Round 11 Recap: Northeastern earns the right to be called Liberty’s best

D1A Rugby: Round 11 Recap: Northeastern earns the right to be called Liberty’s best
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  • Northeastern wins the Liberty Championship
  • Liberty Challenge wraps up with final standings
  • St. Bonaventure upsets Iona
  • Navy beats Notre Dame College by 2 points
  • Lindenwood handily defeats Davenport
  • Rocky Mountain wraps up for conference playoff


Teams in the Liberty Conference converged in Fairfield, CT to compete in their final games of the fall season. Northeastern took on Boston College in the championship match. Theses sides faced each other earlier this season, with Northeastern beating BC 42-33. Northeastern scored early in the first half, taking a 7-0 lead after lock Lowell Haska scored in the 4th minute and was followed up by a successful conversion by scrumhalf Darren Chan. Northeastern would score again in the 14th minute, as winger Niall Carlson broke the line to run 40 meters before offloading to his eight-man Alexander Parciak who dotted the ball down in the try zone. BC would score their first try at the end of the first half, bringing the scores to 14-7 heading into half time. Northeastern dominated the first 15 minutes of the second half, scoring three quick tries to extend their lead to 33-7. A dangerous tackle by inside center Jack Bambrick would result in a red card and a one man advantage for BC with 13 minutes left in the match. BC would score shortly after the red card to bring the score to 33-14. Northeastern would score a final try before the end of the game to bring the final score to 38-14, crowning them as the 2019 Champions of the Liberty Conference. Scrumhalf Darren Chan was crowned man of the match, as he led his side with 13 points after scoring a try and going 4/6 on conversions.

In the 3rd place final Syracuse fell to 2018 Liberty Champions American International College 19-17. Syracuse held an early 10-0 lead off the back of two tries from flanker Matty Kennelly after 16 minutes. Following these two tries, AIC would score their first try of the match off a pick and go right on the try line from eight-man Tommy Clark. AIC would take the lead in the 30th minute, as full back Royal Jones would score off of a crossfield kick that he was able to collect to score. AIC outside center Daryl Bagley would score in the 50th minute to give his side a 19-10 lead. AIC would soon lose two players to yellow cards for dangerous tackles, as hooker Zavian Arroyo and inside center Luis Sitama were sent off in the 53rd and 57th minutes. Syracuse would capitalize on this and would score off a scrum that their forward pack was able to push in for a try from 12 meters out from the try line. AIC would prevent Syracuse from scoring again, securing 3rd place in the Liberty Conference.

In other Liberty action Fordham shutout Binghamton 76-0, Oswego fell to Umass 29-43, Uconn won their first game of the year as they beat Albany 44-24, Tufts beat Cortland 41-29, Stony Brook beat Colgate 27-0, and hosts Fairfield beat Buffalo 48-31. Also in Fairfield, #13 Iona fell to St. Bonaventure in a cross-conference matchup 33-22. Fullback Wesley Chiromo scored 18 points for the Bonnies, by way of two tries and four conversions. Despite his side losing, Iona outside center Uatesoni Filikitonga still had an impressive game, scoring three tries against St. Bonaventure.


#11 Notre Dame College hosted #5 Navy in each sides last match of the fall season. NDC struck early, scoring in just the second minute of the match through loose head prop Sam Klimkowski. Navy would battle back, scoring three tries to take a 19-8 lead into half time. NDC would battle back in the second half though, scoring three tries to Navy’s one to bring the score to 27-26 in favor of NDC with 15 minutes left in the game. Navy was awarded a penalty in the 78th minute of the match, leading to flyhalf Lewis Gray successfully converting a penalty kick to put his side ahead 29-27. The midshipmen would hold on to the lead and defeat the Falcons, finishing their fall season an impressive 8-2.


In the Mid-South conference #4 Lindenwood trounced #9 Davenport 48-8. Lindenwood scrumhalf Evan Williams would lead his side in points scored with 18, as he scored a try and made five conversions along with a penalty kick. Davenport’s lone try came early in the second half and was scored by winger Bryce McCumber. Lindenwood improves to 3-0 while Davenport moves to 2-2-1.


In the final week of league play in the Rocky Mountain Conference teams made their final push towards the championship match. #8 BYU traveled to take on New Mexico, smashing them 121-10. Lock Christian Payne and fullback Dawson McCrea each scored three tries in the match. Teammates lock McKay Johnson, flanker Jacob Littlefield, flyhalf Davin Evanson, and reserve Robert Semu each scored two tries in the game as well. BYU heads into the championship match atop the Rocky Mountain Conference and undefeated this fall. Elsewhere in the Rocky Mountain conference Wyoming fell to #22 Colorado 14-50 and Utah Valley defeated Utah State 51-7.


Nov 16th, 2019Stony Brook27 – 40Colgate
Fordham76 – 0Binghamton
Albany24 – 44UConn
Tufts41 – 29Cortland
#13 Iona22 – 33St. Bonaventure
#12 Notre Dame College27 – 29#5 Navy
#9 Davenport8 – 48#4 Lindenwood
UMass43 – 29Oswego State
#22 Colorado50 – 14Wyoming
New Mexico10 – 121#8 BYU
Utah Valley51 – 7Utah State
American International19 – 17Syracuse
Boston College14 – 38Northeastern
Fairfield48 – 31Buffalo
#23 Oklahoma15 – 41(D1-AA) Lindenwood – Bellville