Buffalo State men’s club rugby traveled to Rochester to take on the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and for the second straight week they suffered a loss in which they gave up over forty points. The 48-19 loss evens their record at 2-2 on the season.
Not only was the game lost, the team lost their captain Christian Feickert, who went down with an injury early in the contest.
“I feel people were a little shell-shocked from it,” co-captain Justin Brzyski said. “He is a very vocal leader and without his presence it really threw the team off.”
Feickert was taken off the field and rushed to the hospital. Head coach Rob Jenkinson made the trip to the hospital with him and was not concerned with the outcome of the game as much as he was concerned about the well-being of Feickert.
“Some people were angry; some people were nervous and a lot of heads were not in the game,” August Edwards said. “The only way to bounce back is to realize we are playing with a purpose and that purpose is Christian. He gives his all always and now the team has to step up and do the same.”
James Stewart scored a try for the second time in as many weeks. Ryan Dickman and Cohl Saunders also added scores. Kicker Trevor Wild made two out of three two-point conversion kicks.
Next week, Buffalo State men’s club rugby plays Ithaca at home, where they plan to bounce back.
“I know we don’t want to lose at home on our Alumni Homecoming weekend,” Brzyski said. “We have a lot to work on and improve. It’s tough to tell what will happen, but the team has a lot of heart.”
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