Gorge Begins Season with 49-28 Victory Over Pittsburgh
By Evan Lappen
In a rematch of the spring's MAC Championship, Rocky Gorge starts new season with a 49-28 win against the Pittsburgh Harlequins
Excerpted from Rugby Today (http://www.rugbytoday.com/clubs/metropolis-rocky-gorge-take-charge-di-club):
In Columbia, Md., Rocky Gorge turned a tight game into a 21-point win against Pittsburgh in a rematch of the spring’s Mid-Atlantic finals. The Harlequins struck first with a long, 40-plus-phase drive to open the match with Brendan Stine dotting down the try. Gorge's Matias Cima and Stine then traded scores before Gorge went up at half, 21-14, with a score from flanker Jon Mbagwu.
In the second half, Josh Brown notched his second try of the game and Ben Cima’s fourth conversion extended the Gorge lead to 28-14. Pittsburgh fought back with tries from Ryan O’Kane and Mitch DePellegrini sandwiching a Eugene Becton score for Gorge. It looked like it would come to a tight finish, but Chris Kunkel’s try at 63’ was the back breaker and Gorge tacked on a exclamation point with a bit of champagne rugby six minutes later. With some brilliant passing in the backline, wing Erik Tack dotted down the score and Cima’s seventh conversion made the final margin of 49-28.
With a healthy mix of new players and Gorge vets, captain Josh Brown pointed to the first-year players as keys to the victory. “I think the new faces is what put us over the edge today,” he explained. “A lot of the older guys did what was expected, the new guys we weren’t as sure what they were going to do. Guys like Erik Tack out at wing made big plays that put us in scoring position and that’s promising. Eventually you need to rebuild, and while we’re rebuilding we still want to be the best in the Mid-Atlantic. ”