Hard Fought Match at Binghamton

Article written by Dan Yarusso and published on Monday, 22 October 2012. Check out the Hard Fought Match at Binghamton article on Empire Rugby Conference web site or read below.

The match between Binghamton and Stony Brook had both sides looking for a win. Stony Brook looked to bounce back from the loss against Buffalo and Binghamton looked to continue it’s momentum after a close win against Brockport.

At opening kick-off the Seawolves gave away a penalty to the hosts who quickly tried to capitalize on 3 points. Unfortunately, like most of the day, the kick was slightly wide for the Binghamton kicker who had to navigate the high winds. As the match continued Stony Brook had some good linebreaks into the Binghamton side from their backs and using their forwards to keep the pressure on,  flanker Mike Turturro scored the first try of the day. With a PJ Abelein conversion the Seawolves were up 7-0.  Both teams battled throughout the half and the only other points came from the foot of PJ Abelein capitalizing on a penalty to bring the score 10-0 at half.

At the beginning of the second half, the Seawolves again gave the ball back to Binghamton on opening possession with a kick that did not go 10. At scrum center, an inspired Binghamton team had a line break from their backs and roared in for an unconverted score from flyhalf Nick Fraser.   A short time later with only minutes gone in the first half, the hosts evened the score off of a turnover by the Seawolves.  The Binghamton try came from dynamic and explosive fullback James Konicoff. On the ensuing kick-off a new intensity was added to the game.  The match continued to be physical and defensive as neither side wanted to concede any points to their opponent. The Seawolves continued to pressure the Binghamton side with line breaks from the backs and again with forward pressure, lock Phil Ammirato was able score an unconverted try from the Binghamton doorstep. The Seawolves were able to again capitalize on another Binghamton penalty to bring the score up to 18-10 in favor of the guests.  The final score came from Seawolves prop Jimmy Sheridan and with a successful conversion the score remained 25-10 at final whistle.