Notre Dame 32 v Missouri 31

November 09, 2014Sean O'Leary

See game photos here https://www.dropbox.com/sh/li3ybusy5jdwase/AAChzaP535YXVaKrh-CCJoqfa?dl=0

The Irish squad came into the week seven players short after a grueling battle with Indiana University the week before. This opened the door for senior Joe Grathwohl and Sophomore Rob Giambone to earn their first caps on the back of a strong week in practice. In total, five reserves were pulled into the starting lineup to face a strong and determined Missouri side. Missouri arrived in South Bend Friday night in order to be rested, focused, and prepared for the noon Sarurday kickoff. Mizzou RFC came into this match battle hardened after a run in the spring 2014 D1-AA Playoffs and a tough 10-point defeat to #16 Oklahoma this fall. The Tigers, similarly to the Irish, are a young and relatively inexperienced squad. On Saturday, the Tigers started six freshmen.

 

The Tigers and the Irish kicked off on a typical South Bend day: cold, cloudy, and windy. The wind ultimately played a large factor in the game as Missouri jumped out to a strong lead with the wind at their backs. The sure handed Tiger backline created plenty of space against the Irish while the Mizzou fly half and captain gained chunks of territory every time he put ball to boot. The determined Missouri side raced out to a dominant 26-5 lead while the Irish struggled to find their offensive and defensive shape. However, a rousing speech under the posts by Coach Lonnie Heeter kindled a fire in the Irish for the remainder of the game. Irish forward and freshman, Jack Mitchell, punched in his second try directly before halftime to cut the lead by five and the teams went into half.

 

With a renewed focus and an advantageous wind, the Irish forwards and backs regularly broke the gain line while Andy Preising earned chunks of territory through his kicking. The tries began to add up as Jack Mitchell quickly scored his third for a hat trick and Luc Joseph punched in another at the 17-minute mark to bring the Irish within five. Mizzou answered the Irish challenge by notching a try of their own but their comfortable lead was short lived as Richard Kessler dove into the try zone for Notre Dame with 4 minutes remaining. The Fighting Irish rushed back for the restart while Andy Preising, in too big of a rush for a tee, dropkicks a beautiful conversion from the left corner to bring the Irish within two.  The Irish retain the restart and begin their march downfield. After crossing into Tiger territory, the Irish lost possession of the ball and Missouri kicked it out to seemingly end the heroic comeback. The official ruled, however, that there was still time left and that one more restart would be played. The Irish executed their lineout and the ensuing minute was filled with hard fought, hard-hitting rugby. The Irish’s break came just behind the 22 and slightly to the right of the goalposts when the Tigers were penalized at the breakdown. Andy Preising, with a tee this time, lined up and the ball sailed through the uprights for three points and a victory. Notre Dame Varsity wins 32-31

 

Tries: J. Mitchell (3), L. Joseph (1), R. Kessler (1)

Conversions: A. Preising (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timeline

Time

Game Score

ND Score

ND Player

ND Conversion

ND Player

Mizzou Score

Conversion

40:00

0 – 0

 

 

 

 

 

 

29:14

0 – 5

 

 

 

 

5

0

24:04

0 – 12

 

 

 

 

5

2

20:41

5 – 12

5

J. Mitchell

0

A.Preising

 

 

10:47

5 – 19

 

 

 

 

5

2

5:52

5 – 19

 

 

 

 

5

2

2:07

10 – 19

5

J. Mitchell

0

A.Preising

 

 

40:00

10 – 19

 

 

 

 

 

 

27:32

17 – 26

5

J. Mitchell

2

A.Preising

 

 

17:52

22 – 26

5

L. Joseph

0

A.Preising

 

 

9:01

 

 

 

 

 

5

0

4:15

29 – 31

5

R. Kessler

2

A.Preising

 

 

0:00

32 – 31

3

A.Preising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preview

 

Notre Dame will conclude its fall season on Friday November 21 against the University of Louisville at the Stinson Rugby Complex. This game will be in conjunction with Saturday’s football matchup against Louisville.

 

Varsity Lineup

#1 Alex Wray – Sr

#2 Joe Grathwohl – Sr

#3 Luc Joseph (C) – So

#4 Patrick McMahon – So

#5 Phelim Dunleavy – Sr

#6 Ryan Wilson – Fr

#7 Richard Kessler – Sr

#8 Jack Mitchell – Fr

#9 Andy Preising – Jr

#10 Dan Conmy – Fr

#11 Casey Nash – So

#12 Tyler Wahl – Sr

#13 Spencer Scannell – So

#14 Rob Giambone – So

#15 Chris Harrington – Gr

Varsity Reserves

Frank McNiff @ 40

Patrick Wirth @ 34

Hunter White @ 34

Callum Corr @ 34

Carter Bench @ 34