WEST RUTLAND, Vt. - The Bowdoin College women's rugby team knocked off the rust from a bye week to thump Middlebury on Saturday, 26-0.
The Polar Bears improve to 7-0 (4-0 NESCRC) this fall with the win. Bowdoin has outscored its opponents 277-8 this fall.
Bowdoin withstood some early pressure from the Panthers, who threatened to score with a lengthy possession in Polar Bear territory to open the contest. The Polar Bears were able to overcome the early threat with several key tackles and eventually forced a turnover to keep the game scoreless.
The Polar Bears took control from there, earning a penalty from ten meters that Uche Esonu carried into the end zone. Ten minutes later, Anissa Tanksley took a feed from Kameryn Sanchez, cut upfield and steered right for the score. Randi London converted the kick to give Bowdoin a 12-0 lead at the break.
London did all the scoring for Bowdoin in the second half, scoring a try on a nifty run that broke a pair of tackles for a try under the posts. In her first game at flyhalf, Helen White dropped a deep kick into Middlebury territory. Laurel Mast's outstanding coverage caused trouble for Middlebury and London booted it twice and fell on the recovery for the try. Her own conversion made it a 26-0 final.
Bowdoin will look to remain unbeaten next Saturday when they host a Senior Day/Homecoming match against Colby. Kick-off is slated for11:00 a.m.