LFCC Men’s rugby opened their season on Saturday Sept.6, hosting Cardinals Conference opponent Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).The Lions scored 10 tries with 4 conversion (58); VCU scored 3 tries 2 conversion and 1 penalty kick (22). final score LFCC 58 – VCU 22. LFCC travel to Hampden-Sydney College this Saturday (9/13); where, LFCC won the last meeting in the Cardinal Conference (State) Championship game.
Front Royal, VA – The Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Lions Men’s Soccer Team kicked off the 2014 Season over the Labor Day Weekend. The Frederick Community College (FCC) Cougars from Maryland came down from the North to play their second game of the young season. The Lions pounced on the Cougars early with a blast from #4 Deni Deyanov from 30 yards out in the 17th minute of play to put LFCC up 1-0.
In a contest that didn’t see many fouls called, there was a lone yellow card issued to Alex Medrano of Frederick Community College in the 42nd minute. The Cougars clawed their way back into the match and two minutes later in the 44th minute, FCC’s Connor Martin leveled the score at 1-1 off of a direct free kick.
The two teams came off the field deadlocked at halftime after the LFCC Defense withstood a barrage of attacks from Frederick CC offense that was led by #17 Connor Martin, F, who had 12 shots, 4 shots on net and 2 goals.
Standing tall, in the center of defense was Captain #6, Levi Dofermire (LFCC Captains: #6 Levi Dofermire, #20 Matthew Glickman, #10 Edgar Trajullio) and #20, John (JP) Alger while #7 Austin McGee, #8 John Trelwany and Kevin McGuirk guarded the outsides. “I have to tip my hat to the Defense,” said the Lions’ New Coach Dave Noyes. “They stuck together to grind it out in their first game together. I saw a lot of heart.”
The LFCC Lions had their chances with 14 shots, 4 on goal with 1 finding the back of the net while the FCC Cougars tallied 21 shots, 9 on goal and landed two in the back of the net.
The Cougars came out strong again in the second half. Unlike the start of the first half, their efforts were rewarded in the 55th minute when #17 Connor Martin found the back of the net again. The Cougars second goal was assisted by #8, Caleb Olsen.
Tireless contribution came from the Lion’s Midfield in the narrow defeat – #4, MF, Deni Deyanov; #10, MF, Edgar Trajullio; #19, MF, Travis O’Donnell; #3, MF, Eric Hoyt; #18, MF, Ahmed Hassan; #12 MF, Allesandro Coppola; #11, MF, Daniel Stillwell-Arguello; #2, MF, Ezra King; #15, MF, Evan King.
Up top, in connection with the Midfield, LFCC saw Captain #20, F, Matthew Glickman and #9, F, Austin Stover create some chances, but they couldn’t put it between the pipes.
In goal, GK, #1, Zack Houle turned away 7 out of the 9 shots on goal. Houle turned up his level of play in the second half, helping keep the Lions in the game.
“I think there were a lot of positives that came out of the first game of the season,” said Noyes.
The Lord Fairfax Men’s Soccer Team will next take on local rivals Christendom College, 4:00pm Thursday, September 4th at the Skyline SoccerPlex, Front Royal, VA.
They will then be back in action on Saturday, September 6th when they travel to Keyser, West Virginia to play a double header with the LFCC Women’s Soccer Team who open up their 2014 Season against Potomac State College .
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LFCC’s Men’s rugby added another accomplishment to its 2013-14 season. The 7′s squad was given the National Ranking of #14 in the NSCRO Top 15 for the season. NSCRO President, Steve Cohen, stated, “NSCRO is pleased to release its Top 15 Rankings for the men’s 7s small colleges. With 55 of its 215 teams participating this past competitive year….these clubs stood apart from their peers.The basis for the rankings included results from NSCRO 7s qualifying tournaments and the national championship. Keep on playing big at NSCRO…the Home of Small College Rugby!”
The Men’s Rugby is also ranked #22 in the Nation in Rugby 15′s. Congratulations to all!
