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Women's Rugby Shuts Out Bryant 44-0; Berger Controls Game with 4 Tries

By Linda Doerrer
Team Member

The women's rugby team sondly defeated Bryant 44-0 on Oct. 7 for its second victory and shutout of the season. MIT dominated the game from start to finish, repeatedly winning scrums and line-outs, and successfully getting the ball to their highly mobile back line.

The team's scoring was led by rookie Beth Berger G, who accounted for four of MIT's eight tries. Heidi Erlacher G, also a rookie, Hershey Hirschkop, Theresa Levitt '94, and Kelly Wethers each notched one try. Hirschkop also had two successful point conversions.

In their first game this season, MIT shut out Tufts 24-0. Scoring in this game was also led by Berger, in her first rugby game ever. She scored two tries, while Wethers and Becky Dumas scored one apiece. Hirschkop was good for two point-after attempts.

The strength of their forwards in the scrum and on the line has ben the key to MIT's success this season. The forwards consistently gained possession of the ball and were equally adept at getting the the ball out to the back line, where it was rifled to wings Berger and Wethers to drive up the field.

The women are looking much stronger than last season and are eagerly awaiting the rest of their matches this fall. The team plans to travel to Great Britain in the spring to try out the pitches overseas.