D1A Player of the Week – Dan Dillon

D1A Rugby: D1A Player of the Week – Dan Dillon
Photo Credit: Ron Raff

BOULDER, Colo. – Winless in Rugby East play going into its last weekend’s match against Buffalo, St. Bonaventure was desperate for a win and delivered. The squad’s 29-20 victory was due in large part to the stellar play of full back Dan Dillon.

Dillon, a business major out of Orchard Park, N.Y., got the Bonnies on the board in the 13th minute with a try, and ended the match with 14 total points.

The superb performance was encouraging to Head Coach Clarence Picard and his staff given the potential the junior showed two seasons ago during his impressive freshman campaign. Since that season, though, Dillon battled injuries throughout his sophomore season and has missed time earlier this year due to some lingering health issues.

Now healthy, Dillon has moved from fly half to full back and has been keeping St. Bonaventure’s attack on the front foot – especially this past Saturday versus Buffalo.

“The coaching staff had hoped this would be a breakout game for Dan, and he did just that in what was a big match for us against Buffalo,” said Picard. “Having a guy with his acceleration coming into the line makes us much more difficult to defend. We’ve been looking for this type of play out of Dan, and we’re excited to get it.”

The win will surely give St. Bonaventure a needed boost of confidence going into its final conference match of the fall tomorrow against No. 4 Kutztown. The Bonnies could sure use another dominant 80 minutes from its full back, especially considering the Golden Bears will be eager to get back in the win column after last week’s loss to Army.