Iona College Rugby Defeats UMass

Iona College Rugby vs. UMass

Iona College Men’s Rugby hosted UMass in the opening match of the D1A Rugby 2018-2019 season in New Rochelle, NY last night winning 59-15. The match was broadcast on ESPN+.

Iona College starters include 5 freshmen, 1 transfer and 1 player at a new position. Two additional freshmen were replacements. The team lost two key players from injury in Collegiate All-American Mike Scarcella and Mike Marro.

Last year, the Gaels breezed through the Liberty D1A Rugby Conference, I-95 Division while going 11-2 overall. UMass is also a very good team, who lost last year to the Gaels 32-17.

Iona vs. UMass Match Recap

Iona College struck first in the 2nd minute as flyhalf John Powers scored a quick try. Santi Mascolo, a Collegiate All-American and team vice-captain at No. 8, added the first of his many points in the match slotting the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

Powers added a second try in the 16th minute with Mascolo converting. A Third try was scored by vice-captain scrumhalf and Collegiate All-American Connor Buckley, again converted by Mascola for a 21-0 lead midway in the first half.

The Minutemen answered back in the 32nd and 33rd minute with two tries, the first by Abdul Muqueet a lock, followed by another by Robert Yvon a flanker. This cut the lead to 21-10.

In the final minute, the Gaels powerful outside center Watson Filikitonga, who transferred from the College of San Mateo, added a fourth try, increasing the lead to 28-10 after Mascolo’s conversion.

Second Half

Luc Mitchell, a wing who played at Xavier High School, opened the second half scoring in the 44th minute for UMass. This cut the lead to 28-15 but would be the least Minutemen score of the match.

Iona struck back with a try by inside center Cullen Buckley in the 52nd minute with Mascola converting for a 35-15 lead. Two minutes later, wing Dilsher Main scored a try and after Mascolo kicking continued to be perfect, the lead was 42-15.

The Gaels would add three more tries with reserve prop Omar Mfarti, powering his way in for a try and Mascola for another, both unconverted. Team captain Nandipha Dube, the Senior tighthead prop added the final try, the team’s 9th, giving Iona a 59-15 win over UMass.

Next week on September 8, UMass will host New England College, while Iona College will have a bye week before hosting Navy on September 15 at 3 pm at Mazzella Field.

Squads

IONA GAELS UMASS MINUTEMEN
DOUG PRICE5’11 215 FR Miami1MATTHEW MCCARTHY

Milton HS -Boston Rugby Club- Pol Sci

TYLER RINGWOOD5’10 200 JR OLYMPUS UTAH2JACOB PARLABrookline HS – Boston RFC – English
NANDIPHA DUBE ©  5’11 225 SR CHRISTIAN BROTHERS NJ  ZIMBABWE3CHRIS TROIANOBC High – Engineering
JACK BRANDES 6’3 210 FR BROOKLYN PRUSA JAMES MADISON HS4ABDUL MUQEETThe Beacon School – Engineering
COREY GARDNER 6’1 200 JR BISHOPHENDRICKEN – RHODE ISLAND5DENIS MCAULIFFEMilton HS – Boston RFC – Econ
LIAM ANDERSON 6’2 210 FR MORRIS RUGBY6ROBERT YVONMonument Mount HS – Chem Eng Grad Student
CAM DIGIORGIO 6’2 210 CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ACADEMY7SEAN DAVENPORT Oliver Ames HS – Environmental Sci
SANTI MASCOLO (VC) 6’3 210 JR RYE HS8TIMMY O’CONNORMilton HS – Education Grad Student
CONNOR BUCKLEY (VC) 5’8 175 SO XAVIER9KARL PREZANorth Quincy HS – Kinesiology
JOHN POWERS  6’ 180 SR FLORIDA JUICE10TERRENCE CULLEN BC High – Finance
DILSHER MAINI 5’10 180 FR MORRIS RUGBY11LUC MITCHELL Xavier HS – Marine Biology
CULLEN BUCKLEY 5’11 210 JR CENTRAL CATHOLIC (P’BURGH)12BARRETT LYONS Belmont HS – Communications
WATSON FILIKITONGA 6’5 230 SO SAN JOSE CA13ANDREW FRENCH Portsmouth HS – Mechanical Eng
EMMET ESPOSITO 5’10 165 FR XAVIER14JACK SHARERNewtown North HS – Electrical Eng
BRYCE STANBACK 5’10 175 JR GREENWICH15EVAN BURKEPentucket HS – Chemical Eng

 

IONA Reserves UMASS Reserves
OMAR MFARTI 5’10 300  FR Xavier16BENJAMIN CAPRA Barnstable HS Construction Management
PHILIP RAVIELE17WILL MOROG King Phillip HS – Construction Management
PATRICK MORRISSEY18VAN MCCOOLE St Johns Prep
MICHAEL COLLUM19THOMAS CONNOLLYChelmsford HS
ANDREW AGLIONE20TIMOTHY CLOCKERDanvers HS
ANDREW DONOHUE21JOE ROCKWELLAndover HS
SHANE HOLMES
22CARL GILLIES Reading HS
JAMES LAVAR23PATRICK O’SULLIVANHaverhill HS

 

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