Boston University Too Much For Polar Bears in Home Debut

Boston University Too Much For Polar Bears in Home Debut

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's rugby team fell behind early and couldn't rally, dropping a 44-25 decision to Boston University on Saturday in their home-opener at Pickard Field. The Polar Bears fall to 2-3 this season with the defeat.

Bowdoin started out well, gaining an early score after capitalizing on pressure by the forwards. Becky Stevens notched a three-point penalty kick to give the Polar Bears the early lead but BU countered on the ensuing kick-off, recovering a mishandle and earning a try to take a 5-3 lead. The Bowdoin offense played well for the remainder of the first half, but BU capitalized on nearly every Bowdoin mistake defensively to slice through defenders Loryn Fridie scored a try for the Polar Bears, but Bowdoin was unable to match the four score by the Terriers, who took a 29-10 lead at the break.

Bowdoin tightened its defense with some second half substitutions, and added some offensive punch as well, with three strong tries scored by Lena Midney'12, Uche Esonu'13 and Sian Riebe'14.  However, the B.U. backs weren't finished, and once again made good on overlaps in the backline to secure the 19-point win.
 
The Bowdoin B team won its second game of the season by a score of 19-12, while new players continued to gain valuable experience learning the game.  Paulina Rodis started off the scoring with a 50 meter run to the outside.  Sian Riebe converted the conversion kick and Bowdoin took an early lead 7-0.  In the second half, Maura Allen'14 dodged two defenders and outpaced two more, scoring a 70 meter try under the posts.  Helen White converted the try, Bowdoin led 14-0.  BU tallied two scores and Bowdoin added a third from a nice running play from Kameryn Sanchez'14 to end the scoring.

Bowdoin will return to action next Saturday when they host Maine-Orono.