By Scott Michaelis | 10.20.18
Cleveland Crusaders DII 14 – 18 Buffalo Rugby
15) Michael Piazza 14) Steve Fritsch 13) Everett Chambers 12) Siosiua Vaiangina 11) Michael Ciccolini 10) Billy Regan 9) Nick Musarra
8) Doug Rawlings 7) Preston Lowden 6) Zach Webb 5) Spencer Duncan 4) Joe Brown 3) Justin Isaac 2) Mark Viviani 1) Dane Szente
16) Tom Nemeth 17) Trent Szente 18) Justin Rutledge 19) Terry Kilbane 20) Dom Mauer
Tries: Brown, Regan
Conversions: D. Szente (2)
The DII side traveled to Buffalo to take on Buffalo Rugby losing a close battle 18-14. Buffalo put early pressure on Cleveland, jumping out to a 10-0 lead by the 30th minute. The Crusaders closed out the half strong with a try by Joe Brown that was converted by Dane Szente to help close the gap down 10-7 at the half. Back and forth tries saw a close score of 15-14 in Buffalo’s favor at the 60th minute. Buffalo added a penalty kick to make the score 18-14. Currently the Crusaders are in 2nd place in the Great Lakes region looking for victory over last place South Buffalo to secure a playoff spot.
Cleveland Crusaders DIII 38 – 29 Pittsburgh Forge DIII
15) David DiFrancesco 14) Joe Sessin 13) Steve Burke 12) Joe Wollerman 11) Nick Ager 10) Grant Woods 9) Scott Michaelis
8) Miles Papa 7) Ryan Sands 6) Zach Lyons 5) Frank Vitale 4) Tony Sessin 3) Steve Dine 2) John Kern 1) Dominic Matteo
16) Jimmy Vala 17) Allen Lee 18) Mark Staron 19) John Kearns 20) Steven Anthony 21) Ben Szmigielski 22) Colt Irvin 23) Jason Denk
Tries: Wollerman, DiFrancesco (3), Lyon, J. Sessin
Conversions: Wollerman (3)
DIII hosted Pittsburgh Forge DIII in the first round of the Midwest East Region playoffs. The Crusaders got off to a hot start, taking full advantage of the wind at their backs in the first half. A flurry of tries were scored by Joe Wollerman, David DiFrancesco and Zach Lyon saw the Crusaders take a 26-12 lead into the half. The Forge clawed back in the second half, with a late try bringing the score as close as 31-29. A final try by David DiFrancesco with only a few minutes left put the game out of reach. The win sees the Crusaders travelling to Erie, PA to take on the Presque Isle Scallywags for the Midwest East crown.