AIC came to Providence on a beautiful day to test Brown Women’s Rugby and found the team quite different than the one they played at the ACRA championships in November. Though the score would not reflect the intensity of the match, Brown came out hard hitting, hard rucking and taking the ball to goal line.
Our first score came at 5 minutes in from Kiki Morgan ’16. After turning over possession from AIC, Brown recycled the ball and caught the AIC defense napping as Kiki swerved outside their defense to score under the posts. Brown’s next score came immediately after from the AIC kickoff recovered by Natalie Klotz ‘14.5 who fired the ball out to the backline to outpace the AIC defense. The conversion was good, leaving the score at 12-0 at 7 minutes from the half. Though Brown succeeded in scoring one more try in the second half from Elena Suglia ‘15, zigzagging through the AIC defense with Lucy Fernandez ’14 making the conversion, AIC was the eventual winner with a final score of 33-19.
It’s always a challenge when your opponent is bigger and heavier, but our seniors were at their peak of leadership, encouraging their teammates and being the role models of commitment to the task at hand. Scrumhalf Alison Gale ’14 drove her forwards and delivered quick ball to the flyhalf. Despite Brown being severely outweighed in the scrum, loosehead prop, Julie Carr ’14, was able to open the tunnel for her quick-footed hooker, Lucy Fernandez ’14 to win many of the AIC put-ins. Our defense was tenacious with Saudi Garcia ‘14 leading the defensive attack from the scrums and lineouts, while Allison Hojsak ’14 strengthened our backfield.
Brown caused many a turnover ball both in the scrum and in phase play but was not able to put the points on the board to reflect that hard work. Being a scrimmage, players were freely substituted and some of the AIC scores were during those times of adjustment. Still, the intensity displayed by the team never faltered and each player came in ready to up the level of competition.
This match showcased the best of our team. Not only did it display the strength of our senior leadership, it also gave our newer players who will be the future of Brown rugby the kind of competition they need to become leaders in the Ivy League. Daisy Alvarado-Munoz ’17, played tight head prop but also filled in at No.8, while freshmen Sofie Rudin ’17 and Joanna Chatham ‘17 filled out the backrow.
While this will be the last 15s match for many seniors, our season is not over! We will continue on in 7s for the last two weekends in April at Dartmouth on April 19 and at Princeton Ivy 7s Championships on April 26. We will look to their leadership and experience to guide us to victory at both events!
If you are in either Dartmouth or Princeton on those dates, please come and join us on the sidelines!