Quins Lose on the Road

The Harlequins travelled to Norfolk Virginia to take on the Norfolk Blues (5-2) to determine second place in the Mid-Atlantic. THe Harlequins came up short on the road, 53-33 and drop to 5-3 in League play.


The Harlequins travelled well to Norfolk, with good numbers and only a few key absences from the lineup.  Norfolk was coming off a 5-0 surprise upset after traveling north to the Maryland Exiles last weekend- a game affected by the cold front and snow that hit the eastern seaboard hard last Saturday effecting almost all matches scheduled for the day in MARFU.

The Harlequins took the field and spent the entire first half trying to find their bearings.  A well organized Norfolk team was able to make up for a poor showing in DC and jumped out to first half lead- with thirty-one unanswered points as time ran out in the first half.

The Quins dominated play in the second half, with tries by five different Quins.  Jon Casile, PatRussel, Zach Wanninger, Andy May, and Mike Shedlosky were able to cross the line in an effort to catch the Blues.  The Quins outscored the home team 33-22 in the second half, but on the road against a quality team like Norfolk, playing outstanding rugby for 80 minutes is the only way to come away successful.

Despite the loss, the Harlequins pick up a bonus point for tries scored, and return to Pittsburgh for a week of training before the final match of the season against Maryland Exiles in Washington, DC.  The game in the Nations capitol on November 12th will likely decide whether the Harlequins host a playoff game or travel in the spring.  Kickoff Saturday at Burning Tree Elementary school is at 1pm.