LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Arizona’s young and promising roster showed glimpses of what the Wildcats are capable of doing a month of January that included wins over Santa Clara and Utah Valley, as well as an improved performance in defeat against No. 1 Cal. Many underclassmen showed well during the streak, but none more than sophomore Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The openside flanker scored two tries against both Santa Clara and Utah Valley. Only five-foot-ten and 180 lbs., Fitzpatrick brings an intimidating presence to the field besides not being the biggest loose forward in the PAC Rugby Conference.
“Ryan is a tough, hard-nosed flanker who is undersized but plays big,” asserted Arizona Head Coach Sean Duffy. “He continues to improve each week and, still only a sophomore, has emerged as key player for us. In the past three games he’s really taken a step since his freshman year, filling up the stat sheet in a number of categories in attack and defense.”
It’s not a complete shock that Fitzpatrick is making an impact early in his college career. The Biology major played rugby at famed Xavier High School in New York, giving him the tools to contribute as a D1A Rugby player right away.