Moeller rugby team wins state tournament

CINCINNATI,  OH - In only its second year, the Archbishop Moeller High School Rugby Team won the Ohio High School Rugby Championship, defeating Parma 19-7 on June 5 at Crew Stadium in Columbus. The undefeated team now posts a 17-0 record. During the game, Eric Lalley, a sophomore fly half, had two touchdowns, which put the team up 14-0 at the end of the first half. In the second half, Joe Bracken scored off a scrum, which made the score 19-0. Parma scored with only 10 minutes remaining, making the final tally 19-7.

"Rugby has been a great addition to Moeller," said Athletic Director Barry Borman '64. "Doug Rosfeld has done a great job, along with administrative assistant Kim Hauck, in putting together a first-class program in just two years. I have never seen kids have more fun playing a sport... The expectations for our team are the same as they are for any other program in our school. Doug has surrounded himself with several coaches who bring a unique expertise to the program. The team practices hard and prepares thoroughly for each opponent. To achieve what they have in the past two seasons is remarkable. In the first year of the program, the team finished an outstanding sixth in the state tournament."

Borman particularly commends the rugby fans for their support. "There were several hundred people who followed the team to Columbus to watch the rugby Crusaders capture the title," he said. "Like all the other athletic programs in our school, rugby is quickly laying a foundation of excellence that is contributing to the rich traditions of our school."

Now, after 50 years (1960-2010), Moeller's storied "Tradition of Excellence" includes 24 state team championships in six different sports: football (7) volleyball (6), baseball (5), basketball (3), lacrosse (2), and rugby (1). In addition, the Crusaders added two state runner-up titles this year – one in basketball and one in volleyball – for a total of 15 in six different sports: football (4), wrestling (3), basketball (1), golf (2), lacrosse (2), and volleyball (3). Another team accolade this spring included a trip to the Final Four for the baseball team. The team's pitcher, David Whitehead '10, recently was awarded the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year.