Stud Cup 2013 – A Huge Success!

Renegades Saturday, August 3rd, was a huge milestone for UMBC Rugby - the team hosted its first tournament for local U19 7's teams.  6 teams participated, including the Carroll County Renegades, Howard County Hurricanes, North Bay's U19 team, a combined team from Baltimore PolyTech and the Vypers and 2 teams from Calvert Hall.   It was a great day of Rugby, held at the UMBC Stadium on campus.  Specially modified for the tournament, the turf surface was a great playing area as the constant drizzle of rain all day did not interfere with the games.

All teams showcased some impressive talent.  Plenty of big hits and blistering speed kept all 14 of the games exciting.   In a battle for the plate, the Hurricanes topped North Bay to win the first plate award in Stud Cup history.  The final game of the day was the cup match, pitting Calvert Hall's 1st side against the Renegades.  In the end, the Renegades came out on top, and secured their place as the first ever UMBC Stud Cup Champions!!

In addition to the awesome rugby games, the day was filled with other entertainment.  During the intermission, valiant gladiators from each team were invited to race down the field for a box of donuts.  Concessions were served all day by the UMBC alumni, and custom T-shirts marking the inaugural Stud Cup tournament sold out.

For the first time running this tournament, everything went very smoothly throughout the day, thanks in no small part to the referees who kept the games starting on-schedule.  Plans have already begun for next year's Stud Cup, which will be bigger and better than before.

UMBC is pleased to have had the honor of hosting these teams, their families and their friends, and thanks everyone for their sportsmanship throughout the day.

We hope everyone involved had a great time at the tournament and we look forward to inviting all of you back next year!

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