GRR: Rugby East
Asked to characterize Sean Hardiman’s game at scrumhalf for Iona in their victory over Army this past weekend, Iona Head Coach Bruce McLane was succinct - “he played the best game of his life.”
Good timing for Hardiman, as he did so against a formidable opponent. Hardiman himself said his day, and the team’s day, came down to a lot of self-belief.
Iona College, the #48 team in the Goff Rugby Report gal DI rankings, defeated #1 Army 43-26 Saturday in New Rochelle, NY.
Kutztown University held off a tough Iona College team 33-24 Sunday in Rugby East action to keep pace with undefeated Army.
In a very chippy game, Iona did well to kick for field position and pressure Kutztown defensively.
There was only one game in the Rugby East Saturday, with Kutztown University moving to 2-0 with a 24-5 defeat of St. Bonavanture.
Two 3-0 teams face off tonight in the Rugby East, with Penn State hosting Army at University Park.
Both teams come in with new head coaches - although at least Matt Sherman has been on the job for some weeks at West Point; Penn State’s new guy, Blake Burdette, has been in town only since Monday.