Week 10 Recap: Ranked Teams Land Statement Victories

D1A Rugby: Week 10 Recap: Ranked Teams Land Statement Victories
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Week 10 saw some crucial games take place and while there weren’t any conference champions crowned, the impact of these results will be felt long after the full time whistle.

With Rugby East’s season wrapping up next weekend, many teams were looking to build some momentum going into the final weekend of action. #18 St Bonaventure travelled to play #14 Notre Dame College, and upset the hosts with a 32-14 win. #8 Penn State was looking to rebound after their loss to Army the week prior, as they hosted Wheeling Jesuit. Penn State were led by inside center Luke O’Malley, who scored three tries in their 52-5 win over Wheeling Jesuit. Buffalo had their worst loss of the season this past weekend, as they were shutout by #10 Kutztown by a whopping 121-0. After this game Buffalo sits 0-5 with a point differential of negative 350. It only gets tougher for Buffalo as they face Penn State in their final game of the season next weekend.

The last few games of the Liberty conference were played this past weekend, including an important match between Delaware and AIC to determine who would be the representative from the I-95 conference in the Liberty Division playoffs. AIC held fast in defense during the first half, as they were able to keep Delaware scoreless while running in three tries. While Delaware was able to score three tries in the second half, their defense struggled mightily as AIC was able to run the score up thanks in part to inside center Luis Sitama. Sitama scored three tries on the day and was instrumental in AIC’s 59-17 win over Delaware.

In other Liberty action, #12 Iona beat Rutgers 62-5 and capped off an undefeated Liberty season. Tufts hosted Rhode Island and beat them 35-15, Northeastern shutout UCONN 31-0, Boston College was shutout by Fairfield 33-0, Fordham shutout Colgate 31-0, and UMASS kept Albany scoreless and won 53-0.

#5 Army hosted Air Force on the Black Knight’s senior night. In Army’s final matchup of the fall they were able to shutout Air Force 42-0, leaving them undefeated this fall. Army have gone 7-0 between league play and crossover matches, and will look to build on that record in the spring.

Notre Dame continued their first year in D1A rugby as an independent team, hosting #9 Arkansas State. Despite a second half surge, Notre Dame wasn’t able to keep pace with Arkansas State and lost 32-17.

The Mid South division is slowly heating up, as #7 Navy traveled to take on #17 Davenport. Navy prop Clayton Kendrick-Holmes contributed with two tries, helping Navy beat Davenport 45-15.

 In  their first game of the season, Utah Valley took on Utah State. Utah Valley got off to a hot start, scoring 24 points in the first 27 minutes. This hot start would help set the tone for Utah Valley, as they would go on to beat Utah State 46-10.

In the lone Red River game this week Texas A&M hosted Baylor. Despite Baylor scoring first in the game, Texas A&M was able to control the game and beat Baylor 57-5.