Women's Rugby: Cadets Topple USCGA

Women's Rugby: Cadets Topple USCGA

STONINGTON, Conn.  – A beautiful fall day in Stonington, Conn., at the host United States Coast Guard Academy Rugby field, set the stage for another stunning victory from the women's rugby team.  The Bears who have only recently moved up from the 3rddivision, matched up well with Norwich in the first of many hopeful matches to come.

Nine minutes into the match, sophomore fullback Rose Bernheim broke free on a kick return to put the Cadets ahead.  The next ten minutes were evenly contested and Norwich once again relied on its defense to keep the lead.
 
At the 21stminute mark, senior captain Katie Hathaway charged in for her first try on the day.  Just five minutes later, Hathaway crashed in for another.  And five minutes after that, Hathaway broke free to set up freshman scrumhalf Emily Oor for a third try in just a 10 minute span.  With 4 failed conversion attempts, Norwich led 20-0.
 
Junior flanker Emily Baugus converted a penalty to end the half with Norwich ahead 23-0.
 
The second half started quickly for the Cadets when junior wing Andrea Vogt raced in at the six minute mark.  Vogt scored again just five minutes later with a striking run from the outside. 
 
With the score at 33-0 and once again inside the Coast Guard 22, Baugus dropped out of the scrum and sent senior wing Ferne to flanker.  Baugus then kicked a drop goal, the 5thof her career, to add another 3 points.
 
Sophomore prop Baylee Annis crashed through the defense to score in the 23rdminute of the second half.  Sophomore flyhalf Joya Clark, who had gone out to wing with the Baugus/Ryder swap scored in the 29thminute.  Senior flanker Marlene Dwyer, scored her first try of the season in the 31stminute.  With one successful second half conversion from Baugus, the final was 53-0.
 
"Coast Guard were great hosts and the most physical team we've encountered in league play this year," coach Austin Hall said.  "They shut us down in ways we hadn't been shut down yet this season and we were forced to find new ways to break through the defense.  Overall, a very good experience for us this weekend."
 
Line-up:  1 – B. Annis (M. Smutnick);  2 – A. Amodeo (C. Aye);  3 – J. Zaweski (T. Ferrer);  4 – C. McElroy;  5 – M. Weppner;  6 – M. Dwyer;  7 – E. Baugus;  8 – K. Hathaway;  9 – E. Oor;  10 – J. Clark;  11 – A. Vogt (A. Pickin);  12 – V. Champagne (C. Valentine);  13 – J. Derocher;  14 – F. Ryder;  15 – R. Bernheim
 
Tries: Hathaway – 2,  Vogt – 2,  Annis, Bernheim, Clark, Dwyer, Oor
 
Conversions: Baugus 1/9
 
Penalty Kicks: Baugus 1/1
 
Drop Goals: Baugus 1/1
 
Half – 23 -0.
Final – 53-0.