The inaugural season of Herd Rugby was a success with the Women’s+ team playing 5 matches and the Men’s team playing in 2 tournaments.
The Women’s+ team took on Johns Hopkins, Towson, combined with Catholic University. to play Navy and Loyola, and closed the season against George Washington University. Most teams in the D.C. area are rebounding from the COVID and the delayed recruitment opportunities it caused. The fall competition format was intended to get the athletes on the field in whatever numbers they could. Herd Women+ started off strong in 7s and 10s, then grew their skills in 15s against Navy, Loyola, and GW.
Herd Men also got in both a 15s and 7s format this fall. Handling the mindset change from one format to another is difficult for any team, let alone a new program. The Herd Men showed their ability and versatility in both formats. Herd Men played 15s with Towson against Coach Tito’s alma mater, Mount St. Mary's University. Again, the D.C. area community was supportive and welcoming to Herd Men playing in their first match. The very next week, Herd played in the Cocorico 7s tournament in Maryland.
Quite a successful beginning to the rugby program.