Women's Rugby Finishes Perfect Regular Season, Will Host Playoffs Next Saturday
AMHERST, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's rugby team closed out a perfect regular season with a resounding 51-3 win over Amherst on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears finish their regular season with a record of 9-0 (6-0 NESCRC), will be the top seed and will host the NESCRC Championship next weekend at Pickard Field. Pairings will be announced on Sunday with match times tentatively scheduled for 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. next Saturday, November 3.
Against Amherst, Kamryn Sanchez started off the scoring with the help of a five-meter scrum which the Polar Bears drove into the endzone. Dani McAvoy, named 'Woman of the Match' by the Amherst team, followed with a try of her own following a good series of upfield offloads and maintaining possession in the rucks. Early in the first half, the backline struggled to find its timing and the resulting passing was not up to their usual skill level. Regrouping, the combination of forward's rucking and backs play-making, sent Randi London and Rachel Henderson into the endzone on two beautiful running lines in the first half, with London converting one as Bowdoin led 22-0 at the break.
The 2nd half began with a series of penalties called against the Polar Bears and the defense countered again and again as Amherst repeatedly pressured Bowdoin to score. The defense held, but allowed a penalty kick in front of the uprights, which their fullback slotted perfectly from 20 meters. After the ensuing kickoff, Bowdoin forced a turnover and remained in control for much of the half. Inside Center Randi London, benefiting from excellent passing and running lines from her teammates, scored two more tries. Lynn Freedman, the open-side flanker who supported well all game, took the ball off a short angle and ran it in for the 3rd try of the half. Anissa Tanksley scored off a penalty play in the right corner and co-captain Uche Esonu tallied the final try of the game. Dani McAvoy converted 2 of the 5 tries in the 2nd half.
The Bowdoin B team won its first match, 20-10. A highlight of the day was seeing the team of mixed rookies and a few experienced players turn in a solid performance with good skill, aggression, and full-field support. Forwards Dominique Wein, Tasha Yektayi, Maggie Acosta, Sam Caras, Anna Piotti and others rucked well, pressured defensively, and excelled in the lineouts. The backline was led by the #9/#10 combination of Kim Gilmore and Emily King and saw hard runs by teammate Sarah Levy and good support all around. Scoring for Bowdoin were scrumhalf Kim Gilmore, fullback Hayley Kein and wing Aviva Mattingly.