For a second consecutive week, the Devils faced off against another team tied with them for first place. This week, they travelled to Brockport and faced a tough Doggies team.
The Devils controlled the ball for the majority of the first half. Binghamton struck first with a try by lock Jason McKenna off of a stolen line out deep in Brockport’s territory. After fly half Brandon Healy’s conversion, the Devils took an early 7-0 lead. Soon after the ensuing kickoff, Binghamton was knocking on the door again when Brandon Healy scored a second Devil try. The Devils went up 14-0. Still in the first half, wing Hunter Reiter picked up a loose ball behind a broken scrum and took it 50 meters to the tryzone, extending the Devils lead to 19. But, the Devils weren’t finished yet; 8 man Brian Burke picked up the ball from a ruck close to the Brockport goal line and touched down Binghamton’s fourth and final try of the half. Brockport added a score of their own on the last play of the half, bringing the halftime score to 26-7.
The Doggies received to start the second half, but the Devils continued to apply pressure. Although Brockport had significant possession, the Binghamton defense held strong and poached the ball with their backs against their goal line. The Devils took advantage of this opportunity by effectively moving the ball from sideline to sideline. The drive was capped off by wing Aaron DiGirolamo’s sliding try. Even though Binghamton seemed to be closing in on their fourth victory, the Doggies didn’t give in. With powerful scrums and clever ball movement, Brockport staged a last effort and scored a try, bringing the score to 31-12. But, this wouldn’t be enough to mount a comeback. Healy knocked over a penalty, and fullback Conor Horan touched down a try. Brockport scored a final try towards the end of the game, but the final score after 80 minutes was 41-17 in favor of the Binghamton Devils.
The b side match was an exciting one that went down to the final minutes. Brockport scored a try with a few mintues remaining to come away with the 27-25 win despite Devil tries by fullback Joe Lopinto, inside center Connor Quinn, wing James Cioffi, flanker Zach Gorgone, and wing Anthony Famighetti.
With only one match remaining in the regular season, it’s still mathematically possible for the first place Devils to miss an ERC Championship berth, but it’s not probable. Regardless of the standings, Syracuse is coming to Binghamton this weekend, and the Devils must focus on one game at a time. Syracuse is also playing to keep their season alive and clinch either first or second place, so Saturday’s 1pm match will surely be a hard fought battle.