NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University women continued its perfect start to the 2013 season with a 39-19 win over American International College (AIC) on Saturday morning at the NU Dog River Rugby Pitch in Northeast Women’s Collegiate Rugby Conference (NWCRC) action.
Junior #8 Vanessa Champagne (St. Nazaire, Quebec) scored two tries to lead the Cadets (6-0, 4-0 NWCRC) to their toughest victory of the season to date according to head coach Austin Hall.
Senior hooker Baylee Annis (Saranac Lake, N.Y.), junior flanker Sophie Mundell (Eagle River, Alaska), junior scrumhalf Emily Oor (Uxbridge, Ontario), sophomore center Emily Colesworthy (North Yarmouth, Maine), and senior wing Joya Clark (Scotia, N.Y.) each added tries as well for Norwich on the day.
NU didn’t take long to jump on top as Champagne punched home her first try of the day just 1:08 into the match to make it 5-0 Cadets. At the 12:58 mark Oor pushed the lead to 10-0 with a try of her own.
AIC got back into the game in the 25th minute when senior center Bethany Montague powered past the NU defense for a penalty try. Freshman scrumhalf Cassidy Meyers added the conversion to cut the Cadets’ lead down to 10-7.
However, that’s as close as AIC (3-2 overall) would get as NU got a late first-half try from Clark (Scotia, N.Y.) off a pass from sophomore center Ally Day (Gorham, Maine) to give the Cadets a little breathing room heading into halftime.
Colesworthy opened the second-half scoring fewer than five minutes into the frame when she powered over the line off a pass from Oor to make it 20-7 Norwich. Less than six minutes later Annis bulldozed an AIC defender at the goal line to touch down for another Cadet try and extend the lead to 25-7.
AIC got a try back in the 58th minute to cut the lead to 25-12, but Day provided another momentum boost by kicking the ball deep into AIC territory and then chasing down the Yellowjacket player who caught the ball and delivered a punishing tackle that freed the ball and allowed Mundell to scoop it up for an easy try. Sophomore flyhalf Hannah Bell (Newberg, Ore.) added a successful conversion to make it 32-12.
AIC got its final try in the 74th minute before Champagne capped the scoring in the match with her second try of the day to make it 39-19.
Submitted by Norwich Athletics