Cortland- playoffs- 11/15/2014

Niagara's fall semester came to a close this Saturday with a loss to Cortland State in the Conference Semi Finals. Thank you to students, parents, alumni, and friends that haveĀ  all shown continuous and unparalleled support this season.

On a snow filled day, Alumni, parents, and other supporters made the trek out to SUNY Oswego where the 2014 Playoffs were held.

The first half was very competitive, full of big hits, even bigger plays, and momentum shifts starting from the kick off where after a few quick handed passes, put wing Danny Wea to the races for about a 50m gain. This was the tone for the rest of the match, with Niagara dominating scrums, Cortland settled for territory and lineouts when available and eventually put a try into the corner. Niagara marched and responded with a penalty conversion from Matt Coles and ended the half 5-3 Cortland.

The second half proved to be a different game where Cortland took advantage of playing conditions and a few hard running forwards that plowed through the defensive line and under the posts. 10-3, Niagara was still threatening, however, penalties were the bane of Niagara the entire second half, and put to players in the sin bin simultaneously for off-sides infringements. Cortland scored another in the corner and Niagara held them off for the remaining time of the yellow cards. 15-3 with about 20 minutes remaining. Niagara made a multiple trips to Cortland's goal line but couldn't finish. With no time remaining, Cortland forwards dot one down in the corner to end Niagara's season 5-5-0.

This is the 4th consecutive year Niagara has made conference playoffs and will take this loss to heart and learn from it. With heavy hearts, we say goodbye to impact seniors

Eric Smith

Julian Sharp

Matt Brause

Pat Morris

Zach Koenig

Cam Kramer

Xadiel Tavares

Jayther Liriano

Dan Weingarten

We thank them for their relentless effort to leave the program better than they found it, and they can take solace in the fact that it is definitely true.

We are excited for young players who seem to fill these shoes nicely as injuries occurred thoughout the season and have confidence for the semesters and years to come for this program.

The team will get a much deserved few weeks off and holidays off, and Offseason lifting regimes and skill sessions start as we head into tournament season in the spring.

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