Bowdoin Tames Wildcats Under Lights at New Hampshire

Bowdoin Tames Wildcats Under Lights at New Hampshire

DURHAM, N.H. - The Bowdoin College women's rugby team sprinted to a 26-point halftime lead and cruised to a 48-10 win at the University of New Hampshire on Friday evening. The Polar Bears improve to 4-3 overall (3-1 in NERFU play) this season with the victory.

Led by the strong play from captains Loryn Fridie and Becky Stevens, the Polar Bears put together long segments of excellent rugby, both in the attack and defense.  The forward pack, led by Fridie, scrummaged, rucked and supported well, maintaining plenty of ball possession for the backs.  The chemistry in the backline, improving every week, clicked well and with good passing, pace and support, several backs got into the end zone, scoring points and keeping the pressure on the Wildcats. Carolyn Levin was explosive from the centers and assisted nicely early on, feeding winger Kerri Townsend for five points, converted by Stevens.  UNH countered with a try of their own, and Bowdoin led early 7-5.  Adding to the first half scoring were tries by Fridie (2), Katie Mathews, and Townsend's second of the match, again assisted by Levin.  Solid tackling from Fridie, the loose forwards, and the backline stifled most offensive attacks from UNH. 
 
Bowdoin's communication was key, especially in the opponents Homecoming atmosphere.  Sticking to their game plan, they constantly communicated and refocused when things got sloppy.  Helen Midney, Marketia James, Zara Bowden and Sian Riebe added strong defense and counter attack moves.  Scoring in the second half came predominantly from the team and forward support, with tries scored by flankers Uche Esonu (2), and Allie Dupont.  New in the starting lineup, Rebecca Silva made good on her one conversion kick and added strong defense from fullback.
 
Bowdoin's B-side continued their season with another win, again getting valuable playing experience playing against UNH.  The front-row of Anissa Tanksley'14, Althea Cavanaugh and Autumn Nelor was impressive in the scrummaging and loose play.  Lynn Freedman and Lauren Day-Smith added strong rucking, while Helen White directed the backline with a very effective passing and kicking game. Scoring in the match was Paulina del Rodis, Rebecca Silva (2), Helen White, and Lynn Freedman.  White was successful on a conversion kick, leaving the final score at 27-0.
 
Bowdoin plays its final NERFU league match next Saturday at 1:00pm vs. Radcliffe in a battle for playoff position.