CASTLETON, VT- The Sacred Heart University Women's rugby team picked up its four consecutive win this afternoon as they defeated Castleton by a final score of 45-25. The team returns to action on Sunday Oct. 27 when they travel in the final regular season game of the fall season against Molloy. Game-time is set for 2:00 p.m.
The team made the conscious decision to play nine versus ten players this afternoon in order to give freshman an opportunity to show their talent. Head Coach Michelle Reed stated "We made a conscious decision as a program to play 9 on 10 as we had a few minor team challenges that needed to be addressed. This gave the freshmen a chance to gain some experience making decisions without relying on the players next to them."
The Pioneers came out strong in the first quarter as Isabel Cuddy would score the opening try of the game to give the Pioneers a 5-0 lead at 2:06. Then Kaylee Hale would be the next Pioneer to find the touch line as she scored a try at off an assist by Marissa Yost at the nine minute mark to give the Pioneers a 12-0 lead. Hale would also make the two conversions to put the Pioneers ahead 14-0 at 10:20. The duo of Cuddy and Hale would eventually score the last try of the first quarter for the Pioneers as they took a 19-0 at 11:49. Castleton would score one try to make the score 19-5 at the end of one.
The second quarter would begin with Nia Williams scoring her first try of her collegiate career at 6:27 to give the Pioneers a 24-5 lead. Kaylee Hale would succeed in the conversion to make the score 26-5. Then a last second try by Kaylee Hale's cousin Sophie would give the Pioneers a 31-5 lead off an assist by Yost at 15:00. Kaylee Hale would make the conversion to make the score at half-time 33-5.
After Castleton scored the opening try to begin the third to make the score 33-10, Cuddy would score her third try of the game making the score 38-10 at 6:01. Cuddy would then add one more try to the box score at 12:28 to make the total four on the day and making the score 43-10. Kaylee Hale would succeed in the conversion to make the score 45-10. Castleton would be the lone scorers in the fourth as they tallied three tries to make the final score 45-25 in favor of the Pioneers.
"I'm proud of how they came out in the beginning of the game. Nia Williams and Sophie Hale scored their first tries of their careers. Isabel Cuddy had some strong runs that ended in points for us. Allie Rinaldi was on top of her game making hits, finding holes, and organizing her team. Then we slowed down in the fourth quarter and gave up easy tries to Castleton who have improved since the last time we met." Coach Reed on the overall performance of the team.