Rugby Looks to Build on Last Years’ Success
Senior rugby players are bringing experience to the team. Photo by Allison Birr

Rugby Looks to Build on Last Years’ Success

Last year the Stevens Point Rugby team lost in the Sweet Sixteen playoffs to the eventual Division III champion, St. Johns University. 

Photo by Allison Birr

Photo by Allison Birr

This was the culmination to a season in which St. Johns soundly beat its conference opponents and gained a berth in the National Small College Rugby Organization tournament.

“We felt god-awful after we lost to St. Johns, and we’re out for redemption,” said Alex Frierson, equipment manager. 

Zach Lentz, forward and team vice president, agreed.
“The expectation this year by everyone is to win the D III title,” Lentz said. “We’re ranked 13th right now nationally, so I think by the end of the season we should be number one.”
There are some challenges the team will have to overcome in order to achieve this goal, as it lost several key members from last year’s team, Lentz said. These types of challenges make running the team tougher for him and President Mitch Hoh.
The players huddle up before they start their scrimmage. Photo by Allison Birr

The players huddle up before they start their scrimmage.
Photo by Allison Birr

“This is a completely different team, but we have the experience and the veterans that together we can do just as well,” Hoh said.

Lentz said one way he can make up for former leaders leaving is by being more vocal.
“When I first started I was the quiet guy,” Lentz said. “I didn’t say much, and now I have to lead the team.”
The team will make up for the loss of veterans by bringing in new players, Hoh said.
“I think there are a lot of different personalities that we have to put together, we need to work more together,” Lentz said.
Frierson said the time the team spends together off the pitch will help them become closer.
“I want the team to become a unit, so that we’re not just the forwards and the backs. We’re (UWSP) rugby,” Frierson said.
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