18-17 Loss VS. Boston College
Despite a less than stellar result, the boys displayed some trademark Maddog rugby this past weekend in their last home game of the season against Boston College. The game began with some quick hands that led to fullback and captain Shane Tyksinski bursting through a gap the size of an 18 wheeler on his way to the first try of the game. BC would respond quickly, stripping an NU player of the ball and scoring their first try of the game to tie the game at 5. They would score again, but the BC lead would not last long. inside centre Aaron Smith took a beautiful pass from flyhalf Thibault Fontaine around midfield following a lineout. Smith found his way through a gap and went half the length of the field to score in the corner. 10-5 Huskies. Two Boston College penalties led to an 11-10 BC lead at the half. Early in the second half, the Huskies put together a beautiful phase of hands off of a stolen lineout. Brian Ustas stole the lineout and took off upfield, offloading to Fontaine who threw a cheeky no look one handed pass to scrumhalf Franco Liebenberg. Liebenberg to Smith to Aaron Reich on the wing, who streaked down the field, seemingly about to tap down in the corner before a BC high tackle led to a penalty try. Conversion good, 17-11 Huskies. For the next thirty minutes, the Maddog came out to play, stifling the BC attack at every turn. The last ten minutes of the game found the Maddog cornered and defending its own tryline. The boys would not give any ground and continuously stopped BC at the line. The forwards got stuck in with some massive hits until, with time dwindling, the referee awarded three consecutive questionable penalties to the Eagles. Eventually, BC was able to punch in a try some would say was held up on a quick tap penalty from five meters out and hit the conversion, taking the lead 18-17. The Huskies were awarded a scrum off of the ensuing kickoff, when outside centre Kevin Hill crushed the BC receiver, forcing a knock on. An intentional knock on by BC while the Huskies worked the ball through the backline was missed by the referee, and the full time whistle saw an 18-17 BC win.
This week is a bye week for the Huskies as they prepare to travel to UConn in two weeks time. Go NU!!