2011-11-12 Syracuse Match Report

By Matt Montalvo

Final Score:

  • Syracuse – 12
  • SUNY Binghamton – 25

After playing two games the previous weekend leading up to the Saturday, November 12th match against Syracuse the Devils has a slow week of practice for the Devils due to teachers trying to cram in large projects and papers before the thanksgiving break so numbers at practice suffered a bit.

The Devils came out of the box a bit sluggish and the Hammerheads made them pay for it. About 5 minutes into the first half, the Syracuse inside center intercepted a pass and made a 20 meter run into the try zone (conversion was good making the score 7-0 Syracuse). On the ensuing kickoff, the Devils woke up and scored with a quick try of their own thanks to Senior End Wing Matt Montalvo (conversion as no good making the score 7-5 Syracuse).

Sophomore Lock Chris DeRise had the Devils 2nd try of the day off a successful maul (missed the conversion making the score 10-7 Binghamton). However the 1st half ended with Syracuse scoring a frantic try in the extra time (conversion was no good making the score 12-10 Syracuse).

After discussing what changes were needed, the Devils came storming out of the gates and notched a quick try thanks to Senior Fly-Half Spencer Mendelson (the conversion was no good making the score 15-12 Binghamton).

Since the Devils were the ones running downhill against the Hammerheads, there was no way to subdue the Devils onslaught. Junior Wing Max Khalilullah had a brilliant try as well as Senior Outside Center Ryan Garrigan. Conversions for both kicks were missed and the Devils were now up 25-12.

While the offensive bombardment was occurring, the Devils also played suffocating defense and did not let Syracuse get even close to the try zone. The game ended in a Devils victory 25-12 and was icing on the cake for the already successful fall season.

The B-side team utterly dominated the Syracuse B-team. Tries were scored by a variety of different players in vastly different ways. Many players had incredible performances which had all the A-side players glued to the B-side game amazed at how far so many of the players had progressed over the course of the fall season.

The Devils began the fall season with the goals of making the Empire Rugby Conference (ERC) play-offs, making the Devils one of the most feared rugby teams in New York State, and drastically increasing the size of the Club.  All of those goals have been accomplished.   The goal for the Spring is to win the ERC championships and play in the D1-AA National tournament.