Women’s Rugby falls in tournament game 34-12

This past weekend, the Colby women’s rugby team clashed against SUNY Albany. The prior weekend, they earned a home game in USA Rugby Division II national tournament with a win against the tough University of Maine—Orono team. The game was played at Tufts University for the right to be declared conference champions and to compete in the national tournament the following weekend. Colby did not disappoint as they beat their in-conference rivals handily with a final score of 38-22. The Mules offensive fire power showed in the hard fought match with tries being scored by four different players. Elissa Guerra ’18, Deanna Morris ’17, Hannah Kwasman ’17, and Jess Edlund ’18 all scored for the mules and Kira Brown ’18 and Anna Donovan ’17 both hit conversions. Colby hoped to carry the momentum into the SUNY Albany game.

The Mules had previously played SUNY Albany at the Beast of the East tournament the previous year and had lost handily 29-0, but they felt confident that they had a better team than last year and would give the Great Danes a run for their money. Colby didn’t disappoint as they played a back and forth game for the majority of the first half. In front of a huge home crowd the team was visibly energized and gave the game their all. The Great Danes had some fast players that gave the Mules, a bit of trouble on the outside, but the first half ended with a score of 10-10. Edlund and Kwasman, recorded tries for the mules and Donovan scored one conversion. A few Colby players went down late in the first half and the team had to find ways to fill their void on the field in the second half of play. The speed of SUNY-Albany gave the Mules trouble in the second half as one player from the opposing team ripped a long run early in the second half. The Mules left everything on the field in a tough fought game, but in the end it was not enough as they fell 34-12 in front of the home crowd. “It was a tough game, but we showed them what Colby rugby looks like. We fought hard and had a good time doing it. We left it all on the field and played our game as a team. Even though we lost, it was still incredible that we made it to nationals and I can’t wait to see what this team is going to do in the spring,” Edlund said. The successful fall season gives the group plenty of momentum as they look to the spring where they have a string of tournaments scheduled.

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