NSCRO Northeast Regional Championships

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November 12th & 13th, 2016 – Mercer Field, New London, NH

The Colgate Women’s Rugby team competed in the NSCRO Northeast Regional Championships on Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th, 2016. The starting lineup for the first match of the weekend was as follows:

  1. Shelby Holland ’18
  2. McKenna Valley ’17
  3. Meg Pane ’17 – C
  4. Halle Bills ’17
  5. Jess Schoen ’18
  6. Kelly Baxendell ’18
  7. Erica “Texas” Hiddink ’17
  8. Ciara Pettinos ’17
  9. Maggie Nelsen ’18 – C
  10. Kim Muth ’19
  11. Emelei Klein ’19
  12. Maggie Dunn ’19
  13. Nat Smith ’17
  14. Aurelia Casarrubias ’17
  15. Bria Vicenti ’17

Sub list: Regina Pimentel ’18, Courtney Testa ’18, Mackay Peltzer ’19, Mary Clubb ’19, Dira Odrick ’19, Anna Hart ’20, Erin Santos ’20, Katie Rich ’20.

On the first day of the NSCRO Northeast Regional Championships, Colgate took home a tremendous shut-out win over Keene State. Right off the bat the CWRFC came out strong, starting with a beautiful push to the try line by Erica “Texas” Hiddink ’17.  Flyhalf Kim Muth ’19 scored her first ever try following a dash down the pitch by Bria Vicenti ’17, and Ciara Pettinos ’17 soon followed with a try of her own to bring the score to 15-0. Nat Smith ’17 skirted the already tired Keene defenders for yet another try, followed by another first-time try – this time by senior lock Halle Bills! Anna Rich ’20 joined the scrum to replace an injured Ciara Pettinos ’17, and a try from Aurelia Casarrubias ’17, two tries from Maggie Nelsen ’18, and two conversions by Erica “Texas” Hiddink ’17 closed out the half. Despite persistent efforts by Keene, strong defensive line work and big cleanup tackles by senior fullback Bria Vicenti brought the score to a resounding 44-0 at halftime.

Colgate’s strong lead allowed for plentiful substitutions in the second half, bringing Regina Pimentel ’18, Mackay Peltzer ’19 and Katie Rich ’20 to join the line as well as Dira Odrick ’19, Mary Clubb ’19, and Courtney Testa ’18 into the scrum.  Breakaway tries by Erica “Texas” Hiddink ’17 and Bria Vicenti ’17 started the half off strong, quickly followed by two more stunning breakaways by Meg Pane ’17 and first-year Katie Rich. Two conversions by Erica “Texas” Hiddink ’17 left the CWRFC with a 68-0 lead over Keene. Erin Santos ’20 joined the scrum at flank, and Erica “Texas” Hiddink ’17 scored and then converted off of yet another incredible breakaway. The match ended with a second (ever) try by Kim Muth ’20, and a final conversion from Hiddink. With congratulations from the extremely friendly and pleasant Keene State team, the CWRFC headed back to the hotel to prepare for day two of the weekend’s festivities.

After a restful night, the Colgate Women’s Rugby team returned to Mercer Field to claim the Northeast Regional Championship from opponents Endicott College. The starting lineup for the second match of the weekend was as follows:

  1. Dira Odrick ’19
  2. McKenna Valley ’17
  3. Meg Pane ’17 – C
  4. Halle Bills ’17
  5. Jess Schoen ’18
  6. Kelly Baxendell ’18
  7. Erica “Texas” Hiddink ’17
  8. Ciara Pettinos ’17
  9. Maggie Nelsen ’18 – C
  10. Kim Muth ’19
  11. Emelei Klein ’19
  12. Maggie Dunn ’19
  13. Nat Smith ’17
  14. Aurelia Casarrubias ’17
  15. Bria Vicenti ’17

Sub list: Shelby Holland ’18, Regina Pimentel ’18, Courtney Testa ’18, Mackay Peltzer ’19, Mary Clubb ’19, Anna Rich ’20, Erin Santos ’20, Katie Rich ’20.

Despite a few fumbles, the CWRFC started off to a strong start against similarly undefeated Endicott. Maggie Nelsen ’18 brought in the first try of the game and although Endicott attempted to answer her with a try of their own, the Colgate lady ruggers managed to hold up three consecutive attempts and return the ball to our attacking line. Bria Vicenti ’17 artfully dodged through the opposing line to score, and two more tries from Meg Pane ’17 and Maggie Nelsen ’18 brought Colgate to a lead of 20-0. Endicott managed to score and convert their only try of the game, but Nat Smith ’17 ensured the half ended on Colgate’s terms with a beautiful breakaway, which brought the halftime score to 27-7 with a conversion from Erica “Texas” Hiddink.

With the national championship in sight, Colgate entered the pitch fired up to play the final 40 minutes of the Northeast Championships. Regina Pimentel ’18 and Courtney Testa ’18 joined the lineup, and Maggie Nelsen ’18 immediately won her hat trick for the match with yet another breakaway try. Aurelia Casarrubias ’17 added another try to the scoreboard with a long, cheetah-like run down the field. With the addition of a conversion by Eric “Texas” Hiddink, Colgate held a strong lead of 39-7. Soon after, Katie Rich ’20 joined the line to replace an unfortunately injured Regina Pimentel ’18. Another try by Casarrubias, a breakaway try by Ciara Pettinos ’17, a lovely try by Nat Smith ’17, and three conversions by Hiddink raised the score to 60-7. The Colgate ruggers’ spot in the NSCRO National Championship was cinched by incredible breakaways from forwards Ciara Pettinos ’17 and Meg Pane ’17, and two final conversions by Hiddink – ending the match with a final score of 74-7. After a short awards ceremony and a lot of pictures the CWRFC boarded the bus exuberant about the wins and unbelievably excited to head to the NSCRO National Championship in Marietta, Georgia!

Shoutout to Erica “Texas” Hiddink ’17 for being awarded MVP honors for the weekend, both Hiddink and Maggie Nelsen ’18 for scoring hat tricks, and Kim Muth ’19 and Halle Bills ’17 for scoring their first-ever tries. Thank you to all of the family, friends, and alumni who came out to support us and for all of the love and support sent from afar.

The CWRFC has only two more peaks left to climb to claim the NSCRO National Championship in Marietta, GA on December 4th. Remember to stay tuned with us on our social media accounts and remember – ain’t no mountain high enough. Thank you to all that have been with us on our journey so far.

Sincerely,

Bria Vicenti (’17)