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Vols Open the Season on the Road

By MTB, 09/04/18, 12:15PM EDT

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Defeat Louisville and lose to Notre Dame in tightly contested matches

The University of Tennessee Men's Rugby Team kicked off the Fall 2018 season on the road with  a pair of games against the University of Louisville and the University of Notre Dame. 

The Cardinals are looking to build on a very strong 3rd place finish in the Mid America (MAC) Rugby Conference in 2017.  Notre Dame meanwhile routinely faces ranked D1A competition and is coming off an 47-0 whipping of MIchigan two days prior.

Tennessee 24, Louisville 20
Tennessee Reserves 17, Louisville 0

The Vols scored with only moments remaining to claim a 24-20 victory over the Cardinals.  Inconsistent play from both teams caused shifts in momentum but the Volunteers ultimately sorted things out in the second half.  With a renewed focus on possession and execution, UT mounted an attack over the final 10 minutes (while down a man to a yellow card) that ultimately led to the winning try.   With 50 players making the trip, the Vols had plenty of ammo for the abbreviated second match, claiming a 17-0 victory.

Tennessee 24, Notre Dame 41
Tennessee Reserves 17, Notre Dame 24

Notre Dame ran across two tries in the final 10 minutes to easily distance themselves on the scoreboard in the 41-24 victory over the Volunteers.  The Vols managed to stay even with the Irish for the better part of 70 minutes while withstanding their precise kicking game and polished attack.  Unfortunately, a few costly errors late in the game and fatigue was ultimately the undoing of an otherwise relatively strong overall effort.   The UT Reserves, while mounting an impressive second half charge, were also defeated 24-17.

Tennessee 24, Louisville 20

Line Up
1. Moseley / Horak
2. Couch
3. McAfee
4. Janowick
5. Rivasv / Shaw
6. Ransom  / Kako 
7. Craven / Anderson
8. Wallace
9. Dorflinger-Slee / Thwaite-Wright / McClain
10. Hawkins
11. Beacom / Scherer
12. Williams
13. Griffin
14. Schwartz / Montgomery
15. Cook

Scoring Summary
10' - Louisville TRY (11); Score 0 - 5
16' - UT TRY (Janowick)/CK (Schwartz); Score: 7 - 5
20' - Louisville TRY (8)/CK; Score 7 - 10 HALFTIME
43' - Louisville TRY (10); Score: 7 - 15
50' - UT TRY (Wallace); Score 12 - 15
60' - UT TRY (Janowick)/CK (Schwartz); Score: 19 - 15
66' - Louisville TRY (11); Score: 19 - 20
72' - UT Yellow Card (Horak)
78' - UT TRY (Montgomery); Score 24 - 20 FINAL

Halftime:  Tennessee 7, Louisville 10
Full Time: Tennessee 24, Louisville 20
Referee:  Tim Enos

Line Up Reserve Match
1. Cherosky
2. Dixon / Brockman
3. Horak
4. Walker / Hernandez
5.  Heard / Ring
6. Yeager
7. Eicher
8. Powers
9.  McClain / Davies
10. Watson / Ambrose
11. Dukes / Northcutt
12.  Ledezma
13. Pelini
14. Miller / Kimler
15. Scherer

Varsity Match Statistics

SCRUM QUALITY
UT: 8 of 13 = 62% 
UL: 4 of 4 = 100%

LINE OUT QUALITY
UT: 9 of 10 = 90% 
UL: 4 of 9 = 44% 

PENALTIES CONCEDED
UT: 7/2  Total:  9
UL: 5/7  Total:  12 

Tennessee 24, Notre Dame 41

Line Up
1.  Couch / Horak
2.  Anderson / Couch
3.  McAfee
4.  Janowick
5.  Shaw
6.  Rivas
7.  Craven / Ransom
8.  Wallace / Craven
9.  McClain / Thwaite-Wright / Dorflinger-Slee
10.  Hawkins
11.  Cook
12.  Williams
13.  Beacom / Griffin
14. Montgomery
15.  Davis / Schwartz

Scoring Summary
04  Try by ND  0-5
08  Try by UT / CK  7-5
23  PK by ND  7-8
27  Try by ND  7-15
31  Try by UT  12-15
45  Try by ND  12-22
53  Try by UT  / CK  19-22
57  Try by ND  19-27
64  Try by UT  24-27
71  Try by ND  24-34
76  Try by ND  24-41

Halftime: Tennessee 12, Notre Dame 15
Full Time:  Tennessee 24, Notre Dame 41
Referee:  William Mishler

Line Up Reserve Match
1. Cherosky / Brockman
2. Dixon
3.  Horak / Buckley
4. Walker / Davis / Hernandez
5. Heard / Ring
6. Yeager / Mauldin
7. Eicher
8. Powers
9. Davies 
10. Watson / Dukes
11. Miller / Northcutt
12. Ledezma
13. Pelini
14. Kimler
15. Scherer / Ambrose
 

Line Up for Notre Dame

1. Creighton Couch / Buckley
2. Daniel Anderson               
3. Zach McAfee
4. Greg Janowick
5. Will Shaw
6. Nesto Rivas / Ransom
7. Dylan Craven
8. Graham Wallace / Powers
9. Marcus McClain / Dorflinger-Slee
10. Sam Hawkins
11. Duke Cook
12. Lantz Williams
13. Patrick Beacom / Ben Schwartz
14. Garrett Montgomery
15. Drew Davis

 

SCRUM QUALITY
UT: 8 of 8 = 100% [0 lost possessions] [2 resets]
ND: 4 of 4 = 50% [0 lost possessions] [2 resets]

LINE OUT QUALITY
UT: 6 of 9 = 67% [3 lost possessions]
ND: 8 of 8 = 100% [0 lost possessions]

PENALTIES CONCEDED
UT: 9 [6 in first half]
ND: 9 [5 in first half]

Scoring Summary

04' - ND TRY; Score: 0 - 5
07' - UT TRY (Craven)/CK (Davis); Score: 7 - 5
23' - ND PK; Score: 7 - 8
25' - ND TRY/CK; Score: 7 - 15
31' - UT TRY (Montgomery); Score: 12 - 15 HALFTIME
44' - ND TRY/CK; Score: 12 - 22
53' - UT TRY (Shaw)/CK (Schwartz); Score 19 - 22
57' - ND TRY; Score: 19 - 27
64' - UT TRY (Janowick); Score: 24 - 27
72' - ND TRY/CK; Score: 24 - 34
75' - ND TRY/CK; Score 24 - 41 FINAL