The College’s Women’s Rugby Club faced St. Joseph’s University this past Saturday, defeating them with a sore of 25-5.
During the Fall 2000 and Fall 2001 seasons, St. Joseph’ beat the Lions for the Division III Championship.
St. Joseph’s took first in the Westchester Tournament defeating the College, who took second.
Last Saturday, the Lions played Princeton University. The thier team’s coach, Dan Williams, was impressed by their performance in the game and offered to help coach the Lions.
At this past weeks’ Wednesday and Friday practices Williams taught the team new defensive tactics which they implemented in their game against St. Joseph’s.
“His advice involving new defensive strategies helped us a lot in holding back our opponent from scoring,” senior loose-head prop Jen Amato said.
The game had been in play for only approximately one minute and St. Joseph’s scored a try, worth five points, taking only about three plays to do so.
“At first, it felt like Westchester all over again,” Amato said. “But the team kept their heads up and managed to prevent further scoring.”
After the initial blow by St. Joseph’s the College came back with three tries in the 43:12 minute, first half. Kerry Matthes tallied the first try 18:50 into the game. Vanessa Polizzi attempted a conversion, but missed.
Then, Polizzi scored another try at 39:42, but failed to make the conversion.
Grace Rarich scored the final try of the first half at 39:42 minutes. Polizzi once again attempted and failed to make the conversion.
Early in the second half (10:37) Rarich tallied another try, the conversion again missed.
Finally, at 41:05 in the second half Kristen Dietrich scored the Lions last try of the game.
The conversion was once again missed.
The women will play the University of Pennsylvania Quakers away on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. There will be both an A-side and a B-side match.
The Mens Rugby Club game away against Lock Haven University Bald Eagles was cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather from Hurricane Isabel.
The men will face Widener University Pioneers on Saturday, Sept. 27, home on Green Lane.