KINGSTON, R.I. - The Salve Regina University men's rugby team divided and conquered at the Rhody Cup hosted by the University of Rhode Island program on Saturday.
Salve Regina's "B" side played Providence College "B" side in the first game of the day and won, 15-12. Senior Shane Lange highlighted the match with three tries. Meanwhile, Ryan Shilalis led the Seahawk "A" squad with three tries and three conversions during a 31-22 win over the host team. Quinn Turner and Paul Schacter added a try apiece.
Shilalis shined again in a 31-12 win over Bryant University "A" team. Turner, Anthony Pesce, and Glen Miles each credited with a try.
Ryland Richard had one try in a "B" team loss to Boston University, 22-5.
That pitted the Terriers' "A" team against Salve Regina's "A" team in the championship for the Rhode Cup. The Seahawk team took the title, 26-18, with Shilalis making three conversions and the "Man of the Match" Rob LaRiviere-Tougas recording four tries.
"Boston University is in D2 and on its way to USARugby Sweet 16," said Salve Regina head coach Michael Martin. "BU was the best team we have played against since I started coaching three years back. Their rugby discipline is 9.5 out of 10. We are in a good position going to nationals now!"
Salve Regina, ranked No. 2 in the most recent national poll, travels to Glendale, Colo., next week for its second straight appearance in the national semifinals. The Seahawks will play Franciscan University at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, while the other semifinal features University of North Florida versus California Maritime (3 p.m.). The winning semifinalists play for the national title on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. (third-place game at 11 a.m.).