This past Friday night, the Binghamton Devils and the Cortland Wolfpack played under the lights at SUNY Cortland’s football stadium in a charity game for Cystic Fibrosis. Not only was it a great night for rugby, but the event also raised over $1,000 for Cystic Fibrosis research.
The two A-sides met for a great defensive match, though neither team could come out on top as the final was a 10-10 tie. Midway through the first half, Brandon Healy capitalized on a Cortland penalty inside their own territory by kicking for points. Binghamton goes up 3-0. But, the Wolfpack answered quickly with two tries before halftime. Both conversions were missed, so Cortland led at the half 10-3.
In the final 40 minutes of play, the Devils played exceptional defense, and didn’t concede another point all game. The defensive standoff continued until Mike Shatas punched in a try with less than 10 minutes left to play. Healy’s conversion was good, and the final score was 10-10.
The B-side game was another close one, however Cortland couldn’t contain the Devils twice in one night as Binghamton edged out a 19-15 victory. Jack Meyers opened the scoring with an early try, and Zack Schreiner’s conversion was good. Conor Horan and Justin Chernik each added tries, and Ray Henry converted a kick.
After the games, Matt Tehan, a graduating forward, had this to say about the night: “Most impressive to me was not just matching a very big and physical team but the mental toughness of our guys. There was no sense of panic when things went wrong, and that’s key. It’s good to see younger guys playing with confidence and stepping into positions that will be open in the fall.”