Coming back from a productive bye week, Binghamton took their time preparing for their last Liberty Conference game of the season against Syracuse. Coming off of a huge 79-12 win against Brockport two weeks prior, the Devils were fired up and in the right mental state to take on Syracuse for the first time since the 2016 Empire Conference Championship.
Coming out of the gate hot, Binghamton dominates in the first few scrums and works their way upfield to draw a penalty where flyhalf Brandon Healy hits a conversion to put the Devils up 3-0, five minutes into the start of the game. Playing an extremely physical game, Binghamton manages to put a stop to a few close calls within their 22 and sets up second row Jason McKenna for a try, accompanied by a conversion by Brandon Healy, to set the score at 10-0 with Binghamton in the lead 15 minutes into the game. Within minutes after that, Jason McKenna scores a second try and the conversion is made to give the Devils a comfortable lead with just over 10 minutes left in the half. Ending the half on a strong note, Brandon Healy capitalizes on a penalty drawn by Binghamton and kicks a conversion to set the score at 20-0.
Not letting up in the second half, Binghamton plays a strong offensive game and works their way up to Syracuse’s 5 meter line where the ball is turned over and immediately recovered on a spectacular play made Brandon Healy, who touches down for a try and puts the Devils up another 5 points less than 10 minutes into the second half. After some key runs upfield by scrumhalf Pierce Butler and outside center Matt Richards, fullback Conor Horan is set up for a try on his 21st birthday, accompanied by a conversion, setting the score at 32-0. Minutes later, a penalty is drawn deep into Syracuse’s zone and a conversion is made by Brandon Healy to put the Devils up another 3 points. Capping off the half, Brandon Healy hits another long penalty conversion for 3 points, wrapping up the game with a shutout by Binghamton at 38-0.
Playing an extremely offensively sound game, the Devils ended their Liberty Conference debut against Syracuse with an outstanding 5-1 record. With plenty of season left, Binghamton continues to show impressive ferocity and improvement on both a defensive and offensive front, and plans on attacking their Rugby East matchup against SUNY Buffalo next weekend with an even higher intensity.