Binghamton Tops Colgate in ERC Play, 34-20

Coming off of a bye week after a tough road loss against undefeated Stony Brook, the Binghamton University Rugby Football Team made the most of its week of rest—topping Colgate, 34-20.

“We made mistakes today,” senior captain Chris Mallinson said to his team after Saturday’s game. “But every mistake we made, we made at 100 percent.”

Junior end wing Nick Mendez gains against Colgate's defense in BU's 34-20 victory.
Junior end wing Nick Mendez gains against Colgate’s defense in BU’s 34-20 victory.

The game would start with an early string of Devils penalties, putting the Raiders up by three early. But Binghamton wouldn’t be denied on the scoreboard, with senior Bryan Shankman putting the first try on the board for Binghamton to take the lead, 7-3, after a Kevin Walsh conversion with over 23 minutes left in the first.

Colgate would keep knocking the back-and-forth between the two squads. Responding with a try of its own to make the score 7-8 in their favor in the 30th minute. Not to be left trailing, Binghamton would quickly respond with trys by junior Nick Coppola and seniors Tim Coyne and TJ Coates to enter the half leading Colgate, 22-8.

The second half would open with a Raider try three minutes into play to cut the Devil’s lead to seven. But Bryan Shankman would come up clutch for BU, putting up his second try of the day four minutes later off of the backs of his pack members.

“Everything we did this past week really came out today,” Shankman said. “We had a plan to run a lot of our pack and that’s exactly what we did.”

Leading 29-15 with over 30 minutes to play, the Binghamton defense would come up tough against a resilient Colgate team. The Devils would register two huge stops at the try line in the 25th and 20th minute, though the Raiders would find their way in shortly after to close up BU’s lead, 29-20.

With less than 20 minutes to go, the Binghamton offense would fire on all cylinders to build upon its nine-point lead. It would be Coppola who would put the nail in the coffin for Colgate with his second try of the day, settling the final result as a 34-20 victory for Binghamton.

“We reacted well today, “ Binghamton head coach Kevin Dublin said of his team. “They played with a lot of intensity today, something we’ve been missing out on the past couple weeks.”

Now standing at 2-2, the Devils hold a .500 record through their six-game season. Moving forward to Syracuse on Saturday at home, the group looks to refocus as it faces another tough conference opponent.

“I don’t know that you take much out of it,” the head coach said of his team’s victory on Saturday. “One thing that we learned through the losing streak is that we have to start over every week.”