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The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) released the 2013-14 Final team rankings on May 6. The Lions’ of LFCC are ranked #22 in the nation; Steve Cohen, President of NSCRO stated, “NSCRO is pleased to release its Final Top 40 Rankings for the men’s small colleges. With 215 teams participating this past competitive year….these clubs stood apart from their peers. The basis for the rankings include as noted Union/Conference league and playoff results, NSCRO playoff results and input from both NSCRO officials present at playoff events, coaches and league officials. Refer to the NSCRO website for the Final National Playoff Brackets and the Standings for all 4 Regions. Congratulations to all for their success. Keep on playing big at NSCRO…the Home of Small College Rugby!”
Congratulations to all who have helped develop the players on the field, and in the classroom.
For the second weekend in row LFCC’s Men’s rugby team fell short of advancing to the National Small College Rugby Organization 7′s (NSCRO 7′s) National Championship Tournament. Placing as the runner-up in two National Qualifier Tournaments.
On April 5, LFCC traveled to the University of Richmond for the first shot to qualify for the National Tournament. The Lions played Lynchburg College (41-7 W), Longwood University A (28-14 W) and Longwood B (36-0 W), and University of Richmond (12-28 L). Having secured a spot in the tournament final, the Lions’ faced the University of Richmond, losing 21-41.
On April 12, the Lions traveled to South Philadelphia in the Eastern-Pennsylvania Rugby Union National Qualifier tournament, hosted by Neumann University. LFCC’s pool play had the lions compete against LaSalle Univ. (12-12 T), Neumann University (22-19 W), and LaFayette College (12-17 L). The Lion’s pool play results took the team to the Semi-Final against Bucknell University (undefeated in pool play, and outscored opponents 104-0). The Lions battled against the tournament favorite, and with time expiring stunned the stadium with the winning try (19-12 W) and securing the Lions’ to play in the final against LaFayette College; who would win the tournament 7-36.
The LFCC men’s basketball picked up its first win of the season against Patrick Henry College on Saturday, February 8. The team traveled to Purcellville, where the Lions captured the 58-32 win over the Sentinels .
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LFCC’s Men’s Rugby team earned it’s best national ranking to-date. Last year the Lions achieved a National Ranking of #27. The newest polls released on December 8, 2013 put Lord Fairfax Community College ranked at #18 in the Nation (out of 218 college and universities).
LFCC Men’s Rugby Wins Conference and State Championship
Lord Fairfax Community College men’s rugby team competed in the Cardinal Collegiate Conference Division III Championship this weekend. The Lions went into the playoffs as the number two seed, after finishing the regular conference season tied with Hampden-Sydney at 3-1. The only conference loss the Lions had was to Hampden-Sydney College on Nov. 2 with a score of 28-30. During the regular season the Lions outscored their opponents 178-78.
The Lions played Christopher Newport University on Saturday in the conference semi-final. Last year CNU tied LFCC for first place, but advanced to the playoffs because they won the head-to-head match; LFCC wanted to return the favor. The Lions controlled the entire match and almost shut-out CNU until they scored in the last two minutes of the match; giving the Lions a convincing win of 20-7, and advanced to the championship match against Hampden-Sydney College; who beat Washington & Lee in the other semi-final match.
In the Championship the Lions faced the one team they had lost to in the regular season, HSC. The Lions and Tigers went into halftime with the score even at 7-7. The Lions were able to stay strong in the second-half; with both teams competing at a high level of rugby the Lions were able to win the match 21-17; the Lions brought home the Cardinal Collegiate Conference and Virginia D-III State Championship Trophy!
The win made LFCC a pioneer in the world of US college rugby. LFCC is the first Community College to win a Conference Championship, giving them a spot in the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) National Playoffs, also putting LFCC as the first community college to accomplish this goal.
The Lions ended the regular season at 5-2, and 5-1 in the conference. LFCC will face Mount St. Mary’s on March 1, 2014. The winner of that match will advance to the sweet-sixteen and elite-eight for the Region 2 Title in Jacksonville, FL. The Region 2 winner will play in the Final-four and National Championship in Glendale, CO at USA Rugby’s home field.