The Fairfax Police Youth Club (FPYC) Lady Jaguars overwhelmed the Ft. Hunt Gators 62-5 to win the 2012 Rugby Virginia High School Girls State Championship. It is their third consecutive state title.
The match was played at impressive Fairfax High School Stadium under sunny skies in Fairfax, Virginia before an enthusiastic crowd. Ft. Hunt kicked off and quickly took advantage of a muff to touch by FPYC.
They won the resulting line out and played strong multi-phase rugby to drive the ball to the threshold, but FPYC’s defense finally stiffened and, after poaching the ball inside the 5-meter line, was able to kick it to space and bring the gainline all the way back to Ft. Hunt’s 10 meter line.
After some hard-fought back-and-forth play, FPYC loosehead prop Bridget Kahele burst through on a pick-and-go from 10 meters out for the first try of the game.
Shortly after the ensuing kickoff, FPYC’s fullback, Emily Fulbrook, broke free for the first of her three long tries.
In each case, strong passes from the backline combination of Jenny Thai, Vickie Green, Sarah Higginbotham, Sara Marquez-Martinez, Maxine Summer and and Niki Selz sprung Fulbrook for her brilliant dashes around and through the defense. Ella Bresson converted this try and four others during the match.
Green also scored twice in the first half, including a remarkable run from midfield through the heart of the defense.
Ft. Hunt showed they were serious with a try sandwiched between Green’s two scores, following strong forwards play including multiple rucks and mauls. Tighthead Lane Blackwood was able to drive through the last of the FPYC defense to score, making the halftime score was 31-5.
In the second half, the Lady Jags were able to pick up where they left off, with Green scoring her third try of the contest. FPYC’s other prop, tighthead Matina Sandara, supported by a driving pack — Lauren Capitano, Katie Krause, Hannah Kostoff, Shelli Harris, Bresson, and Marisol Heisley — broke through and dashed for two scores.
Fulbrook squeezed one more in between Sandara’s two, and scoring was completed by match MVP, Thai who had switched to fullback.