Brother Rice was on the road Thursday, March 20, to take on Fenwick at Elmhurst College.
An ill disciplined team all night, Brother Rice found themselves under pressure early and often. Taking advantage of yet another Brother Rice penalty, Fenwick found themselves deep in Rice territory early when #8 Ryan Smith of Fenwick burst free through the Crusader backline and found his center Jack Rafferty for the score. The Miami of Ohio-bound football tight end Smith would prove to be force all night for the Friars.
Down 5-0, Rice was able to put together an attack that eventually Rice flanker Andrew Canedo was able to dot down to even the score at 5.
Brother Rice then found themselves playing short-handed when center Nolan Parker went to the bin for a high tackle. Smith again was easily able to find space in the depleted Rice defense and this time off-loaded to a hard charging Chris Hawthorne at #6 who scored easily scored down the home team sideline. The conversion was wide, and Rice saw themselves down 10-5 at halftime.
A different Rice team needed to return, and did turn up after half. Alex Borys put the opening half kick up and, when it came down, Rice found themselves with the ball in Friar territory. Rice kept the pressure on until Fenwick had to commit a penalty. Borys made them pay with his penalty kick to put the score at 10-8.
Rice kept the momentum in their favor and never looked back. Constant second half pressure saw the majority of the second half being played in Fenwick territory and would lead to 22 unanswered points.
Nate Swanberg had an effective kicking game from the flyhalf position, and would later add a try. Rice #8 Luke Mueller would add his fifth try of the season, Parker would redeem himself for a try, and Borys would put the final nails in the coffin, converting two of the four Rice tries on the night.
Without much time to recover, the Crusaders welcomed the #1 team in the country on Saturday for a 12:30 kick-off vs. the Cathedral Royal Irish of Indianapolis.