Women's Rugby: Timely Tries Give Norwich Sweep over Castleton University in 10s best-of-three series

Brooke Stafford women's rugby action vs. AIC

CASTLETON, Vt. - The Norwich University women's rugby team picked up a 28-0 forfeit victory over Castleton University on Sunday after the Spartans were unable to field a full squad of 15 players.

The two teams played three 10 vs. 10 exhibition matches of 20 minutes each in lieu of the normal 15 vs. 15 full-length match.

In the first game, Norwich (3-1, 2-1 NIRA Division III) scored a try with only 24 seconds remaining thanks to sophomore flanker Audriauna Greeno (Mapleville, R.I.) to claim a 15-10 victory. After Norwich scored first on a try from junior flyhalf Brooke Stafford (Gibbsboro, N.J.), Julia May gave the Spartans the lead with back-to-back tries to end the opening half. Junior back Emma Parizo (Grand Isle, Vt.) logged her first of a match-high three tries for Norwich to square it up at 10-10 just short of three minutes into the second half. Greeno broke the defensive gridlock by breaking through the right side of the field and into the try zone.

In the second game, the Cadets registered two second-half tries to claim a 17-0 victory. Parizo had her second try of the game to open the scoring in game two at the 4:11 mark. She then used her speed again to sprint by the Spartan defense and give the Cadets a 10-0 lead into the break. Junior Amanda Lodi (Acton, Mass.) made the only successful conversion of the day using the drop-kick technique to make it 12-0. Junior flanker Reagan Aldersea (Schertz, Texas) had the only try of the second half as time expired.

Castleton (1-4) jumped out to an early lead in the third game when Mariah Jollie got into the scoring with a try at the 1:42 mark. With just over three minutes remaining in the half, freshman flanker Emily Ngo (Turlock, Calif.) found space and scored after a long run from deep in Cadet territory. With the game tied and 3:27 remaining, freshman lock Caitlin Burke (Greenwich, Conn.) crossed the try line for the game-winner for Norwich.

Norwich will return to action next Saturday when it visits Bowdoin in a National Intercollegiate Rugby Association Division III battle starting at 11:30 a.m.