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June 2, 2015 | By Laine Higgins, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was no shortage of drama Sunday in the final of the collegiate rugby sevens championship at PPL Park in Chester. The repeat of last year's final was neck-and-neck through 14 minutes of play as the teams ended regulation tied at 12. The Kutztown fans in maroon and gold making up nearly half of the 11,023 fans in attendance seemed to grasp how close their team was to upsetting the tournament's early favorite. Echoes of "Let's go, Kutztown" reverberated across the stadium. But two minutes into sudden death overtime, University of California cocaptain and tournament MVP Jake Anderson broke away from a pack of Kutztown players and surged toward the end zone, scoring the final try of his collegiate career in a 17-12 victory.
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June 1, 2015 | By Laine Higgins, Inquirer Staff Writer
The rugby sevens squad from the University of California is no stranger to PPL Park, home of the collegiate rugby championships this weekend. Walking off the field in sticky late-afternoon heat Saturday after their third pool-play game - against Virginia Tech - the Golden Bears had a familiar view: parents decked in navy and gold smacking their palms together in support; sweaty, shirtless fans sipping from cans of beer; and the rosy-cheeked faces of...
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
Inside the gates of PPL Park on game days, nearly 18,500 fans bustle around the $122 million Major League Soccer stadium on the Chester waterfront. They cheer the Union, they relax, they buy drinks and food. For a few hours, it's an image from Chester that few might recognize. But by the day's end, those visitors abruptly leave - returning to homes far outside Chester's city limits - without ever venturing beyond the I-95 ramp leading to the complex. It's been nearly five years since PPL Park opened with high expectations: The stadium would become a hub for economic development, the centerpiece of a waterfront stretch that would include housing, corporate offices, and a convention center.
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May 31, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aram Keshgegian and Eric Jackman looked at each other and both started counting with their fingers. Keshgegian and Jackman, teammates on St. Joseph's men's rugby team who also went to St. Joseph's Prep, couldn't remember which of their former high school teammates are playing in the Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park this weekend. St. Joe's Prep will be well-represented in the 20-team rugby sevens tournament that starts with pool play at 9 a.m. on Saturday - with Keshgegian and Jackman both on the Hawks, Ryan McNulty playing for Penn State, and Dan Conmy for Notre Dame.
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May 30, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Penn State women's rugby team didn't have much time to celebrate its fourth straight national championship. Soon after beating Central Washington in the title game on May 9, the Nittany Lions jumped into a retooled training regimen with a reshaped roster. The sevens season - a quicker brand of rugby played with seven players a side instead of the traditional 15 - was only a week away. "It's a lot to ask for people to stay and practice and do sevens," PSU team president Katie Meuller said.
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May 26, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every time a Maryland player ran at the empty net, the crowd noise crescendoed. But the Terrapins didn't want to score. Instead each player passed up surefire goals to drain the last 3 minutes, 2 seconds off the clock and beat North Carolina, 9-8, in the national championship at PPL Park on Sunday night. After the Terrapins ran the Tar Heels ragged for the last three minutes, their reserves and coaches streamed onto the field to celebrate the program's second straight NCAA title, and its 12th all-time.
NEWS
May 26, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Cortland goalie Jaclyn Beshlian wasn't making saves, she paced back and forth in the crease as if she were trapped inside the chalk semicircle. But when the final buzzer made Cortland a national champion in women's lacrosse Sunday at PPL Park, Beshlian raised her stick in the air and sprinted toward her teammates, who mobbed her from all angles. Behind eight Beshlian saves and an unrelenting attack, Cortland beat Trinity, 17-6, to capture the first NCAA Division III title in program history.
SPORTS
May 20, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once again, the Union are looking for a head of soccer operations. The team's CEO and operating partner, Nick Sakiewicz, said Monday that Rene Meulensteen's six-month term as consultant will end this month and will not be extended. Meulensteen is leaving for personal reasons, Sakiewicz said. Jim Curtin is the Union's head coach and Chris Albright is technical director, directly involved in player management and movement in addition to coaching decisions. Sakiewicz has been the object of recent fan derision.
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May 19, 2015 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, Philly.com
IN THE MIDST of yet another season of struggle on the field for the Union, fans' frustrations with the team's perennial struggles finally boiled over last night at PPL Park. And at the very last minute, those same fans finally got a much-needed reason to celebrate. Just days after narrowly being cut from the U.S. national team for the upcoming under-20 World Cup, Zach Pfeffer scored in the 93rd minute to give the Union a 1-0 win over D.C. United. It was just the team's second victory in 12 games this season.
SPORTS
May 18, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Union have confirmed that goalie Brian Sylvestre's short-term loan has been extended for eight weeks. Sylvestre was on a short-term loan from the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League. In addition, the Union loaned rookie forward Dzenan Catic to the RailHawks. Catic has not seen action this year for the Union. The Inquirer reported on Friday that the deal was agreed to , but it had to await approval from Major League Soccer. Sylvestre is expected to be the starter in Sunday's 7 p.m. game at PPL Park against D.C. United (6-1-3)
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