The Mohawk men’s rugby team has been no stranger to disappointment this season. Suffering loss after loss for four consecutive games, their game against Sheridan College would be their chance at a win this season.
By the second half of the game, Sheridan was already leading with 33 points. The Mountaineers slowly started to push their opponents back and managed to set the tone of the second half.
Ben Lotenburg, who serves as full back and team captain, yelled to his teammates in between plays, stressing the need to strengthen their defence.
“We came out slow in the first half and just weren’t as intense as we should have been,” said Lotenburg. “We had some miscues that they really cashed in on. The second half we came out stronger, and just played some slow, smart rugby.”
Lotenburg said the team’s performance in the second half is a promising sign for their growth this season, despite their slow start.
“We’re getting better each game, and we’re going to keep improving,” said Logenburg. “We’ll be a totally different team next week.”
Mountaineers head coach Bill Stuart also maintained a positive outlook for the season.
“We’re an inexperienced team and the better team beat us today,” Stuart said. “There should be everyone out for our game next week because there is a strike. They’re okay despite the loss, morale is good.”
The Mountaineers will now focus on what could be their final game of the season on Sunday, Oct. 22nd when they play against Seneca College.