In a game that saw only three tries scored, the Black Knights and the Midshipmen switched leads six times.
Connor McNerney slotted an early penalty goal to put Navy up 3-0. But Army flyhalf Jon Kim answered with two separate penalty goals of his own to put his side up 6-3. Navy scored a try to retake the lead at 8-6.
The Naval Academy handed UMW their first 15’s loss since October 2016 today with a late surge between the 70th minute and the end of the game. The match officials and both coaches, UMW’s Min Chae and Navy’s Gavin Hickie all commented on what a well-played match it was.
Navy fell to Life University in the first defeat of the season. Asked about the loss, Navy’s Coach, Gavin Hickie said “it’s always tough to lose and we were riding on a bit of a crest but the lessons we will learn from this game are invaluable. Life is without doubt the best team in the country, so we will take our lessons and come back stronger”.
Anchored by a dominant scrum that resulted in three tries, #8 Navy upset the undefeated Rugby East powerhouse, #6 Penn State, in an epic 38-29 brawl in State College, Pa. The Midshipmen’s set-piece wrecked havoc on the Nittany Lions as two stolen scrums led to immediate scores and a penalty try was awarded when they were walking the ball in. PSU attempted to claw back in the second half, but a late try by Connor McNerney sealed the victory.
Avenging last season’s loss, the U.S. Naval Academy beat Notre Dame College, 32-25, in Annapolis, Md. Utilizing strong forward play and exemplary efforts from eightman Connor McNerney and scrumhalf Gardy Lebon, the Midshipmen were able to limit possession to NDC’s dynamic backline. Situational and tactical kicking was invaluable to Navy and its defense stood stout in the second half to protect the lead.
The game was a homecoming for new Navy head coach Gavin Hickie, who coached the Big Green from 2012 until taking the head job in Annapolis prior to the start of the season. His successor at Dartmouth is James Willocks, who served as Hickie’s assistant before briefly taking the head job at Penn State until Hickie left for Navy, at which time he returned to Dartmouth to pick up where Hickie left off.
ANNAPOLIS, Md.— Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk confirmed today that Gavin Hickie has been named the Director of Club Rugby and the Head Men’s Rugby Coach. Hickie comes to Navy from Dartmouth, where he was the head coach for the past five years.
This fall the US Naval Academy rugby programs will unveil some very nice new digs as the Prusmack Rugby Complex will be completed and open for business.
The complex will also have three full-size rugby fields, with two of them side-by-side with a triangular seating structure between them - so fans can view action on either field with minimal difficulty.