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Rucking to Second Win, Women's Rugby Tops Wellesley

By Marianne Bitler
Team Member

The MIT women's rugby football club rucked to the second victory of its season Saturday, beating archrival Wellesley College 270.

Back at wing after a season of rehab, Jennifer Joy blew past the opposition twice in the first half for several tries. MIT's pack dominated the scrums and line outs leaving Wellesley with little room to maneuver.

Crunching tackles by Crystal Harris '00 also helped shake up the opposition. A third try was scored in the first half by inside center Marianne Bitler G after a well-executed switch with fly half Sara Woodring G.

The score at half time was 170, with scrum half Karen Willcox G converting on one try in the face of a strong head wind. Wing Jennifer Joy G added a third try in the second half, and Woodring also ran in for a score.

The second half was more difficult for MIT, but Wellesley was unable to score despite being inside the 22 line several times. MIT was able to fight them back with the aid of powerful mauls and strategic kicking.

MIT won the second game handily with a 150 final score. Tries were scored by Woodring at scrum half, Dana Ayotte G at wing, and Bitler at center.

Solid scrums and strong offensive pressure from the backline kept the Wellesley team on its toes.

MIT's next home game will be against Providence College next Saturday at 11 a.m. on Briggs Field.