Travers Island, Pelham, NY - The New York Athletic Club raced out to a 33-12 halftime lead over the visiting Dallas Harlequins and then cruised to a 52-19 win. Eight different NYAC players crossed for tries; six of them converted.
Prospects for the Harlequins dimmed considerably after just eight minutes. An outburst by one of the Harlequins following his reception of a yellow card, turned the offense into a red card and the visiting Texans played the remaining 72 minutes of the match with just 14 men.
NYAC’s scoring parade started in the second minute when Eagle loose forward Lou Stanfill made a long break inside Dallas’s half and then offloaded to No. 8 Al McFarland for a try that wing Rob Johnson converted, 7-0.
Fullback Chris Chapman scored NYAC’s second try on a set play 15 yard’s from Dallas’s line in the eighth minute, 12-0. Flanker Neil McMillan crossed for the host’s third try at the end of a multi-phase, 30 yard movement in the 11th minute and Johnson converted, 19-0.
A brilliant individual effort by wing Frank Gianchetta in the 21st minute produced the AC’s fourth try and Eagle scrumhalf Mike Petri scored their 5th at the end of a multi-phase, length of the field effort in the 24th.
Wing Rob Johnson nailed both conversions, extending NYAC’s lead to 33-0.
The Harlequins finally got on the board in the 27th minute when scrumhalf Shawn Begg scored in the corner following a 20 meter run, 33-5. Begg would touch down again in the 39th minute, following multiple Dallas attacks on the AC line from in close. Shawn Begg’s conversion brought the halftime score to 33-12.
The New York AC made multiple substitutions at the break, bringing in replacements for Eagles Petri and Stanfill among them.
Still, it was the hosts who opened the second half scoring in the 10th minute when NYAC hooker Conor Coyne touched down after multiple close-in attacks on the Harlequins’ line. Johnson converted, 40-12.
Dallas replied three minutes later when Sam Rooke crossed for a try that Begg improved 40-19. But that would be the visitors’ last hurrah.
NYAC added an unconverted try by lock James Denise in the 22nd minute, a try and conversion by reserve back Max Levine in the 42nd, bringing the final score to 52-19.
Dallas Harlequins New York AC
Jim Jewison 1 Nicholas Discala
Zach Rutledge 2 Conor Coyne,
Roberto Hanson 3 Patrick Fiffe
Devin Musick 4 James Denise
Pete Van Scoy 5 Brian Doyle
Matt Welsh 6 Lou Stanfill
Jimmy Clark 7 Neil McMillian
Troy Liddell 8 Alastair McFarland
Shawn Begg 9 Mike Petri
Tim Moxness 10 Steve Evans
Joshua Downing 11 Rob Johnson
Sean O'Sullivan 12 Toby L'Estrange
Spencer Cameron 13 Steve Annunziato
Leon Guerin 14 Frank Gianchetta
Blake Rodgers 15 Chris Chapman
Sam Rooke 16 Mike Schacter
Max Paganini 17 Ryan McTiernan
Usani Ewah 18 Seth Cohen
Kevin Becker 19 Colin Murray
Ben Opplinger 20 Marvin Baptiste
Jose Molina 21 Max Levine
22 Ryan Diehl
23 Mike Lugano
New York AC 52
Tries: McFarland, Chapman, McMillian, Gianchetta, Petri, Coyne, Denise, Levine
Convs: Levine, Johnson 5
Dallas Harlequins 19:
Tries: Begg 2, Rooke
Convs: Begg 2
Halftime: NYAC 33, Dallas 12
Referee: Marc Nelson
Assistant Referees: Julian Bevan, Greg Gilliam.