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With Rookies Excelling, Women’s Rugby Closes Fall Season With Win

By Elizabeth Peterson
TEAM COACH

On Oct. 30, the MIT Women’s Rugby Club concluded its 2005 Fall Season with a 47-17 drubbing of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

The rookie-heavy MIT squad scored early and often in the match. Center Helen C. O’Keefe ’09 scored in the opening minutes of the first half to give MIT an early 5-0 lead. After that, the MIT offense was virtually unstoppable as hooker Lauren A. Cooney ’06 and second row Megan K. Pennington-Boggio ’08 each tallied two tries. Wing Katherine L. Orchard U, fly half Talia S. Gershon ’08, flanker Katherine J. Rahlin ’09, and second row Amanda J. Maguire ’09 each scored one try apiece. O’Keefe successfully converted one kick.

MIT also saw solid play from rookie center Rachel M. Bainbridge, ’09. Wings Rebecca L. Freund, ’09 and Emily M. Hilton ’06 made several try-stopping tackles. Eight-man Olivia Leitermann G hit hard and ran the ball well all game, while Deirdre Connolly ’08 had an impressive match in her first game at scrum half.

“The support was excellent, as was the running of the ball,” Leitermann said. “Since the beginning of the season, we’ve taken a pack of rookies and a very few veterans and managed to get a solid team up and running.”

MIT finished its season at 2-3.