After Binghamton’s devastating loss to Stony Brook two weeks ago, the Devils held their home opener this past weekend against Colgate. What a day it was for Binghamton Rugby!
The day began by remembering six Devil alumni who have passed away. A memorial bench, which was built by alumni Cully Perrenod, for these six former Devils was brought out to midfield as both teams held a moment of silence to honor them. The bench honors Joseph Mead, Robert Mead, David Bosnick, Michael Szalay, William Seward, and Terence Haran.
Colgate kicked off to Binghamton, and inside center Greg Lenane opened up the scoring early by touching down a try off of an offload from flyhalf Brandon Healy. Binghamton went up 7-0 after Healy’s conversion. Around the 20th minute, lock Jason McKenna caught a Colgate kick and ran 20 meters for another Devil try. Another successful conversion from Brandon Healy put Binghamton up 14-0. The Devils were rolling at this point; however, Colgate answered quickly with a try and successful conversion of their own. Colgate narrowed the deficit to 7. Then, Brandon Healy split the uprights on a penalty kick in Colgate’s territory to bring the score to 17-7 in favor of the Devils. Moments before the end of the first half, Hunter Reiter punched in another Binghamton try. Binghamton led 22-7 at halftime.
The second half was another great showing for the Devils. Although Colgate scored a try and a penalty kick, Binghamton added tries from flanker Billy Cusack, wing Aaron DiGirolamo, and captain/scrumhalf Pierce Butler. Healy had a second successful penalty kick, and the BURFC beat Colgate 42-17. The Devils are now 1-1 and look ahead to Kings Point at home next Saturday.
Binghamton’s b-side match was a close contest, but Colgate came away with the victory. The final score was 22-10. Devil tries were scored by Zach Gorgone and Chris Heyer.