UMW traveled to Catholic University in northeast DC on a beautiful spring afternoon. The gorgeous weather set the stage for an entertaining tilt between a highly ranked NSCRO team and UMW's developmental side looking to stay perfect this spring.
The game started quickly as Catholic worked a few phases, broke some tackles, and touched down to take an early lead. The conversion was successful, Catholic was up 7-0.
Jose Reyes answered right back. Off the ensuing kickoff UMW blew through a ruck to steal the ball. A quick recycle and some fancy footwork saw Reyes go under the sticks. Theo Felder slotted the conversion to tie the match 7-7.
Catholic proved resilient. A plethora of UMW errors saw Catholic push over in the corner for another try. The NE DC university took a 12-7 lead.
Once again UMW answered right away. Hard work by UMW's forward would see Daniel Trump explode through the middle of the field for a long distance try, his first of two on the day. Felder's aim was true and UMW took their first lead of the afternoon, 14-12.
UMW's errors caught up to them as Catholic would fight hard to score a try right at the beginning of the second half. Catholic jumped back into the lead 19-12.
UMW would create their own luck on the ensuing possession. Catholic handled the ball well through the forward but slow delivery from the flyhalf to the inside center freed Reyes to blitz through the gap for an intercept try which put UMW back into the lead, 21-19.
UMW would tack onto their lead with a nicely worked piece of play which led to Peter Smith dotting down for another five points. Smith's try would put Catholic at arm's length for the rest of the day.
Reyes finished off his hat trick nicely with a slick back's move that freed him down the wing to score near the posts again.
Catholic scores once more near the end of the game taking advantage of some tired tacklers but it would prove to be too little too late.
Trump completed his Man of the Match performance by scoring once again as time expired. UMW triumphed in our nation's capital 38-24.