Annapolis, Md. – Navy males’s rugby (3-0, 2-0) begins one other chapter of its journey this Saturday when the Mids host Mary Washington (1-0, 1-0) at 11 am on the Prusmack Rugby Advanced.
“We’re persevering with to pattern nicely in sure areas of our sport. Our possession and territory stats learn nicely and this clearly performed an essential function in our victory, however we nonetheless have to be extra scientific in our general execution,” mentioned director of rugby Gavin Hickie. “This yr’s group is beginning to discover its identification however we’re all nicely conscious of the continued progress that we have to make. We all know we’re up in opposition to a very recruited rugby program in Mary Washington, so we could have our work lower out for us this week. “
Recap of Mount St. Mary’s
Navy gained its third straight match and jumped out to 2-0 in Rugby East play with a 59-12 win over in-state rival Mount St. Mary’s. An early rating from Ben Haugh and a pair of tries from Lewis Grey gave Navy a 19-0 lead at halftime, however the second-half begin would change the momentum.
Navy dropped the kickoff, which the Mountaineers took benefit of by scoring a attempt simply 20 seconds into the second half to make the rating 19-5. Navy managed to reply with one other attempt from Haugh within the 44th minute and one from Nick Janowsky within the 54th minute to regain management.
Mount St. Mary’s scored one other attempt within the 57th minute to make the rating 33-12, however the Mids took over the match for the ultimate 23 minutes. Two extra tries from Grey, together with scores from Tanner Russell and Titan Case allowed Navy to attain 26 unanswered factors to finish the match.
How A lot Can He Rating?
Lewis Grey has many followers asking that query, because the senior continues to high his efficiency from the earlier week. Grey led the Mids in scoring within the third straight contest, totaling 30 on 4 tries and 5 conversion kicks. Grey leads Navy with 72 factors and eight tries this season.
Grey can be dominating the Rugby East scoring ranks, sitting up high of the convention with 52 in convention play. What’s extra spectacular is Grey scored extra factors within the Mount St. Mary’s match than any participant within the convention has scored so far within the season. PJ O’Reilly of Kutztown stands second within the convention in scoring with 25 factors in two matches.
No One Scores Like Navy
Navy’s offense has been unstoppable in its first two convention matches, scoring a league-best 134 factors. Military presently owns the second most factors within the league with 53, an 81-point differential.
Navy additionally dominates the try-scoring ranks within the Rugby East. Of the ten gamers within the convention who’ve scored at the very least two tries, 4 of them are Mids. Navy presently owns the highest three spots in scoring tries. Grey leads the league with six, whereas JD Bengston and Russell are tied for second with three.
Defend the Zone
As spectacular as Navy’s offense has been so far, none of it might be potential with out taking part in nice protection. Though the Mids surrendered their first factors of the season, the numbers nonetheless present Navy’s protection dominated the Mountaineers. Navy allowed Mount St. Mary’s to have the ball on its facet of the pitch for simply 25 % of the match and have simply 10.8 attacking minutes.
Up to date Standings
Navy’s win over Mount St. Mary’s earned them one other 5 factors within the Rugby East standings, however rival Military additionally managed to earn 5 to remain tied with the Mids for first within the league rankings. Behind Navy and Military are Mary Washington, Kutztown and Queens in a three-way tie for second with 5 factors every.
Scouting Mary Washington
Mary Washington opened its convention season final Saturday with a powerful 32-0 victory over Southern Virginia. The Eagles’ shutout win is just the second in Rugby East play this season, together with Navy’s 75-0 win over Southern Virginia two weeks in the past. Sebastian Schefermann led Mary Washington in scoring with 17 factors on two tries, two conversion kicks and a penalty kick. His 17 factors of him are presently the third most within the league. Mary Washington has a really various roster with 33 worldwide gamers.
Projected Beginning Lineup
# 1 Michael Kalalau | Prop
#2 William Webb | Hooker
# 3 Matthew Thibodaux | Prop
# 4 Vaughn Schmitz | Lock
# 5 Peter Ratnayake | Lock
# 6 Tanner Russell | Flanker
# 7 Jack McMahon | Flanker
# 8 Ben Haugh | 8-Man
# 9 Sean MacLaney | Scrum Half
# 10 Landon Opp | Fly Half
# 11 JD Bengston | Wing
# 12 Lewis Grey | Heart
# 13 Jack Aleman | Heart
# 14 Ratu Hosea Melibua | Wing
# 15 Roanin Krieger | Fullback
Navy takes a break from Rugby East motion and hits the street for the primary time this season for a matchup in Glendale, Colo., Versus rival Air Pressure. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 pm EST on Friday, Sept. 30.