2019 Week 5 Recap

D1A Rugby: 2019 Week 5 Recap
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  • Big NDC win over Army
  • BYU top of Rocky Mountain after CSU victory
  • Syracuse remain unbeaten


#14 Notre Dame College hosted #9 Army in a tough physical matchup this past weekend. Notre Dame College struck first with a run from fullback Fadzai Mushongo resulting in an early try for NDC in the 8th minute. The try was quickly followed by the first of three yellow cards for NDC, with winger Liam Walsh being sent off in the 13th minute. Army would strike a score while they had the extra man advantage, drawing the scores level at five a piece. The scores would remain tied up until the final minutes of the first half, when NDC flanker Andrew Guerra barreled through the defensive line to score. After a successful conversion NDC led 12-5 going into the half. The second half started out poorly for the Falcons, as hooker Jordan Viray was sent off with a yellow card in the 42nd minute. Viray was shortly followed by his teammate and inside center Christian Olsen, who was also issued a yellow card in the 48th minute. Army would once again benefit from being a man up, scoring and leveling the points at 12. Despite a yellow card to hooker Larry Williams in the 62nd minute, Army scored despite being a man down, this time taking the lead 17-12 with just 12 minutes left in the match. With their backs against the wall, NDC would go on to score in the 75th minute through loosehead prop Sam Klimkowski to tie it up at 17-17. A missed kick would prevent NDC from taking the lead following the try. With time almost expired NDC slowly worked their way back down to the Army try line, finally crossing it after lock Calum Haddock dove over to seal the win and one of the biggest upsets in college rugby this year. Notre Dame College finished with 22 over Army’s 17.

#8 Penn State travelled to take on #12 St. Bonaventure in another Rugby East matchup this past weekend. Despite being tied 12 a side at half time, Penn State would go on to blow out St. Bonaventure in the second half, outscoring them 31-8. Penn State winger Jesse Capriotti would score two tries in the second half to help put Penn State ahead, helping them win 43-20 over the Bonnies.

Rocky Mountain

#10 BYU travelled to take on #21 Colorado State University. BYU were able to shutout CSU in the first half, leading 14-0 at half time. BYU would add to their lead in the second half, beating CSU 42-10. BYU flanker Tosh Wilcox would go on to score two tries in the win. Utah State and New Mexico were also in action this past weekend, with the two sides competing in a high scoring affair. Two players for Utah State were able to score hat-tricks in the game, with tight head prop Morgan Smith and outside center Ian Newton each scoring three apiece. Defense appeared to be an afterthought for these two dangerous offensive sides, with Utah State coming out on top 55-39.


This past weekend saw several key matchups play out in Liberty. Syracuse remained undefeated, taking down Colgate on the road 67-12 and improving to 5-0 on the year. Buffalo came from behind in the 75th minute to steal a win from Oswego, with the final score 32-26. Brockport won their first 15’s game in three years, defeating Albany 48-29. Northeastern beat a strong Boston College side 42-33, #17 Iona blew out Rutgers 106-0, Binghamton defeated Cortland 32-17, Uconn lost to Rhode Island 17-22, and Fairfield beat Tufts 41-3.

Big Ten

#20 Ohio State rebounded from their loss to Indiana last week with a big win over Minnesota in the Big 10. The Buckeyes got on the board early with a try from flanker Ben Richards in the third minute of the match. Ohio State would keep up the offensive barrage in the first half, managing to score 40 points by the end of the half. Minnesota scored a single try in the game, coming in the first half thanks to winger Benjamin Kane. The Buckeyes would pad their lead in the second half, beating Minnesota 73-7. Elsewhere in the Big 10, Illinois narrowly beat Wisconsin 17-15, and Purdue lost to Michigan State 10-20.


#5 Navy hosted Air Force for their annual game in which they compete for the Lt. Col Shea Cup. Navy heavily defeated Air Force, 81-5. A large majority of Navy’s points came in the first half, with Navy being up 52-0 at halftime. Eight different players would score tries for Navy, with inside center Joey Hobbs scoring three on the day.

Weekend Scores

Oct 4th, 2019#21 Colorado State10 – 42#10 BYU
Rutgers0 – 106#17 Iona
American InternationalCancelledFordham
Oct 5th, 2019#5 Navy81 – 5Air Force
Purdue10 – 20Michigan State
Buffalo32 – 26Oswego State
#12 St. Bonaventure20 – 43#8 Penn State
Colgate12 – 67Syracuse
Albany29 – 48Brockport
Cortland17 – 32Binghamton
Tufts3 – 41Fairfield
#20 Ohio State73 – 7Minnesota
Wisconsin15 – 17Illinois
WyomingCancelled#24 Utah Valley
New Mexico39 – 55Utah State
UConn17 – 22Rhode Island
#14 Notre Dame College22 – 17#9 Army
Northeastern42 33Boston College