Charlotte’s UNCC 49ers rugby team just won the national championship for the first time in the team’s history.
This past Sunday, UNC-Charlotte defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater 38-10 to win the men’s DII College 7s national championship game at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO. Pa.
The championship included 12 conference-winning or at-large bid D2 schools in 3 pools;
Pool A: Wisconsin-Whitewater, William Paterson, Bloomsburg, Old Dominion
Pool B: UNC-Charlotte, Montana State, North Carolina State, Principia
Pool C: Hartford, Norwich, St. Louis, North Texas
Wisconsin-Whitewater won the last 2 national titles and defeated the 49ers last year in the finals by a score of 26-5.
“The big difference between last year and this year was our mindset. We knew what we were capable of and that there was no force that could stop us,” commented Charlotte’s captain Ryan Johns.
It’s now the team’s first national title in Charlotte history and the boys couldn’t be prouder
“Coach John Brown said before the game that it was our time to seize the moment,” Johns said. “The vibe on this team was that we could win it all this season because of how bad it stung last year. I told the guys we will win and we came together and a memory that will last forever.”