1-2-3 Shanahan! A phrase that can be heard at the start and finish of every Shanahan Rugby match. Win or lose the Eagles know who they are and know the task at hand. This past weeks objective, to finish out the season by winning the Catholic Invitational Tournament for the fifth consecutive year, an objective that was met with a 22-5 victory over St. Joseph's Prep.
Going up against Fr. Judge in the first round Shanahan came out fired up and ready to win. Shanahan shut Fr. Judge out with a 34-0 victory marked by tries from Chris Ponto, Bryan Oteri, and Jeff Wallen. Senior fullback Mike Doyle had a tremendous game scoring two tries.
Marked with big hits and a couple of bloody noses, the Championship match showed to be a particularly physical one. With the game underway against St. Joe's, Shanahan came out with a quick 14-0 lead in the first few moments of the match. Chris Ponto scored two tries and would later add three more points to the tally with a penalty kick towards the latter end of the first half. With only a few moments left in the first half, Brian Berrodin pounded in another try to send the Eagles into the second half with a commanding 22-0 lead. Down for the count, the Prep came out ferociously pounding away at the Shanahan defenses. With a tremendous team effort the Eagles held up three consecutive tries. The Prep formed once again and scored what will be characterized as a questionable try. But it was too little too late for the Philly boys.