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Women’s Rugby Beats Bentley for First Win

By Catherine Foo


MIT’s Women’s Rugby team recorded its first victory of the season Saturday, beating Bentley College 25-0.

Returning players from the fall season were joined by several rookies, including Erin L. Alexander ’04, Nayeli A. Dault ’04, Uchechukwu U. Enuha ’05, Elizabeth A. Smith ’05, Lisa M. Walters ’04, and Malima I. Wolf ’03.

The half started out strong with good tackling and rucking by the MIT ruggers. Julie L. Goss ’05 stole a hook in a scrum midway through the first half, starting a strong offensive play that allowed fullback Danielle M. Gilbert ’05 to score her second try of the season. Fueled by an early lead, MIT played aggressively off the Bentley kick, and a strong drive by the forwards allowed rookie inside center Dault to make a long run down the sideline. At the tackle, the forwards cleaned up the ball. Second row Leah K. Premo ’04 broke through the Bentley forward pack, allowing Goss to make her first try of her career.

As the clock ran down to the last seconds of the half, scrumhalf Sarah L. Daigh ’03 pulled the ball from the scrum for a quick weakside play, scoring a try and bringing the halftime score to 15-0.

MIT keeps Bentley scoreless

MIT kicked off the second half, and started moving towards the try line with strong runs by flyhalf Vanessa Li ’02 and Gilbert. Prop Rachel A. Sharp ’02 led the forwards on a drive across the try line, but was held up by the Bentley forwards, who were awarded a 22m drop-kick. Rookie wing Enuha recovered the ball and regained much of the lost yardage. The next try was scored by eightman Kristin R. Brodie ’03, who was assisted by Gilbert and Sharp who brought the ball within a few feet of the try line.

With only a few minutes left in the game, Tech drove towards their try line yet again. Uche scored her first ever try to end the game at 25-0.

MIT Women’s Rugby’s next two home games will be this Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. against Nichols College, and this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. against the University of New Hampshire.