On Saturday October 26th, the Binghamton Men’s Rugby team took the field against the University of Buffalo in a match that would eventually be the catalyst for having raised $1,275 for breast cancer research. Sporting pink warm-up t-shirts and socks and laces to match, the Devils emulated the popular NFL trend of pink gear to promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In a collaborative effort with the Binghamton University Rugby Alumni Association (BURAA), their alumni network, they put together an event to raise money and awareness for breast cancer that set precedent for a similar initiative year after year.
Although the result of the match was not in their favor, the tangible progress being made on the field by a Binghamton team still searching for its first win was a disappointing result for the Devils on such a positive day otherwise. Having an almost entirely different starting 15 than what was put on the field last fall due to graduation and injuries, the decidedly younger Binghamton team fell to a talented Buffalo team 43-15. The game was hard fought with the first half ending 14 – 10 thanks in part to strong performance from the Binghamton forwards, but a clear advantage in the Buffalo wing play resulted in numerous tries being scored through gaps in space in the second half. The Devils are looking to convert those on-field improvements to on-field results but for the time being, the off-the field victories are good conciliation when it benefits a cause like breast cancer fundraising and awareness.
Binghamton Rugby raised $1,275 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation the Devils would like to thank all of those that donated including friends, family and Devils alumni.
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