Some of the biggest games we’ve seen in the Northeast Women’s Rugby Conference have actually been cross-over matches, but this weekend affects league standings. Piquing the most interest are the Norwich v American International College and Army v Quinnipiac matches. The latter game was nearly cancelled due to the government shutdown, but fortuitously all issues were resolved yesterday.
(Overall records are listed)
AIC (3-1) @ Norwich (3-0)
AIC prop and USA Eagle Jess Davis currently leads the Northeast with 2.5 tries per game. She will bring a young AIC side featuring scrumhalf Cassidy Meyers (10 ppg) and No. 8 Megan Pinson (6.25 ppg) to Norwich for the inaugural meeting between these two teams. Norwich’s Hannah Bell, who is playing flyhalf for the Cadets after a year at open-side flanker, leads the Northeast with 13 points per game. She is joined by Joya Clark (11.67 ppg) and Ally Day (6.67 ppg) as players in the top 10 in scoring in the Northeast.
The game should display the classic battle of strength versus speed. AIC is known for their power in the pack, their inside running and ball retention. Norwich on the other hand, features an agile and quick backfield who are dangerous from any position on the field.
The game marks the 50th home match coached by head coach Austin Hall over his 10-year career at Norwich. During that 10-year period, the Cadets have a nearly perfect 45-3-1 record on their home field.
Army (3-1) @ Quinnipiac (0-2)
Don’t let Quinnipiac’s record fool you. While just 0-2 in conference play, the Connecticut side has been a rock outside of the conference, winning four non-conference games against solid opponents. Their record outside of the conference shows just how tough this Northeast Conference has become.
Army’s one loss was to Norwich, and they rallied the following weekend to beat Northeastern and Connecticut in the same weekend. Led by Collegiate All American April Emerson at flyhalf and the powerful Betsy McCracken in the forwards, the Cadets are poised to keep the Bobcats out of the win column in conference play.
Quinnipiac has only scored three tries in two conference games – two from Natalie Kosko and one from Maggie Myles. The duo work nicely with each other but the Bobcats need more from the rest of the team.
Boston College (1-1) @ UConn (2-1)
UCONN looked good in their 20-15 loss to Army. Nicole Sills is among the leading point scorers in the Northeast, using both her foot and her speed to rack up 37 points in her first three matches. BC can be hit or miss, but their 21-17 win over Boston University two weeks ago gives us reason to believe they may be moving in an upward direction.
Rhode Island (1-1) @ New Hampshire (0-3)
URI should take this match from the Wildcats. Becca LeBlanc and Nicole Parseghian are scoring tries, and URI is looking to rebound from a close loss to BU last week. UNH is struggling.
UMass (1-1) @ Northeastern (1-1)
Amanda Schiller and Lindsey Stanton lead UMass against a Northeastern side that has only put 17 points on the board in two games.
Vermont (1-3) @ Boston University (1-2)
Another game where records are not indicative of the level of play. UVM has lost to AIC and Norwich, while BU is fresh off a good win over URI. Speedy UVM wing Shaunese Crawford leads the Catamounts in scoring (3.75 ppg) while BU is led by the duo of Noel Coleman (6.67 ppg) and Dee Nash (6 ppg).