This past Sunday, the defending league champion Georgetown men’s rugby team played its way into the Potomac Rugby Union Division II Championship game with a 49-0 romp over Navy.

The Hoyas (7-1) were led by junior flyhalf Jake Ludwigson, who had 14 points off of two penalty kicks and four conversions. Both junior outside center Greg Suellentop and junior fullback Ben Purcell scored 10 points, each scoring two tries.

Georgetown dominated throughout the rout, leading 27-0 at halftime. Ludwigson and Suellentop’s strong play has been crucial to the team’s recent success. They were the two leading scorers on last year’s championship team, and their strong play has continued this season.

“We came out with a lot of intensity that Navy never matched.” team captain senior Pat Pierce said after the match. He also said that the Hoyas played through bad ball handling. The Georgetown defense, however, kept Navy in check, and the outcome of the game was easy to see even early on in the shutout.

This was the Midshipmen’s first year in Division II and its lack of experience was evident. The Hoyas dominated in every aspect of play.

Georgetown and the Salisbury University Sea Gulls will meet Saturday for the second year in a row in the PRU Division II championship game. Last year, the Hoyas defeated the Gulls, 22-10. That victory ended Salisbury’s four-year reign as league champion. The Gulls had been ranked third in the nation after the previous season’s national playoffs.

The rugby team is Georgetown’s oldest club sports team, founded in 1967. Last year was the Hoyas’ first year in PRU Division II.

This season, Georgetown put together one of its best years in rugby. The 45-member squad enters this weekend’s game having outscored its opponents, 372-50. The Hoyas recorded three shutouts this season – against American University, 78-0, versus Frostburg, 36-0, and Sunday’s rout over Navy. Georgetown held all of its opponents to under 15 points.

The Potomac Union is a regional league that is affiliated with the Mid-Atlantic Rugby Union. It includes member teams from aryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., as well as Penn State.

The PRU champion earns a spot in the Mid-Atlantic Championship. This tournament, which takes place in the spring, is a regional section of a larger national tournament.

Georgetown plays host to Saturday’s match at Gravelly Point Park near Reagan National Airport. Start time is slated for 1 p.m.

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