The team was crushed in its spring season opener, but the Connecticut Yankees Rugby Football Club came home Sunday to a muddy Andrews Field in Norwalk, looking to bounce back. After trailing Hartford, 7-3, early in the first half, the Yankees stormed back and held on to win, 18-12, thanks to superb second half defense.
Jay Coppola put the Yankees on top five minutes into the game with a penalty kick through the uprights. But Hartford answered on the ensuing kickoff to take a 7-3 lead.
The Yankees responded well to the quick Hartford score, grinding down the field and killing the clock. Randy Annunzato finally plunged in for a score, giving the Yankees an 8-7 lead. Coppola added another penalty kick as the half expired, giving the Yankees an 11-8 lead at the break.
The second half was all about defense, as the Yankees held Hartford in check. Doug Fraser Jr. was named man of the match thanks to his contributions on defense. Tom Campbell, Nick Taylor, John McDonnell and Mark Van Eyk also provided big hits on the defensive side. Joe Kowaczyk iced the game for the Yankees, intercepting a pass on the 22-yard line and running it in for the game-winning try.
The Connecticut Yankees improve to 1-1 on the spring season.
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