Women's ruggers split at CBB tourney
With the sun on their backs and the sidelines packed with cheering fans,
the Women's Rugby Team learned together, won two of four games, and had
a lot of fun at the Maine Round-Robin Tournament last Saturday.
It was a full day of rugby, with the men's team playing in the morning
and the women playing games from noon on. Due to the team's large numbers,
Bowdoin was able to put together formidable A ,B, and C squads, while
both Colby and Bates struggled to recycle players for two sides.
In the first match-up between Colby and Bowdoin's A sides, the White
Mules scored once early in the game. The Bears came back more even more
determined, however. Bowdoin dominated the second half on the offensive,
and most of the action took place on Colby's end of the field.
During the second half of this first game, three different players came
very close to scoring. Karen Finnegan '03, Julie Thompson'02, and Camilla
Yamada '03 each came within inches of the try-zone. Senior captain Katherine
Buckspan said that the team was a little rusty in the first game, but
she felt confident about the level of performance in the second half.
In the second A-side match, Bowdoin played Bates, and the Bears would
come on strong to win the game. Junior Ellie Doig helped secure the victory
with several clutch tackles and intelligent play in both offense and defense.
"During the game against Bates, we dominated throughout," Buckspan
said. "We drove all over them in scrums and rucks, and the backs
had some great plays as well. Physically and technically, we dominated
Interspersed between the A-side games were two equally intense B-side
matches. With the leadership of returning players, two entirely rookie
back lines and several new forwards got some game experience. The B-side
team also split the day, losing the first game to Bates and then beating
Colby in the second. Senior Tiffany Mok and freshman Melissa Hayden both
scored for the Polar Bears.
Bates and Colby choose not to play each other in the tournament, comprised
of scrimmages intended to give both veterans and rookies alike more experience
in a game setting.
At the end of the day, players, captains, and coaches alike were pleased
with the effort set forth. The women ruggers face Bridgewater tomorrow
at 1:00 PM in a home matchup.