CANTON, Mass. - In the final game of the USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-Americans’ Summer Tour, the MCAAs dropped a 31-16 decision to the Ontario Blues at the Irish Cultural Center.
Following two hard games against Cambridge University, the MCAAs had their hands full with the Canadian team, which was blending some newer players with several highly experienced ones in advance of the start of the Canadian season.
The MCAAs had the better of the opening scoring opportunities but it took about 20 minutes to register the first score, a drop goal by Kaleikaumakei Konrad. Ontario replied almost immediately, taking advantage of a turnover in midfield and using superior numbers for winger Jake Webster to jog in for five points.
Minutes later, the Ontario center combination of captain Derek Daypuck and Dan Moor combined for another Ontario score, Daypuck making a big break and Moor finishing it off. Daypuck in particular was highly visible throughout the day.
After a Madison Hughes penalty reduced the arrears to 12-6, Ontario again seemed to be about to score after a length of the field movement, but Hughes tracked down the attacker to preserve the score line.
Just before the half, a line break by center Kingsley McGowan led to a score by supporting second row Mike Lawrenson. The Hughes conversion gave the MCAAs the lead, 13-12.
Ten minutes into the second half, Ontario outhalf Shawn Windsor notched a try after a period of sustained pressure for a lead Ontario would not relinquish. Ontario was starting to enjoy the bulk of the territorial battle throughout much of the second half.
As time began to wind down, another Hughes penalty closed the gap to 19-16. Playing with a man advantage, Ontario would finish stronger, with replacement David Worsley scoring in the corner and Dan Moor getting his second near the posts to wrap things up for a final score of 31-16 in favor of Ontario.
Coach Matt Sherman commented afterwards: “Hot temperatures, physical, experienced, big team and the third game in eight days, we knew it would be a tough game with lots of challenges to overcome. I think overall we rose to much of those challenges pretty well. There are a few things we could do better, and they are good learning experiences for our guys but overall there were a lot of positives out of this game.
“The boys stuck together and defended well and took pride in everybody doing their part and not having any letdowns . . . In the second half we struggled with the territory battle, as we did better in the first half, and that forced us to play more defense, and obviously playing a man short in the last 15 minutes, finally the gates opened in the last five minutes, but we came within two meters of taking the lead even while down a man, that was pretty impressive but we came up a little short.”
AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | v Ontario Blues
1. Ryan Pratt (Saint Mary's College)
2. Peter Malcolm (Wheeling Jesuit University)
3. Angus MacLellan (Davenport University)
4. Mike Gierlach (Lindenwood University)
5. Mike Lawrenson (Kutztown University)
6. Alladin Schirmer (Central Washington University)
7. Vili Toluta'u (Central Washington University)
8. Shaun Potgieter (Arkansas State University)
9. Niku Kruger (Kutztown University)
10. Kaleikaumaka Konrad (San Diego State University)
11. Garrett Brewer (Saint Mary's College)
12. James Poli (Lindenwood University)
13. Kingsley McGowan (Saint Mary's College)
14. Cooper Maloney (Saint Mary's College)
15. Madison Hughes (C) (Dartmouth College)
AIG Men's Collegiate All-Americans | Reserves
Tino Paophavihanh (Bellevue College)
Paris Hollis (Life University)
Dino Waldren (Saint Mary's College)
Stephen Karas (Colorado State University)
Jace Jackson (University of Denver)
Ryan Blythe (West Virginia University)
Kyle Peterson (Saint Mary's College)
Tonata Lauti (University of Utah)
Sam Sirell (University of California - Los Angeles)
Chris Turori (Palomar College)
Lucas Baistrocchi (University of Florida)
Dom DeFalco (Pennsylvania State University)
Christian Adams (American International College)
Ontario Blues | Starting XV
1. Jacob Rumball (Balmy Beach)
2. Sawyer Herron (Oakville Crusaders)
3. Tom Dolezel (London St. George’s)
4. Scott Dunham (Balmy Beach)
5. Haddon Murray (Balmy Beach)
6. Lucas Rumball (Balmy Beach)
7. Alistair Clark (Bay Street RFC)
8. Tim Richardson (Toronto Scottish)
9. Andrew Ferguson (Oakville Crusaders)
10. Shawn Windsor (Stoney Creek)
11. Rich Lebel (Waterloo County)
12. Derek Daypuck (London St. George’s), Captain
13. Dan Moor (Balmy Beach)
14. Jake Webster (Lindsay RFC)
15. Dan Mathie (Oakville Crusaders)
Ontario Blues | Reserves
16. JT Rowbotham (Lindsay RFC)
17. Rob Brouwer (Lindsay RFC)
18. Hank McQueen (Balmy Beach)
19. Seb Pearson (London St. George’s)
20. Pat Richardson (Toronto Scottish)
21. Dave Worsley (Markham Irish)
22. Matt Alexander (Oshawa Vikings)
23. Josh Campbell (London St. George’s)