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BGSU Sailing Club Excels at RegattaBGSU Sailing Club

The BGSU Sailing Club’s first team won the Action Up Regatta held on Acton lake at Miami University on September 10 and 11, 2011. BGSU Sailing Club’s second team took fourth place overall, and the first team A and first team B won their division.

The Sailing Club took eight people to the regatta, allowing BGSU to have two competing teams. BGSU sailors included Cory Vanhouten who sailed BGSU's second A team crew, Gavin Smith who sailed BGSU's first B team crew, Mike Harmon who sailed BGSU's second A team skipper, Ryan Kyle who sailed BGSU's first B team skipper, Tyson Barker who sailed BGSU's first A team crew, Spencer Deutsch who sailed BGSU's second B team crew, Leah McRitchie who sailed BGSU's first A team skipper, and Sam Logan who sailed BGSU's second B team skipper.  

Other teams competing included The University of Toledo who took second overall, Purdue University who was third overall, Wittenberg University, Denison University who also had two competing teams, and Miami University.

BGSU Sailing Club
Contact: Ryan Kyle

BGSU Men's Rugby Places Third in the Nation

The Bowling Green State University Men’s Rugby team participated in the first-ever USA 7’s Rugby Collegiate Championship Invitational, featuring 16 historically significant collegiate rugby teams including the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Army, Bowling Green, University of California at Berkeley, Dartmouth, University of Florida, Harvard, Indiana University, Navy, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, San Diego State, University of Tennessee, and the University of Utah.

After a rough Saturday, BG managed to battle back to win the consolation round of the tournament and finish third in the nation.

Added to the tournament almost as an afterthought, the Falcons proved they belong on the national rugby stage with the victory. The Falcons demolished Arizona State 32 - 12 in front of a national TV audience on NBC to win the consolation final.

The Falcons defeated Penn State 22-12 on Friday and then had to battle through a pair of hamstring injuries to key players on Saturday, losing to Ohio state 12 - 0 and eventual tournament champion Utah 12 - 10. Bowling Green was the only team to seriously challenge Utah until the Utes made it to the finals.

The Penn State victory was enough to put BG in the consolation round where they faced the daunting task of needing to win out on Sunday in order to go home with a trophy. BG started the day by edging Army 15 - 12 and then crushed Indiana University 27 - 0 in the semi-final.

Against Arizona State in the final, the Falcons held a slim 7 - 5 lead on the strength of a Rocco Mauer try, only to break the game open by scoring twenty five unanswered points. Mauer tacked on another pair of tries, while Dominic Mauer matched his brother's output with three tries as well as a conversion kick.

Rocco Mauer, with eleven tries, more than twice as many as his nearest rival, was the tournament's leading scorer and was voted its most valuable player.
“We’ve brought together the best-of-the-best for the inaugural USA 7’s Rugby Collegiate Championship
Invitational,” said Dan Lyle, Tournament Director USA 7’s Rugby. “It’s a great opportunity to expose the sport to a mass audience in anticipation of inclusion in the Olympics.” Rugby Sevens will be an Olympic sport starting in 2016 and the USA 7’s Rugby Collegiate Championship Invitational offers fans a preview of the talent pool available for the U.S. Olympic team.

BGSU Men’s Rugby Football Club
Contact: Roger Mazzarella
Phone: 419-308-4384

BGSU Men’s Hockey Beats Temple, Dominates Florida Gulf Coast

WOOSTER, OH. -- Bowling Green State University Men’s Club Hockey earned a trip to the ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) Division II National Championships. The men defeated Temple University and Florida Gulf Coast University to earn their bid. BGSU played the Owls from Temple in their first game of the weekend. The Falcons were tied with the Owls 4-4 with 7:00 minutes remaining on the clock. Chris Dyer, with only 6:32 remaining in the 3rd period, scored the go ahead goal. The Falcons would not look back and finish off the Owls with a Nick DeSalvo empty net goal with 1:26 remaining in the game.

Saturday would continue the good fortunes for the Falcons. The FGCU Eagles brought in the 3rd overall ranking in the region along with the top seed in the tournament. The game did not start well for the Falcons when they began the game fighting off a 5 on 3 Eagles advantage. The Falcons would rebound offensively scoring 4 goals through the contest while goaltender Ryan Thayer, who faced 65 shots, stood on his head. Thayer turned away 65 shots from the Eagles, shutting down the 2009 Division II National Runners Up.

The Falcons moved on to the ACHA Division II Nationals in Simsbury, Connecticut on Tuesday, March 16th. The team departed Bowling Green on Monday to report for coaches meetings and their first practice. The Falcons met the two-time defending Division II National Champions in Davenport University from Grand Rapids, MI in their first game Wednesday. They wrapped up pool play against Boston College on Thursday and played Eastern Washington on Friday. ACHA Division II Nationals were held March 16th – 20th in Simsbury, CT at the International Skating Center of Connecticut.

BGSU Men’s Hockey Club
Contact: Wade Lafever
Phone: 810-923-0348