mid-South Player of the Month – March: Cody Melphy
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LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Life University has already wrapped up another Mid-South title after its 3-0 start to conference play. The Running Eagles are once again doing a great job of spreading the ball throughout the backs and forwards, but Mid-South Player of the Month Cody Melphy has been special.

While new to Life, Melphy is far from new to rugby. Last year, Melphy earned three stars for the Glendale Raptors’ Pacific Rugby Premiership side, scoring three tries in the process. Now a sophomore at Life, Melphy is scoring at twice the rate against some of the best college rugby teams in the country.

“Cody’s shown measurable growth in his ability to create space for his teammates in league play,” said Life Head Coach Scott Lawrence.

Melphy had massive impacts in March fixtures against Davenport and Arkansas State. Most recently, the Health Coaching major scored the game-tying try in the match’s final minute against No. 3 Lindenwood before teammate Blane Mcllroy slotted the conversion for a Running Eagles victory.

As impressive as Melphy has been on the pitch during his first year at the Marietta, Ga., campus, the inside center has been extraordinary away from the field, as well.

“As an excellent student and service-first member of our athletic department, Cody’s been first rate with and without a jersey on,” added Lawrence. “Every coach likes to hear from faculty about the impact of their student-athletes on campus. It’s not just once, but repeated times we’ve heard unsolicited positive feedback on Cody.”

After being off last weekend, the Running Eagles return to Mid-South action April 2 when they head to Michigan to face No. 7 Davenport.