Two hat-tricks underline Life’s pounding of South Carolina

D1A Rugby: Two hat-tricks underline Life’s pounding of South Carolina
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Life University is back at it. After over two months of being completely dormant of playing competitive rugby, the Running Eagles traveled to the University of South Carolina and handed the Gamecocks a 91-0 loss.

The onslaught of tries was highlighted by two hat-trick performances – one from the grizzled captain, Glen Maricelli, and the other from a baby-faced freshman, scrum half Marcus Walsh.

Multiple scores were also rewarded to Devin Faletto and newcomer Duncan Van Schalkwyk – the younger brother of winger Zander, who dotted down late in the match as well.

The comprehensive showing exemplified the type of rugby fans have become accustomed to seeing out of Life. D1A Rugby’s No. 2-ranked squad played with ferocity on both sides of the ball, and its effort was just as strong at the opening kick as it was when they were nearing a triple-digit lead.

Even more impressive is who the Running Eagles put the monster score on. South Carolina came into the match with a 9-2 record, including a 50-22 win over Alabama in the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference Championship this past November.

Eye-popping scores in favor of Life were not only generated by the men’s varsity side alone. The Running Eagles B-side also blanked South Carolina 75-0, and the University’s first-year women’s program continued its success with a 90-0 dismantling of Florida State.

Life has two matches remaining before opening its Mid-South Conference schedule at home against Davenport Feb. 28. The first of those two tests will be Feb. 15 against Navy, who has had played minimal meaningful rugby this season, but beat Ohio State 48-10 back in August.