What started out a dreary, rainy day turned into a beautiful sun-filled day for rugby when the Brown women took on the Providence women. Brown drew first blood when their kickoff reception was controlled by the Brown forwards despite heavy defense by Providence. Through several quick breakdowns scrumhalf Amber Reano ’16 was able to find her flyhalf, Elena Suglia ’16 who opened up a gap for her inside center, freshman Oksana Goretaya. Goretaya sliced through the defense and fed her outside center Kiki Morgan ’16 for the score in the left corner. The conversion denied left the score at Brown 5 – Providence 0.
The Brown scrum was doing surprisingly well against the bigger Providence forwards and along with hooker Lucy Fernandez ’14 foot, won most of their own ball and some of the opposition ball. This allowed Brown to move forward on their possession but penalties often denied any advantage they were able to make downfield. However, the quick score woke up the Providence team who were able to slot 2 quick tries in the next 10 minutes and another score at 20:00 minutes that was converted leaving the score at Brown 5 – Providence 17. At 30:00, Jackie Rice ’16 slipped through the unprotected Providence ruck and proceeded to run 40m to score to the right of the posts. No conversion leaving the score at Brown 10 – Providence 17. At 38:00 Providence forwards found a gap in the defense following an inside pass from their flyhalf to score under the posts and converted the try. The score at half was Brown 10 – Providence 22.
Second half proved tougher for Brown as Providence seemed to find their stride and scored 5 more tries over the course of the half. Though Brown never gave up, they were having a hard time stopping the bigger, heavier Providence forwards. In
the waning minutes of the match, hooker Fernandez ’14 took a short pass from her scrumhalf and weaved her way through the Providence defense to score under the posts and converted her own try. Final score was Brown 17 – Providence 47.
It’s worth noting that Providence did not have a full side to start and a few Brown players helped them to fill out a side: Julia Carr ’14 played hooker; Sarah Schade ’17 played flanker along with Alison Gale ’14 and Ebony McCaskill played prop. Without
these players help we would not have been able to play a full side.