WESTBOROUGH – On Thursday afternoon, the top-seeded Algonquin Titans boys’ rugby team defeated the No. 4 Catholic Memorial Knights by a score of 28-26, advancing to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 state championship game.
The game, which was played at Westborough High School as Algonquin constructs a new turf field, was neck and neck from start to finish. The Titans had handled the Knights earlier in the season, winning 38-26, but things were much tighter this time around.
“I was telling these boys all week, [that] it is so difficult to beat a team twice because you took their best shot, [and] they know all our stuff. They’re coming at us and we have what they want. They played so much more hungry… That was a very motivated team,” Algonquin Head Coach Dominic McNeil told the Community Advocate.
The Titans’ win was hard-fought.
“Talk about guts – kids fighting through injuries and scraping themself up off the field again and again,” McNeil said. “It’s the beauty of rugby.”
Algonquin will play third-seeded Weymouth, the defending champion, in the championship game. The game is currently scheduled for Saturday, June 17, at Curry College.