Rugby Advances In Post Season Play After Closing Out Crusaders

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BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin women's rugby team captured a 54-7 win over visiting Holy Cross in the ACRA Round of 32 this afternoon in Brunswick.

Bowdoin improves to 8-1 on the season and looks towards next weekend as the team has advanced to a regional round of the tournament to be hosted at Vassar College. A complete bracket is available here [.pdf]. The Polar Bears will face Hamilton in their next match. More details will be posted later this week. 

Facing a physical team that played the full 80 minutes, Bowdoin's defense made some key try-saving tackles. Hayleigh Kein, Cammie Ogden-Fung, and Amanda Montenegro all made impressive stops to keep the Crusaders off the scoreboard. Bowdoin led Holy Cross by a 27-0 margin at half, allowing only one try in the second as the Crusaders battled to keep possession with a series of rucks and phases ending as a maul was pushed into the try zone. The Polar Bears went on to score 17 unanswered points to close out the game.

On the offensive side, Bowdoin's forward pack played a solid game in the scrums, lineouts, and loose play. Addison Carvajal opened the scoring just five minutes into play as she received a pass during second phase play and took off down the pitch. Paige Pfannenstiel added a try ten minutes later after fielding a Holy Cross kick and outpacing the cover defense 50 meters to score. Pfannenstiel added her second try of the game, and ninth in three games, only eight minutes later. Fielding a Bowdoin kick-to-space on the bounce and breaking several tackles, she touched the ball down in the end zone. Emily Athanas-Linden scored one of her one as she plowed through several would-be tacklers. Following a kick from Athanas-Linden which pinned the Crusaders deep in their own territory, Bowdoin's Kein grabbed a loose ball and sprinted 30 meters to close out the half 27-0.

Bowdoin re-opened scoring four minutes into the second as Pam Zabala converted on a long run. Charlotte Kleiman also found her way through the defense to score for the Polar Bears before Holy Cross was finally able to answer prevent the shutout. Emily King added five points, while Kein tacked on another try as well. Samantha Hoegle closed out the day's scoring converting on a string of give-and-go passes.