Harvey Rugby Gets Win Over Canadian Team

Harvey's home field was the site of a spirited rugby match Saturday as the Cavaliers chalked up a win before their happy fans.

Looking to rebound after a disappointing loss to Xavier earlier in the week, the Harvey rugby team came out of the gates fired up Saturday against the Rothesay Netherwood School and defeated the touring Canadian team from New Brunswick, 34-12.

Harvey pressured early and played some nice running rugby between the forward pack and the backs.  In the ninth minute, Christian Harrington bulled into the tryzone to give Harvey an early five point lead.  The next 15 minutes saw some even play with neither team able to convert on a few chances. 

In the 24th minute the defense of the visiting Riverhawks started to succumb to the offense of Harvey as senior Bradley Browne crashed into the tryzone for a score following some unselfish backline play.  Three minutes later Harvey continued to pressure. Senior Kieran O’Connor was justly rewarded for his match efforts and a Christian Artuso conversion put the Cavaliers up by 17.

Looking to put away the visitors away, Harvey scored again in the 32nd minute as the backs did a great job of gaining field leading to a score by junior fullback Jeff Cohen of Mahopac High School.  In stoppage time Browne captured his second try of the day to increase Harvey’s lead to 27 entering the half.

Following Harvey substitutions, the Canadians found some pace and energy to start the second half and ran in consecutive scores to make the score 27 to 12 in the 40th minute.  Harvey soon regrouped under the leadership of captains O’Connor and Artuso.  The forwards ran three consecutive phases, causing an overload which benefited Harvey’s backs.  With the backs doing their jobs well, Browne and John Jay High School junior Ian Gressel and found Cohen to cap off the scoring for the Cavaliers. 

Coach Phil Lazzaro appreciated the fans who cheered his team on. Lazzaro said, “A special thanks to the big turnout and support at the match, especially the return of our founding captain, Mr. Gregoire Presseau – Harvey 1998.” 

With the win, Harvey’s record improves to 2 – 1. The team’s next match is Wednesday at home versus Fordham Prep.

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