Men’s Rugby Knocks Off Merrimack for First Win of the Spring
After a tough Fall season, the Men’s Rugby Team took to the field Friday night looking to keep the momentum going from a great showing at the league 7’s championships two weeks prior. In front of a large home crowd they did just that, dominating the final 60 minutes of the game for a 46-5 win over league opponent Merrimack.
5 Minutes into the first half, Merrimack was the aggressor and it showed on the scoreboard as an unconverted try put the visitors up 5-0. 5 minutes later however, the home team began to assert themselves in all phases of the game, and Junior Brad Smith got the scoring parade started with a try followed by Junior Peter Sullivan’s conversion. 21 minutes into the half Sullivan doubled the lead with another penalty, and then with 10 minutes to go the men began to pull away as Freshman Pat Sweeney and Sophomore Nick Germaine each scored unconverted tries to put the hosts up 20-5 at the break.
Continuing their great play from the first half, the Purple and Black came out and dominated in the second half. Junior Brian Consoles scored a 48th minute try in the corner, Sullivan’s conversion missed, but 6 minutes later the Hill was back in the try zone as Senior Andrew Jacobs touched down near the posts. Sullivan drilled this one through and with 26 minutes remaining the home team now led 32-5. Sweeney would notch his second of the game in the 68th minute and Sophomore Dan O’Day put the finishing touches on the evening with a converted try at the 36th minute for the 46-5 final.
“It was a great night for the Men,” spoke Head Coach Derek Jenesky after the game, “It has been a while since we were able to put tighter an outstanding team effort like that. To be that good in all phases against a league opponent says a lot about this team. I was so proud of the effort”
The Men next take the field Saturday April 21st 10:00am At St. Mikes.