Written by Press Release    Sunday, 24 April 2011 04:57    PDF Print Write e-mail
Wildcats Win First of Two Matches at Infinity Park
Colleges - Men's DI College

Arizona picked up its first road win Saturday at Infinity Park defeating Colorado 36-26.

The Wildcats played nearly 25 minutes of the match shorthanded due to yellow cards issued to Peter Tiberio and Mike Getzler and a late red card issued to Ondrej Dvorak.

“One of the great opportunities in rugby is to learn to control your temper. Not every card is deserved, but they are a bold check mark against our self discipline.”

Getzler opened the scoring for Arizona with an early penalty kick to give the Cats a 3-0 lead. Colorado answered with a try and conversion, but that 7-3 lead would be the Buffaloes only one of the day. Cody Naber’s try gave the Wildcats the lead back, and tries from Jack Arnold and Grant Mayer extended the Arizona lead to 17 points. Colorado added a try towards the end of the first half, shortly after Tiberio was issued a yellow card, to put the score at 24-14 in favor of Arizona at halftime.

David Samons opened the second half with a try to extend Arizona‘s lead to, but Colorado would score the next 12 points to cut it to three points. Arizona put the game away with a try from Tiberio in the final 10 minutes of the contest.

Arizona’s last game of the season is Saturday, April 30, when they will return to Colorado to face Air Force, also at Infinity Park.

“I’m not sure who made things more difficult today; the Buffaloes or the Wildcats,” said Sitton Saturday. “Neither team played particularly disciplined rugby, but both played exceedingly hard. I’m hopeful that our seniors are prepared to return next week with their best performance of the season against Air Force. We have our work cut out for us at practice this week.”

Both of Arizona’s matches will be shown in tape delay on Fox Sports Net.