BARTZIS LEADS LOCKDOWN WILDCATS OVER LOPES

#9 Arizona 34

#20 Grand Canyon 13

 

 

Lucas Bartzis' second straight hat trick helped spur the Wildcats to a victory. (Photo credit: Nikki Adams)

February 11- #9 Arizona took the field for the first of two in-state match ups on Saturday night, hosting #20 Grand Canyon with playoff implications on the line for both squads.

With a history of starting strong on attack, it was the defense that stepped up to kick off this match, as a Jon Rogers intercept inside the Wildcats' 22 started a beautiful passage of play with Rogers's effort and Jonah Eldridge's set up putting Scrumhalf Matt Rogers through for the first try of the match. A GCU score in response made it a tense first 30 before the Wildcats depth and patience started to pay off, mauling in a try and and ending the half with an Anton Grigoriou penalty to go up 17-7 at the break.

The second half was about more lockdown defense and an emerging star in the centers in Lucas Bartzis, who scored three tries to secure his second straight hat trick and widen the gap between the sides. "Lucas was a monster, from his run lines, to his nose for the try zone, to his work over the ball, he took over the game for a stretch" said Head Coach Sean Duffy "proud of our Forwards as well as we got some good things going in set piece and in our mauls, two work on areas we had last week." 

The Wildcats move to 3-0 on the year with their first conference match of 2019 next up on the schedule in Tempe against Arizona State next Saturday.

Scoring vs Grand Canyon

W 34-13

Tries: Bartzis (3), M. Rogers, McBride

Conv: Grigoriou- 3/5

Pen: Grigoriou- 1/2

Arizona First XV vs Grand Canyon

1. Chaz Huntsman

2. Chris McBride

3. Ryan Thompson

4. Tyler Hansen

5. Bronson Teles (VC)

6. Sinclair Clinton

7. Ben Scoular

8. Fabian Lumsden

9. Matt Rogers (C)

10. Anton Grigoriou

11. Jon Rogers

12. Lou MacLaughlin

13. Lucas Bartzis

14. Garrett Walker

15. Jonah Eldridge

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16. Zach Biggs

17. Braeden Looper

18. Billy Esposito

19. Zach Heisterkamp

20. Riley Kerr

21. Robert Figley

22. Matthew Start

23. George Niethammer

 

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