Last weekend, Binghamton traveled to SUNY Albany to take on the Great Danes after taking an unfortunate loss against Cortland the week before. Now, conditioning twice a week and working hard to iron out mistakes, the Devils came into this game as a new team.
Within a minute of the first kickoff, Sean Greer scores a try for Binghamton, against his former team! With the help of a conversion by Brandon Healy, Binghamton is on the board 7-0 early in the match. After setting the momentum of the game, Brandon Healy makes an impressive run upfield after breaking Albany’s defensive line and is set up for a penalty conversion just meters outside of Albany’s try zone, making the kick and putting the Devils up 3 points to set the score at 10-0. As the half progresses, Binghamton plays a sound defensive game and stops a few close calls inside their 22 but draws a few unlucky penalties, one of which resulted in a conversion for Albany, putting the Great Danes on the board with a score of 10-3 eighteen minutes into the first half. Turning up the heat, Connor Horan has a stellar breakaway 30 minutes into the half and scores a try to set the score at 15-3.
Minutes into the second half, Binghamton keeps the pressure on with a try from Brett Rothberg and a conversion made by Brandon Healy, giving the Devils a comfortable lead at 22-3. With some excellent contesting in the scrums and key hits by Brian Burke and Jason Mckenna, Binghamton manages to keep Albany’s offense at bay until Binghamton gets the ball, allowing Matt Richards to score a try, putting the Devils up 27-3. Shortly after, Matt Richards capitalizes on a knocked-on ball by Albany and forces a turnover to score his second try of the game, this time accompanied by a conversion, setting the score at 34-3 with about 20 minutes to spare in the half. Showing no mercy, Brandon Healy scores a try with minutes left in the game and follows it up with a conversion, capping off the game with a final score of 41-3, Binghamton.
Keeping the intensity alive, B-side takes the field and wins 46-3 in a stellar game of improvement and determination by both the new players and veterans. After a hard day of Rugby, Binghamton proved that a hard loss couldn’t dampen their ferocity and has every intention of keeping it alive in their game at home this weekend against the Brockport Doggies.