Last weekend, Binghamton took on the Cortland Wolfpack in their third Liberty conference matchup after a big win against Colgate the week before. Expecting a vigorous game, the Devils went in with their minds set on physicality.
At the start of the game, Binghamton and Cortland find themselves at a stalemate; hitting each other’s defensive lines hard with crashes and attacking gaps. 15 minutes in, inside center Greg Lenane suffered an unfortunate ankle injury after a solid run, shaking Binghamton’s back line but upping the team’s intensity as a whole. About 17 minutes in, Jason McKenna proves this and changes the pace of the game by scoring a try to put the Devils up 7-0 with the help of a conversion made by Brandon Healy. After capitalizing on a few penalties, the Wolfpack works their way downfield and scores a try after a valiant opposition at the 5 meter line by Binghamton, putting themselves on the board and setting the score at 7-5. Before the end of the half, Cortland puts in another two tries and caps off the half in the lead 7-19.
At the beginning of the second half, neither team let up on the intensity and came out fired up from the first kickoff. Cortland attempts to utilize the back line more, running switches and attempting to get the ball outside to the wings, but is kept under control by Binghamton’s stellar defense with some key hits by Billy Cusack and Jason McKenna. 17 minutes into the second half, Cortland scores and misses the conversion, setting the score at 7-24. Binghamton answers with a try by James Cioffi minutes after, and with the help of a conversion made by Brandon Healy, puts Binghamton back in the game with a score of 14-24. However with 5 minutes left of game time, Cortland scores to end the game at 14-29.
Unfortunately, the Devils didn’t get the turnout they wanted but played hard through the last whistle. Taking their first loss of the season as a lesson, our Devils plan on coming after Albany next weekend full force.