UMW Rugby's Developmental Side traveled down to Richmond to face off against VCU at Dory Park. As the team went through warmups the blustery conditions seemed to forebode a difficult morning of moving the ball. UMW soon put any worries of that to rest.
The opening kickoff saw UMW steal the ball and drive down the field for an early score by Yorkshire native Jack Levine. Theo Felder slotted the conversion in the face of the wind for an early 7-0 lead. UMW retained possession off the next kickoff and hard work by the forward rewarded Andrew LaMarca with another fast try. Once again UMW received the kickoff and after some quality phase play Theo Felder danced through the defense on the wing to dot down in the corner. UMW raced out to a 17-0 lead.
The match slowed a bit as handling errors plagued both sides. Ferocious defense led by LaMarca, Peyton Mills, and Daniel Trump kept VCU at bay. The UMW forwards turned the ball over after a particularly tough defensive stand. The ball found its way into the hands of flyhalf Jose Reyes who orchestrated an incisive attack to the VCU five-meter line. VCU's scramble defense kept UMW out for a few phases but a heads up play by Levine saw him kick the ball through the defensive line where Scotsman Adam Thomson dove on the loose ball for the first of his two trys. Thomson would find himself quickly back on the scoresheet as he dove over the line after more hard work by UMW's outstanding pack.
The UMW scrum gave a perfect attacking platform for LaMarca and scrumhalf Jose Berenguel-Araujo. LaMarca rampaged off the back of the scrum and Araujo delivered crisp pass after crisp pass to the backline to give UMW front foot ball all morning.
VCU grew into the game after some sloppy play by UMW which led to VCU's only try of the afternoon which came on a defensive communication which saw VCU's wing sprint the length of the field to score. Daniel Trump answered right back off the ensuing kickoff with a try to get UMW back on track.
The UMW backline had never played together before but it did not matter as Ross Whitehead, a second row, stepped into play inside center in place of the injured Kyle McPhillips and Alex Mortimer stepped in for the injured David Zamojda. They both played exceptionally well and contributed to Benn Mellinger finishing off the game with back to back trys. The final score UMW 48, VCU 7.