Oct 29, 2016
University of Mary Washington moved to 4-2 in the Chesapeake Conference with a very hard fought victory over Georgetown on the road in a night game. UMW started the game with numerous errors and Georgetown pounced, scoring quickly with a penalty.
Georgetown kept the pressure up and UMW had no answer to their excellent ball movement, down 22-5 for a good period of the first half with Georgetown getting ball wide for try's. UMW appeared to grab some momentum before half with a try by Tucker Chewning to make it 22-12 at halftime.
After a stern talking to by the coaching staff UMW appeared to be a different team and drove the ball well at the start of the 2nd half but Georgetown again pounced on dropped balls and poor execution and quickly scored a well worked try that went through quite a few hands and then made the tough conversion. A Georgetown penalty kick followed for UMW's offsides in front of the posts. Georgetown at 50:00 looked like the team to beat and firmly in control of the game, up 30-12 at home.
UMW's young team finally kicked into gear with numerous short passes and sustained rucking and general hard play from their pack. UMW ran off 21 straight points from the 54 minute mark to the 75 minute mark - all three sustained drives directly under the posts being touched down by center Terence McPhillips, 8-man Andrew LaMarca and finally hooker Fernando Meersohn (who also scored the first try of the day for UMW) at 75:00. UMW finally took the lead 33-30. All three late try's were converted by Justin Ford.
Georgetown was not done, again capitalizing on. UMW penalty, kicking to the corner and driving down to the goal line - making UMW earn the victory with a sustained goal line stand over the last 4 min. Georgetown got the loss bonus and the try bonus for their effort.
UMW Director of Rugby Tim Brown said "Georgetown has a lot of talented kids, they tackled hard and we were lucky to escape here with the win. We are not good enough to start so slow and it was just an emotional roller coaster to claw back from 18 points down with about 25 minutes left. Our games with Georgetown are always tight, it does not matter what the team's records are or where we play. Both these teams are young and will keep getting better."