KATONAH, N.Y. The Westchester high school sports scene has very few competitive rugby teams, so The Harvey School maintains its program as a beacon to other schools and clubs that may want to join the local rugby world.
The Harvey rugby team won its final game of the season Wednesday in a hard-fought game against Boston-area Wilbraham & Monson Academy, coming back from an early deficit to pull out a 19-17 win on a conversion kick by Billy Stapleton, following a score by Sam Sahem with two minutes remaining in the match.
"With our offense regaining its composure, we began to systematically attack the defense," Harvey coach Phil Lazzaro said. "The last minute of play plus stoppage time was a little nerve-racking for my liking."
Zack Buckwald scored on a darting run to draw the Cavaliers to withing five points in the 39th minute of the second half, but Wilbraham scored again to regain a 12-point edge with just 21 minutes remaining in the game. A big run from Pleasantville High's J.D. Schneider put the ball inside Wilbraham territory, where Sahem was set up by Christian Artuso and Stapleton for a score to cut the lead again to within five points.
Harvey's defense forced a turnover inside five minutes, and the Stapleton-Sahem combination would push over the tying score as the clock reached the two-minute mark.
The Cavaliers roster includes players from several Westchester and Connecticut communities and local high schools, and rugby has become a tradition in the Katonah community.
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