Still All to Play for in NY State

Article written by Alex Goff and published on Friday, 23 September 2011. Check out the Still All to Play for in NY State article on RUGBYMag.com or read below.

The third week of play in the NY State Premier college league sees several teams trying to establish, or re-establish themselves as contenders.

St. Bonaventure opened their account two weeks ago with a surprisingly emphatic 49-8 defeat of Syracuse. Now they hope to entertain a big crowd during family weekend. Head Coach Clarence Picard reminded everyone that Brockport might be 0-1, but they’ve always been a tough opponent for Bonnies in the past.

Meanwhile, Syracuse rebounded impressively from a rough start, beating SUNY Buffalo 30-5 last weekend.

“We feel pretty good,” said Syracuse captain Dave Delaney. “The loss to Bonaventure was rough, but I think it helped us by serving as a wakeup call. Our focus and intensity was simply not where it needed to be, not only in the game but in practice as well. Coming off that loss we had a fantastic week of practice last week and it showed in our win against Buffalo on Sunday.”

Syracuse faces off with SUNY Binghamton, which defeated Brockport 43-20 last weekend.

“Binghamton is a good team, they beat us three years ago and gave us a fantastic game last year,” said Delaney. “But I’m confident that if we play our game and don’t allow them to dictate the style of the game that we can win.”

It’s quite possible all five teams might leave this weekend with one loss, making this eight-game, home-and-away season still completely up in the air.