After a 0-3 start and close back to back losses, the boys travelled down to Williamsburg, VA to take on William and Mary. Following a sloppy start but with a lot of solid defensive plays from both sides, UMBC picked up the first try of the match off of a scrum that was swung wide to Sidney Donavin (wing) who was able to punch it in. Shortly after, W&M conceded a penalty within range for Jake Rampolla (inside-center) to kick between the posts. Just before the end of the half, Matt Hanson (fly-half) sent a grubber to the corner that Hunter Shelton (fullback) scooped up and touched down for the second try of the game. The kick was converted by Rampolla and the boys went into halftime feeling good with a 15-0 lead. Some mistakes and defensive breakdowns lead to W&M breaking the line a few times in the second half leading to two tries, both of which were converted, cutting the UMBC lead down to just one point. Things really turned around as, with about 10 minutes left, UMBC cleaned up defensively and had some great phase play on offense. A fantastic team effort from both the forwards and backs lead to Victor Bendel (prop) punching in the final try of the game and sealing the victory with just 30 seconds left. Rampolla was able to convert once again just before hearing the final whistle signaling the end of the game and the first win of the season. UMBC comes into this week ready for another win as they take on George Mason University at home this Saturday at 1pm at Walker Field.
Final: UMBC – 22, W&M – 14
Tries: Sidney Donavin, Hunter Shelton, Victor Bendel