Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Falcons Find Success with Challenge Cup Competition

Last weekend Notre Dame College hosted their Collegiate Challenge Cup, and the event went over well, despite the home team having mixed results during the day.

"The NDC Collegiate Challenge Cup went extremely well," said Notre Dame College Coach Jason Fox. "We had eight men's teams and four women's teams competing on two fields at the beautiful campus of Notre Dame College."

When the dust settled Bowling Green State University came out on top in the men's division after defeating St. Bonaventure 31-17. Before besting St. Bonaventure, BGSU beat the University of Buffalo 21-10 in one semi after a perfect performance in pool play.

The route St. Bonaventure took to get to the final had a little more excitement, and controversy, built into it. Like BGSU, St. Bonaventure won out in their initial three pool matches. After that, they faced and beat Notre Dame College in the other semifinal match. The hosts faced a 24-5 deficit early on in the match. The Cleveland side picked up their game in the second half and knotted up the scores on the final play of the game. The go-ahead conversion missed its mark as time expired and the match went into sudden death overtime. From there the action only got more intense.

"Notre Dame College received the ball in overtime and advanced the ball down the field," Fox said. "But a knock on at the St. Bonaventure goal line prevented them from ending the game. A penalty on the ensuing scrum against NDC gave the ball to St. Bonaventure, who got the ball around the corner of Notre Dame College's defense and went 80 meters for the game-winning try."

The female contingency of the Notre Dame College family were able to remain perfect and close out a successful day. They went a perfect 4-0 on the day, defeating Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and Davenport pa pair of times in the process. The NDC women faced Davenport for the second time in the final.THough they put up a spirited fight, the women from Davenport fell in the final by a score of 22-12.

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