Vols Fall to San Diego State in National Semi-final

May 18, 2012 (Sandy, Utah) - Tennessee's season came to an end on Friday in the semifinal round of the D1AA National Championship Tournament with a loss to San Diego State in Rio Tinto Stadium. The Volunteers displayed great effort throughout the contest but simply made too many mistakes and failed to finish multiple line breaks in each half. SDSU outscored the Vols three tries to two including the backbreaker at full time.

Tennessee traveled to Salt Lake City with 30 players, 8 support staff and dozens of incredibly supportive family and friends. Wednesday, May 16 was consumed by travel as the Vols arrived in Utah in the early evening. Thursday featured player check in and a walk through Rio Tinto stadium followed by some Salt Lake City sightseeing. With Friday's elimination, the Vols had the opportunity to visit Park City on Saturday morning prior to the championship games.

Letter From Phillip Fulmer that was read prior to pregame warm up>>

The Volunteers entered the USA Rugby National Championship Tournament with an at-large bid after suffering a defeat in the Southeastern Collegiate Rugby Conference Championship Game. Playing at home during the first two rounds of the national round of 16 tournament, the Vols defeated Maryland and Florida State to reach the semifinal round.

SCRC Championship Details>>
Round of 16 - Tennessee 47, Maryland 13 Details>>
Round of 8 - Tennessee 45, Florida State 27 Details>>

Special thanks to all those that made generous donations so that the team could afford the trip to Salt Lake City.


University of Tennessee 12, San Diego State University 25

Line Up
1. Brent Buckner / Ian Smith @ 40 min.
2. Keith Henderson / Drew Randolph @ 54 min.
3. Lucas Herrera
4. Matt Neuhart
4. Joe Carpenter
6. Rick Wheeler / Ryan Roper @ 67 min
7. Zach Mobius
8. Danny Adams
9. Joe Brink
10. Nick Vigder
11. Graham Boyd
12. Matt Johnson
13. Nick Evans
14. Lee Bogitsh
15. Nathan Ring

16. Ian Smith
17. Drew Randolph
18. Ethan Rosenblum
19. Brett Parisi
20. Ryan Roper
21. Elliott Woodall
22. Matt Jordan
23. Dan Parris

19:00 PK by SDSU 0-3
31:00 Try by SDSU 0-8
34:00 Try by Bogitsh 5-8
43:00 PK by SDSU 5-11
56:00 Try by SDSU 5-18
62:00 Try by Mobius / CK by Vigder 12-18
80:00 Try by SDSU 12-25

Tennessee 5, San Diego State 8


Travel Roster
Adams, Danny
Bogitsh, Lee
Boyd, Graham
Bozarth, Taylor
Brink, Joe
Buckner, Brent
Carpenter, Joe
Dyson, Luke
Evans, Nick
Harris, Steven
Henderson, Keith
Herrera, Lucas
Johnson, Matt
Jordan, Matt
Mobius, Zach
Nasso, Matt
Neuhart, Matt
Parisi, Brett
Parris, Dan
Randolph, Drew
Richardson, George
Ring, Nathan
Roper, Ryan
Rosenblum, Ethan
Smith, Ian
Vigder, Nick
Wheeler, Rick
Woodall, Elliott

Bradley, Marty
Allen, Andy
Codevilla, David
Siragusa, Joe
Schaller, Matt
Casey, Mike
Robertson, Butch
Hank Marshman

USA Rugby Details