Men’s D1A Week 9 Recap

D1A Rugby: Men’s D1A Week 9 Recap
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Week 9 Match Recap

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Season Statistical Leaders here.

MID-SOUTH

Arkansas State 84 – Oklahoma 0

Scoring leaders waiting to be confirmed.

Life 96 – Notre Dame 13

Life scored 14 tries on the road against Notre Dame where the Running Eagle 8-man, Cameron Dolan, scored four tries; two of which came in the first ten minutes of play. As impressive as Dolan’s game, was Joseph Cowley’s who scored 26 points with two tries and eight conversions. Zach Miller kicked through five conversions, giving Life a 93% conversion success rate on the afternoon. Chris Pesigan made two penalty kicks and David Penberthy scored a try for Notre Dame. Next week Notre Dame will host Texas A&M and Life will travel to Arkansas State to decide the Mid-South champion; it will be the last regular season match for both teams.

RUGBY EAST

Navy 23 – Ohio State 18

Scoring leaders waiting to be confirmed.

Penn State 44 – Kutztown 37

Penn State won a thriller at home against a determined Kutztown side. Kutztown took a 6-5 lead in minute 20 when Andrew Stinson kicked through his second penalty of the half. The momentum shifted away from Kutztown in minute 23 when the flanker, Casper Huizenga, was sent to the sin bin. Penn State, now up a man, kicked it in high gear as Kevin Kimble and Conor Mariani answered with 12 points in the following 13 minutes. In the closing 10 minutes of the first half Jamie Gregory and Robert Stortz scored tries to give the Kutztown Golden Bears an 18-17 lead at the break. Sam LaPaille scored again and Joseph Baker converted to give Penn State a 24-18 lead that they would never lose again. Jamie Gregory answered the Penn State with his second of the match in minute 49 to narrow the Kutztown deficit to one. Unfortunately for the Golden Bears, the lead would never be this close again. Penn State scored 20 unanswered points on two tries and two penalty kicks. However, Kutztown was resilient in scoring 14 points in the final six minutes to bring the final score to 44-37.

Delaware 64 – Rutgers 12

Delaware took the lead by scoring 17 points in the first ten minutes and never looked back. Christopher Mattina scored 24 points with seven conversions and two tries while Pat Goldring and Patrick Mullarkey each had a hat trick. Ian Combs and Barry Tapp also scored for Delaware, spreading the nine tries across five players. Demetrius Durham scored a try and Daniel Beatty converted to get Rutgers on the board before halftime, but the 36-7 lead proved to be too much for the Scarlet Knights to gain any momentum against. Joe Hussey touched down for Rutgers in minute 47 to give them their final point total of 12 against Delaware’s 64.

WESTERN

Utah 49 – Colorado 32

Utah took an 8-0 lead 13 minutes in when injury sub, Nick Mostyn scored a hard-fought try. Chris Martin touched down for Colorado shortly after and the Buffaloes actually took a 10-8 lead in minute 25 on a try by freshman fullback Jack Porter. Utah regained the lead eight minutes later on a Spencer Vickery try and Daniel Christensen conversion. Christensen kicked through a penalty in the closing seconds of the first half to give Utah a 20-13 lead at the break. After the restart Utah scored 12 unanswered points to take a 32-13 lead. The remainder of the second half proved to be a try scoring festival as the two teams swapped tries multiple times, but in the end Utah was able to withstand the attack of Colorado and end the match 49-32.

Utah 41 – Air Force 30

Scoring leaders waiting to be confirmed.

Arizona State 33 – Colorado State 9

Colorado State held a 3-0 advantage until minute 31 when Kolten Molina touched down for Arizona State. Adam Sandstrom made his first of four conversions on the day to give the Sun Devils a 7-3 at halftime. Colorado State flyhalf Jackson Connoly kicked through his third penalty of the match in minute 54 to give the Rams the lead. The lead was short-lived as Arizona State winger, Erick Moon, scored tries in minutes 61 and 63 that were both converted by Sandstrom. Nathan Champan and Dustin Ballard each added tries of their own in the final ten minutes that brought the final score to 33-9 in favor of the Sun Devils.

Wyoming 27 – Arizona 24

The Wyoming Cowboys defeated the Arizona Wildcats at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado in a game that went down to the wire. Wyoming opened up the try scoring when 8-man, Nick Prudhomme, touched down his fourth try of the season. The Cowboys added another try in minute 38 that put the halftime score at 10-3. Shortly after the restart, Damian Vaughn scored one of his two tries that tied the match after a successful Jack Arnold conversion. This was the last time the score was equal as Wyoming pulled away with three tries that produced 17 unanswered points. The try surge by Wyoming proved to be too much for Arizona to overcome despite their efforts to produce two tries and conversions in the final ten minutes that brought the final score to 27-24.


PACIFIC

UCLA 39 – Cal Poly-SLO 13

The score stood at 3-3 until UCLA center, Samuel Sirell, touched down his first try of the match in minute 33. Grant Penney converted the try to give UCLA a 10-3 halftime lead. After the restart, UCLA added 19 points in the next 14 minutes on three tries and two conversions. Tanner Heaphy and Stanton Sharpe each scored a try before Cal Poly touched down to give the Bruins a commanding 39-3 lead heading into the final ten minutes. Matthew Verga and Matt Ryan scored tries for Cal Poly to bring the final score to 39-13.