The top two teams in the Mid-Atlantic met Saturday, with first place Notre Dame College handing then-second-place York its second loss of the season in York, Pa. The Falcons won 45-17, securing their fifth conference win in as many tries.
Both teams struggled to break each other’s defenses for the opening quarter of the game, but freshman center Corey Graham put the Falcons on the board with a breakaway try in the 24th minute. The conversion was missed. NDC quickly notched a second try by senior wing Sean Riley and slotted the conversion, making it 12-0. In the 36th minute, sophomore Rodney Thomas scored took a crash ball over the try line to extend NDC’s lead to 19-0, following the conversion.
York slammed a try in at the 40-minute mark to bring the score to 19-5 at halftime.
The second half started with Notre Dame stringing together another three-try run, with sophomore Prop Alec Janokta driving over from the five-meter line for a score just three minutes in. The Falcons added a converted try not long after, and then No. 8 and Captain Tom Walsh took a try into the corner to put NDC up 38-5.
York College was not going to go down without giving their fans who turned out for Family Weekend something to cheer for, though, as they came roaring back and scored the next two tries at the 24th and 35th minutes of the half to cut the deficit to 38-17.
The match took on a new level of intensity and NDC buckled down and held tight until Graham closed the door with his second try in the 80th minute. Freshman Tristan Wasil converted to put NDC up 45-17 for the final score.
Notre Dame returns home and looks to improve to 6-0 Saturday against East Stroudsburg at Normandy Field, and York takes a week off.