Parent’s Weekend sees a big win for Brown Women’s Rugby
Initially starting out sunny and warm, the day quickly turned to overcast and cooler, but a great day to play rugby especially for the Brown Women’s Rugby team. The game started off with a good kick reception followed by a dynamic run by freshman, Oksana Goretaya ’17. The following ruck saw Brown unfortunately knock the ball forward with the scrum possession given to Cornell. However, even outweighed and outsized by the Cornell pack, Brown proceeded to disrupt the Cornell scrum and ultimately getting the ball back on a wheeled scrum.
Scrum possession saw the ball recycled by the Brown forwards who were in immediate support leading to a blind side attack by Alison Hojsak ‘14 and Jasmine McAdams ‘16. Though working hard the next few minutes saw Brown inside their own half due to unfortunate knock-ons and scrum penalties. But clean Brown scrum possession allowed flyhalf Elena Suglia ’15 to release inside center Oksana Goretaya ‘17 to get Brown past the 50 and into Cornell territory.
A good long throw by hooker, Lucy Fernandez ‘14 got the ball into the midfield by scrumhalf Amber Reano ‘16 where the forwards took the opportunity to run against the Cornell backs hopefully to contain them and release their own Brown backs. Several rucks with Brown forwards dominating and keeping possession led to Lucy Fernandez ‘14 getting the ball at the attacking 40 yard line standing at first receiver and then sending it immediately to the backline. At 8 minutes, Elena Suglia ‘15 finds a gap and puts the ball to space for Kiki Morgan ‘16 who flies in the for the try under the posts leaving the score at Brown 5 – Cornell 0. Lucy Fernandez ‘14 scores the conversion making it 7-0.
Zoe Downes ‘14 snags the kickoff and it looks as though Brown will again attack. However a series of mishandling sees Brown defending their 40 yard line with a scrum to Cornell. Though Brown drives Cornell back, they are able to get the ball out but poor handling leads to a Brown scrum on their 30 yard line. Pressure from Cornell scrum results in poor distribution from the Brown scrum leading to a bit of confusion on the 5 yard line, but flyhalf Elena Suglia ‘15 succeeds in getting the ball into touch to relieve some pressure. Cornell wins the lineout and attacks only to be stripped of the ball and receive a penalty for being offside at the Brown 5 yard line.
Looking to gain territory, Brown kicks for touch and the resulting movement from the lineout leads to Jasmine McAdams ‘16 streaking for 40 yards before being pushed into the right side touch by Cornell. The ball changes hands several times and eventually Brown ends up with a lineout at the 50 yard line. A long throw by hooker Lucy Fernandez, sees an accurate tap down by Natalie Klotz ‘14 and the ball is sent to Jess Sawadogo ‘14, No. 8 who drops her head and drives for 20 yards to be immediately supported by flankers May Siu ’15 and Saudi Garcia ‘14 but a Cornell foot catches the ball and it pops out of the breakdown to be scooped up by Cornell. However, Brown regains possession and on a penalty against Cornell, Lucy Fernandez ‘14 calls on her forwards to take the ball. The ball continues to change hands for the next 10 minutes with both sides taking advantage of mishandling and penalties. At 32 minutes, Brown saves a Cornell try by jumping on a loose kicked ball by Cornell. The resulting 5 meter scrum saw Cornell turn the scrum and the No.8 dive over the line. The try is unconverted for a score at 32 minutes Brown 7-Cornell 5.
The next minutes saw Brown trying to regroup but Cornell was able to keep possession and work their way down into the Brown goal for another try at 35 minutes. Again, the try unconverted left the score at Brown 7-Cornell 10. Not to be outdone, Brown drove Cornell back on the kickoff and never let up until a Brown scrum at the 5 meter saw Jess Sawadogo ‘14 drive over the line for 5 points leaving the score at Brown 12 – Cornell 10 for half.
The second half saw Ebony McCaskill ’16 coming in for Jackie Rice '16 and Julia Carr ‘14 coming in for Natalie Klotz ‘14 (injury). From the kickoff, Brown was resolute about staying in the Cornell half and kept pounding until May Sui ‘15 drove over the line and scored from a 5 meter breakdown. At 42 minutes, the score is Brown 17-Cornell 10.
Cornell started using their size in lineouts by driving, but to no avail. Brown’s support was quicker and faster and they kept working their way down the field until a penalty touch kick by Lucy Fernandez ‘14 found Brown on the Cornell 20 yard line. A tapped ball to Jess Sawadogo ‘14 got the ball to the Cornell 5 meter where Cornell was penalized for not releasing in the tackle. A quick tap was not able to get in and resulting play saw Cornell kicking for touch and out of trouble. Cornell continued to attack but was never able to pass the 50 yard line by running.
A penalty against Cornell saw Lucy Fernandez ‘14 finding touch at the Cornell 40 yard line, the ball again going out to Jess Sawadogo ‘14. Quick support by Tiara Mack ’16 and another forward attack got the ball into Kiki Morgan’s ‘16 hands and she drove to 15 yd from the Cornell try zone. From a series of possessions, the ball finds it’s way into Oksana Goretaya’s ’17 hands who commits a defender and dishes to Kiki Morgan ‘16 at 60 minutes for the score. The conversion by Lucy Fernandez ’14 leaves the score at Brown 24 – Cornell 10. Brown scores again at 70 minutes with a powerful Brown forwards recycle to Elena Suglia ‘15 finding a hole for her outside center, Kiki Morgan ‘16. Lucy Fernandez ‘14, adding a conversion leaves the score at Brown 31-Cornell 10.
A rash of Brown penalties had the team on the back foot, but a kick charge down by Saudi Garcia saw the ball picked up and run to the 10 yard line by Jess Sawadogo ‘14. Swift support by the Brown forwards produced a quick recycle but unfortunate mishandling stopped the movement. The game soon ends with Brown gaining a definite win with a final score of Brown 31-Cornell 10.