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Women's Rugby Team Falls to Bridgewater

By Sherri Oslick
Team Member

The women's rugby team was the dominant team and held the lead in the first half of its game against Bridgewater State College on Saturday. Unfortunately, it was unable to maintain the lead in the second half, losing with final score of 38-12.

The loss gives the team an overall record to date of 22.

In the first few minutes of the game MIT was able to drive upfield. The ball was passed out to the weak side wing who was able to dodge her defenders and touch the ball down in the corner of the try zone. The placement was difficult for the conversion kick, and it was missed.

MIT's second score occurred when the ball was again passed out to the weak side wing, who ran 75 yards for the try, touching the ball down between the posts. The conversion kick was good.

Bridgewater was able to score two tries, the first when one of its backs broke away from the MIT defenders, the second on a penalty play that was yards from their try zone. Neither of the Bridgewater conversion kicks were successful, and the first half ended with a score of 1210 in favor of MIT.

MIT also dominated in the second half, where play was held primarily to MIT's side of the field. Nevertheless, Bridgewater was able to score four tries, each occurring when one of their fast runners was able to breakaway from the MIT defense and sprint the length of the field for the try. The conversion kicks were good, resulting in a 3812 defeat of MIT.

MIT hopes to boost its record with a victory in its match tomorrow at home against Bryant College, at 11 a.m.

Earlier in the season

The team began its season with a scrimmage against Radcliffe College and came out on top with a score of 105. A try was scored in the first half when the MIT forwards were in possession of the ball and were able to drive the Radcliffe pack over the try line and touch the ball down.

The second try was scored in a similar fashion with a drive by the forwards when MIT was yards from the try zone. In both cases, the conversion kick had to be taken from the corner and was unattainable.

MIT played a strong defensive game and held Radcliffe to one try.

The week following the Radcliffe game the team traveled to Hartford, Conn. for its first league game against Trinity College , and came away victorious despite adverse conditions.

The Trinity field was excessively muddy, making it difficult to gain adequate footing. In addition, the league referee failed to show up, and the game was refereed by a Trinity team member whose lack of experience as a referee led to numerous calls that were either poorly made or not made at all.

Nevertheless, MIT played well. The game was fast paced and the ball changed hands frequently. Trinity was able to score a try just inside the touch line in the first half, but was unable to obtain the conversion kick.

MIT retaliated later by moving the ball successfully through the backs to the strong side wing, who sprinted 70 yards past the opposition to score a try. The conversion kick was missed, and the half ended with a score of 55.

Early in the second half Trinity, close to the MIT try zone, kicked the ball in an attempt to gain distance, but the ball was picked off by MIT and run straight in for a second try. The ball was touched down right between the posts, and the conversion kick was good, yielding a score of 125.

In the second half, MIT was able to hold Trinity to one try. Trinity missed the conversion kick, and the game ended with a final score of 1210.

In its first home game MIT was matched against Southern Connecticut State University. The forwards were the dominant force in the game, but MIT was unable to gain sufficient possession of the ball and was shutout by SCSU.