By Tyler Dinsmore
March 14, 2013
After suffering a loss to Gettysburg College in their first match of the spring season,
the Lock Haven University Rugby Football Club regained its confidence with a bruising victory over the Wilkes-Barre Breakers on an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon at Foundation Field in their home opener.
The men’s rugby club’s 0-2 record against the Breakers in the annual matchup’s history fueled the drive for a win, along with Captain Ian Bukowski (senior; criminal justice) and Coach Jack Bukowski’s history as members of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Rugby Football Club.
The match opened with multiple turnovers due to the physicality of both teams’ forwards.
The impressive size of the Breakers turned out to be inferior to the tenacity and teamwork of the Lock Haven forwards, who were led by Captain Mike Frace (senior; criminal justice).
LHU wing Vince Pellicore (senior; political science) scored the first try (worth five points) of the match in the eleventh minute. Outside-center Brian Calaman (senior; accounting) added two points with the conversion kick after the try.
The Breakers scored a try of their own several minutes later, but the conversion kick failed to clear the crossbar, making the score 7-5 in favor of LHU.
In the 26th minute Calaman would again make good with a kick, this time a penalty goal, adding three points to Lock Haven’s lead.
Six minutes later fly-half Kevin Mallon (senior; philosophy) scored a try on a breakaway and Calaman’s conversion would make the score 17-5 in favor of LHU at halftime.
Early in the second half Lock Haven made several substitutions, adding fresh legs to their fitness advantage over the exhausted Breakers.
Consistently strong scrumming from their forwards would allow Lock Haven to maintain possession and their backs to run freely.
Mallon would score a second time a mere two minutes after fullback Alec Eggerton (junior; sports administration) crossed the goal line for a try.
Calaman scored a try of his own and made all the conversion kicks with ease, bringing his points total to 18 for the day.
A stream of injuries with time dwindling in the match compelled the referee to blow the final whistle early, ending the game in a 38-5 LHU victory.
The rejuvenated LHURFC hopes to improve their record to 2-1 on Saturday when they play at Scranton University. Lock Haven narrowly defeated Scranton 39-36 in the fall 2012 season.