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At Saranac Lake, New York, the USA Eagles defeated Canada convincingly 28-16 in the 13th Can-Am game in June 1988. The victory reversed a Canadian four-game win streak.
The match was contested at North Community College, and included one thousand spectators, many waving the Maple Leaf national flag.
Long time rugby promoter and Olympic Bobsled television commentator, John Morgan (former Old Blue), organized the successful event.
The Eagles started nine-players from the previous November's Can-Am match. The Canadians, in a rebuilding mode, used only four players from that game, including a rookie front row and new fly half.
The USA managed four tries, two penalties, and three conversions, an excellent reversal from that previous 1987 match where they scored no tries. In essence, the 28-points represented the highest total against the northern rival in the history of the series.
With the score tied 3-3, the US's fly half Chris O'Brien, plopped a high kick, which he recovered for the try. His conversion advanced the Eagles to a 9-3 lead. After a 22-meter penalty kick by O'Brien, Barry Williams scored a try and O'Brien's second conversion widened the total to 18-3 at the break.
In the second half, the Eagles scored two more times with tries coming from hooker Pat Johnson, and a brilliant 55-meter interception try from flanker Gary Lambert. Canada rallied for 13-points and then the whistle from Aussie ref Sandy McNeill ended the game.
The Team: Terry Whelan, Pat Johnson, Fred Paoli, Tony Ridnell, Kevin Swords, Gary Lambert, Shawn Lipmann, Brian Vizard, Mike Saunders (C), Chris O'Brien, Barry Williams, Kevin Higgins, Mark Williams, Mike, Smith, Alex Montgomery. Reserves: Ray Nelson, Jim O'Brien, Dave Skidmore, Rick Crivellone, Norm Mottram, and Tom MacCormick. Coach: Jim Perkins