Mixed results produced in California friendlies

D1A Rugby: Mixed results produced in California friendlies
Photo Credit: Mike Geib

BOULDER, Colo. – The California Conference had to settle for a .500 mark in its four friendlies played over the weekend. One of two losses was handed to Saint Mary’s, which was unable to keep its annual meeting against San Francisco Golden Gate close.

Saint Mary’s 3 – 44 San Francisco Golden Gate
Led by Saint Mary’s alum Volney Rouse, Golden Gate did well to maintain possession and play in the Gaels’ half on its way to a 44-3 victory. Saint Mary’s struggled to handle its senior rivals’ overall size, but it was lackluster ball handling that ultimately squandered the Gaels’ chances to keep the game tight.

All-American center Dylan Audsley converted a first-half penalty for Saint Mary’s only points. The Gaels appeared poised to add a try near the end of the match, but an advantage in numbers on the outside wasn’t utilized and San Francisco kept its hosts out of the try zone.

This weekend presents Saint Mary’s not one but two opportunities to correct the mistakes that plagued the side against Golden Gate. The Gaels will head to the desert for a Jan. 16 affair against Arizona, and then take on Arizona State a day later.

Cal Poly 44 – 19 San Louis Obispo RFC
The Lin Price Memorial Trophy will stay with Cal Poly after its 44-19 win over local senior side San Louis Obispo. Six Mustangs got beyond the end line, but it was senior eight man John Joe Murphy who led the way with four tries of his own. Also dotting down for Cal Poly was fellow senior Mickey O’Crowley and impact freshman Ryan Cavanagh.

For San Louis Obispo, Ben Green collected 14 of his team’s 19 points.

Cal Poly is back on the pitch this Saturday when it hosts Santa Barbara Rugby Academy.

Santa Clara 42 – 29 Stanford
In a similar story to last year’s fixture between the two South Bay squads, Santa Clara climbed out of an early deficit to beat the Cardinal. Down, 17-13, at intermission, the Mustangs took to the offensive in the final 40 minutes, and upended Stanford, 42-29.

Next in line for Santa Clara is a contest at home against Cal State Maritime.


UC Santa Barbara 18 – 21 Sacramento State
An improved second-half effort wasn’t enough to keep UC Santa Barbara from dropping a friendly against Sacramento State. The Gauchos were out of sync early in the match, and fell behind, 14-3, as a result. In the end, Sacramento State’s second-half converted try was enough to maintain its lead, and the Hornets won by three points.

Santa Barbara will remain at home for its next fixture when a young but talented Grand Canyon University team makes the trip out west.