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Tech rugby team wins conference championship

November 9, 2017

Starla Gatson

Editor-in-Chief | sjg021@latech.edu

 

Louisiana Tech’s rugby team is on the road to a national championship following a victory against previously undefeated Tulane.

 

The team came out with a 41-15 win, pushing their record to 4-2 and earning them the title of Deep South Rugby Conference Division 2 Conference Champions.

 

Albert Castillo, a senior construction engineering technology major, is the team’s fly-half, and said this was the rugby team’s third conference championship since 2014.

 

“Our goal this season was to strive for excellence in the field and in the classroom,” he said. “Based on the consistency and hard work of my brothers around me, we are able to continue this blue-collar tradition that we placed on ourselves since the 2014 season. Louisiana Tech rugby fans, families and alumni have known us to set high standards within the school year, and we do our best to follow it.”

 

Castillo joined the team in 2014, and has been a part of each of the last three championship victories. He said he expects the team’s positive reputation to continue in the future.

 

“I was part of the 2014 and 2015 conference championship teams,” he said. “However, the 2017 rugby team consists of a lot of talent that is still young; it is a majority of freshmen and sophomores. So as I pass the torch after May 2018, I trust these young gentlemen to represent Louisiana Tech rugby at its finest on the field and off the field.”

 

Alex Plaisance, a freshman biology major, said he credits the team’s success to the attitudes and work ethic of his teammates.

 

“The fact that we have some great guys who are willing to put in a lot of extra work to perfect their craft is a great asset to the program,” he said. “Additionally, the bonds we form with each other over the year helps tremendously.”

 

Plaisance said as they approach the national championship, the team is striving for success and believes they will bring home a victory.

 

“We always try to take it one game at a time and focus on our opponent at hand,” he said. “We can’t overlook a single game, especially this week.”

 

Alex Reed, a sophomore cyber engineering major, said winning the championship has been on the team’s mind since last year.

 

“Our season didn’t start how we had hoped, but we learned from our mistakes quickly and brought our heart and refusal to quit to the pitch,” he said. “I believe that is apparent with our recent title.”

 

Reed, who plays the lock and flanker positions, said though the conference championship is something to celebrate, they are focused on facing Furman for the title of national champions.

 

“There really aren’t words to describe how it feels to have tangible success for such hard work, but we know we can’t focus on that for long,” he said. “It is another milestone on the journey, and now we have to face Furman in the D2 National Playoffs.”

 

The team will take on Furman University Nov. 11 in Atlanta.

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