The Brooklyn men fell behind early, as Gotham touched down in the eighth minute to go up 5-0 after missing on the conversion. Johnny Gearity then brought Brooklyn within two points after kicking the team’s first penalty, making the score 5-3.
Gotham then increased their lead with a second try less than ten minutes later to go up 10-3, but Brooklyn responded just a few minutes later when Toby Tornay touched down. Gearity was unsuccessful on the conversion and the teams would head into halftime with Gotham leading 10-8.
In the second half, Brooklyn was able to get the ball wide to Ben “Bino” Deshchamps along the sideline and he was able to touch down in the corner, putting Brooklyn up 15-10 after Gearity’s successful conversion. Shortly thereafter, Brooklyn added two more successive tries from Mike Reilly and Simon Fong, who pounced on a loose ball in Gotham’s try zone, putting Brooklyn up 27-10 after Gearity converted on the second of the two tries.
Tornay then added the second of his two tries on the day, and Erik Aurigemma added the conversion as Brooklyn increased its lead to 34-10. Both Gotham and Brooklyn would add one more try each, with Brooklyn’s Jorge Quintana touching down off of a maul from five meters outside Gotham’s try zone in the final minutes.
On the women’s side, Brooklyn faced off against a formidable opponent in Hartford Rugby who made the trip down from Connecticut. Alex Mostrom opened the scoring for Brooklyn when she touched down about midway through the first half, followed by a successful conversion from Crystal Groves.
In the second half, Groves would add one more try for Brooklyn before the final whistle, but was unsuccessful on the conversion. The final whistle sounded with Brooklyn falling to Hartford 36-12.
The Brooklyn Rugby men and women kicked off the 2015 season on September 12, and both teams came away with shutout victories. The men defeated Old Maroon (NYC) 43-0, while the women beat Morris (NJ) 6-0.
The victories came on the same day that Brooklyn Rugby would honor one of its founding members, Josh Magnas, who was recently severely injured in a car accident.
In the men’s game, scoring was hard to come by early on for Brooklyn. The teams traded possession of the ball and little momentum was gained by either team until Craig Mackenzie broke the Old Maroon defensive line about midway through the first half for Brooklyn’s first try of the 2015 season, putting Brooklyn up 5-0 after Kamil Ryczko was unsuccessful on the conversion attempt.
Several minutes later, Mike Reilly took a ball from his outside center position and broke through the defensive line again, putting Brooklyn up 12-0, following a successful conversion from Ryczko. That’s where the score would remain going into the half.
In the second half, after a couple key injuries that took two starters out of the game, Brooklyn got into a rhythm on offense, adding five more tries. Mike Reilly added two more tries to finish with a hat trick on the day, while Craig Mackenzie added a second to his total and Mark O’Donnell and Simon Fong were both able to touch down for Brooklyn.
Ryczko added one more conversion to finish 2-3 on the day before exiting the game with an injury, while Alan Wolfe added two more conversions for Brooklyn following Ryczko’s departure in the second half, finishing 2-4.
The women’s game saw far less scoring, but instead was marked more by the defensive battle between Brooklyn and Morris. The scoring opened when Kyla Maxwell converted a penalty early on in the first half, following a number of phases inside of Morris’ 22-meter line.
About 20 minutes later, Maxwell converted the team’s second penalty, putting Brooklyn up 6-0, where the score would remain until the final whistle.
The Brooklyn men and women continue their season on Saturday, September 26, when the men face off against New York Rugby Club (NYC) and the women travel north to take on Providence Rugby Club (RI).