Middlebury vs. Amherst, 10/19

Final Score, 67 – 0, win

It was a truly beautiful day for rugby as we headed to Amherst’s  home field in the lovely Pioneer Valley.

After a difficult loss against Colby we were ready to come out hard against Amherst and play 80 minutes of strong, competitive rugby. After a few minutes of offensive attack, outside center Emily “The Fast and the Furious” Duh (’14) ran the ball within a meter of the try line, allowing scrum half Sarah “You’re Gonna Hear Me Roar” Minahan (’14) to pick it up and place it just over the line for our first try of the game.

Another series of beautiful attack got us to our offensive 22-meter line. A knock-on allowed an Amherst scrum, however a strong collective drive from our powerful forwards won the ball for Middlebury. Sarah Minahan picked the ball off the scrum and ran it in for the second try of the game.

Lightening quick balls out, hard rucking, and the incredibly fast feet of Emily “Too Fast Too Furious” Duh led to try number 3. No sooner had we set up to receive again when a naïve Amherst kicked it straight into the arms of Emily “Tokyo Drift” Duh, who proved to be untackleable, running through the entire Amherst defense and straight into the try zone.

Not two minutes later, Emily “Fast & Furious” Duh passed a quick ball to full back Tiff “Walking Co-op” Chang (’17) allowing her to put her name on the board.

Middlebury’s forwards and backs worked together seamlessly, both in rucks and offensive lines. Especially strong rucking from prop Katie “Early Bird Special” Linder (’15) and hard runs from wing Heather “Judy Blume” Tourgee (‘17) kept the play in the Amherst defensive half. After a series of aggressive scrums and strong offense, Emily “Fast & Furious 4” Duh scored her third try, making it a hat-trick.

After the seventh received kick-off from Amherst, Middlebury again battled their way to the opposing try line. Inside center Marissa “Who Needs a Pinky?” Shaw (’14) pulled a classic and took the ball off of a ruck, plowed through the unsuspecting Amherst, and scored yet another try.

After a brief intermission, Middlebury kicked off to Amherst. Amherst led a valiant effort, driving down the field nearly to Middlebury’s try-line. Middlebury reclaimed the ball and the counter-attack began. A breakaway run by fly half Sarah “Silent But Deadly” Kravitz (’16), followed by an offload to Tiff Chang allowed her to score her second try of the game.

Amherst conceded a penalty just in front of their uprights, allowing Emily “Fast Five “ Duh to put another 3 points on the board. Shortly after, Amherst conceded another penalty within 5 meters of their defensive try line. Sarah Minahan popped it off to lock Molly “Yellow Brick Bridge” Benedetto (’14) who fought off tackle after tackle to place the ball into the try zone for her FIRST TRY EVER! Tears were shed by members of both teams, fans, and the ref.

To finish off the game, Emily “Fast and Furious Six” Duh danced her way effortless through the Amherst defensive line yet again for the tenth and last Middlebury try of the game.

It was a great game from all players. Shout out to our loose forwards, Brita “Sorry France is Closed” Fisher (’15), Lissa “Don’t Tell Me What To Do” Ortega (’17), and Franny “Get Low” Suarez (’17) for their impressive tackling, and to inside center Marissa Shaw for incredible runs, ball handling, and tackling. Also a very happy birthday to hooker Canary “Finally Legal” Ly (’17), and thank you to the parents who brought snacks and cheer.

We look forward to taking on Bates in our last regular season game this Saturday! Hope to see you there.

First Half
Sarah Minahan – 5 (Emily Duh – 2)
Sarah Minahan – 5 (Emily Duh – 2)
Emily Duh – 5 (Emily Duh – 2)
Emily Duh – 5 (Emily Duh – 2)
Tiff Chang – 5 
Emily Duh – 5 (Emily Duh – 2)
Marissa Shaw – 5
 
Second Half
Tiff Chang – 5 (Emily Duh – 2)
Emily Duh – 3
Molly Benedetto – 5
Emily Duh – 5 (Emily Duh – 2)

 

 

 

 

Middlebury vs. Colby, 10/12

Final Score, 5 – 14, loss

It was a fairly evenly matched game, but we weren’t able to fight Colby off at the rucks and they had some great runners that went through our defensive line. 7 – 0 at the half, with another try early in the second half for 14 – 0. We finally stepped it up for the last 30 minutes or so of the game with a try from 8-man Marissa Shaw (’14).

