Albany Falls Hard to Vassar 44-19

ALBANY, NY (October 16, 2007) – UAlbany Rugby faced off against Met NY’s Vassar College in a non – league Tuesday afternoon contest on the UAlbany Campus in which Vassar won 44-19.

Albany, 4-2-2, is playing for the NY Rugby Conference Empire East title Saturday Vs. Colgate while Vassar takes on Met NY Division leader Columbia U for top honors Sunday.

Albany started off strong scoring just 60 seconds into the game when 8 man Dave Santander scored off a pick up from a 5 meter scrum to score a converted try under the posts. Albany would play the next 10minutes tough using forward pick ups at the rucks and strong tackling on defense. An Albany clearing kick failing to reach touch was taken by right wing Omar Fayyaz who took off and went around the defense on the left touch line to score and level the match at 7-7.

The remainder of the first half saw Vassar win a host of rucks producing very fast ball and it meant that the Albany defense could never get set. Vassar’s Kaedin Jemiolo and Nick Mason scored good tries, the former in support of Garrett King, and soon it was 17-7. Vassar’s scrum started to drive Albany back and stole a couple against the head and even if Albany got the ball it was under intense pressure as the Vassar eight rumbled forward. Chris Magnani went left following a Rubesin steal at a scrum and it was 22-7.

The Brewers scored one more try in the first half as King went over and with Montgomery's second successful conversion it was 34-7. Albany punched forward and from a ruck close to the Vassar line Parker Smith scored so the teams finished the half at 34-14.

The second half saw the teams play a much more even affair. Albany scored first with Prop Parker Smith’s second try making it 34-19 but Vassar replied with 2 tries and the game finished 44-19. Rupert Johnson and King scored the Vassar points as the Brewers rung the changes.

Mid way through the Second half saw both teams substitute freely with the game results not in doubt. Sunday, Vassar faces division leaders Columbia in New York City. This proved to be a good warm-up for both teams heading into crucial games for both squads.

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