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#1 Life University (7-0, 2-0) will be traveling up to St. Charles, MO to take on #3 Lindenwood University (6-2, 1-1) on March 19th. This will be the second match up against these teams this year. On February 27th, Life University defeated Lindenwood at home, 45-15. Lindenwood is going to look to rectify this at home. Aside from first place position in the D1A Mid-South, the Glenn Markway Memorial Shield will be on the line. The Glenn Markway Memorial Shield is named in honor of former Lindenwood Rugby player, Glenn Markway who passed away on August 1, 2015 from Myeloid Lukemia.
Lindenwood is coming off a close win over Davenport, 18-12, last week. Life University was on break from divisional play, as they took on Arkansas State. Life University came out of that friendly match with a win, 32-15. Lindenwood University is 0-7 against Life University since 2011. Last year they lost three times to them. Lindenwood is looking to defend their house to get their first win against Life. Life University has been dominate all this year. They are setting up to put another championship run. The Life University Running Eagles are known very well for their methodical strategy of play. They take advantage of other teams mistakes, while making very few themselves. Life University has shown that they are extremely talented and skilled allowing an average of 10 points per game, and scoring an average of 61.7 point per game.
Both these teams have a strong cast behind them. Both teams are coached by elite class coaches in 2nd year coach, JD Stephenson (Lindenwood) and 1st year coach, Scott Lawrence. While both these teams have a host of talented players that work in cohesion with each other, there are a few players that have been game changers. For Life University, Blaine Mcllroy, Cody Melphy, and Harley Davidson have become weekly impact players. For Lindenwood, they have seen a lot strength from Lungi Tashuma, Mickey Bateman, and Malon Al-Jaboori.
This is always a major rivalry match between these teams. Expect some high octane rugby, and elite play. Don’t miss the match down below. Rugby Gameday starts at 7:15 pm, and kickoff starts at 7:30 pm.