Rugby East Roundup: Week One

D1A Rugby: Rugby East Roundup: Week One
Boulder, Colo. – Week One for the Rugby East conference has ended, and three teams walk away with their first wins of the season. West Virginia and No. 7 Kutztown stayed out of the action this week, while the rest of the teams played in their first conference game of the season.

No. 5 Army vs. Buffalo
The Buffalo Bulls came to West Point on Saturday and got ran over by No. 5 Army 48-0. The Black Knights scored early and often, scoring tries in the 5th, 9th, and 15th minutes, as well as a conversion on their third try. Two more tries put the Cadets up 27-0 at the half.

The Knights stared where they left off at the start of the second half, scoring a try in the 48th minute and a successful kick put Army up 34-0. They wrapped up the day with two more tries, converting on both of them, giving Army the win.

The senior cadets dominated the scoring in this one. Captain Donny Goff, Peter Basnight, and John Sproul all scored tries, while Cameron Hargis scored two. Junior Luke Heun scored the first try of the game, and junior Andrew Fargo scored two tried for the Black Knights.

This was a dominating win for Army, who move to 1-0 in Rugby East. This was also Coach Matt Sherman’s first win as head coach for the Black Knights. Army continues their three game home stand on Saturday, September 19th when they take on St. Bonaventure at the Anderson Rugby Complex. The match starts at 7 p.m. ET.

St. Bonaventure vs. No. 9 Penn State
In the closest game of the weekend, the Nittany Lions edged out the Bonnies 23-10. Penn State started off strong, as sophomore wing Tyler May scored a try in the 13th minute and another in the 18th minute put the Nittany Lions up by 10. St. Bonaventure came back and scored a try and a conversion in the 37th minute, and entered the half only down 10-7.

The Bonnies scored first in the second half, converting a penalty kick into 3 points, tying the game at 10-10. This would be the last point that St. Bonaventure would put up this afternoon. Penn State scored a try in the 54th minute, a penalty kick in the 68th minute, and another try in the 71st minute, ending the game and giving Penn State their first win of the season.

No. 9 Penn State will travel to West Virginia on Saturday, September 19th to take on No. 12 Wheeling Jesuit. The match will start at 1 p.m. ET.

Iona vs. No. 12 Wheeling Jesuit
This game was the most physical of the weekend, as both the Gaels and Cardinals got after each other on the pitch. Wheeling Jesuit was able to convert in critical times and put pressure on the Gaels, which in the end gave them the 37-19 win.

The game was close early, being only 12-0 Wheeling Jesuit at halftime. Iona had control of the ball for most of the first half, even getting it to within meters of the try line, but were just not able to convert. The Cardinals took advantage of the few opportunities that Iona gave them, scoring their first try on a long run and then getting a conversion on their second try.

The score was 24-5 after a try from the Gaels and two by the Cardinals, and by that time it was too late for Iona to make a comeback. Wheeling used their superior athleticism and speed to overcome Iona’s time of possession and was able to take this match 37-19.

Iona will take to the road Saturday, September 19th to take on the Buffalo Bulls. The match will be played at UB Stadium at 1 p.m. ET.