BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's rugby team remained perfect with a dominating 46-7 Homecoming Weekend victory over Colby on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Polar Bears (8-0, 5-0 NESCRC) clinch the top seed for the conference tournament and will host the league championships on Saturday, November 3.
From the opening kickoff, the game was fast and physical with both teams trading possession and territory early near midfield. Bowdoin scored six minutes in after a long gain in yardage by the backline set up a ruck 10 meters out. Scrumhalf Kam Sanchez fed the ball to prop Anissa Tanksley, who ran it hard into the end zone, splitting the defenders. Randi London converted the kick for a 7-0 lead.
Bowdoin scored four more tries in the first half, using their passing, running and support skills to keep the ball moving, while keeping Colby's defense disorganized. The rucking was solid from the Bowdoin pack, producing effecient ball for the quick-footed Sanchez to distribute to her runners. Co-captain Kerry Townsend, joining the attack-line from fullback, caught the pass in stride and took the corner on the Colby defense three times. Charlotte Kleiman'15 scored her first try after a strong support run keeping pace with Townsend who, upon being tackled, off-loaded the ball to Kleiman for the score. Bowdoin led 29-0 at halftime.
The second half saw Colby up their defense and give Bowdoin's backline more trouble getting the ball out wide. Colby maintained possession and worked the ball downfield, with their Inside Center breaking several tackles and keeping forward momentum while Bowdoin was called for several penalties and retreated in defense. Their aggressive play resulted in a Colby score under the posts, converted successfully.
Resorting to some tactical kicking, the Polar Bears found another way to pressure the Mules and produced turnover ball regularly with heads up plays by Dani McAvoy, Uche Esonu, Maddie Baird and Randi London. Bowdoin scored three tries in the 2nd half, one each from forwards Uche Esonu and first-year Ally Glass-Katz'16, and one on a hard breaking run from London who converted her own try. Hayleigh Kein had a highlight reel tackle from fullback, preventing Colby from another score.
Bowdoin will finish their regular season at Amherst next Saturday at 11:00 a.m.