Sep 23, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Using a balanced attack and strong team defense, the Bowdoin College women's rugby team held off Sacred Heart, 41-36, on a steamy day in Connecticut Saturday.
Bowdoin stands at 2-0 with the win.
- First year Hannah Zuklie scored her first try, opening the scoring for Bowdoin after the Polar Bears posted a defensive stand for the first 11 minutes of the match,
- Three minutes later, SHU answered with a converted try and scored again minutes later to take the lead 12-5.
- Co-captain Kendall Schutzer ran a hard line in to score with D'Angelo converting, tying the score at 12-12 to answer for Bowdoin.
- Bowdoin controlled the late stages of the opening half, as fullback Allegra Bersani, Jackie Jaques and co-captain Vianney Gomezgil Yaspik each scored a try, with one conversion by D'Angelo, giving Bowdoin a 29-12 lead at halftime.
- The second half remained highly competitive as each team battled for the first 25 minutes with no score. Finally SHU broke over the line with two tries sandwiched around a Bowdoin try by Kent, conversion good from D'Angelo, making it 36-24.
- SHU was not done however, and scored again with seven minutes to play, closing the gap to 36-29.
- Bowdoin replied as Julianna Lewis downed the ball over the line to add a cushion that moments later would seal the win, as SHU was awarded a penalty try late in the game, making it a 41-36 final.
- The Polar Bears posted a strong defensive effort, led by four try-saving tackles by Bersani
- Bowdoin will return to action next Saturday, continuing their three-game road trip at Castleton.