UVA A Side defeated Georgia Tech 78-5 in its ACRL opener versus the Yellow Jackets with a great team effort.
On St. Patrick’s Day, the UVA A Side convincingly defeated Georgia Tech by a score of 78-5. The victory was a true team effort with a total of seven players scoring tries. However, it must be said the back three had a tremendous day. Right Wing Pat Brown played only the first half, but during that time scored three tries and added a beautiful try assist to Inside Center Jordan Morris. His replacement Conor McNerney then proceeded to come on and score two tries of his own in the second half. Not to be outdone by his counterparts, Left Wing Robbie Hemstreet scored two tries of his own. Fullback Evan Burch also got into the scoring column, adding a long try of a kick return. The rest of the backline also had exceptional performances. Besides the aforementioned try for Jordan Morris, Flyhalf Julian Henderson scored 2 tries while doing a great job running the offense. Outside Center Sean Farias slotted 9 of 12 conversions and scrumhalf Chris Curtin played his typical stalwart defense.
The pack also had a strong day in both set pieces and rucks. Flanker sub Will came on to score an acrobatic try off a pass from Tighthead Prop John Thompson. It was a great day for the hands of the front row, as Loosehead Prop Nick Palacio also gave an offload that led to a try. Starting flankers Kevin McGrath and Andrew Vivirito, aided by lock Joey Murphy, also contributed to the team effort with a series of punishing runs, while lock Eddie Bittner and Harry Fischer, 8 Man Zack Addis, and Hooker Dixie Moffett played physical defense and solidified countless rucks. Overall, the UVA effort versus Georgia Tech was the definition of a team win.