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Colgate Falls to A Strong Syracuse University Squad

​Coming off a strong performance the previous week against SUNY Brockport, we were back to work to clean-up a few areas from that match. Our areas of focus were: connecting more in the defensive line, clean-up our attacking lines in the forwards, and increase our options with ball in hand. Feeling positive about our week of training, we welcomed Syracuse University to Academy Field. After receiving the kick-off, Colgate began to work the ball down the field. A few Syracuse penalties along the way helped us along the way as we eventually would end up attacking inside the green zone (Syracuse’s 22m). Unfortunately our attack would be stalled by a penalty which would prevent us from scoring. Syracuse would then work the ball down to our end of the field through well placed kicks and good ball handling. Colgate would hold strong for the first few surges, but eventually Syracuse would win their scrum and drive over for a try (unconverted) in the 8th minute. Over the next 20 minutes, a series of Colgate handling errors and immense pressure would be see 3 more tries being scored by Syracuse (12th minute, 17th minute, and 25th minute, only one converted). After […]

Colgate’s Back In The Win Column After A Tough Match v SUNY Brockport

Hey All, After a tough showing the previous week against the University of Binghamton, the men were ready to get back to work over the week to take on what we knew was going to be a physical SUNY Brockport squad. Cutting down on penalties and ball handing errors were the focus this week as well as how we were attacking. Our attacking pattern was becoming too simple and did not allow for us to utilize both sidelines. Over the week we were able to add width to our attack as well as provide a more dynamic open play attack. When Saturday arrived, the men were prepared and looking forward to taking on the physical challenge that SUNY Brockport would provide. On an abnormally warm day in September (reaching 90 degrees…), Brockport kicked off and our attack began. Unfortunately, we were unable to get out of our red zone (our 22m zone) and the in the 3rd minute, Brockport was able to quick tap from a free kick in the scrum and drive over for the first try of the game (converted). On the ensuing kick-off, Brockport was able to retain possession and began moving the ball pretty well. Lucky […]

Tough Loss v Binghamton University in Liberty Conference Opener

Hey All, As exciting as retaining the Claret Mug for a fourth year in a row was for the guys this past weekend, we were just excited to kick off our inaugural DIA Liberty Conference season. With a long week of internship and job interviews, info sessions, and fraternity/sorority recruitment, our focus on the pitch was pretty strong. Just a typical week as a Colgate student-athlete! On a beautiful warm day in Binghamton, the men won the toss and elected to kick-off in order to apply pressure early. We gained possession and for the first ten minutes we applied strong pressure with our attack, but we could not break through Binghamton’s defensive line. After these ten minutes, we were bogged down with a couple of tough penalties and Binghamton would move the ball into our half of the field. Within a few minutes, Binghamton was able to put up the first points of the game with a strong run following a collapsed maul. Receiving the ensuing kick-off, our attack was halted by a series of handling errors. Over the next 10 minutes, Binghamton would be able to score 2 more tries off of strong runs and offloads. This would not […]

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Strong Season-Opening Win vs. Cornell

[Photos courtesy of Sam Baker available HERE] Following a strong pre-season and great recruiting efforts by our returning players (bringing in 20 eager first year players), our team turned its focus to the annual Claret Mug match and keeping it in Hamilton for the fourth year in a row.  With 3 of our leaders (Clay McKee ’18, Mike Rasmussen ’19, and Ewan Ferguson ’21) unable to suit up yet, we were able to award a few younger players there first collegiate rugby cap.  This didn’t stop these three from making an impact as they were active throughout the day relaying information to the players on the field, making sure the reserves were ready to go when they stepped on the pitch, and providing water for the team after a try!  We were also in great hands with Terry Haas ’73 making it back to campus to take up the whistle as the sir for this match. From the first kick-off, Cornell was able to take control of the ball and put together a few phases inside of our 22m.  Luckily for us, our tackling was strong in this match which allowed us to keep the Cornell attack under control.  A […]

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