In its second round playoff game against the University of Rhode Island (URI) last weekend, the women's rugby team suffered its first loss of the season.

URI drew first blood, but Bowdoin quickly regained momentum when captain Katie Mathews '12 found center Randi London '15 for a 50-meter try and conversion.

URI regained the lead, but after halftime, Uche Esonu '13 dove into the zone to bring Bowdoin ahead. But URI replied by scoring twice to come away with the 22-12 win.

"We played strong, but URI managed to capitalize on our mistakes," said captain Allie Dupont '12. "For the upcoming game we will have to prepare for quicker realignment and settling of play."

The women's rugby team will travel to the banks of Lake Erie for a playoff game against SUNY Fredonia tomorrow. The winner of this crossover game will join three other winners in a two-day Final Four tournament at Vassar College.

"New York rugby tends to mean big forwards," said Head Coach Marybeth Mathews. "But we don't know much about their team or season other than that they won the New York state championship."

"We will train on our weak spots that were exposed against URI," she added. "We will work on cohesive backline defense and develop our understanding and sophistication of working together."

"So far this season, we've played pretty well on the road," said Katie Mathews. "People are excited to prove that we are a better team than we showed this weekend, and they are ready to step up and correct mistakes and show that this is how we play Bowdoin rugby."

-Compiled by Luke Lamar.