Mid-South Player of the Month – March: Sam Cowley

D1A Rugby: Mid-South Player of the Month – March: Sam Cowley
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LAFAYETTE, Colo. – The meat of the Mid-South season is played in March, and Life University was up for the challenge. In three games during the month, the Running Eagles went 3-0 with wins over Davenport, Clemson and Lindenwood by an average of 38 points per contest.

Never afraid to shake up its lineup, Life received valuable contributions from numerous players during March. Still, it was the performances of winger Sam Cowley that earned Mid-South Player of the Month recognition.

Cowley, the younger brother of former Running Eagle All-American Joe Cowley, has stepped out from his brother’s shadow this season thanks to a breakout campaign in Marietta, GA. The junior from Charlotte has found the try zone in each of Life’s past two games, and has also taken over kicking duties while All-American Cody Melphy is out of the lineup. In the month of March, Cowley tallied 35 totally points from his boot.

“Sam’s diligence and persistence over the years is starting to reveal itself. This year he’s been a contributor in many facets of the game,” complimented assistant coach Colton Cariaga.

The Running Eagles don’t lack any firepower on attack as they displayed in South Carolina where they put up 81 points on Clemson. Still, the program’s success starts with its commitment and structure on the defensive side of the ball. During March, Life relinquished just three tries over three matches, and Cowley found plenty of ways to impact the game without the ball despite playing on the wing.

“What’s probably not shown in the stats is his defense. He’s been very good on that front, too,” Cariaga added.

Cowley, a Business Administration major, and his teammates head back on the road this weekend to tangle with No. 12 Davenport Saturday, April 1.