ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y.- The Sacred Heart University Women's Rugby team defeated Molloy in a tight comeback victory with the final score ending in 30-17. The team played in a 12 vs. 12 format for today's game. The win concludes the regular season for the 15's as they team will wait for an announcement to determine if the team will make the Tier II Championships which is scheduled for November 10.
"Molloy is one of our favorite matches each season. We know that they play hard and never give up so it's always a competitive game." Head Coach Michelle Reed on the tough opponent in Molloy.
Molloy would score first as they would take a 7-0 lead courtesy of Nickels. SHU would come back as Isabel Cuddy would find the touchline to tighten the Molloy lead to 7-5. A try then by Kaylee Hale would give the Pioneers a 10-7 lead to conclude the first quarter.
"I'm proud of how our team stepped up as a unit and played with heart and passion. Each breakdown was a battle and every team member had to accomplish their role to win the battle. There was no room for error. Nicole Lopes had her best game of her career running low and hard to gain ground and using her strength to dominate in the scrums. Grace de Poortere, Tyffany Brisbane, and Tessa Buckey controlled the backline finding holes on offense and making key tackles on defense." Reed on the performance of the team.
The Pioneers would continue the dominance in the second half as Arianna Heonis would find the touchline to give the Pioneers a 15-7 lead. After the conversion was successful by Hale, she would then score again for the Pioneers to give SHU a 22-7 lead. The Pioneers would score one more try in the third quarter courtesy of Allie Rinaldi to eventually give the Pioneers the 30-17 victory.
Reed added, "the backs and forwards did their jobs as we came together through the adversity of a nor'easter and the pressure of Molloy's defense to walk away successful. We are a stronger and more cohesive team than we were at the beginning of the season."