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Griz Hurlers Win Back-To-Back National Titles

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Last season, the Griz Hurling team were dark-horses to win it. Playing the underdog role, they took home the National Title winning at Gaelic Park in New York, but they still were told they weren't the best team in the nation.

"All we heard was we would have lost if Stanford would have been there, but to come back and get that redemption game, it's surreal, it's unbelievable," says Griz full-forward Chad Ireland.

Not only did the Grizzlies become the first ever collegiate hurling team to win back-to-back national titles, they did it in convincing fashion, beating Stanford 27-10.

"First of all, our team play is phenomenal. We're always talking positive reinforcement on the field. Whether you're on the field in person or just on the side, we're always pushing for everyone to put in more than 100% on the field, and that's what everyone puts into it," says Griz fullback Tanner Sholey.

Adding to the magic that was another national title, the Griz Hurlers were able to host the national tournament at home in Washington Grizzly Stadium.

"It's huge. This is my last year to play with them, and to play in this stadium, with this kind of atmosphere, and this history, I'm a Grizzly, that's what I bleed. I was pumped to be here. You can't put it into words really, we just wanted to represent it right, play good hurling and battle, and I think we accomplished that this weekend," says Griz half-forward Kaleb Barrett.

"It was unreal. I've been to hundreds of football games here, and it was a whole different feeling. To bring it in with our own team, and to have this support from the Missoula community and people traveling over was unreal. We had a couple people come over from Ireland, and you just can't beat that, being here at home, come back with a win, and take it from Stanford," says Ireland.

With the program just in their second year, they've never not been national champions, which is pretty incredible any way you slice it.

"I've never done anything that compares to it. Playing in front of so many people, and having to deal with the noise and the hype, it just drives you even more. Seeing people I know, and family and friends, with other people who are here to support every one of us," says Sholey.

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