Men's Rugby: NU Falls To Boston College, 38-17
BOSTON - The Norwich University men's rugby team made the trip to Moakley Recreational Field in south Boston on Saturday to battle the Boston College Eagles. The Cadets battled hard throughout the match, before ultimately falling, 38-17.
At the sixth minute of play, Boston College scored first on a converted try to take an early 7-0 lead. Norwich answered nine minutes later from an outstanding run by junior winger George Rouson. He dashed down the touchline and cut back to the place the ball between the posts. Tom Hansen converted and at the 15 minute mark the score was tied, 7-7.
Boston College regained the lead at the 26th minute, 12-7. The Cadets had two five-meter lineouts inside BC's red zone, but could not convert. The momentum, with two minutes remaining in the half, turned drastically in Boston College's favor. In a span of 10 minutes, the Eagles scored 19 points from three consecutive unlucky breaks for Norwich.
The try at the 38th minute was the result of a poorly lined touchline where the ball appeared out of play but to no avail. Two minutes after halftime, in the 42nd minute, Boston College added to its lead at an intercepted pass 15 meters from the posts, then four minutes later they scored when the ball bounced off the soccer/rugby posts into the hands of a BC runner. Boston College took the largest lead of the day, at the 46th minute mark, 31-7.
Norwich could have packed it in, but the Cadets battled back to score at the 56th minute mark from freshman #8 Drew Poalino to cut the lead to 31-12. In the remaining minutes, Norwich contested evenly, where both teams scored one try each. Norwich's third try, at the final minute, came from senior scrumhalf John Lupo. This was a result of excellent forward surge and ball retention.
"The boys played well today," said Norwich head coach Bob Weggler. "It may not have been the outcome we wanted, but for two consecutive weeks we fought through adversity and contested for the full 80 minutes."
Norwich returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 25, when the Cadets travel to New Haven, Conn., to play Yale University in their final league match of the season.
Around The League
Harvard 22, Yale 8
Army 51, Northeastern 0
Dartmouth 50, UConn 8