Men’s club rugby levels LeMoyne, enters playoffs as No. 4 seed

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Men’s club rugby levels LeMoyne, enters playoffs as No. 4 seed

Buffalo State finished their regular season slate with a 5-3 record.

Buffalo State finished their regular season slate with a 5-3 record.

Jennifer Brzyski

Buffalo State finished their regular season slate with a 5-3 record.

Jennifer Brzyski

Jennifer Brzyski

Buffalo State finished their regular season slate with a 5-3 record.

Jahvon Graham, Reporter

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Coming out of a bye week, the Buffalo State men’s club rugby team looked to go into the playoffs on a high note. They did just that, capturing a 26-24 win over LeMoyne, capping off the regular season and pushing their record to 5-3.

They will now enter a six-team playoff tournament as the fourth seed and will aim to capture a championship.

Buffalo State has had little luck playing on the road all season long. It took until the last game of the season for the rugby club to capture their first road win.

“Before the LeMoyne game we had not won a game on the road. Being home seems to work in our favor,” co-captain Justin Brzyski said.

“We started off a little selfish but we started to distribute the ball more,” co-captain August Edwards said.

The rugby club wrapped up the season with a 26-point output, which is right around their season average. Marco Sola, captain Christian Feickert and Ryan Dickman scored for Buffalo State. Kicker Trevor Wilder also added a score and made three out of four two-point conversion kicks.

The playoffs are a win or go home situation. You win, and you live to play another game. You lose, and your season is over.

“The playoffs are exciting. The games are always intense. It’s fun rugby to play,” Bryzski said.

Edwards is confident in his team’s ability to go deep into the playoffs.

“I’m confident in the team 100 percent,” Edwards said. “It just depends on what team shows up, the team that defeated Oswego earlier in the season or the team that gave up winnable games.”

During the regular season, Buffalo State had some impressive come-from-behind wins. They also allowed a few games to get away from them. If they plan to stay in the postseason for long, they will have to play their best rugby.

“I am confident that we will work as hard as ever since we’re so close,” Edwards said. “If we can do that we will be fine.”

Buffalo State’s first-round matchup will be a home game against Geneseo. Earlier in the season, they played Geneseo and won 14-7. They hope to come out on top once again and move on to the second round.

“This team is my family. That is something I really appreciate,” Edwards said. “We get mad at each other and things don’t always go the way we plan, but we fight for each other on and off the field.”

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