Jacobs scores 4 tries in final game as Men’s Rugby turns back Babson

Senior Andrew Jacobs put on a show in his final appearance in the Black and Purple, leading the Home team to a come from behind 38-24 victory over Babson Friday night on the Rugby Field.

The visitor’s jumped all over Stonehill at the outset, scoring two tries in the first 14 minutes for a 12-0 lead.  Jacobs got the comeback started three minutes later, breaking free for a score that would be converted by Junior Pete Sullivan, and 8 minutes later the score was tied as Sophomore Dan O’Day touched down after some nice offensive phase work.  Babson regained the lead in the 29th minute, scoring an unconverted try, but 5 minutes later, The Hill would take their first lead of the game, as Junior Brad Smith took a pass from Sophomore Tom Sullivan, and broke free down the sideline.  Sullivan converted the score for the 19-17 lead.  Jacobs, scored his second try of the game in the 38th minute, and the high scoring first half would come to a close with the home team on top 26-17, after Sullivan’s conversion.

4 minutes into the second half, Babson respond one more time with a converted try, to make the score 26-24, but Jacobs would personally put an end to any thoughts of a comeback.  Taking a pass in front of his own goalposts, the senior would race 90 meters through most of the backline of Babson, breaking multiple tackles en route to the unconverted score for a 31-24 lead.  He would then put the finishing touches on the game in the final minutes, touching down for the 4th and final time.  Sullivan banged through the conversion and the Men had their second win of the spring.

“One of the best team performances for us in a long time,” spoke Head Coach Derek Jenesky after the game, “We were sharp in all phases of the game.  The guys worked so hard, and earned a tough victory tonight.  I was extremely proud.  As a team we are indebted to Drew and Bobby (senior Bobby Murphy) for sticking with us this spring.  It is important for us as a team to have senior involvement in the spring as it helps the new guys develop and both of these guys stuck with us.”