After the longest season in Brother Rice history, 2014 is now in the books. After 8 Catholic League games, 6 Midwest and national championship games, and 3 playoff games to the state final, the Brother Rice rugby Crusaders fell in both A and B state championship games.
The month of May took its toll as the Crusaders lost 7 starting players, and had Captain 8-Luke Mueller most likely playing with a stress fracture in his foot most of the season, when he finally went down on Tuesday, May 27. As always, the next man up rose to the challenge and saw the boys win the first Catholic League trophy in its inaugural season, a last second national championship loss, and two state championship final appearances. That’s a deep squad!
Varsity Coach David Fee said, “I can’t tell you how incredibly proud I am of this bunch; my only regret (is) that I couldn’t be on the field with them today. Nothing in the life is given, everything is earned, and these boys have earned the right to call themselves one the best programs in the country.”
Varsity: Waubonsie hangs on for 29-24 finish.
Varsity B: Rice B side falls to Fenwick 24-8 in B side state championship.