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AIC best in snow at Stony Brook

AIC cruised through the field at the second leg of the Empire 7s series held at the campus of Stony Brook. AIC edged the hosts 31-5 to complete an undefeated day for the Yellow Jackets.

The tournament got off to a bit of a rocky start due to Mother Nature. The pitch was covered with snow and the weather only got worse during the afternoon forcing Syracuse and Kings Point to leave the tournament early. It was a testament to Stony Brook’s depth, however, as they were able to bring in a developmental side to fill in a vacated spot.

Josh Macy’s side continues to impress and got off to a strong start over the Stony Brook B side with a 27-5 win.  In game two of pool play the Yellow Jackets knocked off Molloy 31-7 and in a rematch with Stony Brook B won 22-0 to earn a berth in the Cup finals.

Stony Brook A, on the other hand defeated Fordham, Binghamton and Columbia to finish pool play unblemished. The Seawolves blanked Columbia and only allowed an unconverted try in each of their other two matches on the way to the Cup Finals.

Stony Brook controlled possession for the first three minutes of the final, but after a great turnover at the tackle from Marcus McIntyre AIC swung the ball wide and Gavan D’amore-Morrison finished it off for his first of  three in the final.

“[Stony Brook] play like a pretty good old School pocket and pass game and we have been really working hard on our defensive shape to get back to where were last year,” AIC coach Josh Macy told Rugby Today. “Now that we have had a little bit of time to prep, the boys did well, they stayed patient, and they closed up the gaps.”

It was pretty much all AIC from that point forward as the Yellow Jackets racked up 31 points and only yielded an unconverted try to take the tournament with a 31-5 win.

“I was really impressed with our guys, with it being a snow day and everything they were still really committed to working the ball through the hands and trying to implement our offensive structure,” added Macy. “They were committed to trying to play the rugby that we made our own.”

McIntyre, a transfer from Life, has been a great pick up this spring and is fitting right in with an incredibly fast and athletic AIC squad. Corey Momsen and Adrian Ray played gave really solid support all day. Despite missing Seth Halliman to national team duties and Christian Adams to a violation of team rules, AIC did not miss a beat with 13 of the 14 players on the AIC roster dotting down.

The Yellow Jackets are currently preparing for both the USA Rugby National Championship and the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, which still has one invite left to hand out.

“Until UWS submits their last team says who their last team is we are keeping our options open,” said Macy. “I think, like most teams, we would prefer to play in the CRC.”