September 1st, 2018 – Rochester
Colgate Women’s Rugby competed at Rochester on September 1st, 2018. The starting lineup for the match was as follows:
1) Jinui Thomas ’21
2) Shelley Liu ‘21
3) Anna Hart ’20
4) Dira Odrick ’19
5) Valerie Rome ’21
6) Alex Barnikel ’19
7) Amy Gilbertson ’20
8) Vanessa Perez Marquez ’22
9) Grace Schreiber ’21
10) Hannah Tubbergen ’20
11) Emma Rainer ’21
12) Erin Santos ’20
13) Mackay Peltzer ‘19
14) Emelei Klein ’19
15) Madeleine Kardek ’21
Subs: Jenifer Trujillo ’22, Nicole Szczech ’19, Allegra Knox ’21, Anika Yazdanshenas ’22
With many young players, the round robin provided a great opportunity for Colgate to demonstrate what they had learned throughout pre-season before it has officially begun. The CWRFC went into the weekend with a lot of heart and determination. While they struggled offensively, the Colgate Women’s Ruggers kept pushing hard at the defense, keeping the scores low and making the opposition work for the tries. Overall, Colgate got in a great learning experience and showed a lot of promise for the upcoming season!
Colgate took the field at Rochester against the Renegades for their first match of the season. Both sides fought hard for possession of the ball. Off of a lineout, Grace Schreiber ’21 broke through the defensive line to score a try which was converted by kicker Hannah Tubbergen ’20. The Renegades broke through Colgate’s defense and scored a quick try to end the half, but missed the conversion. In the second half, CWRFC struggled to gain offensive territory. While Colgate maintained a strong defensive line, the Renegades managed to dot down three more tries, only converting one of them. The game ended at a score of 7-22.
Colgate started off their second match of the day with high intensity. Right from the kickoff, Colgate retained possession of the ball and attacked SUNY Brockport’s defense. CWRFC hit the gaps and gained a lot of ground. Dira Odrick ’21 ran a beautiful line into the try zone. The conversion was narrowly missed by flyhalf Hannah Tubbergen ’20. SUNY Brockport rebounded in the last few seconds of the half to score a try, missing the conversion. In the second half, Colgate carried over the momentum they had developed. Within a few meters of the try zone, Vanessa Perez Marquez ’22 found a gap in the defensive line to score a try which was not converted. SUNY Brockport scored two quick back-to-back tries, unable to convert either one. The Colgate Women’s Ruggers never gave up and continued to give their all. On the last play of the game, Grace Schreiber ’21 grabbed a loose ball and distributed it out wide to Shelley Liu ’21, who received the pass and ran straight through the defense to score the game-winning try that was converted. The final score was 17-15, a great win that displayed the team’s perseverance.
Colgate competed against SUNY Oswego in their final game of the day. Both teams came out very strong defensively, as neither team was able to score until the second half. In the final few minutes of the game, SUNY Oswego was able to gain meters offensively. CWRFC continued to stay connected and play very strong defense, but SUNY Oswego pushed their way through the line to score the sole try of the game which was not converted. The final score was 0-5.
Big shoutouts to Dira Odrick ’19 and Vanessa Perez Marquez ‘22 for scoring their first career tries, Mr. Baxendell for the support and food, and all of the seniors for their great leadership! As always, a HUGE thanks to all of the parents, alumni, and fans that support us–we couldn’t be here without you all!
We look forward to our next game at Syracuse University on September 8th. Until the next newsletter, don’t forget to follow us on our social media accounts so you can always get the latest updates. Go ‘Gate!
Grace Schreiber ’21