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.
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.
|IONA GAELS||UMASS MINUTEMEN|
|DOUG PRICE5’11 215 FR Miami||1||MATTHEW MCCARTHY
Milton HS -Boston Rugby Club- Pol Sci
|TYLER RINGWOOD5’10 200 JR OLYMPUS UTAH||2||JACOB PARLABrookline HS – Boston RFC – English|
|NANDIPHA DUBE © 5’11 225 SR CHRISTIAN BROTHERS NJ ZIMBABWE||3||CHRIS TROIANOBC High – Engineering|
|JACK BRANDES 6’3 210 FR BROOKLYN PRUSA JAMES MADISON HS||4||ABDUL MUQEETThe Beacon School – Engineering|
|COREY GARDNER 6’1 200 JR BISHOPHENDRICKEN – RHODE ISLAND||5||DENIS MCAULIFFEMilton HS – Boston RFC – Econ|
|LIAM ANDERSON 6’2 210 FR MORRIS RUGBY||6||ROBERT YVONMonument Mount HS – Chem Eng Grad Student|
|CAM DIGIORGIO 6’2 210 CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ACADEMY||7||SEAN DAVENPORT Oliver Ames HS – Environmental Sci|
|SANTI MASCOLO (VC) 6’3 210 JR RYE HS||8||TIMMY O’CONNORMilton HS – Education Grad Student|
|CONNOR BUCKLEY (VC) 5’8 175 SO XAVIER||9||KARL PREZANorth Quincy HS – Kinesiology|
|JOHN POWERS 6’ 180 SR FLORIDA JUICE||10||TERRENCE CULLEN BC High – Finance|
|DILSHER MAINI 5’10 180 FR MORRIS RUGBY||11||LUC MITCHELL Xavier HS – Marine Biology|
|CULLEN BUCKLEY 5’11 210 JR CENTRAL CATHOLIC (P’BURGH)||12||BARRETT LYONS Belmont HS – Communications|
|WATSON FILIKITONGA 6’5 230 SO SAN JOSE CA||13||ANDREW FRENCH Portsmouth HS – Mechanical Eng|
|EMMET ESPOSITO 5’10 165 FR XAVIER||14||JACK SHARERNewtown North HS – Electrical Eng|
|BRYCE STANBACK 5’10 175 JR GREENWICH||15||EVAN BURKEPentucket HS – Chemical Eng|
|IONA Reserves||UMASS Reserves|
|OMAR MFARTI 5’10 300 FR Xavier||16||BENJAMIN CAPRA Barnstable HS Construction Management|
|PHILIP RAVIELE||17||WILL MOROG King Phillip HS – Construction Management|
|PATRICK MORRISSEY||18||VAN MCCOOLE St Johns Prep|
|MICHAEL COLLUM||19||THOMAS CONNOLLYChelmsford HS|
|ANDREW AGLIONE||20||TIMOTHY CLOCKERDanvers HS|
|ANDREW DONOHUE||21||JOE ROCKWELLAndover HS|
||22||CARL GILLIES Reading HS|
|JAMES LAVAR||23||PATRICK O’SULLIVANHaverhill HS|