AMHERST, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's rugby team rolled to a perfect 3-0 record to claim their division at the Beantown Preseason Tournament hosted by UMass-Amherst this weekend.
The Polar Bears were dominant in wins over Williams (59-3), Amherst (12-0) and Smith (19-0), racking up a cumulative score of 90-3 over the three matches. The Polar Bears will begin their regular season slate in the inaugural New England Small College Rugby Conference campaign next Saturday at home against Williams at 11:00 a.m.
On Saturday, Bowdoin cruised to a 38-0 halftime lead en route to a dominant 59-3 win over Williams. Bowdoin took possession early and rarely relinguished the ball in the first half. Bowdoin's forwards and backs worked well together in the open field, Randi London scored twice and converted seven kicks through the uprights for a total of 24 points. Helen White benefitting from great assists from Maura Allen, added two tries as did Kerry Townsend, while Laurel Mast, Charlotte Kleiman and Danielle McAvoy added a try apiece.
In a more challenging match in the afternoon, the Polar Bears dodged tornado warnings, torrential rain and a much-improved Amherst squad to take a 12-0 win. Bowdoin led 7-0 at intermission thanks to a first-half try by Kerry Townsend and converted by Randi London. Amanda Montenegro made a nice run for a second-half try and the Polar Bear defense held from there, locking down the Amherst attack and getting a highlight-reel tackle by first-year Anna Piotti to preserve the shutout.
On Sunday, Bowdoin clinched the perfect weekend with another shutout against Smith. Piotti finished a nice series of passes with a nifty run to give the Polar Bears an early 5-0 lead and, with a London conversion, led 7-0 at the break. A hard-fought second half resulted in Bowdoin's next score coming via penalty try. Anissa Tankersley finished off the scoring for the Polar Bears in the win.
The Polar Bears have won six straight matches at the Beantown Tournament overall, dating back to 2010.