This past Sunday the DRFC took on Army in New York at West Point in their first preseason match. From the first whistle, both teams put up strong defenses which resulted in no tries scored for the first 15 minutes. Co-captain Patrick Sheehy 20’ broke the silence by slotting in a deep penalty kick for points. However, after a strong goal line stand from the Big Green, Army answered with a try and a conversion taking the lead 7 -3. Army then stretched their lead by dotting down two more tries. However, before the end of the first half Mike Weir 22’ exploited army’s defense with a well-placed grubber that he himself chased down and offloaded to Andrew Skow 21’ who then offloaded to Charlton McArdle 21’ for an easy try in the corner. This made the score at half time 26 – 8.
Dartmouth was the first to score in the second half. After a quick-tap penalty Weir 22’ steps an Army defender for a try under the sticks, allowing for an easy conversion for Sheehy 20’. The score was now 26 -15. Co-Captain Luke Bienstock then succeeded in finding the try zone after a few well played phases in Army’s 22. Sheehy again slotted the conversion making the score 26 – 22 Army. Army answered with a kick for points off a penalty, 29 – 22. Despite a hard fought second half, the Big Green was unable to score again. The final score read 29 – 22.
All in all, the boys demonstrated a strong debut against a top D1A team with notable showings from young and new players such as Mattias Calvin 23’ and Tommy Ciesla 21’. The team looks to take what they learned from Army and apply it to UCONN this coming Saturday. Go Big Green!