First Half
Colby – 7

Second Half
Colby – 7
Marissa Shaw – 5

Middlebury vs. Tufts 10/5

Final Score, 5 – 29, Loss

We headed down to Tufts this weekend to play our 3rd NESCAC game of the season. Going into what we knew would be a hard game, we were looking to work on an aggressive defensive line, strong tackles and supporting our teammates.

It was a hard first half with great playing from both teams. The game felt evenly matched, but due to our lack of ability to cover the outside and playing down a player for much of the half, Tufts managed to score two tries by running down the outside line.

Despite being down a player, we fought hard and held off Tufts for much of the second half as well. They scored pretty early in the half, which we retaliated with our own try. After a great series of attack coming from both forwards and backs, we received a scrum within about 10 meters of our try line. 8-man Marissa “Pinky” Shaw (’14) took the ball off the scrum, went weak and popped it off to scrum half Sarah “Ricky Ricardo” Minahan (’14) who ran it in and touched it down for a try.

Shortly after this Tufts gained possession and got a quick run down the side line. Luckily full back Stevie “Drevie” Durocher (’15.5) was there to take her down and saved us from another try. Unfortunately, this cost Stevie a leg injury and we had to play out the rest of the second half with just 13 players. Despite this set back, we held Tufts off for most of the half, maintaining much of the possession and playing mostly in their half. In the last few minutes they finally broke through our defensive line for 2 more tries for a final score of 29 – 5.

Shout out to full back Tiff “2 Changz” Chang (’17) for her hard work, great runs and tackles. Amazing hits and runs by fly half Kyra “R-e-s-p-e-c-t” Grey (’17) and inside center Emily Duh (’14). Great rucking from lock Molly “Janis Ian” Benedetto (’14) and prop Katie “AARP” Linder (’15).

It was a hard loss, but we played our hearts out and left everything on the field. It was a truly impressive game, and personally I’ve never been so proud of my team.

Thanks to our family, friends and alums who made it to the game; Jess Berry (’13), Hannah Elkin (’13), Evan Pagano (’12), Melissa Hayes (’12), and Logan Gallogaly (’12) all made it out and it was great to see them and have their support!

Next week we play Colby at home for parents weekend! 10:00am at the rugby pitch, see you there!

 

First Half
Tufts – 5
Tufts – 5, 2

Second Half
Tufts – 5
Sarah Minahan – 5
Tufts – 5, 2
Tufts – 5

Middlebury vs. Williams 9/28

Final Score, 29 – 3, Win

A beautiful day for rugby. Middlebury up 7 – 0 at the half with a try coming off a great run from wing Heather “BIG HEAT” Tourgee (’17) and conversion from Emily “Ann” Duh (’14).

The second half was much stronger as we stepped up our level of play, getting to the rucks quicker and playing harder on both offense and defense. A great run by prop Sarah “Sick” Sicular (’16) got us within 5 meters of our try line. 8-man Marissa Shaw (’14) called for a quick punch to the weak side to score our second try of the game.

The next try came from outside center Lissa “De Rúgbi” Ortega (’17) after a beautiful quick ball out from the back line. Another series of strong offensive brought us close to our try line, where Emily Duh (’14) got a pass off the ruck and ran it in to score in the center of the try zone. Sometime in the 2nd half Williams earned a penalty and completed an impressive kick to earn 3 points.

Our last try of the game was from wing Caitlin “Wheels” Towers (’16), who was playing in her first game ever! It was another great quick ball out that created an overlap that allowed Caitlin to run by their defensive line.

It was a great game of rugby, with players stepping up to play new positions and work hard through the whole game. Thank you to Marissa’s parents for snacks after the game!!

First Half
Heather Tourgee – 5  (first try!!) (Emily Duh – 2)

Second Half
Marissa Shaw – 5 (Emily Duh – 2)
Lissa Ortega – 5 (first try!!)
Emily Duh – 5
Williams – 3
Caitlin Towers – 5  (first try!!)