2019 Week 3 Recap: Confident victories widen the conference gaps

D1A Rugby: 2019 Week 3 Recap: Confident victories widen the conference gaps
Photo Credit: Desiree Miller - Colorado University vs New Mexico

#5 Navy travelled to take on #7 Kutztown in a close crossover match. The first half proved to be a defensive battle, as each side had only scored once heading into half time level at seven a piece. Navy struck first after halftime though, putting inside center Joey Hobbs through a gap to score two minutes into resumed play. The lead would swap sides several times throughout the half, with Kutztown holding a narrow, 22-19 lead in the final minute of the game. Navy were able to come back and win it though thanks to an incredible cross field kick that reserve Denver Fuller was able to snag just before it went out of bounds to score in the 80th minute. Navy 26 – Kutztown 22

#18 Iona hosted #9 Army in a crossover matchup between powerhouses from Rugby East and the Liberty conference. Army wasted no time, scoring in the third minute thanks to a try from flanker Joseph Ryan. Iona would answer back with a pair of successful penalty kicks in the 15th and 19th minutes of the match to put them ahead of army 6-5. The Golden Knights would battle back though, scoring three tries before halftime to put them up 24-6. Army would continue their spectacular play in to the second half, finishing out the game strong and winning 51 – 11 in the end.

In Rugby East #8 Penn State hosted Mary Washington in each side’s second league game of the year. Penn State’s defense was flawless, as they were able to keep Mary Washington scoreless and under pressure for much of the game. Penn State beat Mary Washington 22-0 and improved to 2-0 on the year. In Rugby East’s second game of the weekend, #14 Notre Dame College traveled to take on #13 St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies dominated much of this game, resulting in an astounding win 32-12 over NDC.

Each team in the Big Ten was in action this weekend. #23 Indiana hosted a close game against Illinois, with the Hoosiers down 20-27 at the half. The Illinois half time lead came mainly from inside center Luka Pavlakis, who scored 22 points in the first half. Illinios would go on to be shutout in the second half while Indiana fought back to score 24 points to win 44-27. #19 Ohio State took on Purdue, beating them 42-24. Ohio State’s winger Vince Carsco lead his team’s attack, scoring three tries in the win. Michigan defeated Minnesota 43-14, while Michigan State lost to Wisconsin 24-32.

#24 Utah Valley hosted Air Force in a Rocky Mountain conference clash. Utah Valley got out to an early lead thanks to a try in the first minute from 8-man Unaloto Tomasi Tonga, and another try in the 17th minute from flyhalf Colton Swapp. Air Force would battle back and take the lead in the second half, but weren’t able to hold on to it as Utah Valley valiantly fought back to win 33-31. In another Rocky Mountain Conference match, New Mexico was blown out by Colorado 12-79, in their first home game of the year.

In the Liberty Conference Syracuse beat Cortland 38-10 to move to 3-0 on the season, while Buffalo moved to 2-0 with a 32-19 win over Binghamton. Elsewhere in Liberty Fairfield beat UMASS 55-7, Oswego defeated Albany 49-21, Brockport lost to Colgate 26-31, Tufts narrowly beat UCONN 11-5, AIC shutout Rutgers 39-0, Fordham beat Stony Brook 38-14, and Boston College dominated Rhode Island, shutting them out 92-0.