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History of the Club: In 1976, Loyola Rugby was founded by a few students who had known the game, supported by a local Men’s Club. Since that time, Loyola Rugby has been a strong successful program, regionally and nationally.
We currently are members of National College Rugby (NCR), which evolved from the former National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO). Between our 7’s and 15’s sides, Loyola Rugby has made back-to-back-to-back appearances in the National Championship (‘20, ‘19, ‘18) and has made the National Sweet 16 in four consecutive years. In recent years, we’ve won the NYC Four Leaf 15’s and Pittsburgh Rugby 7’s tournaments, and following our latest 2019 Potomac Rugby Conference and Mid-Atlantic South Regional Championships, Loyola was ranked #1 nationally. Our players have earned the distinctions of being All-America, Fulbright Scholars, and Priests.
Facilities: The Loyola University Maryland Men’s club plays on a state-of-the-art turf pitch located in the Ridley Athletic Complex. Lugano pitch is a permanently lined regulation pitch with regulation rugby goal posts. The Lugano family, with the help of our alumni, raised one million dollars to build, dedicate and maintain the pitch in the honor of Rugby Collegiate All-American Sean Lugano ‘95, who perished in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Additionally, Loyola rugby now trains under and an amazing weather-controlled dome from November through March, allowing our student athletes to maintain top-level fitness and work strategically throughout the winter months, preparing for playoffs and tournaments in the spring. In addition to the state-of-the-art pitch, we have full access to home and visitor locker rooms and have permanent lights for night games. We also have a dedicated trainer at practice and at home games.
What makes us different? One of the biggest things that sets Loyola apart from other Universities is the strong support from our Alumni group, the Society of Loyola Old Boys, or SLOB. Through the introduction of SLOB, rugby is the largest and most active affinity group at the University, including NCAA sports.
SLOB formally organized in late 2013 as a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit in order to provide scholarships and material support to the club. In addition to the direct support, the alumni organization also provides a post graduate networking organization and assistance with job placement. We are in year 6 of an ongoing capital funding effort that has enabled us to offer freshman scholarships of up to $2,500 to select High School Seniors who plan to attend Loyola next year.
We welcome the chance to answer any questions you may have and would love to see you playing for Loyola on Lugano Pitch next year.
Director of Recruiting
The Society of Loyola Old Boys