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Under the lights at the campus of SUNY Stony Brook, the Seawolves defeated a feisty Colgate side on Saturday night. Stony Brook jumped out to an early lead and withstood a second have surge from the Red Raiders to win 24-17.
The Seawolves got off to a strong start in the first half netting three tries in the early stages. Joe Farneti opened the scoring for the Seawolves . Stony Brook extended their lead to 12-0 with a try from outside center Shane Wend. Wend, one of the more experienced members of the Stony Brook lineup, had a tremendous game and earned the praises of his coach Jerry Mirro.
“He had a phenomenal game,” Mirro said of his outside center.
Farneti doubled his tally to extend the lead to 19-0 going into the break. Mirro praised the play of his forward with emphasis on the clinical play at the set piece. Colgate struggled much of the first half to keep pace with the strong play of the opposing pack.
“The first half of rugby was not our best,” said Colgate coach David Chapman. “Stony Brook came out very strong and we did not. Bone headed penalties put us back a few and they took advantage of it like any good team would.”
Colgate scored two quick tries out of the gate and added one more to cut the lead to 19-17. “In the second half we actually played like we are capable,” added Chapman. “We had our opportunities to win as bad as we played in the first half and just couldn’t convert.”
The Seawolves weathered the storm, however, scoring a try with under 10 minutes to play. The Red Raiders had opportunities to score but could not muster another try and ultimately fell short on the road.
“We gave up that quick try right at the beginning of the second half and it gave them momentum and they ran with it,” added Mirro. They had our backs against the wall the last 15-20 minutes of the game.”
Both coaches indicate that this was a hard fought contest played by two well-coached and well-disciplined teams.
“Hats off to Stony Brook. They played a hell of game. Jerry Mirro had that team prepared,” Chapman concluded.
“They have definitely improved,” Mirro said of Colgate. “I thought they were a good side last year but this year they just kept coming and coming and coming. Very impressive. A well coached team.”