Rocky Gorge Asserts Their Position in the Mid Atlantic

Rocky Gorge went two for two this weekend against Schuylkill River.

Men's Division IFresh off their South African tour, Schuylkill River hosted Rocky Gorge in Philadelphia, Pa. but it didn't start or end well for the Exiles. A red card for Schuylkill just after the 20-minute mark allowed Gorge to pile up ten tries including four from fullback Nick Kuhl for the 63-22 victory. With the win, Gorge retook first place in the division.

"Off of set piece and open play, our attack from the backs was much faster and more organized," Gorge coach Nick DiMichele said. "We were able to cut penalties and turnovers in half from last week. We need to make progress each week and peak at the right time."

Men's Division IIIn the DI-B test between Rocky Gorge and Schuylkill River, Gorge blanked the Exiles, 24-0, to improve to 6-1. Damani Britt, Luc Desroches, Eoghan Doherty, and Philip Perrault found the endzone for the first place club. Gorge is off next Saturday before finishing the season against Potomac and at Norfolk.

Baltimore-Chesapeake's second side traveled south to face Washington and escaped with a slim 19-17 win. Tied 5-5 at halftime, the teams traded blows in the second half until Eric Schroeder's penalty in the 78th minute put BC up for good. Washington had a chance to stage a final play comeback but was stopped short with a penalty.

"The difference in the game was our defensive line speed," BC coach Steve Elliot said. "It was a back and forth, hard fought game where the teams were even on the day. It just ended up that we scored last."

 
Men's Division IIIWith Saturday's 26-14 win against NOVA, North Bay is locked in a dead heat with Western Suburbs for the DIII Central lead. North Bay had to tackle adversity early in the match and outscored their opponent four tries to two. With two weeks left, the divisional title may come down to the April 14th match versus Western Suburbs.

"We went down 7-0 pretty early and got two yellow cards," North Bay's Ed Mikhail stated. "We were able to hold them out on defense for that stretch when we were down two men. We came back, dominated the scrums, scored a try to tie, and right before the half, we went up 14-7. The second half was cruise control back and forth and we pulled away at the end."

Lastly, Washington Irish snapped Frederick's four-game winning streak on Saturday with a 47-36 win in D.C. Irish led from the start as Mark Baur, Edward Dauphin, and Aniello De Luca each scored a pair of tries.
 
Head coach Brenden Worley indicated that Irish's key to victory was sticking to the gameplan. "Frederick has been really strong lately and you could tell they have been putting up a lot of the points. We knew we would have to play some great defense for a full 80 minutes, but that wasn't the case. We got exactly the game we were expecting."