Week 4 Recap: Statements are Made

D1A Rugby: Week 4 Recap: Statements are Made
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20th ranked Iona travelled to take on 7th ranked Army in a clash between two of D1A’s premier teams. Army started the game with two unanswered tries against Iona, before the Gaels came back with two tries before halftime. In the second half, The Black Knights eventually distanced themselves, finishing with a 29-19 win.

Army’s head coach Matt Sherman was pleased with his side’s effort, as well as his opponents ability to push them in a tight contest “I think they (Iona) surprised us a little bit early in the game with the amount of attacking pressure they built up. I was pleased that our resolve held through the 80 minutes in all facets of the game against a good team.”

Sherman was also happy to see his tight five’s effectiveness, “The whole tight five set the tempo in the scrums. We build up pressure and earned penalties or scored points from it. Our scrum was dominant and a major platform to build on.”

 University Notre Dame continued a strong first season in D1A, as they travelled to take on 18th ranked Ohio State. The Irish pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year, against a strong Buckeye team, 33-28. While Notre Dame is playing as an independent, this win gives fans a glimpse of the Irish’s potential. Notre Dame has three more games this year against Top 20 ranked teams in the country, and after this result, they’ll all be on notice.

Four teams in the Red River Conference kicked off their league seasons this week. Texas A&M shut out Texas 73-0. Dutch Patterson lead the Aggies with a hat trick in the game, and helped Texas A&M retain “The University Cup”.  Arkansas and Texas Tech also battled in the Red River Conference this week, with the Razorbacks winning 42-13.

In the third week of play for Rugby East, 11th ranked Notre Dame College hosted Wheeling Jesuit, with the NDC Falcons defeating the Cardinals 48-5. Buffalo travelled to St. Bonaventure hoping to get on the right track this season, after starting with two loses against Army and Notre Dame College. Buffalo was unable to stop a strong St. Bonaventure side and were beaten 74-20.

The Rocky Mountain Conference continued league action this week, highlighted with a clash between Colorado and Colorado State. Colorado beat a favored Colorado State side 20-17, putting them atop of their league after their first two matches this year. Utah State hosted Wyoming this week in their first home game of the season. The Aggies ran through the Cowboys in route to a 64-5 victory.

In Big Ten action, Purdue faced off against Michigan in each team’s second league game of the year. Purdue won their first game to start the season, beating Michigan 22-12. While Wisconsin defeated Michigan State, 36-20.

The Liberty Conference continued league play this week with 14 teams in action. American International College travelled to the Bronx to take Fordham on Thursday night in a highly anticipated match between two of the Liberty conference’s best teams. However, neither team could pull ahead with the two sides drawing at 17 a piece.

Syracuse hosted Brockport in each side’s second league match of the season. Syracuse ran away with the win over Brockport, beating them 74-12. Syracuse were led by fullback Jean Eric van der Elst, who scored five tries on the day.

In other Liberty Conference action, Cortland beat Oswego 32-29, Albany picked up their second win of the year over Colgate 10-5, Boston College defeated Rhode Island 49-7, UMass beat Northeastern 32-17, and UConn were victorious against Fairfield 27-20.