CHESTER, PA. 6/2/2018 – The Saint Joseph’s got some momentum and had the home town rooters behind them, but fell to Lindenwood in pool play at the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship. The final score was 36 – 12, but the game was closer than the final score indicated.
“I was proud of their effort in the game,” Saint Joseph’s Coach Daniel Yarusso said. “I think we fed off our crowd, and they picked us up in that game.”
The Hawks did not get off to a good start falling behind by a 17 – 0 score. Deion Mikesell scored twice giving the Lions a big lead. However, the mantra on City Line is ‘The Hawk Will Never Die’ and the team showed it. Chris Curcio scored with 5 seconds left in the half giving SJU something to build on. Noah Niumatawalu scored the next try at the 5:27 mark. The crowd and the team were feeling an upset could be in the making.
“Giving up those first couple of try’s early in the beginning of that game put us in a hole,” said Yarusso. “I’m proud that we started to bounce back and got back into it. At the end it got away from us a little bit.”
The contest leveled out over the next three minutes. Lindenwood got a dagger try with 2:49 left on the clock by Wesley White for a 22 – 12 lead. The Lions would get two more, one by White, to close out the game.
The Hawks are 0 – 1 – 0 in pool play and have a match with Mount Saint Mary’s to finish day one competition.
“One more against Mount Saint Mary’s,” Yarusso said. “We’ve got some work to do, keep fighting and get as many points as we can get.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian