Posted: Nov 05, 2011
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Playing their final home match of the fall season in near perfect weather, Norwich University's women’s rugby team pounded out a 78-0 victory over the SUNY-Binghamton She-Devils Nov, 5.
In a match that would send the victor to the #1 seed in the Northeast Championships on November 12-13, the Cadets left nothing in storage and played to their maximum intensity throughout the match.
Sophomore center Joya Clark scored the first two tries of the match in the opening 5 minutes of play. Clark, who has seen most of her time at flyhalf and wing this season, wore the 12 jersey for the first time. Clark went on to score her third try of the day in the 27th minute, before taking on a more distributing role and setting up teammates with tries.
Junior lock Corinne McElroy had an outstanding performance in the match rushing in for 3 tries on the day. McElroy, who has been a fixture in the Cadets’ line-up for three years, but is known best for her field awareness and coverage, seized her opportunities to score in her career high scoring performance.
Junior wing Andrea Vogt added a pair of tries, while senior Hannah Bushey, junior Meaghan Weppner, and sophomores Jackie Derocher and Rose Bernheim added one apiece. Sophomore prop Tiffany Ferrer scored the first try of her young career to end out the match.
Junior flyhalf Emily Baugus was successful on 4 of 13 conversions and notched a drop goal in the 58th minute to add 11 points on the day.
“I was very impressed with how we played today,” said NU coach Austin Hall. “Binghamton was much better than the score shows. We were patient in our play, but when shown the opportunity, we attacked with passion. I think that has been our strength all season: combining the depth of our foundation with the pure desire and creativity we bring on a day-to-day basis. It’s going to be tough work this week, but we’re committed to our continued development.”
Norwich (13-1 Overall, 8-0 League) travels to Vassar College as the #1 seed in the Northeast Rugby tournament November 12-13. Winners of the tournament advance to the USA Rugby National Championships in the spring. Also entering the NRU tournament are Rutgers, Vassar, and the winner of the Bowdoin versus Fredonia match.
Line-up: 1 – B. Annis (T. Ferrer); 2 – A. Amodeo; 3 – C. Aye; 4 – C. McElroy (J. Campion); 5 – M. Weppner; 6 – M. Dwyer (K. Inouye); 7 – H. Bushey (Y. Otero); 8 – K. Hathaway (M. Kirsch); 9 – E. Oor; 10 – E. Baugus; 11 – A. Vogt; 12 – J. Clark; 13 – J. Derocher; 14 – C. Valentine (B. Buckles); 15 – R. Bernheim
Tries: Clark – 3, McElroy – 3, Vogt – 2, Bernheim, Bushey, Derocher, Ferrer, Weppner
Conversions: Baugus 4/13
Drop Goals: Baugus ½
Half – 41-0.
Final – 78-0.