Women's rugby buries Bridgewater
Here's the scene - it's pouring rain on a Tuesday afternoon; members
of the women's rugby team are soaking wet, covered with mud, and are hard
at work practicing slide tackles, passing lines, and support drills. Coaches
MaryBeth and Bob Matthews are wasting no time in preparing for this weekend's
matchup against Stonehill.
One might expect such a rigorous practice following a recent poor performance,
but the Bowdoin women are instead looking to maintain the level of physical
fitness and domination they exhibited against Bridgewater in the first
game of the season last weekend.
Bowdoin A-side beat Bridgewater A-side by a score of 49-5. Despite some
sloppy play from the Bears early on, they quickly weakened Bridgewater.
"We were more successful this weekend because we played as a team-we
just seemed more coherent," Doig said. "With forwards joining
the back line and not overcommitting to rucks, we were more powerful."
Due to the lack of substitutes on Bridgewater's team, the Bowdoin B-side
ruggers gained some extra experience by playing for the other team. Bowdoin's
only try was scored in an interception made by sophomore Courtney Reilly.
Her interception was followed by a quick breakaway, and Kate Barns '04
made the conversion kick. The match finished with Bowdoin B a 7-5 winner.
This means an increase of aggression and confidence in ball handling
and attacking. In general, the women look to play with continued cohesion
between backs and forwards.
Bowdoin's next match will be played at home tomorrow, against Stonehill, at 1:00 p.m.