By Matt Montalvo
- Syracuse – 0
- SUNY Binghamton – 35
The Devil’s defense was perfect Saturday afternoon, dominating Syracuse (1-2) in a soggy contest. The offense got started in the 10th minute when Senior Evan Haber (2nd row) slid over to the wing and worked the ball to sophomore Max Khalilullah (end wing) who passed back inside to Haber for the try.
After being in Cuse’s end for a while, senior Matt Montalvo (end wing) found the try zone assisted by senior Ryan Garrigan (outside center) and senior Nick Esposisto (inside center). Early on, Binghamton couldn’t get any grip on the wet field and was being pushed around in the scrum. Then, Esposito, Montalvo, and senior James Konicoff (fullback) combined for long run when Syracuse attempted to steal a pass, on the ruck senior Marc Ardito (scrum-half) found Esposito on the weak side with space for the try.
The Binghamton defense was suffocating, utilizing double tackles which countered the pick and goes that Syracuse attempted. Sophomore Christian Randall (flanker), senior Andrew Nenos (flanker), and senior Garrett Adams (prop) were outstanding on defense making tackle after tackle. Randell would be named man of the match, notching tackle after tackle that stifling Syracuse’s possessions.
In the 2nd half Senior Spencer Mendelson (fly-half) who controlled the pace of the offense, breaking the line with a fake switch for an unassisted try. Later, Konicoff would use the stiff arm to break through and offload to Chris DeRise (2nd row) to score. Senior Ryan Garrigan went three for four on conversions and added a kick for points, before being taken out of the game with an ankle injury that has been plaguing him this season. Sophomore Ben Stang (prop), sophomore Dan Smith (outside center), senior Jungmin Morris (flanker), and senior Joe Mead (2nd row) provided subs in the 2nd half.
Binghamton (2-0) will face St. Bonaventure (2-0) at home after a bye week.