2013 New York State Division 2 Champions
Rugby is a growing sport on college campuses. Currently, there are over 400 colleges that offer rugby as an activity for students to participate in. The men’s rugby club was founded in 1976 and is strongly supported by the Alumni Association. A $1,000 rugby scholarship is offered annually by the Niagara Rugby Alumni Association. The team plays on a full size grass rugby pitch with permanent goal post. In addition to the grass field, the rugby program will have access to a newly constructed turf field. In the fall of 2008, the rugby program moved from Division III to Division II. The move is based on the success of the program. The team competed in and won the 2008 New York State Rugby Conference Collegiate Championship in April of 2008. Tryouts are usually the first week of September. The team competes in the New York State Rugby Conference. www.nysrugby.org.
Buffalo State Game Recap (10/4/14)
Coming off their third straight win, Niagara traveled to face off against rival Buffalo State. The last time these two teams met saw NU win 10-8 in the semifinals of the New York State Tournament. That game wound up to be a tough, hard-nosed game and this one proved to be no different., plus the freezing temperatures, rain and wind.
Niagara and Buff State were slowed down by the weather, but the hits were vicious and the intensity was great from both sides. At the end of the first half, Niagara captain Zanaid Marra had put in a try in the right hand corner. Matt Coles would miss the conversion and Niagara was up 5-0 vs Buff State. Niagara in the 2nd half had many opportunities off there set pieces to attempt to score but were thwarted a few mishaps. Buff State would eventually put a try in the corner and then Collin DeGuehery had put in a wide kick to go up 7-5.
After a couple penalties on NU, Buff State converted on just one of the two penalty kicks. Niagara would battle through the elements and were pounding away at the Buff State defensive line. With no time left Niagara tried to advance the ball but were called for a penalty that killed all of the momentum.
Niagara is now 3-2 and will have a bye week to prepare for the next 4 weeks of their regular season.
Sep 6at Oswego 1:00 p.m.
Sep 13vs Hobart 7:30 p.m.
Sep 20vs Fredonia 1:00 p.m.
Sep 28at Geneseo 1:00 p.m.