October 18, 2013
Men's rugby keeps Bisonader Cup in triumph over Bucknell"Beating Bucknell means a lot," said senior flanker Sam Silknetter of Susquehanna's men's rugby team. "It's just a backyard rivalry."
Susquehanna (4-0) handed Bucknell (3-1) their first loss of the season, 41-22, keeping the "Bisonader Rivalry Cup" for another year.
Going into the match on Oct. 5, both teams were undefeated, adding intensity to the match.
Bucknell also went into the match in first place in the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union Small College West Division.
Senior fullback Joey Ferraro said: "We didn't go in there cocky, we went in with confidence. We prepared for two weeks for that match. Nobody on our team had any thoughts about a loss."
Within the first five minutes of the game, Bucknell was able to get the ball out to their wing and score the first try.
"They came out and shocked us with the first try," Ferraro said. "We had watched these guys and knew what to expect, but the first half was sloppy on both ends."
The Crusaders quickly responded, with Ferraro scoring a try off of a lineout, tying the game. Susquehanna proceeded to take the lead when freshman winger Josh Ream scored his first try of his collegiate career.
Bucknell then put the pressure back on Susquehanna, scoring two tries before ending the second half. Eight minutes into the second half, Susquehanna applied pressure and Ferraro was able to score his first try of the game.
"We're a much more disciplined, physically fit team, and that's what caused us to come out with such intensity the second half to help us take control of the game," Ferraro said.
Silknetter converted the conversion kick and gave Susquehanna a 17-15 lead.
Shortly after, Silknetter scored off a try and added the conversion kick, increasing Susquehanna's lead to 24-15.
Susquehanna continued to dominate Bucknell for the remainder of the match, with junior inside center Alex Holderhaum and sophomore scrumhalf Matt Bodmer scoring tries. Holderbaum added a conversion kick to take a 36-15 lead.
Bodmer said, "I just saw the try line and wanted to take it myself."
Bucknell attempted to narrow the lead by scoring a try, but Susquehanna responded when sophomore wing Ray Dahl at 38 minutes into the second half.
Bodmer said: "I can definitely say our defense has played with a lot of heart. They've shown what they need to do in times of need, especially holding them when they're down in the five meters."
Senior captain Zach Basico, senior prop Andrew Mike, and Ferraro were acknowledged as stars of the match.
Ferraro said: "It means a lot to be named man of the match, especially as a senior in a rivalry game against a team we're defending a trophy from. Regardless, I may have been the man of the match, but I'm absolutely nothing without the rest of my team."
The men's rugby team will compete against Gettysburg Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Vincent Magnotta Rugby Field for the EPRU Small College West regular-season title.
"Gettysburg is the one team I've never beaten before," Silknetter said. "If we beat them, then we finish first in the league and get a bye for the quarterfinals."
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