St. Bonvanture remains atop the NY State Premier college division after shutting out Brockport 48-0 Saturday. Binghamton, also shutout winners 34-0, join Bonnies at 2-0.
Despite starting relatively slowly against Brockport, St. Bonaventure put in a solid effort, said Head Coach Clarence Picard. The slow start was in part due to Brockport's physicality in the breakdown and in their tackling.
"But eventually we started competing better in that area and getting our backline decent ball," Picard said.
The score was 19-0 at halftime but felt perhaps a little closer. But Bonnies had improved their game from two weeks ago. Then, they beat Syracuse handily but struggled mightily come scrum time. This time, it was the rucks that gave Bonaventure difficulties, while in the set piece they showed improvement.
"Today Brockport gave us a lot of trouble at the breakdown but our forwards had a much better day in set pieces," said Picard. "Once we were able to clean up the rucks and control possession in their half our backs did a good job of just running straight, making good decisions and thankfully we scored some tries to secure the win."
Man of the Match was wing Nick Sylor, who scored two tries and played well defensively as well. But Picard also noted how his forwards hung in ther against a big, physical Brockport pack.
Brockport also ran their inside center Phil Lauria hard at the St. Bonaventure midfield. But they held.
Now looking on Picard said it's tough to tell whether they are doing enough to win. Binghamton is undefeated also.
"Binghamton has two good wins under their belt, and of course we aren't looking past the defending champs, UB," he said of University of Buffalo. "They have been the top team in Western New York for so long, just loaded with fit, skilled players, we are excited to get to work on Tuesday and prepare for a huge match. They really beat us in a lot of areas last year so we need to buckle down some things, especially our backline defense. They have some hard midfield runners and if we don't get over the gainline and make our tackles they will be very difficult to stop, especially with the match being played in Buffalo."
St. Bonvanture 48 SUNY Brockport 0
Tries: Sylor 2, Atkinson, Brennan 2, Meister, Johnson, Sullivan
Convs: McCorry 4
1 Tom Tyler (Alex Brussard @ 40')
2 Justin Walker (Tallon Moritz @ 65')
3 Ben Atkinson (Steve Kuzara @ 60')
4 Chris Schott
5 Nick Maurer (Capt.)
6 Mike George (Tim Hanna @ 48')
7 Jon Garbin (Sam Giordano @ 70')
8 John Sullivan
9 Pete Servis
10 Kevin McCorry
11 Kevin Corley (Greg Johnson @ 40')
12 Taye Daniel (Mike Murray @ 40')
13 Evan Meister
14 Nick Sylor
15 Ryan Brennan