Zoomies build early lead, hold off Army

D1A Rugby: Zoomies build early lead, hold off Army

BOULDER, Colo. – Air Force used a second-half surge to put itself in position to beat its rival Army, and did just that in the game’s closing minutes.

Playing at home, the Zoomies were able to take a 12-0 lead against the well-traveled Army side. After the spirited wakeup call handed out by Air Force, West Point dominated the remainder of the first half on its way to scoring 20 consecutive points, including 10 from the boot of fly half Thomas Del Pino.

The Zoomies came out the inspired squad to start the second frame, scoring two converted tries in the half’s opening 10 minutes.

Army earned a try off a set piece to cut Air Force’s lead to 26-25. However, West Point’s conversion attempt would not split the uprights, and the Zoomies clung to a one-point lead. Twenty minutes still remained following Army’s third try, but the game would turn into a defensive slugfest, with neither team able to surmount enough pressure on the other.

Air Force was able to break the lengthy stalemate with a try in the 78th minute, which would seal the marquee win for the Zoomies, 31-25.