St. Bonaventure bagged a massive win, 49-8, in their league opener against Syracuse Saturday. The Bonnies led the entire match, with fly half Kevin McCorry slotting a pair of penalty kicks to open scoring. Nick Sylor and Pete Survis followed up with tries, both converted by McCorry, to stretch the lead to 20-0.
Syracuse scored an unconverted try towards the end of the opening half, and they slotted a penalty at the beginning of the second half to complete an 8-0 run, but that’d be all they’d muster.
St. Bonaventure, however, had plenty of offense left in them, pouring in 29 unanswered points to round out the lopsided victory.
McCorry was 4-6 on conversions and he banged through two penalties. The Bonnies saw several close games slip through their hands last year en route to a 2-4 league record, and the kicking game was an area they targeted over the offseason.
“He’s been working real hard on that part of his game,” said St. Bonaventure coach Clarence Picard of McCorry. “The games were really close (last year) and we felt like a few points here or there could make a real difference, so that’s an area we really focused on and he had a great day for us.”
With the large margin of victory, St. Bonaventure now has a target painted on its back, but humble Picard would prefer that not be the case.
“It’s obviously a confidence builder, and I think it shows the guys that the work we’ve put in is taking us in the right direction, but at the same time we’re really trying to be realistic about the whole thing. We scored a few tries late that made the score look more like a blowout than it was,” he said.
“Honest to God, going into the game I was nervous about it. I wasn’t sure if we’d win or not. The score looks like it was a big score, but I really don’t think it’s indicative of where Syracuse is. I think it was one of those games that we were able to put some points in. It probably does sound like I’m underselling everything, but we have pretty young guys at some key positions, so I don’t want to get too excited about anything yet.”
Buffalo and Binghamton were supposed to square off in the Empire Conference’s other opening-week game, but it was canceled due to the extreme flooding in the Northeast.
5' Kevin McCorry penalty 3-0
19' McCorry penalty 6-0
21' Nick Sylor try, McCorry conv. 13-0
26' Pete Servis try, McCorry conv. 20-0
30' Syracuse try, missed kick 20-5
42' Syracuse penalty kick 20-8
44' Servis try, McCorry conv. 27-8
52' Mike George try, McCorry miss 32-8
62' Ryan Brennan try, McCorry conv 39-8
78' Tom Tyler try, McCorry miss 44-8
80' Nick Maurer try, Sylor miss 49-8