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Nice Try, Mikell!

For America’s rugby fans, the Collegiate Championship tournament is as big as basketball’s March Madness, or football’s BCS series.

Today, all of those fans are talking about Mikell Washington.

The 2012 Staples grad scored the winning try — in extra time – to give Penn State a big win in pool play, against St. Joseph’s. The match — televised lived on NBC Sports — was played at PPL Park in Philadelphia.

An exuberant Mikell Washington.

An exuberant Mikell Washington, after winning a pool game in the national championship tournament.

Mikell is one of 4 siblings who attended Westport schools throughout his career, as Open Choice students from Bridgeport.

He threw himself into Staples activities — including rugby, wrestling, football, choir and band — while working 2 jobs during the school year and 3 in the summer.

He is triple majoring at Penn State, with a goal of attending law school.

As the rugby world found out yesterday, Mikell Washington is a young man who stops at nothing to reach the goal line — or his goals.

(For the final 1:47 of the pool game — including Mikell’s winning try — click here. Hat tip: Joanne Heller.)

Mikell Washington (center) in Staples High School's 2011 Candlelight Concert. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

Mikell Washington (center) in Staples High School’s 2011 Candlelight Concert. (Photo/Lynn U. Miller)