POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Bowdoin College women's rugby team saw its season come to an end Sunday in the Quarterfinals of the American Collegiate Rugby Association Division II playoffs, dropping a 15-5 decision to Kutztown (Pa.).
The Polar Bears end a successful campaign as the New England Collegiate Rugby Conference champions and finish with a mark of 9-2.
Bowdoin's defense was superb on Sunday, and the Polar Bears were able to hold off the powerful Kutztown squad until the 24th minute. Bowdoin had a pair of decent chances to respond, but couldn't get the ball into the hands of the wings out in space as Kutztown maintained their 5-0 edge. Late in the period, Kutztown extended their lead and took a 10-0 advantage into intermission.
The Polar Bear forwards continued their attempt to wear down their opponent as the forward pack of Maura Allen, Amanda Montenegro, Elena Schaef, Anna Piotti, Evelyn Dickinson, Pamela Zabala, Sam Caras, Addison Carvajal and Maggie Acosta kept pressuring Kutztown throughout the contest.
Bowdoin's lone score came on a great individual effort from Paige Pfannenstiel, who lofted a downfield kick and chased it down in the endzone midway through the second half to trim the lead to 10-5. But Kutztown was able to pull away in the end for a 15-5 win.
Defensively, fullback Hayleigh Kein bounced back from an injury in Saturday's contest to play outstanding, including four try-saving tackles for the Polar Bears.