Nittany Lions Pounce to Victory Over Buckeyes in D1A College Rugby

D1A Rugby: Nittany Lions Pounce to Victory Over Buckeyes in D1A College Rugby
d1a-filler.jpgPenn State Nittany Lions come out victorious against the Ohio State Buckeyes (72-8) in first D1A contest of the season. It was a beautiful Fall day that sparked 2013’s rendering of the Ohio/Penn rivalry when the two D1A teams met on Saturday in Beekman Park (Columbus, OH). With a total of 82 minutes played, Penn State capitalized in the first half placing seven try’s up on the scoreboard, going into halftime at 47-8. Outside Center Blaze Feury emerged as Penn State’s high scorer securing 17 points as the Nittany Lion’s conversion kicker, prop John Hellman brought in ten points, and inside-center Connor Mariani, fly-half Dan Callaghan and wing Dominic Defalco all raked in a try apiece. Ohio State’s fly half put up a penalty kick for their first three points of the game, followed by a try for their final five points of the match. In the second half Feury brought in penalty points and a conversion following a try made by Defalco. Hooker Jake Marshall, flanker Sean Herbert, and flanker Dan Metcalf all pulled in five points to round out the contests final score of 72-8. “This is a series that has been close over the years, though recently it has gotten away from us,” says Ohio State Coach Tom Rooney. “[Penn State] has great buy in from the kids and implements a strong pattern system.” Coming off the most recent expression of this rivalry, Penn State’s outlook is determined and optimistic. “We need to work on our tactical awareness and be sure not to increase pressure on ourselves. We are moving forward, and the team seems focused and is working very hard to improve.” This Saturday, Penn State plays University of Delaware at Fraizer Field in Newark, Delaware.