The University of Mary Washington’s men’s rugby team, Mother’s Rugby, is off to another successful start to the season. They have two different teams that compete in the collegiate ranks. Such a distinction sets the Mother’s Rugby team apart from most schools, as they are one of only two colleges in the Mid Atlantic Rugby Union’s five-state region to have two teams competing in different leagues.
The first team for Mother’s Rugby has started the season 3-0, including a win over perennial powerhouse Georgetown University, 32-29. Senior Todd Lancaster scored two trys for UMW in the win over the Hoyas.
Mary Washington’s first team followed the Georgetown victory by beating another Division I opponent, Columbia University, 20-5. With another impressive win, the Mother’s Rugby team gained national attention as they were ranked as the No. 8 team in the country.
The Division III side for UMW is off to a 2-1 start on the year, with their lone loss coming on a bitter 19-18 defeat at the hands of the College of William & Mary. The D3 side won their first match of the season 32-17 over Farleigh Dickinson College. The UMW team was also victorious in their most recent match against Roanoke College, handling the Maroons 41-10.
Both Mother’s Rugby teams are in action this weekend. UMW’s first team hosts James Madison University at the Battlefield while the Division III team travels to Lexington, Va. to take on Washington & Lee University.