BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's rugby team made a statement in its opening contest of the New England Small College Rugby Conference season on Saturday, dominating Williams 65-0.
The Polar Bears improve to 4-0 (1-0 NESCRC) this fall with the win.
Bowdoin took the initial kick off and worked downfield on a series of possessions, and at a ruck five meters out, scrumhalf Kameryn Sanchez fed the ball to Anissa Tanksley who took it into the try zone. Randi London converted for a 7-0 lead. Bowdoin continued its dominance and scored six more tries in the first half with excellent ball handling. Laurel Mast, Kerry Townsend, Maddie Baird, Randi London, Lynn Freedman and Charlotte Kleiman scored a try apiece with a conversion from Dani McAvoy and two from Randi London. The Polar Bears held a 41-0 lead at intermission.
Bowdoin keyed off its defense in the second half with scores from co-captains Uche Esonu, Townsend, first-year Anna Piotti and Rachel Henderson. London converted two more, for a final score of 65-0.
Bowdoin's dominance Saturday came from the set pieces and rucking by the forward pack and the excellent service from scrumhalf Sanchez and flyhalf Emily Athanas-Linden, who set up the rest of the backline for running and scoring opportunities. Henderson, playing in her first game at outside center, ran great lines through the defense, as did Townsend, Kleiman, Freedman, Mast and London.
Bowdoin will return to action next Saturday at noon when they travel to play at Bates.