Men's Match Results - 9/8 & 9/9

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Friday, September 8: Harvard Developmental (123-0)

On Friday night, after a 10hr bus ride from State College to Cambridge, MA, the PSU developmental squad, made up of majority freshman and sophomores, put on a fantastic performance against Harvard’s developmental team.

The team came out of the gate looking to start their contribution to the PSU rugby legacy, scoring 48 unanswered points in the first half. Freshman center Luke O’Malley set the standard for the weekend running in four first half tries in an impressive Man-of-the-Match performance. Junior Ryan Cornell, formerly of PSU Berks, captained the team on the evening and lead with class. While the team put in a 123-0 performance not once did they look content, a sign of an outstanding team looking to improve constantly.  Freshman Flyhalf Connor Dellapina marshalled his team around the field running the attack like a seasoned veteran, promising stuff to come from this young man. He also was solid off the tee converting 12 of the 21 tries that were scored.

Everyone came out of the match healthy and ready to travel up to Dartmouth for the next match of the weekend.

 

Saturday, September 9: Dartmouth 1st XV (55-23)

With the rollercoaster of emotions that has been the start of the 2017 season the Penn State 1st XV were ready to get out on the field and release some stress on an opposition this past weekend.

With a little personal payback for a not so ideal result that knocked us out of the 2016 Varsity Cup in mind, the team was definitely fired up for kickoff. Dartmouth dealt first blood thanks to an infringement at the breakdown and went up 3-0 early. But in true PSU fashion, and what has become a trademark of this team, the adversity did not get to them and the team responded with a try of their own. Scoring would go back and forth for the first quarter but as the team settled and found their rhythm the scoreboard began ticking over at a nice pace.

In a repeat from the night before, Freshman wing Brian Stella was not going to be outdone in his Man-of-the-Match performance and scored 4 tries on the day and set up a great try for senior Ryan McNulty off a perfectly executed cross kick from Junior flyhalf Michael Dabulas.

While Brian may have received the M-O-M for the day, hats off to a great performance up front from the forwards who bullied Dartmouth’s forwards setting up some walk-in tries for the Nittany Lions.

Next up, the team will travel to Ohio to take on Notre Dame College for the opening of the Rugby East season on Saturday, September 16th.

 

Dartmouth 2nd XV (57-0)

To close out a great weekend on the road the PSU’s 2nd XV capped off the day with a 57-0 victory over Dartmouth’s 2nd XV. With a big part of the group coming off a convincing win on Friday night against Harvard, confidence was high and with some vets sprinkled into the mix it only helped the younger guys excel. In true team fashion, 9 different players touched down for scores. Man-of-the-Match in the 2nd’s match went to Pete Jean who played both in the centers and on the flank, truly showing his versatility.