Women's Rugby Falls To Tufts in First Regular Season Loss SInce 2010

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MEDFORD, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's rugby team suffered its first regular-season loss since October 2010 in a 29-17 loss to Tufts on Saturday.

The Polar Bears (2-1) had won their last 19 regular season matches dating back to a loss to Radcliffe at the end of the 2010 regular season. Bowdoin had not lost a game in New England Small College Rugby Conference play since the institution of the league last fall (8-0).

After Tufts jumped ahead with an early try, Bowdoin rolled off 17 unanswered points and held the Jumbos scoreless for the remaining 37 minutes of the opening period. The Polar Bears upped their own offensive attack with a few nice kicks from flyhalf Emily Athanas-Linden and hard runs by co-captain Amanda Montenegro.  Off the base of a ruck, Addison Carvajal found a hole through the defense and outpaced Tufts for 50 meters, converting her own try. Carvajal scored again five minutes later off a broken play and sprinted 65 meters to the tryzone. Hayleigh Kein supported an excellent backline passing play on the outside, cut inside and sprinted to score to close out the half as Bowdoin carried a 17-7 lead into intermission.

The second half was a different story, however, as Tufts capitalized on several Bowdoin miscues and took care of the ball on their own possessions to roll off 22 straight points in the eventual 29-17 lead.

Bowdoin's B-side enjoyed a more successful afternoon, capturing a 34-0 win. Samantha Hoegle scored 2 tries and 2 conversions, Natalie Kiley-Bergen scored twice and Cammie Ogden-Fung and Cristina Lima each had a try apiece.  Scrumhalf first-year Georgia Bolduc was quick and explosive on defense.  Emily McCadden and Elena Schaef anchored the scrums.

The Polar Bears will return to action next Saturday at home against Bates (11:00 a.m.).