by Bobbie Discuilo, Drew Kennedy, Cassidy Riendeau
Bryant Men’s Rugby faces rival Roger Williams
Tensions were high as the Bulldogs took on conference rivals, Roger Williams University, on a much anticipated Monday night game here at Bryant University. In the opening minutes of the game, #13 Mack Foster had an excellent run for Bryant’s first try of the match over the RWU Hawks, accompanied by one of Colin Henderson’s flawless kicks, putting the Bulldogs up 7-0. Minutes before ending the first half, just after another RWU score, Junior Tom “Fish” Salmon helped retake the lead by one point with an outstanding try, but it was fly-half “Mugsy” Henderson’s kick that sent the team to a 17-14 lead. With former RWU Hawk Ricky Hollis’ final score of the night bringing Bryant to within a two point deficit 26-24, it seemed as if the Bulldogs were getting a second wind. Unfortunately, their immense effort and determination were not enough to defeat the RWU Hawks, and Bryant University was vanquished 33-24.
Bryant Club Hockey loses a heartbreaker
The Bulldogs dominated the Merrimack Warriors in the first period with good pressure in the offensive zone. Sean Henderson scored the first goal of the night for the Bulldogs halfway through the period. The Bulldogs penalty kill lines did a great job keeping the Warriors from tying the game. The highlight of the period was when Bryant goalie, Cal LaRosa, made an incredible save against a Merrimack penalty shot. The Bulldogs held a slim 1-0 advantage after the first period. The second period saw back and forth action until the Warriors scored their first goal of the night at 6:12, tying the game 1-1. Jack Cook answered back for the Bulldogs, scoring his first goal of the season, with assists from Sean Henderson and Garrett Lehan, with just twenty seconds left in the period. The Bulldogs would lead 2-1 going into the third period. The Bulldogs then were unable to hold off the Warriors and lost 4-3 in overtime despite one last incredible penalty kill by Connor Pease, Kyle Svenson, and Tyler Poland in the extra period.
Bryant Women’s Rugby dominates their match
The Bryant Women’s Rugby A side team won 48-17 and controlled the game against Southern Connecticut. Despite injuries, the Bulldogs were dominant. Holly B. used her speed to run down the sideline and through the Southern Connecticut defense for three tries on the day. Kelsey also used her speed to score herself two tries. Angela, Melissa, and Margaret all had one try a piece for the Bulldogs. Angie made all of her conversion kicks she took for the Bulldogs. Not only did the team have a great offensive game with good passing off the line, but their backs also helped to secure the win on defense, stopping several Southern Connecticut breakaways with strong tackles. The Bulldogs are now 2-1, and are proving themselves a force to be reckoned with for the remainder of the season.